Notable Now Vancouver: June 20, 2014

Just opened: Bufala (5395 West Blvd (Arbutus) at West 38th)
Bufala brings Neapolitan-style pizza and classic Italian cocktails to Vancouver’s West Side neighbourhood of Kerrisdale with the opening of their swanky new spot.  Helmed by Lucas Earthy (formerly of Les Faux Bourgeois, La Pentola della Quercia) and Graham Marceau (of Wildebeest, Pizzeria Farina), the menu features plenty of pizza to choose from (about a dozen different kinds), sharable plates, salads, desserts and more. For more info, call 604.267.7499.

The Canadian Festival of Chili and BBQ (June 21-22nd, Langley)
This weekend, head out to farm country and check out this spicy and savoury festival. It’s the largest BBQ contest in western Canada with $15K at stake. Enjoy sampling participating teams’ BBQ fare, chili creations, and check out a bit of eye candy in the form of on-site firefighter volunteers. This event benefits The BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund. Find more details here

Food Cart Fest (restarts June 22nd, 215 W. 1st Ave)
Food Cart Fest is back for another summer full of food-fuelled fun in the heart of False Creek’s Olympic Village. On from 12pm-5pm every Sunday throughout the summer, this festival gathers over 20 of Vancouver’s top food carts presented by Arrival and The Streetfood Vancouver Society. It’s a full afternoon of food, fun, and sun complemented by community markets, live music and DJs, craft food vendors, live entertainment activities, and more. Find all the details here.

Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival (June 20 to 22nd, Creekside Park)
This weekend, check out the Rio Tinto Dragon Boat Festival at the Creekside Community Centre. Back for its 26th anniversary, it’ll be two days of non-stop dragon boat races and entertainment. This always-popular festival features a special blessing ceremony, live music, beer garden, tea tasting and more. For all the details, click here.

Coming up: Make Music Vancouver (Gastown, various locations)
Don’t miss this entirely free live music event that brings the local community together for the fourth edition on June 25th. This grassroots event, inspired by La Fête de la Musique, is being made possible entirely by volunteers, from organizers to performers. It showcases hundreds of amateur and established musicians and celebrates music in all its diversity. For more info, click here.

Eat Local (various locations)
Score plenty of locally made and grown goods at one of Vancouver’s farmers markets this Saturday. Plan to make a day of it and head over to the Trout Lake Farmer’s Market early in the day before heading over to check out the West End and new Kerrisdale farmers markets. With fresh produce delivered daily and hundreds of vendors participating, get fully stocked. For all the details and to learn more about other local markets, click here

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Top photo courtesy Vancouver Farmers Markets