September 2013 Events

With September finally arrived and kids back to school, the summer holiday season is over for most folks. Life is getting back to some normalcy!  In spite of this, the food & wine calendar is full again somehow. Here is a list of events for September – a delicious approach to the fall season when we celebrate another harvest and enjoy the fruits of the effort.

Fully loaded nacho  “MexicoFest 2013” celebrates its sixth year with 11 days of cultural activities, starting on September 5th and finishing on September 15th, 2013, for this occasion, featuring the paradise between two seas “Baja California Sur”.  All information regarding the Mexicofest is available in the Mexicofest’s website http://mesicofest.ca; mobile App as well as in the website of the Mexican Consulate in Vancouver. Over 15,000 people are expected to attend these events. Free public event taking place Saturday, September 7th from noon to 6pm at Vancouver Convention Centre, bring the famiy!

Traditional Mexican Cuisine as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity – as declared in December 2010 by UNESCO. MexicoFest 2013 honours this culinary traditions and for 15 days during the month of September; several restaurants in the Vancouver and Lower Mainland area will feature the delectable cuisine of Baja California Sur. All participating restaurants will include some specials in their menus so Vancouverites can sample the unique and rich flavours of this incredible region of Mexico.

Restaurants participating in the culinary celebration 2013:

Arturo’s Mexico to Go

W. Cordova & Howe, Waterfront, Vancouver

(604) 202-4043


Las Margaritas

1999 West 4th Avenue Vancouver

(604) 734-7117


La Taqueria

Cambie - 2549 Cambie Street  Vancouver,

(604) 558-2549

Hastings - 322 W. Hastings Vancouver




Pamola Bakery & Deli

810 Quayside Drive New Westminster, BC V3M 6Z6

(778) 397-1677



827 Denman Street Vancouver, BC V6G 2L7

(604) 683-7236


Sal y Limon

701 Kingsway #5 Vancouver, BC V5T 2R7

(604) 677-4247



The Mount Pleasant 4th annual Autumn Shift Festival

When: Sunday, September 15 from 12:00pm – 6:00pm

             2pm: Smoking Sausage BBQ Cook-off  ($5 donation to the Food Bank)

Where: Main Street between Broadway and 7th Avenue.

What: Fun, free, community oriented activities focusing on sustainability, urban gardening, healthy living.  Free popcorns and cotton candies!!

Come forage with Forage & Fraser Common Farm

When: September 14 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Where: Fraser Common Farm, the home of Glorious Organics

What: Join Chef Chris Whittaker of Forage Restaurant for feasting and foraging! Guests will forage through the bounty of produce at the farm, deliver their goods to Chef, who will then create a meal, accompanied by Gelderman Farms’ pork and two complimentary beverages for the 50 foraging participants. In a field, with live entertainment of the musical kind, and just picked freshness, this is the dinner to attend this summer.

Tickets for this interactive dinner are $70 per person and are available at www.frasercommonfarm.com

Galloway's Cupboard Cleaning Sale

When: Month of September, 2013

Where: Galloway’s Specialty Foods Inc.

              Richmond: Alderbridge @ No. 3 Road

              604-270-6363   htto://gallowaysfoods.com

What:   25% off sale on all outgoing products - jams, baking supplies, cookies, bulk items and more to make room for a healthier store.

Chefs Signature Dishes Festival

Another of vancouverfoodster’s urban and upbeat food event. There are 15 Chefs participating in this dishes festival from restaurants in Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond and Langley. The Festival: Chefs create a must try signature dish (this dish can-not be on the restaurant’s menu, it must be a new dish created by the chef) to enter in this Chefs Signature Dishes Festival. The Chefs creation can be simple to fancy, using unique and innovative ingredients, any type, as nutritious or indulgent as he/she wants. Their signature dishes are expected to be creative and imaginative and to stay true to their type of cuisine or restaurant.  Foodies are invited to go check out these dishes and vote for your favourite!

All the details for the dishes festival can be found here http://vancouverfoodster.com/chefs-dishes-festival/    The hashtag is: #ChefsDishesYVR


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September is Shellfish month at YEW seafood + bar

Seafood lovers and hungry guests are in for a treat with an array of seaworthy dishes to crunch, slurp and savour. Only around for a short time, the Shellfish Menu kicks off with sweet and sustainable Dungeness Crab, served with corn succotash and black pepper crème fraiche. Get to know this fall’s “It” ingredient: Humpback Shrimp. Acknowledged as the finest eating shrimp in the sea, we’re taking it up a notch by serving it “Popcorn” style; it’s a crunchy, gluten-free delight served with a bright punch of lemon mayo.  Totally addictive.

