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 October 16 – October 22, 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.
SHROOMS | The 40th Annual Vancouver Mushroom Show goes down this weekend. Hook up with experts from the Vancouver Mycological Society, a crew of fungi lovers that can fill you in on everything shroomy. Ask questions, check out displays and identification tables, and get the scoop on what to look for and what to avoid. From edible and medicinal to poisonous, dubious and deadly, there are scores of mushrooms on the scene right now and it’s good to be schooled on the tasty, trippy, tricky little things. Find out more.
APPLES | One of the sure signs that Fall is officially in full swing is the annual UBC Apple Festival. It’s happening this weekend. Join throngs of happy, apple-loving Vancouverites at the UBC Botanical Gardens and get into the spirit! Not only will there be apples galore, but you can also expect apple pie, hot apple cider, caramel apples, apple chips and organic BC apple juice. Master Gardeners will be available to discuss apple tree-related gardening issues and pest management (for those of you who have trees at home). This is not a light traffic event so consider alternative modes of transport and wear comfy waterproof shoes. Find out more.
COMMUNITY | Looking for a family-friendly activity this weekend? Spreading over the entire city block of Vine St. between West 5th and 8th, the Kits Harvest Fair will include a pumpkin patch, a haunted house, a magic show, maker and craft vendors, food trucks, and a tasty pancake breakfast. And since no community event is complete without one, you can also expect a bouncy castle. Perfect, right? This is a rain or shine event, so get your best rubber boots on and head on over. Find out more.
DRAW | Local artistic polymath Neil Wedman (love his Fireworks Factory Explosions series) will be leading a drawing workshop at Mobil Art School on Friday night. Why not hit the subterranean spot for a cold beer or a glass of wine and do some scribbling? Spots for Drink & Draw tend to sell out so scoop your seat here. Find out more.
FIX | Got a busted blender, torn shirt, or malfunctioning coffee maker? Don’t kick your broken bits to the curb in frustration. Fix them! Don’t know how? There’s another one of those hugely popular Repair Cafe happenings this weekend, and they are people going who can help! This edition of Repair Cafe is happening at City Hall (insert joke here). Expect knowledgeable volunteers manning repair stations for fixing small appliances, textiles, jewellery and electronics. From event organisers: “Bring your broken, worn out, or ripped item for assessment, disassembly, and possible repair. You’ll be greeted by a host who’ll confirm the item brought for repair and match you up with a repair specialist. The participant and the repair specialist will discuss the history of the item and whether it can be fixed, and then repair accordingly.” Thanks to all the organizers and volunteers who make this happen; it’s a pretty cool initiative! Find out more.
SHOP | Wanting to refresh your living room, spruce up your bedroom or add a finishing touch on your kitchen? Don’t miss out on First Pick Handmade Market this weekend. From plants and lighting to textiles and pillows made from recycled super-soft cashmere, this market is all about the home. All handmade. All local. All good. Find out more.
EAT LOCAL | This is it! Trout Lake and Kits Farmers Markets deliver their last market of the season this week. The Mount Pleasant Market will return next weekend, and then we’re officially in to Winter Market schedules and locations. Get in on the harvest action while you can! All kinds of apples are happening right now, plus healthy kale, grounding squash, and all the tomatoes. Also cheeses, artisan breads, preserves, honey, wild salmon, cookies, and pies. Support the people who grow and make our food! Find out more here.
VOTE! | It may not be the most fun you’ll have all weekend but voting is important. Whoever you vote for, it’s definitely one of the ten things that you should do between now and next week. Need info on registration procedures or voting locations? Jump over to the Elections Canada website here. Don’t fuck around. It’s time for you to weigh in on who you think should run the country.
MON, OCT. 21 | All Day Find out more.
FEAST | On Monday, Oct 21st, Fraser Street’s bright yellow Ubuntu Canteen is bringing back their monthly dinner series Farm to Table, Farm to Bottle. This edition will see a local, organic and super thoughtful multi-course menu from Chef David Gunawan paired with small batch sake from Japanese sake brewery Namino Oto. Sake maker Takashi Nakai will be at the dinner to share a little about the special sake making process. Sounds like a pretty nice way to close out a Monday. Score tickets here.
PLAN AHEAD | One of the best bang-for-your-buck dinner tickets this season has got to be VCC’s The Chef’s Table pop up – the five-course menu designed by Chef Hamid Salimian and executed by International Culinary Arts Program students – is only $55 per seat ($22 extra if you opt for wine pairings). It’s also probably one of the most intimate, with only 20 guests per night. Tickets to this week’s dinners are basically gone, but the series runs through mid-December, which is why we’re telling you now. Lock down your place by heading over here.
HISTORY | Out in New West this weekend? Why not grab yourself a quick history lesson at New Westminster Museum & Archives on Saturday afternoon? From event organizers: “Ninety years ago, a group of dedicated female activists called the Famous Five influenced the British Privy Council to forever change the status of women to legal persons in Canada. In celebration of this event, and Women’s History Month and Persons Day, join us to learn about the remarkable women of New Westminster’s very own Irving House. You’ll be amazed by the professional, political, and societal contributions of these historic individuals!” Respect. Find out more.