October Events – Vancouver

There are so many great harvest and foraging related events and workshops in Vancouver in the next couple of weeks that I thought I’d summarize a few highlights for you.

Sustenance Festival from October 11th to 21st will have events happening at the Roundhouse and throughout Vancouver. “Sustenance endeavors to connect the communities of art, culture, and food security. From global to local, from historic to present day, the art and culture of food offer something everyone can feast on!”

Urban Huntress top picks for the Sustenance Festival:

Weed Eating, Friday Oct. 19, 7pm-8pm, $10

Join local forager/chef Alexander McNaughton (Umami Consulting/Late Nite Art) for a fascinating and tasty workshop on foraging, growing and harvesting what most people think of as “weeds” that are tasty, nutritious, and edible.

Cheesemaking 101, Saturday Oct. 20, 1pm-3:30pm, $40

David Asher Rotsztain, an organic farmer and farmstead cheesemaker from Mayne Island, will demonstrate and explain the techniques for making 3 basic styles of cheese: paneer, yogourt, and camembert, cheese-tasting after the demonstrations.

Urban Huntress Note: I’ve done two workshops with David over the years and he’s great!

DO IT YOURSELF FALL GARDENING SERIES at the Britannia School Garden, 2pm – 4pm
Hosted by the Grandview Woodland Food Connection
Information: 604-718-5895

  • Saving Seeds, Saturday Oct. 13
  • Growing Lush Winter Greens Indoors, Saturday Nov. 3

How could your Parks and Community Centre make your neighbourhood a better place for local food?Thursday Oct. 18, 6:30p, Free (pre-registration required)

Join the Vancouver Food Policy Council and members of the newly minted Park Board Local Food Assets Task Force for an evening of discussion, performance, interactive displays and, of course, food!.  Contribute your ideas about what’s already happening in your neighbourhood or offer suggestions, or visit the Demonstration Food Friendly Neighbourhood curated by Village Vancouver with displays, information and chickens!

Check out the website for the full list of Sustenance Festival events, registration and tickets.


Urban Herb School’s Forager’s Feast

Saturday Oct. 13th 6-8pm in East Van, Potluck

“It’s an offering to local-vores, parents, food security folks and those interested in envisioning sustainable food practices. It offers living, delicious examples of how wild foods can fit in and enhance our lives, diversify our diets, support our health, and empower our community.  And it offers a chance to contribute to a project bringing wild foods and plant medicines into the lives of folks around Vancouver.”

UBC Apple Festival Oct 13th & 14th, 11am to 4pm, Entrance $4, Apple tastings $5

“A family event for all ages, the UBC Apple Festival celebrates one of British Columbia’s favourite fruits. From children learning about the diversity of apples to those who remember tasting heritage apples in their youth, the Apple Festival is a great opportunity to not only discover more about this delicious fruit, but have a whole lot fun doing it!”

The Sharing Farm’s 3rd Annual Applepalooza

Sunday Oct. 14th 10am to 2pm (Rain or shine), Entrance FREE, Apple tastings by donation

“Applepalooza highlights include heritage apple tasting and sales,  apple pies, orchard tours and topics, workshops, our popular Farm Market, tasty eats, and activities for kids of all ages.”

Saturday Oct. 13, 2-4pm, Location: Orchard Park: 5988 Nanaimo St.
Come buy fresh, and very affordable produce from the Cedar Cottage Food Network’s pocket market program. Taste yummy recipes made by the tasting kitchen from the South Vancouver Food Security Team. Finally, bring your best pumpkin recipe to share and we will be having a contest on the yummiest dish!

Monday Oct. 15, hours to be confirmed, Location: Trout Lake Community Centre
Come and cook with Cedar Cottage neighbours and celebrate the harvest of the fall.
For more info contact Aja Peterson tlccfoodsecurity@gmail.com

FILM SCREENING OF FOOD INC., Wednesday Oct. 17, 7pm
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 E. Broadway
Discussion to follow to look at the surprising and often shocking truths about what we eat, how it’s produced and where we are going from here.  Free organic popcorn and refreshments will be served. 

O5 Tea Cocktails & Tapas Workshop Series

Starts Wednesday Oct. 17th, 6pm to 9pm. Kale & Nori and O5 Tea hosts a monthly tea, cocktails and tapas workshop focused on tea and foraged ingredients. See Scout Magazine’s article for full details.

From Farms to Forks 3, Sunday Oct. 21st 5:30pm, Early Bird Tickets $149

A Growing Chefs! Harvest Kitchen Party
Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts
1505 West 2nd Ave. 

For tickets call 778.885.1308 or email to purchase directly, or purchase online.

“We’re bringing together some of the city’s most prominent chefs and mixologists and the region’s best growers and producers for a fun night of  canapés, B.C. wine and beer pairings, cocktails, and tasting stations!”

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