Wednesday, August 14, 2013

August; the days get shorter, the sweaters come out, the leafs fall, are we ready? We don't really have a choice but let's embrace it with open arms. Here's what's happening around the city to keep you and your mind occupied from the glimpse of fall. 


Now through August 17 | Positive Negative Gallery (436 Columbia Street) | DETAILS

The positive Negative Gallery in Chinatown is exhibiting a FotoFilmic’13. Check out a show of images gathered from emerging and unknown photographers from around the world to demonstrate the unique medium and practice of film photography. 



Thursday August 15 | 6-11pm | UBC Farm (3461 Ross Dr) | DETAILS

 A mid-summer long table farm dinner is something that everyone should do at least once. If you haven’t managed to attend one yet this season, consider heading out to UBC Farm this Thursday night for Farmacie, a community dinner celebrating local food as “the grand connector of all aspects of life”. Quang Dang, the executive chef at South Granville’s storied West restaurant, will be preparing the main course. Also expect cool peeps from Tractor Everyday Foods and Victory Gardens to be on site along with Aphrodite’s Pies, Earnest Ice Cream and Johnny Pops. Beer will be flowing (Red Truck) and wine will be poured (Unsworth Vineyards). Don’t let the threat of a sprinkle of rain hold you back!



Friday, August 16 | 7-9pm | Parking Lot beside Keefer Bar / Chinatown Night Market | DETAILS

 Chinatown has it going on this Friday night. Nine of Vancouver’s top chefs are gathering at the Chinatown Night Market for a dumpling cook-off. The competition is running under some relatively vague guidelines (to achieve ‘dumpling’ status chefs must present “something wrapped in something”), but with talent from restaurants like Chambar, La Mezcalaria, Wild Rice, Wildebeest, Pidgin, Cibo, Sea Monster Sushi, Harvest, and The Parker you’re guaranteed to see some pretty fine cooking going down. Each chef will whip up 300 dumplings (that’s 2,700 dumplings all told), so grab yourself a Dumpling Passport ($12) and get in on some of that tasty action. In addition to the cook-off, there will be a Dumpling Derby (in which a cast of brave dumpling-lovers will take part in a dumpling eating contest). Toward the end of the evening, the ‘one true dumpling master’ will be coronated.




The Pacific National Exhibition opens this week. Mini-doughnuts, throw a few balls at something and take a ride. DETAILS



Saturday August 17 | 12-5pm | Various locations | $85 | DETAILS 

 The Vancouver Heritage Foundation is holding it’s Midcentury Modern Residential House Tour this weekend and it’s going to be hot. Participants get to tour the interiors of 5 ‘significant’ West Coast Regional Style Modernist homes in Vancouver. Architecture wonks will appreciate that this year’s tour includes a walk through a Fred Hollingsworth house, a 1956 house designed by Robert McKee, 1960 Harold Semmens home, a 1968 Don Fairbrother design, and a 1959 Ron Thom. There will be a post-tour reception at VanDusen Gardens where tour participants will be invited to decompress and chat about their favourite architectural details over refreshments. Little bit of post-and-beam appreciation, little bit of wine and cheese – sounds like an exceedingly civilized Saturday! Tickets on the tour bus are sold out but for $85 you can follow along in your own car (and listen to your own music). Tickets must be purchased before Friday (August 16).



Grab locally grown produce from good people at your neighbourhood farmer’s market while you still can. Summer will end and you won’t want to look back and wish that you had made it to more markets! This week the market to hit for added excitement is Kerrisdale on Saturday (between 10 and 2) when Corn Fest will take place. Expect fresh corn, popped kettle corn, corn related recipes and corn related activities. Also note the addition of Yaletown (Thursday) and Mount Pleasant (Sunday) Markets. Go Farmers!

Main Street Thornton Park | Wednesday | 3pm–7pm | Main Street Station at Terminal
Yaletown | Thursdays | 2-6pm | Mainland between Davie & Helmcken at Yaletown-Roundhouse
Trout Lake Farmers Market | Saturday | 9am-2pm | Duh, Trout Lake
West End Farmers Market | Saturday | 9am-2pm | 1100 Block Comox
Kerrisdale Village | Saturday | 10am – 2pm | East Boulevard between 37th/41st Ave – near Kerrisdale Arena
UBC: Saturdays | 9-1 | UBC Farm | FREE (but make a donation – they needs the support)
Dundarave: Saturdays | 9am–2pm | Dundarave Village
Ambelside: Sundays| 9am–2pm | Ambleside – parking lot beside Police Station (off of Bellevue/13)
Mt Pleasant | Sundays | 10-2 | Guelph Street between 7th and 8th
Kitsilano Farmers Market | Sunday | 10am–2pm | 2690 Larch @ 10th




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