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Garlic Festivals in Agassiz & Richmond

August 8th, 2012 @ 10:25am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Sweet summer berries may be ripe for the picking but a bold bulb is also ready to be harvested. Grab some garlic scapes, garlic pesto, garlic powders, garlic sauces, garlic blends, and more fresh from the farm at two garlic festivals happening around the region this month.

Slow Food Cycle Tour Agassiz

Edible Vancouver Garlic Festival at Limbert Mountain Farm

Stop by Limbert Mountain Farm (5493 Limbert Rd in Agassiz) on Saturday, August 18th from 10:00am until 5:00pm. The free festival will celebrate everything garlic “whether you’re interested in growing, cooking with or just eating this amazing plant”. Bring cash for purchases. Limbert Mountain Farm is just one of many stops on the self-guided Circle Farm Tour in case you’re up for exploring for the day.

Fairburn Farm Garlic

Garlic Festival at The Sharing Farm

The Sharing Farm celebrates its 4th annual garlic festival on August 19th from 10:00am until 3:00pm. This event is also free to attend and will feature organically-grown artisan garlic and garlic products — even garlic ice cream from Casa Gelato. There will be entertainment, a seedling sale, and cooking demonstrations by The Chefs’ Table Society of BC. The festival will be located just down the road from the farm at Terra Nova Rural Park, 2631 Westminster Highway, in Richmond.

You can find Limbert Mountain Farm on Facebook and Sharing Farm on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

From the Miss604 Flickr Pool

August 8th, 2012 @ 9:05am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The August long weekend was filled with dozens of festivals, beach opportunities, and hot summer temperatures. Cooling off a bit yesterday with a flash thundershower and an unscheduled fourth fireworks night, thanks to Mother Nature, the Miss604 Flickr Pool is bursting at the seams with images. Here are just a few that I have selected for feature this week:

Hastings. Incompleteness
Photo credit: rommy ghaly & BillXu Photos on Flickr

Morning at Burnaby Lake
Photo credit: BillXu Photo on Flickr

Couple at the beach
Photo credit: { Ninh Hoang } on Flickr

Photo credit: { Ninh Hoang } on Flickr

Photo credit: Ruth and Dave on Flickr

Gecko Man
Photo credit: Mark Faviell Photos on Flickr

Burrard Bridge IMG_1249
Photo credit: Stv. & tiffrw on Flickr

Said the Whale, before the fireworks
Photo credit: colink. on Flickr

Photo credit: colink. on Flickr

Celebration of Light [Explored]
Photo credit: K D Photos on Flickr

Vietnam Lights
Photo credit: waynesonc on Flickr

Photo credit: colink. on Flickr

Celebration Of Light
Photo credit: Clayton Perry Photoworks on Flickr

Celebration of Light Fireworks - Italy
Photo credit: Wynonna on Flickr

After the fireworks
Photo credit: K D Photos on Flickr

Devil's Claw Lightning storm
Photo credit: Clayton Perry Photoworks & Zorro1968 on Flickr

thunderbolts of light
Photo credit: Eyesplash on Flickr

As always, please click through on these images to view more work from the photographers and feel free to share your own photos with the Miss604 Flickr Pool.

BC Travel Tuesday Week 3: Evolution Whistler Creekside

August 7th, 2012 @ 2:03pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The BC Travel Tuesday series has returned this summer as I partner up once again with Backyard BC to highlight properties and destinations around the province. We’re now half way through our six week campaign with six different getaway packages for BC hotels.
Featuring a variety of hotels and resorts located throughout the province, Backyard BC provides residents of British Columbia with free access to exclusive discounts on accommodation. If you live and travel in BC, we’ll make sure you pay less than the lowest rates available to anyone else. Travel local. Save big. Visit Backyard BC online, on Twitter, or Facebook and see more of BC!

The winner of the second giveaway of the 2012 BC Travel Tuesday campaign is Linda! If you haven’t already, you can still enter to win the grand prize which includes stays at every property we’re showcasing over the full six weeks.

The third getaway of this summer series takes us up the Sea to Sky to the picturesque community of Whistler Creekside:

Creekside, Whistler
Photo credit: fujitariuji on Flickr

Evolution 1 BR Living Area Evolution Bedroom
Photo credit: LodgingOvations on Flickr

Evolution Whistler Creekside
Website, Twitter, Facebook, Backyard BC listing
Location: 2020 London Lane, Whistler, BC
About: Evolution is uniquely designed and furnished to give you the best of both worlds. Tastefully balancing comfort and style, sophisticated Whistler Creekside Hotel accommodations offers open floor plans that create versatile living spaces perfect for both relaxing with family and entertaining your friends. Evolution is consistently ranked in the top 10 hotels to stay in Whistler on TripAdvisor.
Prize: 2 nights accommodation, complimentary parking and a $50 gift certificate to the Creekside Market.
Value: $650

TreeTrek Whistler TreeTrek Whistler

I love Whistler in the summer as much as winter with options like the TreeTrek tour, ziplining, hiking, the Peak2Peak gondola, farmers markets, and outdoor dining. You can also learn to stand up paddle-board on a nearby lake like I did earlier this season.