If seafood lovers’ mouths aren’t already watering, the savoury Seared Scallops are sure to please. These succulent bivalves are served with local Damson plums, yogurt, vanilla & prune compote and pine nut granola.  Follow it up with the BC Shellfish Stew, an inspired combination of ocean-friendly spot prawns, scallops, mussels and clams with bacon and spicy coconut in a vibrant lime and saffron broth.

The YEW seafood menu is complete witt a fresh new dessert, as Yew debuts Pastry Chef Bruno’s perfect Lemon Panna Cotta. Served with seed granola, BC Blueberry sorbet and Venturi Shulze Balsamic “Faux” Caviar, it’s the perfect finale to a shellfish lovers’ dream.  Menu price is $77, click here or call 604.692.4939 for reservations.

Those in the know can pre-purchase YEW’s seasonal monthly menus on Eventbrite* for $77, saving the cost of tax and gratuity.   Click here to buy yours now!

YEW’s featured drinks in September:

The Black Walnut Manhattan, made with Forty Creek  Single Barrel Whisky, Amaro and Black Walnut Bitters — an absolutely perfect pairing for a cheese and charcuiterie plate 

The Vancouver, a classic cocktail adapted from the SylviaHotel in English Bay Vancouver from 1955. Beefeater gin, Punt e Mes Vermouth, Benedictine and Orange bitters.

The Negroni, the Classic from Italy, made with Hendricks Gin, Campari, Vya Sweet Vermouth

Nicli Antica PizzaNicli Antica Pizzeria Presents “An evening of ‘beer and pizza’“

When: September 10th

Where: Nicli Antica Pizzeria in Gastown

               62 East Cordova Street  604-669-6985   http://www.niclipizzeria.ca

What: Nicli Antica Pizzeria is teaming up with Quebec’s iconic Unibroue to present an evening of ‘beer and pizza’ like no other. Nicli’s Chef Dave Tozer has created a five-course dinner that is sure to incite praise – be it in Italian (‘splendido,’ ‘fantastico’), French (‘magifique,' 'formidable’) or ‘Foodie (‘yum’). The menu features four pizzas plus dessert - each course carefully paired with one of Unibroue’s distinctive brews. The dinner is value-priced at $45

Celebrate: One Night in Argentina

When: September 25 (Wednesday) 7:00 – 9:30pm

Where:  Jewel Ballroom  - 4th Floor, 1495 West 8th at Granville, Vancouver

What: Over 35 Argentinean wineries will be featured at Vancouver's Jewel Ballroom. Guests will get a taste of the vibrant Argentinean culture. A DJ will spin South American-inspired music surrounded by over 100 wines and authentic Argentinean-style bites. Attendees will leave with a list of excellent options for both entertaining and everyday drinking.

Tickets $49  (Please note: The promotional code ‘greatwine’ with your readers - it saves them $10 per ticket. Partial proceeds from the evening will go to benefit the British Columbia Hospitality Foundation (BCHF), which provides support to hospitality industry members facing financial hardship due to a health or medical condition.

Tickets and information:  www.winesofargentina.ca

Argentine main varietal - Malbec

Free Public Tasting of Argentina Wines: Wines of Argentina will be featured at BC Liquor Stores throughout the month of October 2013.  Consumers are invited to explore the diversity of Argentinean wines at FREE tastings held at the flagship BC Liquor Store at 39th and Cambie on Friday, October 4th (2:30 – 6:30pm) , Saturday, October 5th (1 – 5pm), and Thursday, October 10th(2:30 – 6:30pm).  A total of 32 wines will be on display at 75 stores around the province throughout the month.

BC Culture Days

When: Sept ember 27 – 29

Where: Various locations

What: Culture Days is a collaborative, Canada-wide volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. The first annual Culture Days event swept across more than 700 Canadian cities and towns during the last weekend of September 2010, generating an extraordinary amount of enthusiasm in the process! Once again, the event will feature free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate "behind the scenes", and to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators and designers at work in their community.