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 August 14 to August 20, 2019. Note that you can also 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.
HIKE | You’ve hiked Grouse Grind, breezed through Buntzen Lake and conquered the Chief no problem. Now it’s time to take your hiking game to the next level! The Alpine Club of Canada is teaming up with the good folks at Fjällräven Vancouver for a hike to Crown Mountain. At a distance of 9.8km and an altitude gain of approximately 385m, this 6 hour hike is the real deal, so it’s nice to know you’ll have experienced hikers with you. Interested? The hike happens August 24th, but there is an info/guest speaker night this Thursday at Fjällräven’s Broadway location (mandatory for anyone wanting to join the hike next week). Expect Alpine Club reps to discuss trail navigation, day-hike packing essentials, Leave No Trace principles and practices, and mountain safety. Refreshments provided. Get out into nature! Find out more.
PNE | What is summer if not rollercoaster rides, mini doughnuts and target practice on rubber ducks? The PNE kicks off this weekend and carries on until Labour Day (Mon, Sept. 2nd). Find out more.
PATIO PARTY | 17 Eastside breweries, 2 distilleries and one @bigdaybbq. How much more do you need to know? I guess date, location and time would be good, right? Find out everything about this Saturday’s Yeastvan Patio Party here.
VEG OUT | Summer is running out and if you haven’t had the good fortune of attending a long-table dinner in a lovely country field yet, we suggest you sort your weekend plans to include a trip out to Fraser Common Farm in Aldergrove. Chef Andrea Carlson and the team from Burdock & Co (along with a little help from Glorious Organics, Blue Heron Creamery, The Flourist, Nichol Wine, Ampersand Distilling Co., Brassneck Brewery and Dickie’s Ginger Beer) have a plant-based farm to table feast planned that will blow your mind. Tickets are still available here. Do it. So good.
HISTORY | Local historical researcher, writer, photographer, blogger, Scout contributor and all-around nice person Christine Hagemoen leads a Heritage Vancouver Society walking tour of Mount Pleasant this Sunday. The 2-hour guided morning stroll will cover rich history and significance of one of Vancouver’s original neighbourhoods, as well as current concerns surrounding the City of Vancouver’s prospective ‘Broadway Plan’ and the potential ramifications that plan could have on the character of the neighbourhood.The tour winds down with a Q&A period and an (optional but much-warranted) stop at a nearby brewery. Tickets are $15 per person, not including the post-walk beers. Get to know your city! For more information and to get tickets head over here.
GARLIC FESTIVAL | It’s Garlic Festival time out at Richmond’s Terra Nova Sharing Farm. Get out there to learn about the health benefits and culinary uses of garlic; check out planting and cooking demonstrations; sample all manner of garlic-related goodies (garlic ice cream anyone?). Bonus, this sharing farm is a fantastic place to wander. There’s lots of room for kids to run and climb and it’s close to the West Dyke Trail. Find out more.
TOUR | Conflicted over whether you should be spending your weekend hours stuffing your face, getting exercise, adventuring or slowing down? The Slow Food Cycle Sunday in the Pemberton Valley might be the perfect solution. This is a 40k cycle up and down Pemberton Meadows Road, allowing participants to take in the scenery between stops at farms to meet farmers and food producers and eat food directly from the fields. Choose your own pace and cover as much or as little of the route as you like – but do take a hat, gallons of water and all the sunscreen in the world. Find out more. Sun, Aug. 18 | 9am-3pm | Pemberton Valley
TAILGATE | I’m always excited to hear about community events that offer outside eating experiences in the summer. This week, I’m stoked about The Railtown Tailgate BBQ. Railtown Cafe chefs set up their custom-built, 12-foot barbecue barrel outside of their original location and cook a proper feast. We’re talking 35-hour Texas-style beef brisket, applewood-smoked pork shoulder, beer-brined chicken, D’Original brats, (vegetarian options too), as well as sides, beer, sangria and more. Grab a seat under a canopy, line-up some pals curbside, or grab a portable plateful and wander your way down to Crab Park to enjoy your dinner on the beach. Find out more.
RESTAURANT RUMBLE | The charity boxing showdown that pits Vancouver’s bussers against its servers and its cooks against its bartenders is finally here. Drop whatever you had planned for Tuesday and join the Aprons for Gloves Boxing Association for Restaurant Rumble at the Commodore. The Rumble happens in two parts: “Undercard Fights” go down in the afternoon (starting at 1pm) followed by the Title Fights in the evening (7-10pm). This year, the big fight to watch will be Guy Roland vs Brandon Grossutti. There are still a few tickets available but they will all be gone by fight time. Don’t wait! Find out more.
HEADS-UP | The 3rd Annual East Van Cider Fest goes down at the WISE Hall next Wednesday. We’re telling you now because, if you hustle, you can still get a ticket (if we waited until next week to let you know, you might miss the opportunity hang out at The WISE to taste cider, mead & spirits from all over BC, and nobody wants you to miss out on that). Find out more here.