1) La Table – A series of French communal dinners designed to evoke sharing, conversation and a sense of community.
Where: Le Parisien 751 Denman St.Vancouver B.C.
When: The inaugural La Table Choucroute Night. Tuesday, October 1 at 6:30pm
This evening will take guests on a taste trip to the charming land of Alsace. Diners will gather around one single long table and share in tarte flambée, warm apple strudel, and choucroute; the epitome of Alsatian cuisine, combining hearty German fare with elegant French cooking.
Dinner will be paired with Gentil from the House of Hugel. This wine revives an ancient Alsace tradition of combining noble grapes to create a refreshing and spicy wine with finesse and body. Dinner is priced at $65 inclusive of tax, gratuity and wine pairing (an eventbrite service charge will be added at the time of purchase).
2) WEEKLY CUPPINGS at 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters
Where: 2902 Main Street at East 13th Avenue
Weekly coffee cuppings open to the general public. Coffee enthusiasts are invited to join the company’s staff to learn a little more about coffee sourcing and regions, and then do a comparative cupping with examples of 49th Parallel’s current offerings.
Cupping is a process that green coffee buyers, roasting teams and quality control groups use to determine quality and viability of a coffee. Where “tasting” is a more casual affair, cupping is a protocol with a 100-point scoring grade that systematically helps coffee professionals judge the quality of a coffee. The team at 49th Parallel cup at the roastery each morning to evaluate current production roasts. They also cup at origin with producing partners, again when a pre-shipment sample of a purchased coffee arrives, and also when a new shipment of coffee is received at the roastery.
When: 2 pm every Tuesday afternoon
Upcoming cupping on October 1: A rendezvous with Roya, also known as leaf rust. Talk about how this disease is affecting cup quality, and then cup unaffected and affected beans side-by-side so you can taste the difference.
Tickets: Must be purchased in advance at 49TH PARALLEL’S MAIN STREET CAFÉ
3) Campagnolo presents Cerelia
Where: Campagnolo Restaurant – 1020 Main Street
An Italian celebration of harvest in honour of the final Main St. Station Farmers Market of the season. Guests are invited to gather around communal tables, and break bread with old and new friends while indulging in fresh finds, sourced that day, from the Main St. Station Farmers Market and a variety of other incredible suppliers. Produce will be harvested by local farmers which may include: Sapo Bravo Organics, Stoney Paradise Farm, Glorious Organics, UBC Farms, Klippers Organic Acres, Sole Food Street Farms, Crisp Organics, Cropthorne Farm and Icecap Organics.
When: Wednesday, October 2. 6:30pm
Tickets are $59 plus Eventbrite service charge (tax and gratuity included). Beverages are an additional cost, but guests are invited to bring their own wine and the corkage fee will be waived. campagnolocerelia.eventbrite.com
4) Fraser Valley Food Show
Where: Tradex, Abbotsford
When: Friday-Sunday, October 4-6, 2013
The 6th annual Fraser Valley Food Show celebrates Oktoberfest with the 2nd Great Canadian Sausage Making Competition, 11th annual Master Chef Competition, and at least nine breweries and beer distributors participating in the popular Wine, Beer & Spirits Tasting Pavilion. The show features over 100 exhibitors in the food & beverage industry – many offering products from the Fraser Valley – as well as celebrity chef demonstrations, competitions, menu sampling, and tasting seminars.
a, 2nd annual Great Canadian Sausage-Making Competition
When: October 5 : Sampling for the first 500 visitors takes place Saturday, October 5 at 11:30am. The sampling fee is 4 tasting tickets (or $2 each) and includes a glass of Erdinger Gluten-Free beer for adults aged 19 and older.
b. The 11th annual Master Chef Competition finals
When: Sunday, October 6
Information and tickets: www.fraservalleyfoodshow.com
5) Fall Okanagan Wine Festival, 2013
A 10-day celebration of earthly delights.
When: October 4th to October 14
Where: Various location
This is the only festival of it’s kind in North America, which is held during the grape harvest time. With over 165 events throughout the entire Okanagan wine region, it is the largest Okanagan wine festival.
It is also one of the best festivals to experience vineyard tours, lunches, dinners, unique events and the fall wine harvest celebrations. Events are focused on gourmet wine, food, arts and education.
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6) Tasting Plates Event
Where: West 4th (from Burrard to Vine),
When: Sunday October 6th, from 4-9pm
The event will feature Romers Burgers, O5 Rare Tea Bar and 6 more restaurants (to be announced soon.)
Tickets and details at http://tastingplateswest4th.eventbrite.com/
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7) BC Beer Awards & Festival
Where: Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive.
When: October 19, 1 – 6pm
The signature consumer tasting event of BC Craft Beer Month, it features both the craft beer festival and the BC Beer Awards ceremony. it features both the craft beer festival and the BC Beer Awards ceremony. The overall mandate of the BC Beer Awards is to celebrate excellent beer, judging each hand-produced, artisanal beverage on its own merits. Craft Brewers across the province are well-known for their innovation and creativity, something that the BCBA organizers are keen to help honour.
New this year is the Hops Connect Hops Class, led by Danny Seeton, Education Liaison from CAMRA Vancouver. The one-hour session, which takes place the same day from 11am-12noon, will include samples, demonstrations and a Q&A with industry experts. Tickets for the Hops Class are only $10 per person, and only 50 tickets will be available.
Another new offering includes a unique VIP package for up to six guests. For $400 (+ tax), join a beer expert on a 90-minute fully-guided tour through the most interesting craft beer in BC. The package includes priority admission, tasting glasses and a custom tasting guidebook, tokens for all beer sampled on the tour, plus additional tokens for use within the remainder of the festival.
Tickets: $35 (+tax) exclusively via http://bcba2013.eventbrite.ca.
For more information, please visit BCBeerAwards.com or follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.
8) Harrison Hot Spring Craft Beer Month
With three must-attend events over two days: Cask Night, Harrison Beer Festival and Oktoberfest Dance.
Where: Harrison Hot Springs
When: Friday, October 25th and Saturday, October 26th
Friday: Cask Night, a fun night of song and games with a warm and friendly British pub feel complete with evening piano music. Saturday, October 26th, beer aficionados will compare the finest crafted beers in BC (and one Ontario participant) at the Harrison Beer Festival. Saturday evening, the celebrations continue with the traditional Oktoberfest Dance.
Tickets start at $18. Admission includes a complimentary sampling glass and three free tasting tokens. For information and tickets, please visit the Harrison Beer Festival website. http://www.tourismharrison.com
9) The Irish Heather Long Table Series
212 Carrall Streeet, Vancouver. www.irishheather.com
When: Every Sunday and Monday, 7pm
A dining event on a 40ft communal table that sits 40, friends and/or strangers! Guests get a meal and a beer in a communal setting, for $16. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free diets available.