Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Eat! Vancouver

Date Idea: Eat! Vancouver
Location: BC Place Stadium, 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Price: $16 at the door, $14 online

The 10th Annual Eat! Vancouver Food and Cooking show is happening this weekend (June 1-3) at BC Place Stadium. This is a great way to learn about ways to make food fun. For those who like to cook, there are cooking sessions where you can learn how to make meal time fun. You can even meet and chat with celebrity chefs.

The reason that I go, is for the food samples. In the past, I've learned about restaurants that I would have never thought of and have tried food from these different restaurants. When you get there, you can buy tickets and go to the booths of different restaurants in the area. From there, you can sample some of their food for a cost ranging from $1-4 dollars. This also applies for beer and wine tasting as long as you are over the age of 19.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Night Market

Date Idea: Night Market
Richmond Night Market (8700 McKim Way, Richmond);
Summer Night Market (12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond);
Chinatown Night Market (Chinatown Plaza, Vancouver)
Price: Free!!!

Vancouver has a diverse multicultural community and the Summer Night Markets reflect that. Vancouver's Chinatown and the City of Richmond have hosted several markets over the past few years, and this year there is now shortage of them with a Night Market in Chinatown, and two in Richmond this year.

To some, the night markets are full of useless junk, and in the past there have been issues with counterfeit items. However, if you are looking for cheap electronic or cell phone accessories, the night markets are the place to go.

But most people who go are really in it for the dinner as you can head down the walkways with rows upon rows of asian food vendors where you can try a variety of food items...some which are a bit more unusual than others.

All these markets are now open for the summer and are open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights along with holidays. Check out each of their websites for specific dates and hours.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

The Rodeo

Date Idea: Cloverdale Rodeo
Location: 6050 176 Street  Surrey, BC
Price: $12 per person for General Admission into the fair but does not include the rodeo.
                $25 per person for the rodeo and that price includes the $12 fair admission.

The Victoria Day Long Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. Another event that also marks the start of summer in the lower mainland is the Cloverdale Rodeo and County Fair which is in its 124th year!

For those who haven't been to the rodeo before, its your chance to be a cowboy in the city. The main event is the rodeo itself where you can see some horse racing and bull riding. At the same time, is the county fair which is full of rides, concerts and trade shows. This year features the first annual cowboy cookoff where you can have a taste as some cowboy bbq. The real party starts when the sun goes down as the Longhorn Saloon opens its doors. Its recommended to get there early (or buy VIP tickets) because there is always a line up to get in. The 2012 fair runs from May 19-21.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Vancouver Aquarium

Date Idea: Vancouver Aquarium
Location: 845 Avison Way, Vancouver, BC
Price: $21 per person (based on Adult Rate). Show a valid transit pass and save $2
More Info: or 604-659-3552 

Located in Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium is Canada's largest aquarium with over 50,000 animals. One of the newest attractions coming up in just over a week is the new Penguin Exhibit. If penguins aren't your thing, there are other birds and wildlife along with the traditional fish, sharks, whales and dolphins. They offer shows throughout the day where the trainers show the interaction they have with the animals but the aquarium also offers an opportunity to learn about the animals and conservation.

Want an extra experience that's up close and personal? Starting at $24 per person, you can go for a behind the scenes adventure where you can help the trainers with feeding or training of the animals. Make sure to call in advance to book a time though.