Recently Opened: Longtail Kitchen (River Market)
If you have a hankering for some of the best Thai food in town, be sure to make your way out the New Westminster Quay and pay a visit to Longtail Kitchen – the newest offering from award-winning chef Angus An. Viewed as an extension of his much-loved West Side-based Maenam hotspot, you’ll be more than satiated by the mouth-watering offerings of authentic, traditional Thai cuisine. With a stunning location amidst all the market action (810 Quayside), heading there is worth the trip out of town. For more info, click here.
The Eastside Flea Market (1882 Adanac Street)
This Saturday, head to Wise Hall and check out the goods at this brand new monthly flea market taking over East Van. You’ll find an extensive array of antiques, vintage goods, crafts, art and plenty of other gems. Admission is only $1 and it’s a great way to meet like-minded thrifty hipsters in the hood. Among vendors to be on the lookout for: RISH Jewelery, Retro Specks and Big Starr Vintage. Click here for more info and happy hunting!
Music Waste 2013 (Friday, June 7)
Be sure to sign up and partake in the return of Music Waste, an independent cultural festival celebrating an eclectic mix of artists throughout Vancouver. This event spans across various mediums, featuring up and coming bands, a series of art exhibitions at independent galleries around town, and even pop-up comedy acts, sketch artists and improv groups to entertain. All are kept within an easy walking distance to keep the flow going. Tickets are $15 and you’ll have the chance to see nearly 100 different participating acts. For details, click here and visit their Facebook page.
Dishcrawl: A Taste of Vancouver’s West End (June 19, various venues)
Coming up on June 19th starting at 7pm is Vancouver’s Dishcrawl, which will have ticketholders on a West End culinary adventure. These events sell out in advance (there are less than 20 remaining) so don’t wait. It is $60 well spent and will help you uncover the areas hidden dining gems. To add to the fun of this unique event, the four restaurants to be visited are kept a secret until closer to the date with subtle hints doled out. Learn more and claim your spot by visiting here.
SOMM premieres at The Rio Theatre (June 11, 7pm)
Be sure to grab tickets to the premiere of SOMM, a documentary by director Jason Wise that explores the hugely intimidating Master Sommelier Exam experience. What’s unique about this special event is the fact that it will also be The Rio Theatre’s first ever wine and film evening (plenty of grown up grape juice will be sampled). Mingle with top BC winemakers as you take in a screening at this classic Vancouver landmark theatre. For more information visit them online.
Italian Day on Commercial Drive (Sunday, June 9)
Head to The Drive for a day living la dolce vita courtesy of the various Italian-owned businesses and vendors who call the area home. With everything from fashion to food, to art, history and culture explored, Italian Day on the Drive is definitely a party you’ll want to check out. Sample your way through the city’s ‘Little Italy’ indulging in classic Italian fare. New this year, festival organizers are presenting the famous ‘Carevale di Venezia’ (channelling Venice in true style complete with costumed performers, masks and more). For more information, click here.
Photo courtesy Longtail Kitchen