Notable Now Vancouver: April 26, 2013

Got Craft! Spring Edition (September 27-28 at 1880 Triumph Street)
Be sure to check out Vancouver’s largest independent craft fair that is set to celebrate its 13th show this season. Established in 2007, Got Craft! has been bringing the city’s D.I.Y culture together, helping to foster a sense of community and shine a spotlight on handmade products. Peruse plenty of curated goods (everything from clothing to stationary, to ceramics, clothing and more) at this weekend-long showcase. Nosh on tasty treats, baked goods or partake in craft workshops. Entry is only $3 and more info can be found here.

The Pineapple Challenge (Saturday, April 27 at Swangard Stadium)
Tap into your Aloha spirit and participate in the first annual Vancouver Pineapple Challenge that helps raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. Grab your grass skirt, dig out that tacky Hawaiian shirt, get lei’ed and get ready to race (a 5km obstacle course, that is). Anyone can participate as long as a certain base amount of money is raised. Grab a friend, or group of friends, and get ready for a day fuelled by tropical fun. For more info, click here.

Coming Up: New Zealand Wine Fair (181 Roundhouse Mews, May 1st from 7pm until 9:30pm)
Explore the world of wines from the other Down Under (New Zealand). Sample your way through a room filled with top-notch wines courtesy of more than 30 producers. Winemakers and Principles will be on-hand to guide you through the various varietals – yes, more than just Sauvignon Blanc. Enjoy sampling tasty Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays as you nosh on fine artisan cheeses and foods prepared for the occasion. Tickets are $60 and more information can be found here:  

Recently Opened: Rosemary Rocksalt (1669 Lonsdale Avenue)
Having opened within the past month or so, Rosemary Rock Salt has defined its niche on the North Shore as the best spot to score freshly made bagels (using the original Siegel’s recipe) and Montreal-style smoked meat. Be sure to check out their stylishly modern decor, central location and (of course) buzz-worthy baked goods fired in a wood stone oven. Find them located along the bustle of the Lonsdale strip and select from more than a dozen variety of bagels, choose your fixings, or grab a sandwich to-go. Click here for more info.

Pop-up Auction: The Found and the Freed (207 Abbott Street)
This Friday, bid on hidden treasure at Gastown’s newest unique pop-up shop (The Found And The Freed) as you slurp fresh shucked oysters courtesy of The Curious Oyster Catering Co. In between bids, sip a variety of different wines and other canapés sure to satiate. Raise your paddle to claim unusual and antique items that will help spruce up your home for spring. Post purchase, celebrate by grabbing a craft cocktail or hit of scotch (also on hand for the occasion). Tickets are $45 and more information can be found here.  

Arts & Culture Crawl (on until April 28th, various venues)
BC Arts and Culture Week wraps things up this weekend after hundreds of arts councils, communities and schools across BC joined together to help represent an inspirational range of different events, art crawls, exhibitions, conversations and performances. Use this weekend as your last chance to get out and explore the many ways the arts are alive in BC. Check out live performance, workshops, converse with visiting artists, and get crafty (you can even create your own lumen prints). Learn more here.

Photo courtesy Rosemary Rocksalt