June Tasting Box Revealed

June Tasting Box Revealed

The June Tasting Box is packed with 5 summer treats perfect for summer snacking. Love what you see? Don’t miss out on the next Tasting Box. Order your box here!

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Win a Copy of FEAST: Recipes & Stories from a Canadian Road Trip

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In the midst of a camping trip in Squamish, British Columbia, Lindsay Anderson and Dana VanVeller decided that the summer of 2013 might be the right time for an adventure: a road trip across the entire country to experience and write about Canada’s food and culture. They set out on a cross-country edible adventure, and brought together their stories and recipes from across Canada in FEAST: Recipes & Stories from a Canadian Road Trip.

We can’t think of a better way to recognize Canada 150 than with a giveaway for Lindsay and Dana’s incredible cookbook. There are five copies to be won. Simply enter below before July 10th, 2017. Open to all Canadian residents.

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We recently caught up with Peggy Speir, the “boss lady” at frostbites syrup co., featured in this month’s all-BC CHEF’S BOX™.  This Squamish-based company handcrafts smallbatches of all natural fruit into botanical cordials, syrups and tonics.

After a vacation to Kauai, and an impulse purchase of theultimate souvenir (a shave ice machine!), husband and wife team Peggy + Martyn created frostbites with the intention of having a fun summer together selling.  They started as a shave ice stand at the farmers’ market in Whistler but it wasn’t long before customers urged them tostart bottling so they could enjoy the delicious fresh flavours at home.

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What motivates this foodie couple?

We loveworking with our local farming community, but most of all we love seeing whatour customers are making with our product – cocktails, sodas, popsicles, desserts. It’s so rewarding to be making something that people have fun with.

We asked Peggy about her favourite product:   Handsdown, our elder flower cordial is our most favorite cordial to make. From picking the flowers on the most beautiful farm in the Fraser Valley, to filling our kitchen up with the most insanely intoxicating aroma, to making a sublimegin + tonic at the end of hard day with a splash of elderflower cordial….it is THE BEST!

Many of us are travelling more in Canada this year – part of our personal 150th celebrations.  Are you spending time in BC?  Don’t miss Peggy’s favourites:

Most romantic spot: 

Twin Creek Provincial camping on Liloet Lake.

Best fun for the family:

Sundays at the Whistler Farmers Market – there’s so much to do and see, and of course, a chance to slurp up one of our yummy shave ice cones.

Favourite local food:

It’s pretty old school, but Wigan Pier fish + chips in Squamish.  True British hole in the wall using fresh BC fish.

Favourite restaurant for a couple:

 Pronto, in Vancouver.

Best eats for thefamily, or a casual meal?

Hitting up the Friday night market in North Vancouver.There are over 30 food trucks, live music, kids’ activities and artisan products to check out. The food truck scene in Vancouver is pretty solid and there is something for everyone here. We’re partial to JJ Trucketeria for their Filipino pork and rice.

If you had the day off, what would be your ideal foodie day?

Hitting up any of the Vancouver Farmers Markets is a great way to meet the makers, growers and bakers in and around the Vancouver area. I’d pick up a bunch of ready to eat items, like Spread’em dip sand Pure bread treats, and head down to the beach for a picnic.

We’ll be interviewing more of our favourite food makers this year and help you discover Canada through their favourite local spots, restosand foods.  Nothing like getting recommendations from someone in the know!

Celebrate Canada with our best food makers –subscribe to the CHEF’S BOX today.  Starting in June, we’re featuring a different region of Canada every month. And with June’s box, you’ll be able to make your very own rhubarb strawberry shave ice cone!

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Hidden Okanagan

The Okanagan is one of Canada’s treasures – beautiful scenery, loads of great outdoor activities (ski in the morning and golf the afternoon), festivals galore, and some of Canada’s very best vineyards.  Meyer Family Vineyards – this month’s Hidden Gems wine subscription feature AND the perfect pairing for our June CHEF’S BOX full of all BC vendors and recipes from Hawksworth Restaurant – is a personal favourite of the FoodiePages team.  

It’s sometimes difficult to share your hidden local spots – after all, if you tell too many people, they won’t be hidden treasures for long; however, we eked out a few favourites from the MFV team, just in case you’re in the Okanagan this summer.  Let us know what you think!  

MFV Peach CliffMost romantic spotPeach Cliff is a great intermediate hike and has great views of Skaha Lake and Vaseaux Lake … it’s quite romantic at the top, and there’s a beautiful gold fish pond as well.

MFV KVRBest fun for the family – Biking the KVR (that’s the Kettle Valley Railway for all you non-locals) trail or soaking up the sun at Kenyon Park in Okanagan Falls …. Followed by ice cream at Tickleberry’s!

 

MFV Tickleberry'sFavourite local foodsIce cream at Tickleberry’s in Okanagan Falls, or KJ Coffee Bar

Don’t miss this….  

