EPIC Expo Vancouver 2012

Comments 70 by Rebecca Bollwitt

EPIC Expo, Western Canada’s largest sustainable lifestyle showcase, is coming to the Vancouver Convention Centre May 11th to May 13th. Over 20,000 people will attend Vancouver’s 6th annual EPIC Expo to check out 300 exhibitors, shop for eco-friendly products, get ideas for the home and office, and be entertained.

Mike Holmes
Mike Holmes speaking at EPIC Expo Vancouver in 2008.

Check out the EPICurean Corner to sample from BC’s finest restaurants and wineries, discover eco-fashion on the EPIC Catwalk, and play in the EPIC KidZone with the Granville Island Toy Company. You can also test drive a Toyota or luxury Lexus hybrid vehicle at the Ride’n Drive station.

Main Stage

The main stage will feature: Urban Farmer Chris Thoreau, Peak Performance Project finalists The Boom Booms, Founder of Five Hole for Food Richard Loat, Harvinder Gill from the Recycling Council of BC, Co-Founder of the Green Party of BC Adriane Carr, and more.

Tickets & Hours

Tickets are currently available for $20 (3-day pass) or $12 (for a single day). There are also child, senior, and student rates.

Event hours are Friday, May 11, 2012 from 1:00pm to 8:00pm; Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 11:00am to 7:00pm; Sunday, May 13 (Mother’s Day) from 11:00am to 5:00pm.


I have four pairs of day passes to give away that include entry to the EPICurean Corner (which is an additional $5 value). Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment with your top tip for living “green” (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win passes to @EPIC_Expo Vancouver from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/aEPJu

I will draw 4 winners on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 8:00am. You must be 19 years of age or older to enter and win since the EPICurean Corner serves alcohol. Follow EPIC Expo Vancouver on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Update The winners are: Kim, Vanessa, @flipnfunny, and Tara.

70 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. sher bWednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 11:37am PDT

    I’ve been crossing off the days on my calender for this Expo and winning tickets would be totally amazing!

  2. annWednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 11:43am PDT

    hang dry clothes

  3. Tim CheungWednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 11:45am PDT

    Use LED lightbulbs, if not, use dimmers.

  4. AngelaWednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 11:46am PDT

    I would love to win these tickets! My top tip for living green is to cut back on garbage by using containers like Tupperware and composting food scraps.

  5. MaryWednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 11:57am PDT

    I try to buy fresh foods over processed foods. Purchasing fresh food means far less packaging. This in turn reduces the amount of air pollution, landfill waste and energy consumption. When you take into account the greenouse gases emitted to create the paper, plastic and metal packaging for processed foods, the energy consumed to power these factories and the garbage left behind, it’s easy to see why fresh is better.

  6. KevinWednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 12:11pm PDT

    Go green and make your own non-toxic laundry soap! http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/live-sustainably/videos/liquid-laundry-soap-recipe/

  7. Amber DawnWednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 12:11pm PDT

    I don’t know about “tips”, as most of the green-ing I’ve been working on are pretty gradual…

    For apartment dwellers, try growing your own herbs, or even a container vegetable garden on your balcony (never mind the 100-mile diet, try 0-mile!). You can compost even if you don’t have a balcony with vermicomposting (worms). Buy less in general, buy less processed and packaged food in particular. Take advantage of all the local organic produce and local wild fish that can be found in abundance here! Join a CSF/CSA, or one of the many urban community gardens. Plant flowers that are beneficial to bees, because we need them! Don’t use harsh chemicals on your plants, as not only is it bad for you, but also the earth and the bees and other organisms that interact with them. Bike or walk once in a while, it’s fun and good for you! Don’t be overwhelmed, just try changing one thing at a time and you’ll be glad you did!

  8. ChrisWednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 12:15pm PDT

    Use human powered transport whenever you can! Walk, take stairs instead of elevator, bike, run!

  9. RainerWednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 2:16pm PDT

    We have some of the cleanest tap water in the world! Stop buying bottled water, it’s a waste of money and horrible for the environment.

  10. Stephanie SWednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 2:37pm PDT

    My tip for living green is to always carry an enviro bag in my work office, and in my purses… then I can avoid plastic bags when I randomly shop!

  11. CarlieWednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 2:39pm PDT

    Walk instead of drive!

  12. MichelleWednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 2:42pm PDT

    Use public transit.

  13. Elysia SWednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 2:43pm PDT

    I’m starting a worm compost and I believe it’ll reduce my organic food waste by half.

