Notable Now Vancouver: August 10, 2012

Now Open: Sol Sunbelt Cookery (550 Denman Street)
Located in Coal Harbour (previously home to the recently closed Crime Lab) this spot is the latest creation courtesy of culinary whiz kids Gord Martin (Bin 941) Abdel Elatouabi of Bravo Bistro. Sol will offer patrons a menu steeped with variety; look for Moroccan, Spanish and Mediterranean dishes on the well-priced menu. A well-priced wine, cocktail list, live DJ and waterfront patio make this a great fit for the area.

KNOWSHOW (August 9 – 11)
Get in the know for upcoming fall/winter trends and uncover new lifestyle brands at one of the Canada’s largest premiere spots for fashion finds. This is where most of the retail buying gets done – and it’s open to the public during specified hours this time around. Event takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre located at 1055 Canada Place. 

Kits Fest 2012 (August 10 to 12) at Kitsilano Beach
Back for another year, this summer festival is one of Vancouver’s best seasonal celebrations, knitting together healthy living, sports and competition throughout three days. Participate or be a spectator of various competitive sports tournaments including basketball, tennis and volleyball and take in the newly-added “beach tennis” tournament too. Worth noting: yoga on the beach “SweatFest” by Lululemon, free music, Baseline Bistro, entertainment and more.

Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival (August 11) at Deer Lake Park
This weekend marks the return of the 13th Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival at the beautiful outdoor setting of Deer Lake Park. Concert-goers can cruise between several stages and take in acts such as the Indigo Girls, Jimmie Vaughan, Meshell Ndegeocello and more. Visit various artisan exhibits, enjoy a variety of food and more. 

TD Canada Trust Vancouver Chinatown Festival (August 11 to 12)
This weekend, head to Keefer and Columbia Street and enjoy one of our city’s most vibrant multicultural festivals. With more than 60,000 attendees last year alone, this year’s will be no exception. There is a Day Market, Historical & Food Tasting tour, live cultural performances, a talent show and more.

Recently Opened: Rio Brazilian Steak House (689 Denman Street)
Located at the corner of Alberni and Denman Sreet in the West End, Rio features a large selection of traditional Brazilian dishes and cuts suited to any and all carnivorous cravings. It’s open-concept, modern design creates an inviting atmosphere for diners with a spacious patio helping add to that. Pair your choice cut with items from a carefully-created regional menu.