Okanagan Falls Winery Association’s Party in the Park is on July 7th, 2017
BC Pinot Noir Celebration at Linden Gardens is Aug 19th, 2017
Penticton Farmer’s Market is held every Saturday until October

Favourite restaurant for a coupleLiquidity Bistro at Liquidity Winery in Okanagan Falls

MFV wild_goose bistroBest eats for the family, or a casual mealSmoke & Oak Bistro at Wild Goose Winery in Okanagan Falls

And, you can find the Meyer Family Vineyards tasting room at 4287 McLean Creek Rd, Okanagan Falls.  It’s open 10am to 5pm, 7 days a week from April through October.

FoodiePages has a small and curated selection of BC wineries – especially great for those of us living East of BC, where getting these high quality gems is none too easy.  And if you buy a case, shipping works out to about $2/bottle.  Don’t miss out on this month’s Hidden Gems (a great way to try out a selection of BC and Ontario wineries each month), or put together your own picks from Meyer Family Vineyards award winning options.

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A Father’s Day Giveaway with Lang Vineyards

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Lang Vineyards opened its doors in 1990 as B.C.’s first farm gate winery, and has since grown into one of the Okanagan’s most popular boutique wineries. We’re teaming up with the team at Lang to offer you two great prizes that will elevate any Father’s Day dinner:

1. 6 Bottle Wine Pack. 3 Red Wines/3 White Wines ($150 value)
2. Dessert Wine Pack: Canadian Maple Wine Dual Pack & 1 Bottle of Riesling Ice-Wine ($110 value)

Enter Here!

Contests run May 28 – June 15th, 2017. The winner will be announced on June 16th. Must be of legal drinking age. Good luck!

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MAY GIVEAWAY: KitchenAid Stand Mixer

Baking your favourite pastry is easier now with an extra help. We are giving away a KitchenAid® Artisan® Series Stand Mixer (approx. retail value $599.99), the best assistance to ensure your dessert is well mixed and to par!

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Open to Canadian residents only.
Giveaway period: May 19th-June 3. Winner announced June 5th.

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A Tasty Mother’s Day Giveaway for Mom

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You’ve done perfume, jewelry and flowers. This year, go with food!

FoodiePages.ca is partnering with Maille Canada to bring you a Mother’s Day Giveaway brimming with delicious gourmet food. The Mother Load Gift Box is one of the many new tasty Mother’s Day gifts available through FoodiePages.ca this year – and it’s also one of the tasty prizes in our giveaway!

Contest closes May 12th. One lucky winner will receive:

  • Maille Gift Box with a variety of Dijon mustards, cornichons and wine vinegars (value $100)
  • FoodiePages.ca Mother’s Day Gift Box with a marvelous mix of 10 artisan edibles, handcrafted by Canada’s top food markers (value $100)

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9 Recipes for Valentine’s Day Breakfast

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1. Dark Chocolate Waffles with Mascarpone Cream

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Chuck Hughes’ Apple Tart

 

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Celebrity Chef Chuck Hughes is a well-known restauranteur in Montreal. He has hosted cooking shows on both sides of the border and is the youngest Canadian chef to win Iron Chef America! Chuck is also the curator of our December’s CHEF’S BOX monthly food club, filled with kitchen staples that he uses both at home and in his restaurants. Here he shares one of his favourite seasonal recipes. Read more…

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Bite Me More’s Top Gift Picks for Foodies

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This Holiday, the Bite Me More sisters share with us their Top 5 Gift Picks from the FoodiePages.ca marketplace.

1. ICEWINE VINEGAR

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This vinegar makes a delicious dressing or is great on it’s own drizzled over steamed/roasted vegetables.

2. DRIP MAPLE SYRUP

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The depth of flavour in this syrup keeps you coming back for more. You don’t have to use too much from all the flavour it adds to your morning breakfast or try a tablespoon in a pureed sweet potato soup for a kick of maple sweetness.

3. LAURA SLACK CHOCOLATE ARTIST MILK BAR COLLECTION

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With all the gourmet chocolate bars out now, this caramel collection is truly dreamy – the creamy chocolate leaves you with a smooth taste in your mouth, and, paired with an espresso, you’ll be in heaven.

4. STASIS PRESERVES DISCOVERY BOX

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We love this package! Both the spreads work so well over the holidays when making a cheese platter. They pair with sharp, soft and mouldy cheese. Try a spoon of the caramelized onion spread on a crostini and top with a sharp gruyere. The hot sauce not only gives a kick but also adds nice flavour to anything from a roast to lamb.

5. BATCH SALTED CARAMEL POPCORN

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This popcorn tastes homemade, crunchy and sweet. It can be put out for guests to nibble with cocktails or used to garnish your dessert. Top a chocolate cake with this sweet and salty popcorn and it takes it up another level. No time to bake dessert? A bowl of vanilla ice cream topped with caramel sauce and finished with this popcorn will have everyone raving.

Julie Albert & Lisa Gnat are the sister duo behind the popular website, www.bitememore.com. They are also the authors of 3 award-winning cookbooks: Bite Me, Bite Me Too, and Lick Your Plate.

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