To enter to win the weekly contest:

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RT to enter to win 2 nights @LodgingOvations Evolution in Whistler from @backyardbc @miss604 #bctraveltuesday

Contest is Now Closed

Weekly winners will be announced every Tuesday on the latest BC Travel Tuesday contest post until the six weeks are up. Gift certificates for hotel and resort stays will be sent directly to each weekly winner so they can arrange their visit personally with the property. Some restrictions apply, based on availability.

View all posts in the series by following or subscribing to my BCTravelTuesday tag. Open to residents of BC. Backyard BC’s grand prize draw for stays at all 6 properties will take place September 4, 2012.

Beerthirst American IPA Dinner at Ensemble Tap

August 7th, 2012 @ 11:49am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Last week Beerthirst, an independent agent of craft beer, hosted a pairing dinner at Ensemble Tap in downtown Vancouver. A fan of a good beer pairing dinner, John and I signed up for the event that featured four courses with four American IPAs.

Beerthirst Dinner at Ensemble Tap

I had been to Ensemble Tap before for events but never to dine so I was looking forward to Chef Bradley Hendrickson’s creations. Before each course, the Beerthirst team would introduce the beer and Chef Brad would follow up by explaining his dish and why it is a good fit for the brew.

IPAs (India Pale Ales) branch off of pale ales and are typically packed with more hops — along with a higher alcohol content. The first one poured at the dinner was the Elysian Avatar Jasmine IPA, which John and I had sampled at Elysian Brewing in Seattle during one of our recent trips. Floral notes dance around your tongue and soften with a hint of citrus. Chef Brad’s pairing was a dungeness crab salad with canteloupe, zucchini, lime, and jasmine cream. Fragrant, light, and crisp from both the glass and the plate.

The second beer was Green Flash Brewing Company‘s Le Freak. Malt and yeast playing a bigger role, it was paired with Chef Brad’s roasted potato gnocchi with smoked pork belly, mushrooms, and tomato concasse. The pairing was spot-on with the earthy tones of the potato gnocchi and mushrooms playing perfectly with the full bodied brew.

Beerthirst Dinner at Ensemble Tap

Bear Republic‘s Racer 5 was paired with the main course. Smooth, mellow, with hints of grapefruit and caramel. It was paired with Fraser Valley braised pork cheeks, crispy tofu, ginger confit, pork-dashi broth, and green onion. This was a million miles away from a typical “burger and beer” combination. I love broths and combinations of meat and tofu. The ginger played with the grapefruit notes in the beer, and the tender pork melted in your mouth.

Beerthirst Dinner at Ensemble Tap

Last but not least, the Alameda Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA led us into dessert. In case you’re wondering, beer does in fact pair with dessert. If you don’t believe me, a Howe Sound King Heffy and a slice of banana cream pie will change your mind. A simple lemon mousse with fresh raspberries and candied zest on a lemon Szechuan pepper cake rounded out the meal. The lemon was pucker-worthy but was instantly subdued the Yellow Wolf.

Following the meal there was a raffle prize draw with t-shirts, coasters, and big gift bags handed out to attendees. Tickets for the event were $50 — for the full four course, four pairing experience. The Beerthirst crew hosts dinners quite often with the next one (Craft Beer Patio Party at Fogg N’ Suds) coming up August 11, 2012. Follow them on Twitter for more information.

Beerthirst has a list of places that carry “Beerthirst” brands such as these and you can find all of the beers from the dinner at Ensemble Tap and many other restaurants and pubs. There is also a variety of craft beer available at Brewery Creek Liquor Store, Legacy Liquor Store, and Viti Wine and Lager.

Disclosure: Review
I was not paid to write this post nor was a post expected. Our tickets to the event were compliments of Beerthirst. This did not influence the outcome of the post.

Go World: Team VISA’s Emilie Heymans

August 7th, 2012 @ 10:39am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Visa is currently sponsoring a handful of Canadian Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls (and some who have become champions already) as they have done for the last 26 years. They have partnered with me to showcase members of their team like Brent Hayden of Mission and to do a giveaway this week. The next Team VISA athlete that I am proud to feature is Emilie Heymans.