Kits food tour schools taste buds

Olympic sailors Nikola Girke and Luke Ramsey help narrate the race to invited guests.

Gearing up to kick off the annual Khatsahlano Music + Arts festival, a select group of local media converged on a pre-event culinary tour. Sampling their way along Kitsilano’s trendy W. 4th Avenue, they checked out signature cocktails and dishes served by some of the city’s top-ranked spots, local favourites, and new to-the-market bistros. Schooling their taste buds throughout the afternoon, the group made pit stops at Fable Kitchen, Tractor, BiBo and Las Margaritas to name a few – before landing at the newly opened The August Jack for a final bite and brew. It was a memorable way to experience the diverse offerings of one of Vancouver’s oldest neighborhoods — and home to one of the largest free outdoor summer festivals in B.C.

Who’s the Boss?

For several days this week, Vancouver’s who’s who, and invited fashion and lifestyle writers, donned their sailor-chic for an afternoon cruise aboard the sleek 60-foot custom-designed Hugo Boss racing yacht. Fresh from the Vendée Globe (one of the longest and most intense sailing races in the world), guests were greeted by skipper extraordinaire Alex Thomson and his team for an unforgettable day of sailing in the lap of luxury. After learning some of the nautical ropes (there are nearly 20,000 custom components to this sailing machine), a sunset cruise with cocktail in hand was the perfect way to wind down. More on Hugo Boss and Alex Thomson Racing at

Charity regatta

In keeping with a nautical theme, the annual Easter Seals Regatta took over English Bay for a day of racing, and invited VIPs grabbed a seat aboard luxury yacht Attitude for a day perched amidst the action. Sipping Mount Gay Rum-based cocktails, it was an ideal day under the sun and expertly narrated by Olympic sailers Nikola Girke and Luke Ramsey. Post-race events included a boat parade around False Creek before returning to the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club for a barbecue with beats, courtesy of Tropical Heat, who brought their fusion of reggae and calypso to the party. Visit for more details.

Party On

  • Illuminares Lantern Festival is on July 20 at 6 p.m. at Trout Lake in John Hendry Park. For more information visit
  • Vancouver Folk Music Festival is July 19-21 at Jericho Beach Park. Get the full schedule and tickets here:
  • Honda Celebration of Light fireworks runs on July 27 and 31, and Aug. 3. Learn more here:



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