Food & Drink

Dates announced for the 25th annual UBC Apple Festival


The UBC Apple Festival returns for its 25th anniversary October 15-16. This is one of our favourite fall Vancouver family-friendly events. The party celebrates one of BC’s most prolific fruits and has all the cozy traditions you need to let go of summer and welcome cool weather, from apple cider to heaps of apple pie.

Around 40,000 pounds (18,144 kilos) of apples will be sold to thousands of hungry attendees. Over 60 varieties of heritage, new and “tried and true” varieties are available, grown both conventionally and organically. Varieties of apple trees grafted onto dwarfing root stock are also for sale, perfect for the home garden or patio.

Activities also include learning about the diversity of apples to tasting rare and unusual varieties. Kids can engage in a number of activities in the children’s area, ranging from face painting and games to storytelling. A variety of talented entertainers keep the family amused, including family-friendly shows on the Main Stage.

One of the most popular activities at the Apple Festival is the Apple Tasting tent. Read more…

3 exciting concept restaurants opening in Kits

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Three exciting new concept restaurants are opening soon – some this week –  in Kits. These include Japanese-French fusion spot Mak N Ming, which will replace Thai Star restaurant at 1629 Yew Street, Cacao at 1898 West 1st Avenue, and Chi Restaurant Bar bringing Vietnamese cuisine to 1935 West 4th Ave.

Chi restaurant has yet to put menus on their website, but they open August 25, so readers can scout for themselves. Chef Le Chi won runner up on Masterchef Vietnam, so we expect good things. We know the least about Cacao. It’s opening this fall and the menu will be “wild, seasonal, and local with a Latin twist.” Mak N Ming is by chefs Makoto Ono and Amanda Cheng both formerly of PiDGiN in Gastown. The space is 850 square feet and will seat 30. There will be a seasonal chef’s menu as well as a selection of a la carte choices.

Drop by and let us know what you think.

Summer food festival alert – YVR Food Fest is August 6-7

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Heads up, eaters. The best Vancouver summer food festival, YVR Food Fest Street Food Showdown, takes place August 6-7 in Olympic Village. The two-day smorgasbord features over 80 of the city’s top food carts, restaurants, breweries, and wineries and is larger than any street food event that has ever been produced in Vancouver.

Highlights include Baja-style tacos from Tacofino, Indian fusion from Vij’s Railway Express, gooey and delicious sandwiches from Mom’s Grilled Cheese, healthy Lebanese comfort food from Nuba, saltimbocca sandwiches from Via Tevere, artisanal ice cream and popsicles from Nice Vice Cream and Johnny’s Pops, and so many more.

Ticket info after the jump. Read more…

Darby’s Pub wants to become a new Vancouver restaurant

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Image: Darby’s

Darby’s Pub – a  Kitsilano locals’ spot for the last 30 years – has applied to get on Vancouver’s list of licensed restaurants.

A development application has been filed before city hall to change the use of the pub’s approximately 2,381-square-foot space at 2001 Macdonald Street into a restaurant. Read more…

The Khatsahlano Street Party is this Saturday, July 9th


Khatsahlano Street Party, Vancouver’s largest free music and arts festival, returns to West 4th Avenue on Saturday, July 9th from 11am to 9pm.

Khatsahlano is host to a long list of local musicians including headliners Hannah Georgas, Mounties, We Are The City and Jordan Klassen. The line-up, curated by Kitsilano’s Zulu Records, also features White Poppy, Jasper Sloan Yip, Woolworm, Gang Signs and many more. Read more…

Chocolate Arts now scooping house-made ice cream


As if the competition for awesome ice cream wasn’t fierce enough, another contender has entered the race. Chocolate Arts has just launched their seasonal house-made ice cream menu featuring dark chocolate with wine-soaked dried cherries, apple crumble, and coconut & lime. Stop by and check it out.

Chocolate Arts, 1620 West 3rd Ave, Vancouver,  604.739.0475,

Cartems Donuterie Opens Kitsilano Location


One of Vancouver’s most sought-after donut shops has just opened a new location in Kits.

Cartems Donuterie continues to expand its reach across the city by opening its third location on West Broadway this week. Read more…

Save the Date! The Khatsahlano Street Party is July 9.

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Khatsahlano Street Party, Vancouver’s largest free music and arts festival, returns to West 4th Avenue on Saturday, July 9, 2016. Khatsahlano is host to a long list of local musicians including headliners Hannah Georgas, Mounties, We Are The City and Jordan Klassen. The line-up, curated by Kitsilano’s Zulu Records, also features White Poppy, Jasper Sloan Yip, Woolworm, Gang Signs and many more.

This year’s festival has something Kitsilano residents will like; the West 4th Living Stage presented by BC Living. This stage highlights the best of Kitsilano life with yoga classes, fashion shows, and cooking demonstrations with Fable Chef Trevor Bird. Plus, West 4th bartenders will be shaking up their fresh cocktails in a mixology competition.

Created with love in 2011 by the members of the Kitsilano West 4th Avenue Business Association, Khatsahlano, features multiple stages showcasing more than 50 of Vancouver’s top musical performers as well as the eclectic work of local artisans and street performers. This 10-block street fair, spanning from Burrard to MacDonald Street also features a wide variety of food options, bustling patios, giveaways, special activities, and licensed beer gardens.

Interested in volunteering at Khatsahlano? The organizers love volunteers and here are some of the benefits: Read more…

Love or hate the newest Kitsilano ice cream shop DIP?


We shared our favourite Kitsilano ice cream shops and readers had a lot to say about the new DIP Ice Cream store that just opened at 2967 West Broadway. The shop is tucked between a dollar store and a sushi joint and co-owned by friends Tanya Shklanka and Robyn Harding.

In order to stand out from the rest of the ice cream shops in Kitsilano, DIP is all about the dip. Soft serve cones are dipped into various forms of chocolate topping before being dazzled with a coating of toppings. But that’s not the whole story. Some of our readers have already complained about the prices (not that Rain or Shine is cheap!) and we found out why they’re on the high side. DIP creates homemade soft-serve ice cream using milk from Birchwood Dairy in Abbotsford, and dips cones in Rainforest Alliance Certified chocolate, before decorating the local-ethical goodness with different toppings and drizzles. That costs. Read more…