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Beyond the brew: The Non-Alky liquids of Vancouver

Beyond the brew. The Non-Alky liquids of Vancouver

Image Credit- http://www.nuezmilk.ca

Image Credit- http://www.nuezmilk.ca

Quietly something in Vancouver has been bubbling beyond the breweries of the Mount Pleasant and the East Side.

Entrepreneurs with a desire to bring their liquid obsessions to consumers are handcrafting micro batch brews in YVR. A step beyond what we see at our favourite new breweries like 33 Acres, Brassneck and the slew of other wonderful local hoppy delights available. But is there more?…why yes…yes there is Vancouver.

Brew 2.0 in Vancouver is ALL about Non-Alky beverages. Kombucha, nut milks, ginger beer and of course those cold pressed juices that can be found everywhere lately. While we are all on a mission to get tight for summer, these are the drinks that will lead you along that glorious path saving your drinking days for the long sunsets just around the corner with your perfect abs glistening in the sun washer board style…well maybe a few beers until then.

O5 Tea’s Master Brewer Rosie Priest has begun to offer a painstakingly crafted Kombucha that is now bottled and served at a few specific spots around town. If you are lucky enough to get your hands on a bottle its a much smoother and velvety experience than the sharp and generic kombucha swill thats more commonly found in shops. Rosie reminds us just how unique and special a neighbourhood brew can be, and why we should probably all brew kombucha at home not because its healthy or will cure man friends gout. Just simply because its delicious.

Lauren founder of Nuez Milk hand crafts nut milks. Previously actually pretty limited to what you can find on the shelves of the grocery mart. Unless you are willing to soak, peel, blend nuts yourself because we all have time to our own make milk. Nuez is on to something, we all love milk and want it to be luxurious, delicious and nourishing. Whether with fruity pebbles or with your Cartems doughnuts. It’s a staple. Why not feel good about drinking it and where it comes from without worrying about ethics, hormones and the innocent cows. Nuez is fair trade, delicious, creative, relevant and made lovingly.

Dickies Ginger, named for Dickie a dear friend of Stephen Tufts the man behind the eponymous ginger beer. This is ginger beer that doesn't suck. Not the weak stuff at Whole Foods more like punch you in the throat ginger bite with some really nice sweetness and the perfect fizz sensation on your tongue. Stephen quite simply is a Man who quite simply takes ginger beer very seriously and set forth to handcraft the best ginger beer Vancouver has seen and in this authors opinion he has done just that.

You can catch Stephen hawking it up at markets around the lower mainland and Squamish, the best part is he even serves it on draught.

Find these brews around town in Vancouver or on the web. Nuez even delivers!

Drink ‘em all at Hawkers Market May 10th Vancouver’s spot for new food ventures and ridiculously good eating to loud music. Support the brews and buy a ticket at hwkrsmrkt.eventbrite.ca so they have a place to hawk it to you.

Bottoms Up!


Chris Jerome is the Founder and Director of Hawkers Market an entrepreneurial incubator and roving marketplace for new food businesses in Canada and occasionally writes food and entrepreneurship. He lives in Vancouver with his dog Strummer.


Culinary Selfies or The Food Photo Booth at Hawkers Market

Culinary Selfies at Hawkers Market or The Food Photo Booth

While the internet has been plagued with streams of unappetizing mobile food photography, a few people have gotten together to fight back this completely inedible trend; cue lifestyle blogger Gabriel Cabrera from The Artful Desperado and food photographer Stefane Berube. Together in partnership with Director Chris Jerome of Hawkers Market will bring you the Food Photo Booth: a mobile photo kiosk for culinary selfies.

Artful Desperado - Flour-less Chocolate Cake Adapted from The Mast Brothers 

At the Food Photo Booth you'll be able to find all the tools you need to take that awesomely styled shot of your nibbles, sans all the nasty shadows and boring fake filters. Tools include: props, lighting, a beautiful wooden table by Union Wood Co, and even a black backdrop that will act as a canvas for your creation.

An inspiring backdrop from Union Wood Co.

By tagging your photos with @hawkersmarket @instameetVancouver and #culinaryselfie you'll be entered in a draw to win a foodie prize packed with treasures from Hawkers local vendors. Oh and don't worry, you don't need to be a pro! All guest at Hawkers Market have access to the booth.

Electric Jelly Doughnuts the perfect food for a #culinaryselfie


Need some styling inspiration? Got some questions? Check out Artful Desperado on Instagram and Stefane Berube on Facebook.


Take your culinary selfies this weekend only at Hawkers Market by getting your tickets at hwkrsmrkt.eventbrite.ca or hawkersmarket.com

Streat Helsinki - Finland!

Streat Helsinki is all about street food. It’s an idea of what it should and could be. It’s a concept with a mission of praising and pioneering the countless opportunities and potential of street food in Helsinki, as well as spreading the word abroad through our partners.

Streat Helsinki kicks off with a threefold set of events in March 2014, aptly named TALKS, EATS and PARTIES. A lot of talk, but also actions, not forgetting some celebratory partying. TALKS is organised in conjunction with Gastro Helsinki fair, whilst EATS and PARTIES take over the flourishing culture districts and street food hubs of the Tori Quarters and the Abattoir.


Kombucha Mini Workshop February 8th at Hawkers Market by O5 Tea

Our First Workshop is free at our next Hawkers Market on February 8th. Join O5 Tea as they talk about Kombucha at their pop up, learn what a "SCOBY" is.  How you can master fermentation and become the brewmaster of your domain. Plus drink their fabulous bottled kombucha drinks!

Workshop is free with purchase of a ticket to the February 8th Hawkers Market.




Diane Kennedy on living and cooking sustainably in Mexico

 Diane Kennedy at Mad 3 in Copenhagen, 2013. In her talk she tells us about how she lives and works sustainably in Mexico. In her gripping talk she speaks about hyper relevant issues such as GM foods , our senseless waste of plastic, and why she dislikes sous vide cuisine among many other issues that should get us all worked up in 2014 and our eyes turned towards what needs to happen with food in the future and how we may all think about treading more lightly.