For the first time, I went to EAT! Vancouver, a food + cooking festival with 100’s of vendors located at BC Place Stadium. If you’re a true foodie, then this is the place to be. If you’re an alcoholic, this is also a place to be- as there is a huge selection of alcohol (beer, wine..etc) to sample from at a reasonable price. Admission was $14 online or $16 at the door. Some vendors gave samples out, and you can buy food tickets ($10 for 20 tickets) for some food to try. Unfortunately, I got a throat infection the weekend EAT! was taking place, so my appetite wasn’t as ready as it normally was, but I had a fair share of food to try out- I apologize for my lackluster photos. 🙁
The first vendor I stopped at was Kitchening & Co. by Carly Wintschel for macarons! They’re seriously one of my favourites in Vancouver (and I have written an article about them on Vancity Buzz!) I dragged all my friends there and they were super impressed with the macarons, and it was also their first time trying macarons too! A macaron costed $2, or the equivalent of 4 food tickets.
The new macaron that I haven’t tried was the Black Sesame with Lime Mascarpone macaron- which was absolutely delicious and a great combination of sweet and sourness.
A starter macaron I told my friends to try was the Salted Caramel- simply one of the best and a best seller.
My friend saw a stand of fish and sashimi so we went to visit that as well. I’m not a fan of raw fish, to be honest, but the box of giant fish was pretty awesome. I forgot the name of the vendor unfortunately. He ordered a tuna tataki for 4 tickets or equivalent of $2 – which was an extremely good deal given the giant slices and freshness of it. When I met up with my other friend, he was convinced to get some sashimi as well.
There were other samples I had of tea, cola, olive oil…but my favourite of the day was the ice cream from Coconut Bliss. It’s coconut milk based ice cream, so it is soy free and dairy free, but taste just as wonderful as ice cream! Extremely creamy and full of flavour, it is no question why the lineup for these samples were so long! I had a strawberry ice cream sample and here my friend is holding a mint ice cream sample. Also love the eco-friendly paper spoons for this!
There were lots of interesting foods to buy at EAT! Vancouver- such as these super cute designer cookies or tea leaves! I didn’t manage to take as many pictures as I wasn’t feeling well that day. 🙁
One of my purchases included Coconoma chocolate from La Chocolaterie. I have done a review on this Japanese hand made chocolate store before here. These handmade chocolates are simply one of the best I tried- they’re unique and full of melty blissfulness. I bought 2 cups of chocolate for $10- Green Tea and Yuzu.
I haven’t tried the yuzu before and I highly recommend it if you love citrus fruits- there’s chunks of yuzu in it and it tastes great with dark chocolate!
Although I was only at the venue for 4 hours, I felt like I only accomplished of half of what I wanted to do/eat/take pictures of but I was still tired from eating! The place is huge and is a haven for people who simply love to eat. I was full off drinking samples of tea and eating bread with olive oil already.
Come hungry, very hungry. This place is guaranteed to fill you. Bring friends to share everything you eat!