Jean-Francis Quaglia of TWB—The Wine Bar. Photo by KK Law
Order a glass of wine these days and chances are it will come from a keg, not a bottle, as more producers and restaurants opt for the environmentally friendly alternative to glass.
- TWB—The Wine Bar at Provence, a compact, cozy, newly unwrapped spot on False Creek’s waterfront, sports eight BC wines on tap.
- Tap & Barrel has emerged as the champion of local libations, with 38 wine and beer taps at the Olympic Village location.
- Cactus Club Cafe pours eco-friendly Feenie Goes Haywire red and white blends, shipped from the Okanagan in one-way, recyclable kegs.
- Edible Canada at the Market, where sustainability tops the menu, was the first to offer wine on tap—and an outlet to charge up your Fisker or more humble electric ride.
- Vancouver Urban Winery, a savvy plant on the East Side, bottles most of Vancouver’s stainless steel wine kegs and also offers tours and tastings with good small-plate pairings.—Tim Pawsey
West Coast fare at Edible Canada at the Market. Photo by KK Law
It’s the nation’s birthday—a perfect excuse to chow down on Canadian cuisine. Edible Canada at the Market (pictured), a bistro and retail store all rolled into one, focuses on fresh, local, sustainable fare. New this summer for bacon-lovers: the Tribute to Canadian Bacon Take-Out Window, which offers mouth-watering delights such as bacon and duck rillette poutine, to-die-for bacon banana bread with whipped maple butter, and a BLLT: bacon, lettuce, lobster and tomato on a Swiss roll. On Jul. 1, stop by Edible Canada for free popcorn and snow cones, balloon animals for kids, giveaways and food specials that honour the provinces of Canada. Other favourite spots for Canuck fare include The Oakwood Canadian Bistro and The Beaver and Mullet Canadian Bistro. Patriotically delicious!—Sheri Radford