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UBC Apple Festival returns October 19-20, 2019

Grimes Golden
A bag of Grimes Golden apples at the UBC Apple Festival.

Take a bite into fall with the UBC Apple Festival this October! On Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th, 2019, between the hours of 11:00 am and 4:00 pm PDT, you can sink your teeth into everything apple related at the UBC Botanical Gardens on the west side of the university campus.

Some 40 types of new and heritage BC-grown apples are lined up, along with pears, and individual apple trees for purchase. A list cultivars for this year is available online, including Arlet, Cox’s Orange Pippin, Karmijn de Sonnaville, Melrose, Nicola, Salish (a personal favourite), Topaz and Winesap.

Admission is $5 (cash only), or free for those aged 12 and under, which gets you access to the event and the botanical gardens. There is no parking at the gardens, but shuttle buses will run every 15 minutes between the Botanical Gardens and the West Parkade and the Fraser River Parkade on campus.

For more information, visit the UBC Botanical Garden web site.

Dress accordingly for the weather and remember your reusable bags and boxes.

Carnaval del Sol brings Latin culture back for 2019

Latin American food brings everyone together at Carnaval del Sol.

Add some Latin American flair to your summer at Carnaval del Sol, returning for its eleventh year at Concord Pacific Place on Saturday, July 6th and Sunday, July 7th, 2019.

This two-day event is the largest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest and incorporates food, fun, music and more from countries in Central and South America. Multiple plazas focus on many aspects of these cultures: food, arts, family, kids, health and wellness, kids, beer, and travel. Soccer is a huge part of Latin culture, so there’s also a soccer tournament during both days at Andy Livingstone Park.

Carnaval del Sol closes off the Latin American Week, which includes cruises, the Canada Day parade, a Latin film night, a look into Afro-Latin history, and wining and dancing.

Carnaval del Sol is hosted at Concord Pacific Place, 88 Pacific Blvd in Vancouver. There is a $2.00 admission this year for single day access (or a $15.00 VIP pass for use on both days, including access to the beer garden and VIP areas), and is easily reachable by transit with a quick walk from either the Stadium-Chinatown or Main Street-Science World SkyTrain stations.

Game-themed restaurant and bar EXP to close at end of June

Vancouver’s video game-inspired restaurant and bar, EXP, is closing down on Saturday, June 30th, 2018.

According to a post on the EXP Facebook page, The landlord informed restaurant management that they must shut down at the end of June. Leading up to the closure, food and drinks are being discounted with the funds going to staff as thanks for their efforts.

So come on down and power up with a Triforce Burger (or sip a Pikachu’s Revenge) while you still can.

It’s hoped, that EXP may be given a 1-UP to re-open at another site.

Source: Facebook

Celebrate the sun with Carnaval del Sol

Argentinean band Entangados in 2016
Argentinean band Entangados in 2016

With summer just around the corner, the sun is out and so are the festivities. Carnaval del Sol returns to Concord Pacific Place for two days of Latin American food, music, crafts and fun July 8th and 9th, 2017.

Enjoy live performances with bands from Central and South America, fresh cooked treats from Mexico to Argentina, relax with a cold one in the beer garden, browse handicrafts and even take in a game of soccer! Or take a trip without having to board a plane at the YVR Travel Plaza and learn about a new culture through cooking demonstrations. Of course, Carnaval del Sol has events for children in the Kids Plaza — fun for the whole family!

Carnaval del Sol runs Saturday, July 8th and Sunday, July 9th at Concord Pacific Place, 88 Pacific Blvd in Vancouver. This free to attend event is easily reachable by transit with a quick walk from either the Stadium-Chinatown or Main Street-Science World SkyTrain stations.

Eat! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival returns fall 2016

The 14th annual Eat! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival is back for another delicious year with a smorgasbord of dining events October 4th through 7th, 2016.

This year there are new experiences designed to get you up and close with some of Canada’s best chefs. 2016 edition of EAT! Vancouver will be highlighted by a Dinner Series over October 4th and 5th, BETA 5 chocolate demo on Monday, October 4th and a Food Trends Tasting Panel on Tuesday, October 5th, the Eat! Harvest feast on Thursday, October 6th, and lastly, An Intimate Evening with Chef Michael Smith on Friday, October 7th. Proceeds from these benefit the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

Unlike earlier years, there is no one central location hosting a marketplace of vendors, restaurants and seminars. Each event is designed to create an a more inclusive atmosphere where patrons get to know their chefs and have an intimate involvement with their creations and techniques.

Tickets for these culinary sessions are available online through the Eat! Vancouver web site.

Carnaval del Sol warms Vancouver with Latin American culture

Mariachi at Carnaval del Sol
A live mariachi performance at Carnaval del Sol

Spice up your summer with some Latin American flair at the eighth annual Carnaval del Sol with countries from Central and South America bringing their culture to the Lower Mainland.

The food plaza hosts cuisine from dozens of countries; from Mexico to Colombia to Brazil to Argentina. Join in a game of soccer or learn how to salsa or get your heart beating with zumba. On top of that, live music and cultural performances come to life on the main stage. There’s fun for everyone, including activities for families with children.

Carnaval del Sol takes place Saturday, July 9th and Sunday, July 10th at Concord Pacific Place, 88 Pacific Blvd in Vancouver. Carnaval del Sol is easily reachable by transit with a short walk from either the Stadium-Chinatown or Main Street-Science World SkyTrain stations.

