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Father's Day in Vancouver 2014

Monday June 2, 2014

Father's Day is Sunday, June 15, which means it's time to start planning ways to celebrate Dad.

Use these Guides to Father's Day in Vancouver 2014 to plan the perfect day and find the right gift for the father in your life:

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Children's Festival, City of Bhangra, Craft Beer Week & More - Weekend Picks

Friday May 30, 2014

There are summer night markets this weekend, too!

  • Vancouver International Children's Festival
    A world-renowned festival of performing arts for young audiences, the Vancouver International Children's Festival has been educating, entertaining and inspiring young audiences since 1978. The week-long festival features music, theatre, dance, storytelling, puppetry, circus acts, and more. Ends Sunday, June 1.

  • City of Bhangra Festival
    In honour of Asian Heritage Month, the Bhangra Festival includes free outdoor concerts, live music and dance performances, art exhibits and more. Runs through Tuesday, June 3.

  • Vancouver Craft Beer Week
    Vancouver's popular Craft Beer Week is back for 2014 with 60 breweries, over 30 venues, and more beer events than you can imagine. Runs Friday, May 30 - Saturday, June 7.

  • Vancouver Heritage Foundation Annual Heritage House Tour
    The annual Heritage House Tour is a one-day self-guided tour of 10 unique heritage homes in Vancouver. Proceeds go to the VHF. Happens Sunday, June 1.

Vancouver International Children's Festival Returns May 27

Monday May 26, 2014

One of the great, family-friendly annual events in Vancouver returns May 27, 2014: the Vancouver International Children's Festival (VICF).

The VICF is a world-renowned performing arts festival for young people, with theatre, music, acrobatics, comedy, storytelling, and more.

Highlights of the 2014 Festival include the Lewis Carroll-themed A Circus in Wonderland, Erth Dinosaur Zoo (where kids can feel and touch dinosaurs), Canadian kids' singer Fred Penner, and The Frog King with puppets.

The Vancouver International Children's Festival runs May 28 - June 1, 2014, at Granville Island.

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Summer Night Markets, Art Markets & South Hill Festival - Weekend Picks

Friday May 23, 2014

Celebrate the return of summer with these wonderful, diverse markets this weekend.

  • Summer Night Markets in Metro Vancouver
    Summer nigh markets are a tradition in the Lower Mainland, and range from huge, Asian-style markets in Richmond to the farmers-market-at-night Shipyards Market in North Van. Summer night markets are open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights throughout the summer.

  • Portobello West: Spring into Summer
    One of Vancouver's top art/artisan markets--where you'll find everything from fashion and jewelry to home decor--returns for summer this Saturday, May 24 - Sunday, May 25.

  • 12th Annual South Hill Festival
    Celebrate Vancouver's South Hill neighbourhood at this free festival that includes food, games and live performers. Happens Saturday, May 24.

Interview with Ilana Labow, Director of Vancouver's Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society

Wednesday May 21, 2014

Did you know that the first working farms on school grounds in Canada started here in Vancouver in 2013?

The Fresh Roots Schoolyard Market Gardens at David Thompson Secondary School and Vancouver Technical Secondary School are outdoor classrooms that also produce fresh food for neighbours, students and schools. You can buy their produce yourself, at their monthly Market Gardens or through their Veggie Box service.

How did these schoolyard gardens come to be? In a new interview with Ilana Labow, Co-Founder and Director of Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society, Ms. Labow explains how the gardens got their start, how the VSB reacted to this ground-breaking project, and how you can help with this amazing program: Interview with Ilana Labow, Director of Vancouver's Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society.

Image Courtesy of Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society

Vancouver Summer Farmers Markets 2014

Tuesday May 20, 2014

Eating local foods gets a little easier every summer, when Farmers Markets pop up all over Vancouver.

There are seven farmers markets in the Vancouver Farmers Markets group, each happening weekly (though on different days), in Kitsilano, Trout Lake, Kerrisdale, Main Street at Thornton Park, Mt. Pleasant, the West End, and Yaletown. There are also independent farmers markets at Granville Island, Oak Street, and UBC.

Most markets open in early June, but several of the the Vancouver Farmers Market group are already opened for the season. For a complete list and schedule, see my Guide to Vancouver Farmers Markets 2014.

