Archive | August, 2013

Fall Foodie Events

26 Aug

Even though summer may be technically near its end, there are lots of great foodie events just around the corner. I thought I’d take some time to round up a listing of everything coming up in the Fraser Valley over the next few months that I think are worthy of your attention. If you notice any events I’ve missed, please let me know. I’ll update as necessary up until the beginning of October.

Feast of Fields, at Krause Berry Farms on Sunday, September 8th. This is by far my favourite foodie event of the year. I attended in 2011 and 2012, and every year has been phenomenal. The selection of food and drinks is always amazing, and the locations have been pretty spectacular as well. On a personal note, I’m glad that they’ll be back at Krause this year, which means that a car will be unnecessary. Last year I was the designated driver, which was fine, but I was sad to only be able sample a very small amount of the drinks. I’m looking forward to all the delicious food and drinks, and based on the sneak preview that I went to recently, it’s going to be another taste explosion!

BBQ on the Bypass, September 15th in the parking lot of Well Seasoned. If you love BBQ, then this is the event for you! Free samples all day long, live entertainment, and of course the BBQ and pie competitions.

3rd Annual Cork and Keg Festival, held at the Cascades Casino on Friday, September 20th. I couldn’t attend last year, but I went in 2011, and it was a great evening of wine and beer tasting. along with some food. They’ve expanded the event SO much in the past two years, and I’m excited to hopefully attend again this year. There are two portions of the event: one for media in the afternoon, and then the full event which is open to anyone (19+, of course). Among the food options this year will be an oyster bar, provided by 1 Fish 2 Fish. Definitely don’t miss out on what is sure to be an excellent event. Tickets are $49.95, and are available on the event’s website.

Fraser Valley Food Show, held at the Tradex in Abbotsford from October 4th-6th. Featured events that weekend include a Master Chef competition, Celebrity Stage with Rob Feenie and others, Bite of the Valley (where you can sample menu selections for just $1-$4), wine and beer tasting and more. I’ve always meant to attend this event, but maybe this year I’ll be able to make it out. General Admission is $9 per day, but if you buy your tickets online in advance, you can save $2.

Sneak Feast

16 Aug

Having more free time to spend working on my little site here has been so awesome. One of the immediate benefits was my ability to attend yesterday’s media event called Sneak Feast, which was a preview of the upcoming Feast of Fields event, taking place September 8th. Even better? It was being held at the event’s site, Krause Berry Farms, which is in my neighbourhood. I’ll admit I was a bit intimidated, as this was my first time at a media event, and I’m not so good at making small talk with people I don’t know. I mostly kept to myself, but tried to talk to several people when I could get up the courage. I’m sure this will become easier as I attend more and more of these events in the future.

Anyway, because I wasn’t coming out from Vancouver, I arrived at the event before the bus did. I met up with two lovely people named George and Lise at Krause’s winery before heading over to the event site at the back of the farm. Unfortunately it was a grey and somewhat rainy day, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of everyone too much.

The event started off with a brief introduction by Nicholas Scapillati, who is the Executive Director of Farm Folk City Folk. He talked a bit about the history of Farm Folk City Folk, and the creation of the Feast of Fields event. This year is the 19th year for the Metro Vancouver event.

introduction

One of the most notable things he mentioned was that food has changed more in the past 50 years than in the previous 5,000 (or maybe it was 500. I can’t remember correctly.). Pretty incredible! The Feast of Fields event is a fundraiser for Farm Folk City Folk, but primarily it’s a fantastic opportunity for people to come together, eat some fabulous local food, and meet the farmers and chefs who created it.

There were three tents set up with a nice variety of food and drink for us to try. First up I tried a delicious cracker with goat cheese and spices along with pickled vegetables from Forage. I loved the presentation of these – balanced on small rocks on a plank of wood.

forage

Paired with this were wines from Siren’s Call. I tried their Viognier, which was very nice. I’d never heard of this type of wine before about a month ago, but I’ve found I really enjoy the ones I’ve tried.

Next was a fabulous cornmeal pancake from Whole Foods, topped with salmon cured with bitters, slaw and more. Very tasty!

whole foods

And last, but certainly NOT least, was a fabulous grilled salmon slider with a quinoa salad from Chicha Restaurant:

chicha restaurant

Wow! The taste in that little slider was incredible. It was paired with ciders from Left Field Cider, which was a fantastic pairing. I’ve never been a huge fan of ciders, but I was very impressed by theirs:

left field cider

What makes their cider unique is that they are full juice ciders, meaning they use just apples and don’t add any artificial flavours or juice concentrate. Each crop of apples is different, meaning they’ll never have the same varieties of cider from year to year.

After things wrapped up in the fields, we all hopped into the tractor driven train for a short tour of the farm before heading over to the winery.

krause train

Krause opened their new winery in May of this year, and it’s a gorgeous little building right next to their market. I love the decor in here! We tried a variety of their berry and apple wines, while also sampling some of their berries and local cheeses.

berry wines

The boot shot glasses are awesome!

winery

In the centre is Ted, who looks like he just stepped out of an old timey Western film. LOVE it!

scott perrie

Entertainment for the event was provided by a local musician named Scott Perrie, who will also be performing in September.

All in all, it was a great event, and I’m even more excited about attending again this year. There are still tickets available – be sure to snap yours up before they sell out!

Hotties Mobile Pasta Bar

12 Aug

Food trucks have always fascinated me. Whenever I’m in downtown Vancouver, I always make it a point to check at least one out if I can, since they have such a fabulous (and wide) variety of them.

Not that long ago, I went to the Langley Community Farmers Market to pick up some produce, and I noticed Hotties Mobile Pasta Bar. The name immediately caught my interest. It was relatively close to dinner time and I hadn’t had time to eat lunch that day, so I was starving.  I love the look of their trailer – it’s not your standard boring food cart – they have wood paneling on the walls and several places to sit – both on the cart itself and on cute little tables and chairs beside it.

food truck

They also have a great selection of pastas (made fresh!) that you can order, all for a very reasonable price. I had a chance to talk with two of the staff members working there while I waited for my food to cook, and they were super friendly and willing to engage with their customers, which is always awesome.

Hotties has been in business for over a year, and they travel all over the Lower Mainland to participate in farmer’s markets, other events and they even do catering. I really should have asked about the inspiration for the name, because it made me laugh. Before I saw their website, I’ll admit to having a rather interesting time googling them, despite all my precautions. Maybe that’s on purpose?! 😉

I ordered the Fettuccine Pomodoro, and it was fabulous! The pasta was cooked to perfection and the tomatoes were delicious. I loved the pop of flavour that the basil provided. Plus, it just looked so pretty!

pomodoro

Hotties is definitely a food cart worthy of checking out. They post their schedule on their website (as well as on social media), and they’ll be back at the Langley Farmers Market this Wednesday.