Apple Festival returns to the UBC Botanical Gardens October 2015

Salish Apples
Bags of Salish apples for sale at the Apple Festival.

If you love apples (the edible kind, not the technology company), then the Apple Festival at the UBC Botanical Gardens is for you. Between the hours of 11:00 am and 4:00 pm on Saturday, October 17th and Sunday, October 18th, you can purchase bags of the crisp fruit, trees, and other apple-related treats.

But these aren’t just your regular Granny Smiths. Over 70 different varieties will be available, with some in limited quantities. While a list of cultivars for this year won’t be posted until October, some of the ones served up last year included Ambrosia, Bramley’s Seedling, Cox’s Orange Pippin, Grimes Golden, and Salish.

There will be a tasting tent to sample an array of some 60 different apples; there’s a separate $5.00 admission to enter. Other free events include educational demonstrations, a food and craft fair, live music and children-friendly activities.

Admission is $4, or free for those aged 12 and under, and gets you access to the event and the botanical gardens. There is no parking at the gardens, but there will be shuttle buses running to and from the West Parkade on campus.

For more information, visit the UBC Botanical Garden web site.

Celebrate Mexico at the Fiesta Mexicana on September 6

Mexico Vivo performance in 2013
Come experience the colourful culture from Mexico!

On Sunday, September 6th, come out to the Roundhouse Community Centre in Vancouver for some food, music and fun at Fiesta Mexicana. Hosted by the Comunidad Mexicana en Vancouver – Service Society, Fiesta Mexicana is a free event starting at 12:00 pm and finishing at 6:00 pm and filled with the best of Mexican culture.

The live entertainment includes performances by the mariachi band Los Dorados, Sonora King, Tren al Sur, Monika Schwartzman, Latin Sound Gustavo Herrera y Laura Rivera, Felix Zazueta, Joaquin Ernesto Gonzalez, Grupo Nahuatl, Grupo America, adn Grupo Akari Karate. There will also be lucha libre, zumba, and the Grito de Independencia.

Fiesta Mexicana is part of the month-long celebration of all things Mexican including a Latin American film festival, art exhibits, seminars on economic expansion between Mexico and Canada and cultural lesson. For further information, visit the MexicoFest web site.

Kintaro serves up authentic Japanese-style ramen

Kintaro Ramen
Kintaro Ramen on Denman Street.

The thought of ramen shouldn’t stir up memories of dried packets of noodles and boiling water from a kettle. It should be long noodles served in savoury broth with chunks of meat and real vegetables. Kintaro does just that and like a traditional Japanese noodle-house, specializing in tonkotsu, or pork-bone broth ramen.

Situated just off the corner of Robson and Denman Streets in Vancouver’s West End, Kintaro is as close to a traditional ramen shop without having to cross the Pacific. It’s small and almost always busy; a good sign. On some days it’s not surprising to see line-ups outside, occasionally stretching up to the Robson Street intersection. If there’s a line, the ever-attentive waitresses are out with menus and taking orders, so as soon as you’re seated there’s no additional waiting for the food.

The menu may seem limited, but its because it keeps the kitchen focused on providing a consistent and delicious product. The soups themselves are are all made with pork-bone stock and customizable with a rich, medium or light broth and fatty or lean pork cutlets. There’s four main bowls available: shoyu made with soy sauce, shio made with pork stocks and sea salt, miso with a combination of soybean pastes from around Japan and twelve different spices, and spicy garlic with a hot miso broth and ground garlic. Specialty soups are available, with a cold ramen available in summer (June-September), and a ramen with two kinds of cheese.

Shoyu Ramen
A bowl of fresh shoyu ramen.

I usually order the shoyu ramen in medium broth and fat barbecue pork; the fat has all the flavour. Garnished with a heaping pile of bean sprouts and bamboo shoots, diced green onion, a paper-thin square of dried seaweed and a tender slice of pork. The noodles themselves are thin and soft, but not mushy; the sprouts counter this with a bit of a crunch. With the soy sauce mixed in, the broth is a little salty yet not overpowering. The pork can be a little chewy, but that delicious flavour brought out by the barbecue makes up for it. The bowls are big and I’m left with a sea of broth that will slosh around inside me after all the noodles, meat and vegetables are gone. It’s not a bad feeling, it just leaves me full, satisfied and slow-moving.

In addition to ramen and should still be hungry, Kintaro also serves up gyoza (dumplings), hanpayaro (small pieces of barbecue pork), slices of pork meat, kimchi (spicy Korean-style vegetables) and rice.

Prices are relatively cheap – $8.95 for most bowls, increasing to $10.45 for specialty soups. Additional toppings are a dollar extra, with pop at $1.85, local beer at $4.75 and imported beer at $5.75.

Kintaro is located at 788 Denman Street in Vancouver, is open 11:30 am – 11:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday and closed Mondays. Methods of payment accepted are limited to cash and debit; no credit cards. Dine-in only.

EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival 2015

Make way for the pasta train!
Make way for the pasta train!

With the sun poking its head out on the weekend, much of the city was indoors exploring the culinary world at the 13th annual EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival at BC Place. The floor of the stadium was transformed from May 1st through 3rd into a maze of booths and demonstrations of delicious and decadent creations: artisan chocolates, premium chefs knives, aromatic cheeses, craft beers, and oh so much more. Continue reading EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival 2015