Vancouver’s Sustenance Festival thru October

Vancouver’s annual Sustenance Festival features several different food events throughout the month worthy of your participation. Here are some of the highlights:

The World In A Garden – Eat More Kale!
Host: Douglas Park Community Centre
Location: Douglas Park Community Centre, 801 W 22nd Ave, Vancouver
Wednesday October 8 (7-8:30pm)
Description: Learn to Eat Green with nutrient-dense greens that you can harvest year round, with Urban Gardener, Joey Liu, Community Development Coordinator of The World In A Garden and Founder of The Food Connection. You will learn tricks to grow, harvest and prepare a greener diet for a healthy body and environment. Enjoy an interactive class with tastings and recipes! The World In A Garden is an educational urban farm & garden project that educates community and youth about the nutritional, cultural and environmental aspects of growing and eating food. Workshops on local food, nutrition and more have been offered since 2007!
Cost: $20
Registration here: Activity # 42602.401DP

Wild Edibles Foraging Field Tour – Pacific Spirit Park
Host: Dunbar Community Centre
Location: Dunbar Community Centre, 4747 Dunbar Street (Off-site)
Saturday October 11 (11am -1pm)
Description: What tasty treats can you find in our BC rainforest? Swallow Tail Tours’ two-hour Walking Tour leads participants on a chef-guided foray into Vancouver’s lush rainforest. After identifying edible herbs, berries and mushrooms; guests are invited to taste some of these treasures in our BC lunch & wild plant tea served in a mountain cabin or by the river. Fall – Mushroom Hunting Season; Chanterelles, oysters, porcini… there are a million edible delicacies in BC forests. For more details www.swallowtail.ca or 778-855-9453 . Group will meet offsite at W.16th and Imperial Drive at the Pacific Spirit Park sign. Swallow Tail will be in touch with participants a few days before the tour with confirmation details.
Cost: $50 Ages 16+
Registration here: Activity #45053.401DN

Native Edibles
Host: Village Vancouver and Dunbar Community Centre
Location: Dunbar Community Centre, 4747 Dunbar Street (Rm 202)
Thursday October 16 WORLD FOOD DAY (7-9pm)
Description: It can be easy to forget about the wealth of food that grows all around us. Come out and learn about edible plants that call our region home. Lori Snyder from the Metis Nation will discuss how to identify and harvest wild, edible, and medicinal plants in an ethical way. Weather permitting, most of the workshop will be outside. Please meet at the community centre. Wear comfortable walking shoes and, if possible, bring a flashlight.
Cost: Ages 16+ $25 online or by suggested donation $25; no one turned away for lack of funds. Please register by phone for sliding scale. 604.222.6060 ext.2
Registration here: Activity #45055.401DN

Intermediate Canning: Apples 3 Ways
Host: Seasons of Food @ Hastings Community Centre
Location: Hastings Community Centre, 3096 East Hastings Street
Thursday October 16 is WORLD FOOD DAY! (6:30-9:30pm)
Description: Learn a few of the most common ways of safely and efficiently preserving apples using the water bath canning method. Basic canning class experience is an asset. You will leave with one jar of applesauce. Please bring a standard lid 500 ml jar to the class or buy one from the instructor for $1.
Cost: $15
Registration here: Activity #64801.413HS