Notable Now Vancouver: November 1, 2013

Coming up: 17th Annual Whistler Cornucopia (November 7th to 17th, various venues)
Mark your calendars (if you haven’t already done so) for the start of Whistler’s food and wine festival that has long been a must-attend event. Score tickets early for this slope-side oenophile extravaganza that takes over this mountainside town (a nice buffer before ski season starts). You don’t have to be wine-savvy to enjoy the abundance of seminars, gala events, dinners, tastings and parties.  This year’s festival features a new line-up of events, “Nourish,” focused on health, wellness and creating a sense of equilibrium at this indulgent event. Find more info here.  

Vancouver Tea Festival (November 2nd, 1 Athletes Way)
Raise your pinky and get ready to channel your inner Royal this weekend and head over to the False Creek Community Centre to check out the Vancouver Tea Festival.  Hosted by The Vancouver Tea Society, plenty of tea vendors will be on hand with samples. Learn about fair trade teas, grab tea cocktail recipes, partake in education sessions and tea ceremonies, and more. Find top teas for your health, score tips, and maybe grab a few early Christmas presents while you’re at it. For more information, click here.

Opening soon: Craft Beer Market (November 7th, 85 West 1st Avenue)
The iconic Salt Building is all but ready to showcase its big reveal as the new home of Vancouver Craft Beer Market. This expansive space has been completely gutted and expertly revamped to create a massive beer hall-come-casual restaurant featuring Canada’s largest selection of draft beer. Locally sourced, sustainable menu offerings promise to tempt hungry guests. Not into the brew? Don’t worry, there will be a dozen different wines to whet your whistle too. For more info, click here.

Diwali Fest (until November 8th, various venues)
Join the Diwali Celebration Society for the 10th Anniversary of Diwali Fest (formerly Vancouver Celebrates Diwali) that is set to kick off next week. This annual South Asian cultural arts festival celebrates the Diwali holiday and is intended for all cultures and communities. Over the past several years, the event has grown exponentially – drawing in crowds of more than 7,000 people who partake in free performances, activities and more. Learn all about it here.

Second location: Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar (1055 West Hastings)
With their successful Kitsilano locale drawing a consistent crowd (not to mention consistently great accolades), Chewie’s is set to open the doors of their second location in the heart of Coal Harbour any day now. Look for a menu featuring plenty of shellfish goodness, Jambalaya and Creole classics that have driven their success thus far, as well as top-notch cocktails, a vast selection of wines and local craft beer. For more info, click here.

Last chance: Fright Night (ends November 2nd, The PNE)
Halloween may have come and gone, but serious thrill-seekers can still get their ghoulish fix for the season at Fright Night. Work up the courage and try not to scream like a girl and be sure to check out the multiple haunted houses packed with twisted characters. Pay a visit to the Asylum, stumble your way through Darkness and cringe at Car-N-Evil. A selection of rides will be open, or you can check out a Freak Show and The Monsters of Schlock.

Photo courtesy Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar