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BC Farmers’ Market Trail


Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 — 12:41pm PDT
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Enjoy the best of every season all across the province with the BC Farmers’ Market Trail, a free and easy-to-use online resource where you can find over 145 markets across BC. The Trail is the most convenient way for people to find and buy local food and discover the best of what each community across has to offer.

Bulkley Valley Farmers' Market in Smithers
Bulkley Valley Farmers’ Market in Smithers

Every season, over 4,000 local farmers and entrepreneurs attend farmers’ markets across the province to showcase the food and goods they’ve grown, made, baked, and raised. BC farmers’ markets are all about supporting the local economy  – contributing over $150 million in economic benefits annually  – with the markets serving as springboards for local farmers and makers to introduce their food and wares to their community.

Find A Farmers Market
Find a Farmers Market

This season, the BC Farmers’ Market Trail will expand to feature farmers’ markets in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast, Northern BC, Sunshine Coast, and Vancouver Island and Gulf Island regions, in addition to the Kootenay Rockies and Columbia Basin region in which it launched.

Now in its second year, the growth of the Trail reflects the desire amongst British Columbians to support the local economy through farmers’ markets, which contribute more than $150 million in economic benefits to the provincial economy annually.

Learn more about the BC Farmers’ Market Trail using the online tool or follow along this farmers’ market season on Facebook and Instagram.

Richmond World Festival 2019


Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 — 9:36am PDT
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The Strumbellas and Bedouin Soundclash will headline the 5th annual (and totally free) Richmond World Festival! This nationally award-winning festival will once again present a smorgasbord of music, arts, food and culture from around the globe on Friday, August 30th and Saturday, August 31st in Richmond’s Minoru Park.

Richmond World Festival - Strumbellas
Richmond World Festival – Strumbellas

Richmond World Festival 2019

  • When: Friday, August 30, 2019 4:00pm to 10:00pm
    Saturday, August 31, 2019 11:00am to 11:00pm
  • Where:Minoru Park & Richmond Cultural Centre Plaza
    (7191 Granville Ave, Richmond)
  • Admission: FREE! RSVP to the Facebook event here »

The festival will feature over 100 artists performing on 8 stages, serving up rich slices of African, Asian, North and South American, European, South Pacific and Caribbean cultures.

Lineup

The Strumbellas, Bedouin Soundclash, Neon Dreams, Jocelyn Alice, John Welsh & Los Valientes, Wasakaka All-Stars, RT Nuba, Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra, Phé, Sister Says, Old Soul Rebel, Desiree Dorion, Malcolm-Jay, Veronica Fusaro, Via Barcelonia, Camaro 67, Quinta Kalavera, and many more!

Richmond World Festival Bedouin Soundclash
Richmond World Festival – Bedouin Soundclash

Other highlights include the FEASTival of Flavours with more than 60 food trucks presenting cuisines from all over the globe and the Culinary Stage featuring top local chefs. There’s also the Global Village with interactive cultural activities and performances; the Bamboo Theatre and Your Kontinent Digital Carnival, both offering diverse and innovative performances; Africa Zone cultural pavilion, Artisan Marketplace and Imagination World at the Richmond Public Library.

Follow the Richmond World Festival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more information about this festival and more events in Richmond.

Miss604 is the proud Social Media Sponsor of the Richmond World Festival

Convention Quest Celebrates 10 Years of the Vancouver Convention Centre West


Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 — 9:16am PDT
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The Vancouver Convention Centre West is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a digital scavenger hunt and some awesome prizes.

Convention Quest Celebrates 10 Years of the Vancouver Convention Centre West

10 Years of the Vancouver Convention Centre West

With the addition of the West building in 2009 that tripled the facility’s capacity, the Convention Centre has welcomed over 9 million guests from around the world and generated over $2.4 billion in direct spending for British Columbia over the past decade.

The 5,561 events hosted in 10 years range from major city-wide conventions, including the renowned TED Conference and SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference to consumer and trade shows, private meetings, banquets and fundraisers, community events, special events, public celebrations, and film and TV shoots. 

Convention Quest

British Columbians are invited to take on ‘Convention Quest’ before the deadline on Friday, August 9th and earn a chance at winning one of 10 outstanding prizes.

Celebrating a decade of incredible meetings and events, Convention Quest is a digital scavenger hunt tasking participants with tracking down 10 pieces of trivia about the Convention Centre’s West building.

The Grand Prize is a VIP Vancouver Convention Centre experience, including transportation and a one-night stay at a downtown Vancouver hotel, a private behind-the-scenes tour of the iconic West building, dinner at LOT185 Café + Wine Bar, and two tickets to see the Canada Men’s National Rugby Team vs the United States at BC Place on September 7, 2019.

The Silver Prize is two round-trip tickets for a V2V Vacations Vancouver to Victoria day trip (valid through October 31, 2019), and a one-night stay at a hotel in Victoria, BC. And the Bronze Prize is a pair of complimentary tickets to a consumer show or public event held at the Vancouver Convention Centre of their choice and gift card to LOT185 Café + Wine Bar.

Follow the Vancouver Convention Centre on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more info.

Win Passes to the Five Acre Shaker in Port Alberni


Monday, August 5th, 2019 — 10:00am PDT
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I’ve spent the last few springs in Port Alberni, hiking, drinking craft beer, fishing, and exploring an ancient First Nations village site. There’s a whole lot to do but there’s also a lot of buzz about one annual event in particular “The Shaker“. Now in its 5th year, the Five Acre Shaker is once again producing a stellar lineup of BC music at McLean Mill Historic Park.

