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Why we need to label GMOs

So do we trust a former Senior Scientist from the US Environmental Protection Agency who supports labeling of genetically modified foods, or do we trust giant chemical/pesticide companies and junk food corporations when they tell us there's no need to label these foods?

Please support the Right To Know campaign currently under way in Oregon to legislate for mandatory labeling of GM foods... even if you don't live in Oregon, or even the US. Why? Because we need to win this argument one step at a time. Our national goverments won't legislate for labeling of GM foods (this is just a guess, but it may have something to do with all the money the chemical/pesticide companies spend on political lobbyists), but if enough US states vote for labeling of GM foods it will force the issue.

Over 60 countries already have mandatory labeling of GM foods. It's time Canada and the US did too. It's our free and democratic right to know what's in our food. Let's all make sure freedom and democracy prevails over secrecy and corporate self-interest. oregonrighttoknow.org

Philip Solman - publisher of Edible Vancouver & Wine Country magazine.

5 Reason to Visit the Cranberry Festival

cranberry queen

The annual Cranberry Festival in Fort Langley attracts huge crowds each year and here's what you should do when you visit on October 11th 2014:

1. Shop the Fort Langley Village Farmers Market for wonderful produce, gifts and goodies.

2. Take the free shuttle bus from downtown for a short ride to The Fort Wine Co. to see the cranberry harvest, sample all their locally grown and produced fruit wines (including red and white cranberry, of course), and stock up on gifts (throughout October 2014 their 750mL cranberry wines are just $10 including tax).

3. Pop into Infustion BouTEAque and be wowed by the massive range of teas and tea paraphernalia. NOTE: they are now at a new location (#100, 9188 Glover Road), which is right in the heart of Fort Langley and opposite Gasolene Alley.

4. Talking of Gasolene Alley, pop over there are check our Cranberries Naturally for everything you could every possibly want that has anything to do with... yes, cranberries.

5. Before leaving, drop by Lee's Market which has a great cafe and all the local, natural, and organic foods you could need in a local retailers.

Oh, and you might catch site of the Cranberry Queen (you won't be able to miss her!) Visit Tourism Langley to find out more that's happening in and around Langley.

Caramel-Apple Macarons


These caramel-apple macarons are time-consuming and a bit finicky, but their soft shells encase a very memorable filling. The recipe for the shells comes from the Pastry Training Centre of Vancouver, a lovely little school in East Vancouver where you can spend a day learning to make high-end pastries.

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The We ♥ Local Awards Winners 2014

weheartlocalThe We ♥ Local Awards winners are in! Congratulations to all of them. Here's who you voted for:

  • Favourite Farmers' Market: Prince George Farmers' Market
  • Favourite Local Advocate: Live! Chilliwack
  • Favourite Local Brewery: A tie between Hoyne Brewing & Howe Sound Brewery
  • Favourite Local Cheese Maker: Natural Pastures Cheese Company
  • Favourite Local Chef or Restaurant/Cafe: Nancy O's
  • Favourite Local Florist or Nursery: Sun Tai Sang Farm
  • Favourite Local Food Truck: Roxie's Diner
  • Favourite Local Greenhouse or Veggie Grower: Windset Farms
  • Favourite Local Meat or Poultry Supplier: Glen Alwin Farm
  • Favourite Local Orchard or Fruit Supplier: Taves Family Farms
  • Favourite Local Seafood Supplier: Bruces Country Market
  • Favourite Local Sweet Treat: True North Kettle Corn
  • Favourite Local U-pick Farm: Willow View Farms
  • Favourite Local Winery: Coastal Black Winery
  • Favourite Local Store to Buy Local: Nature's Pickin's

For more about the winners, visit weheartlocalawards.ca

Seaweed in My Beer?

Mom always told us not to judge a book by its cover, but the truth is we don’t follow every word of her advice. (Just most of them.) Judging books by their covers and beer by their labels has served us well.

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Please Pass The Potatoes



You can't argue with me. It is a truth universally recognized. The three most beautiful words in the world are: Pass the potatoes.

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Sipping the Universe


The Comfort of Tea


Can the camellia sinensis, as the evergreen tea plant is named, grow on Canada’s west coast? Members of the BC Tea Growers Association think so. The non-profit society, founded in 2011 by tea enthusiasts Adrian Sinclair and Karlis Kalnins, aims to promote the local cultivation of tea. Their website includes a history of local tea growing, dating back more than half a century to St. Vincent’s Tea Plantation in the Fraser Valley.

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Failing Better Every Year


Photo: Carole Topalian

This is usually the time of year when I begin to suspect that my tomatoes are going to fail me again. If the plants haven’t collapsed from late blight, a wet-weather-induced fungal disease that is the plant equivalent of the bubonic plague, then they’ve born only a few fruit, and mealy ones at that. Vancouver is not an easy place to grow Solanum lycopersicum.

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Heartberries: A Love Affair


How to make the most of your relationship with strawberries

By Jane Macdougall - Photos by Ariel Patrich

Come June, you’ll see these ruby-red coquettes on every street corner, their incomparable fragrance promising every good thing that is summer. It is impossible not to be smitten. We’ve waited for this moment all year: local strawberries!

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The Virtuous Vegetable
Monday, 18 March 2013 05:29


By Andrea Bellamy - Photo: Carole Topalian

I had a run-in with vegetarianism that started during tenth grade and ended, abruptly, in front of a fried-chicken counter in Athens. (It was carnival. There had been retsina.) Months later, back at university, I promised myself I’d once again forswear meat. And this time I’d do it right: I’d break my dependence on peanut butter and banana, mac and cheese. I’d actually eat—gasp!—vegetables.

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Nurturing Neighbourhoods: It’s as Simple as Sharing
Sunday, 20 January 2013 20:04

Story & Photo: Andrea Bellamy

Last summer, my family and I left our home of nearly seven years. Even though we moved only two blocks away, it was a big move. We left a tight-knit group of neighbours that had, over the years, become close friends. Although I was excited about our new home, I lamented the loss of that neighbourliness. Of being able to run next door in my PJs to borrow an egg or that proverbial cup of sugar. Of feeling comfortable exchanging keys, and asking the neighbour to feed the cat.

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Spaghetti with Meatloaf


Photo: Barbara Cameron

Edible Vancouver knows that you have two winter stories. There’s the one where you’re all dressed up in your finery, sipping from flutes of bubbly and nibbling on canapés, and maybe watching delicate snowflakes fall like sifted icing sugar. Then there’s the story where you slog home through a dark, soupy commute to arrive in desperate need of comfort. This is our prescription for the latter situation.

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“I’ll be bock.”

No it's not a spelling mistake.


If winter is not your favourite season, perhaps you need to meet The Hermannator. Vancouver Island Brewing has been making this seasonal treat for 25 years, a Bavarian-style Ice Bock that annually warms the hearts of beer lovers throughout our region. (When we purchased a six-pack at Brewery Creek Liquor Store within a day of the October release, the cashier’s face lit up with happiness, as if she’d just caught sight of an old friend.) We call this one big and beefy not just because it’s 9.5% alcohol but because it’s a chewy beer you’ll be tempted to attack with a knife and fork. Next time the skies open up, hunker down by the fire and count on Hermannator to offer all the comfort of a caramel bread pudding.

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