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The Khatsahlano Street Party is this Saturday, July 9th

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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

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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, Chocolatearts.com

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?

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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…

Kitsilano Farmers Market now open

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In case you were so excited about the Kitsilano Pool opening and forgot about the other hot spring neighbourhood events, here’s a reminder. Kitsilano Farmers Market is now open for the 2016 season from 10am to 2pm each Sunday at Kitsilano Community Centre on Larch Street.

Every Sunday, the parking lot of Kits Community Centre fills with organic and conventional produce, meat, cheese, seafood, and plants as well as tasty baked goods, beautiful crafts and musical entertainment by local musicians. Kids can enjoy the playground and waterpark nearby and parents will find the best selection of organic produce around. Hot coffee and hot food available on site each week.

Details here: eatlocal.org/markets/kitsilano

Beer sales could be coming to Kitsilano Beach

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Kitsilano beach goers may soon be able to purchase alcohol from at Vancouver Beach Parks concessions. For many, cracking a beer or sipping wine while picnicking should be a natural part of beach enjoyment. The question of alcohol on Vancouver beaches is part of a larger survey the park board is conducting as it looks at revamping concessions. The Park Board has hired a consultant to develop a business strategy for its 12 seasonal concessions operated between April and October.

“If provided in a responsible manner, do you agree or disagree with the sale of alcoholic beverages at Vancouver Beach Parks concessions?” asks the online survey. (The survey is still live. So take the time to weigh in.) Read more…

Kitsilano’s best ice cream shops

Smoking soft serve from 720 Sweets. Image credit: 720sweets.com

Smoking soft serve from 720 Sweets. Image credit: 720sweets.com

Of course, the moment we begin writing a post on the best ice cream in Kitsilano, the weather changes on us. Well, all three of these sweet shops are still worth a visit during this cool spell, and as a bonus there probably won’t be any line-ups.

3 of Kitsilano’s best ice cream shops

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