Spicy eats prove a treat at Gastown festival 0
Ahh, Labour Day long weekend – a perfect time to get the hell out of dodge for a few days. But not all of us hit the road last weekend, in fact many of us chose to squeeze out the last bit of summer holiday right here in the city.
Thankfully there was no shortage of local end-of-season celebrations. One of the most sizzling ‘staycation’ parties was the second annual Gastown BBQ and Chili Festival, staged on Carrall Street between Cordova and Powell.
Emceed by Dawn Chubai and Joe Leary, the two-day cook-off helped raised money and awareness for underprivileged children in sports via Athletics 4 Kids (A4K.ca). The celebrity-judging panel included chefs David Hawksworth, Vikram Vij and Canucks defenceman Jason Garrison.
The grand champion was TUC Craft Kitchen for their wild boar chili and cherry soda brisket. Other big winners included Hastings Warehouse for best wings, Blarney Stone for best brisket, and the Lamplighter Pub for best ribs.
All in all, it was a great little festival. I mean grilled meats and live reggae beats on a beautiful sunny day — is there a better way to savour the tail end of summer?
The show must go on
What do you do if one of the headlining acts at your benefit concert calls in sick? Well, if you’re the organizers of the Amnesty International Vancouver Summer Fundraiser, you simply carry on (cue the fun). At least that’s what they did when a local punk rock legend, D.O.A. frontman Joe Keithley, had to cancel his performance at FanClub due to illness, which is probably why the place wasn’t exactly packed for the first hour or so. But that didn’t stop dance-rock duo Wintercoast and the Samar Oriental Dance Ensemble from gearing up for a night of spirited and socially conscious entertainment.
Cultivating good relationships
Pacific National Exhibition VIPs gathered for the Agriculture Gala Evening and Auction at the Pacific Room last week. Proceeds from the event went to the BC Youth in Agriculture Foundation, an organization that supports “programs to enhance options available to youth who choose to pursue education or careers in agriculture.” Wine was served, oysters were shucked, things were auctioned, money was raised and cheques were presented. Not too shabby.
Party On — events around Vancouver
- The Vancouver Fringe Festival, which runs Sept. 5 -15, kicks off with a special opening night presentation at Performance Works on Sept. 3. For info, visit vancouverfringe.com
- Garde Affair presents its Charity Fashion Event on Sept. 7 at the Imperial (319 Main St.). Proceeds go to Out in Schools. For more info, visit gardeentertainment.com
- Celebrate ageless beauty and fashion and help support Caroline MacGillivray's Beauty Night Society on Sept. 6 at the Waterfall Building (1540 W. 2nd Ave.). For info, visit luvngraceaffair.com