  14. Armando TWednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 2:44pm PDT

    Bring your own mugs and containers

  15. kahhleeWednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 2:44pm PDT

    Reuse, recylce and reduce!

  16. Annie TomljanovicWednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 2:47pm PDT

    Green tip: I teach my kids (4 and 2) to conserve water everyday, to turn off lights when they don’t need them and we encourage them to recycle and reuse as much as possible. We use our own bags all the time at the grocery store, and we walk walk walk!

  17. Aileen OWednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 2:48pm PDT

    Bring reusable bags when shopping

  18. HeatherWednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 2:50pm PDT

    I recycle, have an indoor compost and eat local!

  19. jaeWednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 2:50pm PDT

    my best tip for living green is simply to use the trash as a LAST RESORT. recycle, compost, upcycle, donate, anything!

  20. DanikaWednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 3:02pm PDT

    Wash laundry in cold water/hang to dry!

  21. LynnWednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 3:20pm PDT

    Recycle, use transit, turn off all unnecessary electricity.

  22. RebeccaWednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 3:44pm PDT

    I would recommend bringing your own mug to work, growing your own vegetables and herbs, and trying to use transit as much as possible.

  23. JeremyWednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 5:02pm PDT

    Turn off lights when not needed. Use a programmable thermostat.

  24. Jenn SWednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 5:59pm PDT

    We grow our own vegetable and compost all of the vegetable waste

  25. LindaWednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 6:24pm PDT

    Wash clothes with cold water using biodegradable detergent and hang clothes to dry

  26. DebraWednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 6:24pm PDT

    I buy almost everything I wear, second hand. I can’t remember the last time I bought something brand new from a store…

  27. LindaWednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 7:27pm PDT

    Don’t water the lawn ever. Let it go yellow.

  28. ElenaWednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 8:49pm PDT

    My top tip for living green would be to share all the great ‘green’ tips above my post. The more people know about these tips and do these, the greener we will all be.

  29. Katie PWednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 9:27pm PDT

    I’m growing my own herbs and veggies, everyone should try it, it’s great!

  30. AmyWednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 9:29pm PDT

    Conserve electricity and water whenever possible!

  31. Steph :)Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 9:47pm PDT

    I transit to work instead of driving.

  32. karenWednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 10:58pm PDT

    I hang out clothes to dry

  33. BrendaWednesday, May 2nd, 2012 — 11:28pm PDT

    Walk as much as you can and take public transport!!

  34. GeraldThursday, May 3rd, 2012 — 6:47am PDT

    My best green tip is to live local as much as possible and make NO trips by plane, car or even bus and train if it can be avoided.

  35. Michelle W.Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 — 7:22am PDT

    Use the good, old, heel-toe express!

  36. SondiThursday, May 3rd, 2012 — 9:56am PDT

    I shop at farmers markets and avoid buying food in packaging whenever possible.

  37. tracyThursday, May 3rd, 2012 — 10:04am PDT

    air drying my clothes!

  38. Lindsey BolivarThursday, May 3rd, 2012 — 10:30am PDT

    Ride your bicycle! Vancouver is a fantastic bike-friendly city and the most of the bike route roads are so beautiful and quiet.

  39. DilaraThursday, May 3rd, 2012 — 10:37am PDT

    Take public transit and walk instead of driving.

  40. Judy HThursday, May 3rd, 2012 — 10:57am PDT

    Enjoy that you can be green in spirit

  41. VanessaThursday, May 3rd, 2012 — 11:25am PDT

    I have two tips for green living and they are both about gardening.
    1) Use a rain barrel to collect water, and then use that instead of water from your hose. Why would you be wasting the small amount of drinking water in the world, if you can prevent it?
    2) Use a push mower to do your lawn. I know it takes 3x as long, but it’s way better for the environment and let’s be honest…it makes your arms look great!

  42. GigiThursday, May 3rd, 2012 — 11:30am PDT

    My top tip is when going out to eat bring Tupperware for leftovers instead of styrofoam!

  43. ReenThursday, May 3rd, 2012 — 12:33pm PDT

    Try making your own household cleaners using ingredients like vinegar, washing soda and castille soap. You’ll save money and the environment, and it’s easier than you think!

  44. CaitlinThursday, May 3rd, 2012 — 1:32pm PDT

    I have a set of cutlery including chopsticks that I carry with me in my purse as well as a travel mug and water bottle that I use on a regular basis.