Five Acre Shaker Lineup

Where: McLean Mill Historic Park (5633 Smith Rd, Port Alberni)
When: August 9-11, 2019
Tickets: Available online now

Five Acre Shaker Lineup 2019

Said the Whale, Harlequin, Daniel Wesley, Evil Ebenezer, The Faceplants, Matchstick Skeletons, The Matinee, wiL, Carter and the Capitals, My Generation, Sirreal, Moshiri, Mt. Eliah, Rebel Heart, Best Night Ever, Sean Lyons and The Good Boys, and more!

The McLean Mill site is actually over 30 acres of forest and fields, with a mountain backdrop and camping options. The festival includes wellness workshops, an EDM after dark party, giant games, and Vancouver Island Professional Wrestling.

McLean Mill Historic Park
McLean Mill Historic Park

There’s a shuttle service from 4 points in town to/from the festival site, vendors on site, and a whole lot of fun to be had. Thanks to my friends at FestivalSeekers, I have a pair of weekend passes to give away. Here’s how you can enter to win:

Click to enter via TwitterClick To Tweet

I will draw one winner TOMORROW (Tuesday, August 6, 2019) at 12:00pm so they’ll have a few days to plan their trip over for this amazing outdoor festival experience in the heart of Vancouver Island.

Follow the Five Acre Shaker on Facebook and Twitter, and FestivalSeekers on Facebook and Twitter for more info.

UPDATE The winner is Nava Mahmudi!

Pirate Pak Day at White Spot 2019


Friday, August 2nd, 2019 — 11:07am PDT
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Anyone can feel like a kid again when they enjoy an Adult Pirate Pak to support White Spot’s 10th annual Pirate Pak Day charity initiative. For each Pirate Pak sold on August 14th, White Spot will donate $2 to Zajac Ranch for Children, an established BC charity that provides a once-in-a-lifetime summer camp experience to kids and young adults with life-threatening illnesses and chronic disabilities.

Pirate Pak Day at White Spot 2019

Pirate Pak Day

Taking place at all 64 White Spot restaurants throughout BC and Alberta, Pirate Paks will be available for both dine-in and take-out, with adults able to customize their Pirate Pak with the choice of:

Legendary Burger
BC Chicken Burger
Bacon Cheddar Burger
Veggie Burger
Dippin’ Chicken
The White Spot Club
The Spot’s Fish & Chips
Nat’s Original Beef Dip

Normally only available to kids aged 10 and under, each Pirate Pak is served in the famous buccaneers’ boat and includes fresh-cut ‘endless’ Kennebec fries, creamy coleslaw, choice of soft drink, premium rich ice cream, and the treasured ‘gold’ coin that has served as the booty since founder Nat Bailey created the iconic meal more than 50 years ago.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Pirate Pak Day has raised $780,776 since its inception and has sent more than 400 children to the annual event, which takes place every summer at the private, 41-acre Zajac Ranch for Children in Mission. During the week, campers have an opportunity to explore the outdoors while developing greater social and environmental awareness, increased self-confidence, and positive attitudes towards physical activity.

Follow White Spot on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram #whitespot #PiratePakDay #BeAKidAgain for more information.

PNE Fair Food for the Summer of 2019


Friday, August 2nd, 2019 — 10:41am PDT
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I just got back from the Great Jones County Fair in Iowa, and I live to tell the tale of its food. Mostly beige, mostly deep-fried, mostly tempting after a late night concert and some tall cans of Leinenkugel. Aside from the smoked meats on sticks and funnel cakes, I really missed our own local fair food from the PNE. Hand-held snacks with colour, vibrance, sweetness, and ok a little bit of deep-frying too.

The Fair at the PNE just announced what their vendors will be offering up this season, and it’s like they were reading my mind when they came up with their latest food trend/theme: “Anything pickled.”

PNE Fair Food for the Summer of 2019

Pickle Cotton Candy
Pickle Cotton Candy

Over ten percent of the food booths at the Fair will be new in 2019, with an increased focus on plant-based, vegan and vegetarian options.

Fairgoers will be able to choose a Beyond Meat Burger at the Handmade Stuffed Burger Booth on the Fair main food line or at the Lookout Grill in Playland. New vegetarian options come from a number of new food vendors including Govinda’s Vegan Vegetarian Street Food stand featuring Dragon Bowls, and Atomic Tacos on the Fair west food Line and locally owed Buddha-Full Vegetarian Food, featuring their popular double decker bus on the Fair main food line.

Buddha Full Dishes
Buddha-Full Dishes

NEW additions to the traditional Fair food include: Bacon Pancakes, Butter Beer Ice Cream, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Corndogs, Funnel Cake Pizza, Jalapeno Lemonade, Foot Long French Fries, Devil’s Ramen, the Tipsy Unicorn Dry Ice Drink, Pulled Pork Tater Tot Nachos, Pizza Perogies, The Snickly Dog, Pickle Pizza, Pickle Flavour Cotton Candy, Rice Burgers, and Traditional Mexican Street Corn, Watermelon Candy Floss, among others.

Apple Pie Smoothie and Bacon Pancakes
Apple Pie Smoothie and Bacon Pancakes

The PNE Fair will celebrate its longest running concessionaire, Jimmy’s Lunch during the 2019 Fair, where the family will mark their 90th consecutive PNE Fair! Today run by Jimmy’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Jimmy’s Lunch still serves its iconic hamburgers piled high with fried onions. In 1999 in a province-wide media poll to mark the turn of the millennia, British Columbians voted the smell of Jimmy’s fried onions one of the ten most iconic memories of the 20th century.

So there’s a lot more to entice your taste buds that the sweet wafting aromas of mini donuts! The Fair at the PNE runs from Saturday August 17, until Monday September 2, 2019. Open 11:00am until late (weather permitting). Check out the Summer Nights Concert lineup and follow the Fair at the PNE on Facebook and Twitter for daily info.