From our calendar to yours comes this carefully considered agenda of cool things we are doing, wishing we could do, or conspiring to do in Vancouver from May 22 to May 28, 2019. Note that you can now get the Scout List – with a few extra pieces of intel included – sent to your inbox every Thursday. Sign up for your subscription in the sidebar.
TERRIOR | Vancouver’s coolest wine event goes down this week. Now in its sixth year, Top Drop Vancouver looks to shine a light on “small, hands on wineries, craft breweries, cideries and food purveyors who are passionate about their craft.” What’s not to love? Sadly, the Main Event (a walk-around tasting of wines) is already sold out. But don’t cry just yet! Some of the more intimate events may be an option for you. Fancy a pizza and wine party at Campagnolo; a wine-friendly BBQ with DownLow Chicken Shack and Mamie Taylor’s; some pink wine and house-made charcuterie at Wildebeest; natural wine and a Monarch Burger; or a fancy sit-down affair at Boulevard? There are still a few tickets left to all of the above, but they’re going fast! Find out more.
GATHER | Looking for a new place to meet up with your pals? Not sure you want to go as far as making a reservation at a busy restaurant, but also not sure you want to put in the time cleaning your apartment for guests? Two perfect solutions just came available. First, Dock Lunch goes “Dock Sunset” with breads & spreads (and other things) 0n Thursday nights starting at 6pm (they also do dinner on Friday). Second, The Pie Shoppe is now open late on Friday and Saturday nights – perfectly situated for a post sunset stroll pie and tea. (From New Brighton Park, wander the curve of quiet pathways and small waterfront parks along Wall Street until it spits you out on Powell Street by The Princeton). Grab your best buddy and have some low-key hangout time and support some hard-working and super cool female business owners while you’re doing it!
ART | East Vancouver’s Parker Street Studios will host their annual Art Salon this weekend. Pack a thermos, grab a few friends and head to the magical building of creaky floors, labyrinthine hallways and inspiration to quietly snoop through studios, listen to artist talks, take guided studio tours and generally appreciate art. Artists will be in attendance and showing and selling their works all weekend. Make a day of it: Parker Street is a stone’s throw from Strange Fellows Brewery (see map below). Find out more.
SPELLING BEE-RS | Beer nerds can get doubly buzzed by heading to Strange Fellows Brewing Saturday for the the Strange Spelling Bee. Whether you’re an exhibitionist, nostalgist, simply love language, have an unrealized grade school spelling dream or just want to check out the, erm, ‘action’ – this is the place to bee! Registration is free (and fruitful because participants get a complimentary beer) Sign up here.
ROLLER DISCO | Dig out your satin shorts and take some time to get into some classic roller rink vibes (think feathered hair, long socks, and lip gloss with an old-school soul, funk and R&B playlist). Proceeds from this F.U.B.A.R. (Friends United Beyond All Race) Roller Jam go to Make-A-Wish. This is a family-friendly event and skate rentals are available. Admission is by donation ($10 min is suggested). Rollerskate rentals will run you $12/hr (or $20 unlimited) Find out more.
BOXING | Get in shape, let off a little steam and help raise money for the Aprons for Gloves Boxing Association and the Eastside Boxing Club After School Boxing Program. Tryouts for Restaurant Rumble 2019 go down this weekend. Get in there and show ‘em what you got! Find out more.
APPLES | Windfall Cider founders Nathaly and Jeff Nairn are marking a successful first year in business with a special cider pop-up on Saturday, and get this – you are invited to join them. Hustle over to The Garden in Strathcona to indulge in a glass or compare a range of ciders by way of a flight. From Windfall: ”The evening features both of Windfall’s popular ciders: Jackpot, a dry craft cider made with BC dessert apples with a hint of tropical fruit on the palate; and Hail Mary, a rosé cider featuring a delicate blend of BC apples and ripe Saskatoon berries. In addition, guests will be treated to a limited release of Lost & Found where 40 per cent of the apples come from the alleys and backyards of East Vancouver.” Cider pours and tapas start at $5 while supplies last. Lots to taste and learn. Find out more.
FAIR IN THE SQUARE | Fair in the Square goes down in Victory Square Park this Sunday. It’s always nice to see the little plot of land at the intersection of Pender/Hastings/Cambie come alive with events and activities. Expect community groups with information tables, art, lots of live music and a free BBQ lunch. This event, put on by the Central City Foundation, is free and worth a visit on account of its uplifting spirit of community. Find out more.
EAT LOCAL | With the West End Farmers Market kicking off its season on Saturday and the Mount Pleasant market starting on Sunday, we’re closing in on that wonderful point on the calendar when we hit a full compliment of Farmer’s Markets around the city! Take full advantage of these pop-up sources of good to stock up on fresh local food. Grab spot prawns while you still can, plus salad greens, asparagus and herbs galore, not to mention cheeses, artisan breads, preserves, honey, wild salmon, cookies, and pies. Oh, and all the peonies! Support the people who grow our food!
PLAN | Pecha Kucha tickets just went on sale. This edition of Vancouver’s coolest speaking event goes down June 27th and the topic on the table is “Plants”. The line-up of speakers is – as always – diverse, engaged, and ready to inspire. Take a look at who will take the stage here. You know you hate it when you find out it’s sold out and you didn’t get a ticket. Don’t let that happen! Score tickets here.