Most Anticipated News 08.28.15


The 2013 Syrah from C.C. Jentsch Cellars was the top scoring red in a blind tasting dubbed the “Judgment of BC” held in Vancouver on August 25th. 12 wines (6 Syrah and 6 Chardonnay) from B.C. and 12 “acknowledged global benchmark” wines were tasted blind by a professional tasting panel that included famed British wine critic and consulting editor of Decanter Magazine Steven Spurrier along with a group of esteemed Canadian wine experts. Website


Carmen Ingham, chef at Meat and Bread in Victoria has announced a 6-course, nose to tail suckling pig dinner will take place on September 12th. All of the courses will be paired with Unsworth wines. They are also working on working with a local farm for produce, and including them in the dinner. This first dinner in a series and will be long table style. Tickets will be $75. Website


Over the course of six days and nights (October 1-3 and October 9-11, 2015), Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza will be transformed into a mini Münich, welcoming 1,200 revelers per seating under the great Harvest Haus Halle marquee.

Beginning with a theatrical keg tapping by the Harvest Haus Bürgermeister, each of the four-hour seatings boasts a fully immersive atmosphere complete with medieval minstrelsy, Bavarian brass oompah bands, live DJs and a sawdust-sprinkled dance floor.

Guests will also enjoy European beers in authentic ceramic Bierkrug (steins) and specialty German wines at communal long tables. Michelin-starred Chef Stefan Hartmann of Bauhaus Restaurant will join vendors from the local German community to provide traditional Oktoberfest delicacies such as Spätzle, Brezen, Bratwürst, Schnitzel and Sauerkraut in the open-air Marktplatz (marketplace).

General Admission and VIP tickets range from $25 to $50 and will be available to the public as of Tuesday, September 1 at 10 am on the website: Pre-registration for tickets is now available online.


Thinklandia Festival is 7 days of creative speakers, artists, CEOs, physicists and storytellers sharing their creative experiences and wisdom in an interactive venue created from converting a parkade rooftop in downtown Victoria. Events are bright, vibrant, open, and entirely free, with dozens of speakers sharing thoughts and conversations with thousands of engaged people.

Jill Doucette • Synergy Enterprises

Rande Cook • Visual Artist

Lisa Helps • Mayor of Victoria hosted by Iain Russell

Derek Muller • Veritasium, Australia

Dr. Heather Berlin • Neuroscientist, NYC

Baba Brinkman • Rapper, NYC hosted by Joey MacDonald

Stephen Reid • Author, bankrobber

Sarah Smith AKA Ginger Kittens • PEERS, Burlesque dancer

Hector Espinosa • Street artist, Mexico hosted by Ken Gordon

Roy Henry Vickers • Visual artist, storyteller

Susan Musgrave • Author, poet hosted by Missie Peters

Bif Naked • Musician, activist

Rae Spoon • Musician, activist

Jason Verners • Illusionist hosted by Sarah Kramer

Jordan Bower • Digital Storyteller

Shaun Verreault • Wide Mouth Mason Lead Singer hosted by Iain Russell

Tiffany Poirier, a Vice Principal in SD61 • Jeff Hopkins, Founder of the Pacific School of

Jessica Hopper • Senior Editor, Pitchfork Magazine

Kathryn Calder • Singer/Songwriter

Leeroy Stagger • Singer/Songwriter

Peter Nowak • Award Winning Technology Journalist, Syndicated Blogger & Columnist

Lauren Friese • Founder, hosted by Ian Hoar

September 11 to 17

Yates St. Parkade Rooftop • 575 Yates St.

Nightly • Doors at 5:00pm • Event at 7:45pm • Free



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