Photo by Dana Lynch

10 Things to Do For Victoria Day Weekend in Vancouver - Special Weekend Pick

Friday May 16, 2014

This Monday, May 19, is Victoria Day, which means a long, three-day weekend. Use this Top 10 list to plan a staycation in Vancouver or a mini getaway!

10 Things to Do for Victoria Day Weekend 2014

  1. Have fun at a summer night market in Richmond: Richmond Night Market and the International Summer Night Market are both open for the summer season this weekend!
  2. Head to the Cloverdale Rodeo, May 16 - 19, for one of Canada's largest rodeos, plus the 126th annual Cloverdale Country Fair.
  3. Attend the official opening of the breathtaking Sea to Sky Gondola on May 16 or try it out on May 17 - 19!
  4. Take a day trip or weekend getaway: Best Day Trips & Weekend Getaways from Vancouver.
  5. See the amazing food-can sculptures at Canstruction Vancouver, on through May 16.
  6. Take your sweetie on the road: Best Romantic Getaways from Vancouver.
  7. Go camping: Top Spots for Camping near Vancouver
  8. Plan a getaway the kids will love: Best Family-Friendly Day Trips from Vancouver.
  9. Support local growers at a Vancouver Farmers Market.
  10. Enjoy music, sports, and more at Whistler's GO Fest Outdoor Festival, May 16 - 19.

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Vancouver Summer Night Markets 2014

Monday May 12, 2014

Mid-May marks the opening of the summer season's night markets, and this year there's a big change: despite it's revamped design last summer, the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market is closed for 2014.

According to an interview in The Vancouver Sun with Henry Tom, of the Vancouver Chinatown Merchants Association, the cost of putting on the Chinatown Night Market is too high, largely because--unlike the night markets in Richmond--all of the vendors must completely take down their stalls between weekends, so that Keefer Street can be accessible Monday - Friday and during the day on the weekends. Tom says they're "taking a break" for 2014 and hopes they can find a better location for future Chinatown Night Markets.

Without the Chinatown Night Market, there are three summer night markets in Metro Vancouver: the International Summer Night Market in Richmond, the Richmond Night Market, and the Shipyards Night Market in North Vancouver.

The two night markets in Richmond are Asian-style bazaars with hundreds of vendors, loads of food, live entertainment, and (at the Richmond Night Market) rides. The Shipyards Night Market in North Vancouver--the only one with free general admission (the Richmond markets are $2)--is more of a farmers market at night, with local vendors selling artisan crafts and organic foods. The Shipyards Night Market also has live music, a beer garden, and 15 food trucks.

To get all the details on the the three night markets open this summer, read my Guide to Vancouver Summer Night Markets 2014.

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International Summer Night Market, BC Spot Prawn Festival & Mother's Day - Weekend Picks

Friday May 9, 2014

The summer night market season opens this weekend with the International Summer Night Market in Richmond (that's the one on Vulcan Way).

  • International Summer Night Market
    Richmond's amazing night market (formerly just the Summer Night Market) is a don't-miss summer tradition, with 300 vendors, tons of food, and thousands of visitors. Runs Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, May 9 - September 14.

  • B.C. Spot Prawn Festival
    B.C. spot prawn season kicks off with this annual free festival, which includes free entertainment and kids' activities, celebrity chef cooking demos, and the $15-per-person Spot Prawn Boil. Happens Saturday, May 10.

  • Mother's Day in Vancouver
    Find the perfect activity to celebrate Mom this Sunday with this list of the Top 10 Things to Do for Mother's Day in Vancouver. Mother's Day is Sunday, May 11.

Eating Local in Vancouver, Part V: The Complete Guide

Thursday May 8, 2014

Vancouver has been at the vanguard of the locavore movement--Vancouver authors Alisa Smith and J. B. MacKinnon wrote their famous book, The 100 Mile Diet right here in Kitsilano--and eating local foods is much easier than in other cities. Still, to eat local foods as often as possible takes both effort and knowledge. For the knowledge part, I give you my new, complete Guide to Eating Local Foods in Vancouver, which covers everything from local CSAs to farmers markets, where to buy local seafood, helpful apps, and more.

Please tell me how you eat local in Vancouver in the comments!

Image Courtesy of UBC Farms

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