  45. KristynThursday, May 3rd, 2012 — 1:49pm PDT

    It sounds simple but turning off lights when you leave a room, and make sure your taps are tightly turned off to avoid dripping makes a big difference!

  46. TYThursday, May 3rd, 2012 — 1:53pm PDT

    i haul my travel mug wherever i go!

  47. amfriesenThursday, May 3rd, 2012 — 2:24pm PDT

    a big one is re- in our house – bags, plastic, paper either gets reused, recycled or repurposed – longevity instead of quick fix – local instead of long distance – combining instead of one-off – preserving and sharing instead of throw away and hoarding

  48. SiewyeeThursday, May 3rd, 2012 — 3:29pm PDT

    I use coffee grounds for gardening.

  49. lisaThursday, May 3rd, 2012 — 4:08pm PDT

    i have my own garden and grow seasonal vegetables for the whole family!

  50. jeanieThursday, May 3rd, 2012 — 4:38pm PDT

    a really great tip i’ve learned from aunts is to save containers you get from take out food like whole foods and use them to pack leftovers guests can take after dinner parties…you’re not using a ton of foil/ziplocks/saran wrap and you don’t have to worry about unreturned tupperwares or dishes =D

  51. Linda ClelandThursday, May 3rd, 2012 — 6:51pm PDT

    I always pick up one piece of garbage every day on the street no matter where I am and am teaching my two year old granddaughter to do the same.

  52. Teresa KThursday, May 3rd, 2012 — 8:25pm PDT


  53. lindaThursday, May 3rd, 2012 — 9:58pm PDT

    less is more.

  54. MarianneFriday, May 4th, 2012 — 1:08am PDT

    Use fluorescent light bulbs

  55. Steve Zussino – Grocery AlertsFriday, May 4th, 2012 — 11:34am PDT

    I try to reduce my waste in our house.

  56. donna chongFriday, May 4th, 2012 — 2:50pm PDT

    recycle recycle recycle…i am good with the shopping bags but those little plastic veggie bags…not so good…so i am collecting all of them and putting them with my pop cans so that when i return my cans i take my bags and recycle them too.

  57. donna chongFriday, May 4th, 2012 — 2:53pm PDT

    RT to enter to win passes to @EPIC_Expo Vancouver from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/aEPJu tweete @movingforward55

  58. kimFriday, May 4th, 2012 — 3:20pm PDT

    Bring your own reusable container to take out restaurants!

  59. SusanFriday, May 4th, 2012 — 6:30pm PDT

    I use transit and when printing, the other side of the paper.

  60. AmandaFriday, May 4th, 2012 — 9:23pm PDT

    composting organics (i.e. egg shells, fruit peels) in the garden or your compost/ yard trimming bin! 🙂

  61. TaraFriday, May 4th, 2012 — 9:51pm PDT

    Buy whole foods not processed packaged things! Support your local farm markets, they have local produce which means less transport, less emissions! Recycle everything.. it is possible! Wash things in cold water and hang them to dry.. AND Don’t leave the tap running while u brush your teeth.. such a waste of water!

  62. Deborah SprouleFriday, May 4th, 2012 — 9:53pm PDT

    My tip for living green is to first of all wash all your laundry in cold water and then when drying the clothes, always have a dry towel in the dryer, it absorbs water from the wet clothes and makes the drying time shorter.

  63. ThomasFriday, May 4th, 2012 — 10:30pm PDT

    Reduce where you can. E.g. reduce the amount of trash you throw out. Compost. Buy products with less packaging.

  64. ariel cSaturday, May 5th, 2012 — 12:50pm PDT

    i take public transit!

  65. lisaSaturday, May 5th, 2012 — 1:38pm PDT

    i bring reusable bags when i do my grocery shopping

  66. MaySaturday, May 5th, 2012 — 2:44pm PDT

    Use public transportation or bike, skateboard, walk, jog, run, saunter, sashay, etc instead of driving. Go green!

  67. Darren GSaturday, May 5th, 2012 — 5:28pm PDT

    Ride you bike to work or you public transportation.

  68. cfMonday, May 7th, 2012 — 2:13pm PDT

    Eat what is in season – keeps with the wallet happy too!

  69. ChelseaThursday, May 10th, 2012 — 10:29am PDT

    Cold water wash, hang dry clothes, and TURN OFF THE LIGHTS!!!

  70. ChristineFriday, May 11th, 2012 — 4:48pm PDT

    I use plastic food containers as dog food/water bowls when I go hiking or for a long walk with my dog!

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