Eat! Vancouver Festival demonstrates the many facets of food and cooking
Spot prawn and lobster roll
Spot prawn season is in full swing and Coast restaurant gives you a chance to try them in a lovely seafood salad on a brioche roll.
A wee dish of Bella Gelateria's handmade non-dairy dessert will clear the palate and keep it tuned for the flavours of the remaining food booths.
Top three spirit samples
- Japanese sake
Learn about the different grades of this brewed rice beverage and how its made at theD Way Beverage distributor's booth. Then taste samples, like the top-shelf Gold Junmai Daiginjo, which is soon to be available on local liquor store shelves.
Sake adviser Tom Tsuchiya teaches the finer aspects of the imported rice brew.
- B.C. absinthe
The traditional spirit, infused with plants and herbs, has seen a resurgence in popularity over the past few years and Okanagan Spirits offers up it's own unique blend based on traditional European recipes. Canadian-made Taboo absinthe, delightful licorice-flavoured drink, is worth a sampling by both aficionados and the curious.
Tyler Johnson demonstrates the ritual preparation of absinthe.
- Indian whisky and rum
Purple Valley Imports offer some lesser-known yet equally-fine scotches and rum made in Bangalore, India. A good chance to samples spirits from off the beaten track.
Eat! Vancouver runs Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3, at BC Place. Tickets are $14 purchased online beforehand, otherwise it's $16 dollars at the door. Everyone receives a free goodie bag with samples of Van Houtte coffee, Four O'Clock organic tea, Frank's RedHot sauce, Old Dutch spicy tortilla chips and a mail-in coupon for one free issue of Canadian Living.