Vancouver Weekender: April 20 through 22, 2012

This Notable Vancouver Weekender comes to you loaded with options, whether it’s an outdoorsy fix you’re craving or an excuse to add something new to your seasonal wardrobe.

This is the final weekend to do some serious shredding as part of the Annual Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival. Are you in the market for a new pair of skis or snowboard perhaps? Swing by the Demo Park for a snow-test that lets you try before you buy, then trek to the village to catch live musical acts scheduled throughout the weekend.  Be sure to see the buzzed about Monster Energy BIG AIR competition after a day on the mountains to catch amazing aerial talents as these athletes all but fling themselves off massive jumps in hopes of claiming the coveted champions title.

If you’re staying cityside this weekend, how about a cultured Friday night on the town? Grab a post-work bite and killer cocktails at Shangri-La’s swanky Market By Jean-Georges. Beyond the always-good truffle mushroom pizza, we love their rice cracker crusted tuna and dungeness crab dumplings. Next, head over to The Centre to take in a performance of Svengali by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. This ballet presents a modern look at the master of mind control through a gripping storyline, incredible artistic vision and athleticism that will live you breathless. 

Stroll into Saturday by heading outdoors for a little exercise. The weather is supposed to be sunny, so make the best of it: grab a bike and get going.  We’re always up for a notable lap around Stanley Park’s stunning Seawall, but suggest you aim to head out early to avoid the crowds.  Next stop, brunch at Save On Meats in Gastown is rightly deserved after you`ve worked up a sweat. We can`t get enough of their selection of big breakfasts like the Le Croque and Lumberjack Ark.  Take a look at their menu and work up your appetite here.

Spend the rest of your day checking out a few crafty and clothing-minded events happening around town. Make It! The Handmade Revolution is a matrix of more than 100 different local vendors selling their indie fare. After you`ve shopped till you nearly drop, stay local and support Refashion Vancouver, touted as the city`s only spring cleaning fashion re-sale.  This is the perfect way to do a little spring cleaning of your own while scoring some fabulous designer finds worthy of any YP`s budget.  Refashion Vancouver takes place at Yaletown`s Roundhouse Centre until 5pm.

Given you`re in Yaletown (and likely pining for a pint and bite), head over and grab a seat at the bar at one of these Notable spots: Rodney`s Oyster House, Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar or Chinois.

Hopefully you`ve saved a bit of room for Sunday`s Food Fight! The Battle For Brunch event at the Terminal City Club in support of Variety the Children`s Charity.  This 3rd annual food Fight costs $45 and brings together BC`s finest chefs as they battle it out for best breakfast creation. 

After you`ve fuelled up on food, gear up for a bit of shopping and head over to the 5th Annual Nifty For Fifty Sale at the Heritage Hall. This sale brings together more than 25 local designers for a day filled with fashion. Score sweet deals on everything from clothing to accessories and bags to jewellery – all for around $50 or less.  The sale runs all day until 8pm, so get ready to get your shop on.

Spend the evening winding down at home and be economically-lazy by ordering in some healthy Indian eats. We can`t get enough of Rasoee these days. Hunker down in curry bliss and catch the Canucks as they continue to battle for a place in the finals.

Photo courtesy Make It!