Vancouver Iced Summer Drink Challenge Winners

The  Vancouver Foodster Iced Summer Drink Challenge was a success featuring creations from cafes and restaurants around Vancouver. Each spot featured their creation from July 5-28, 2019. Our media judging panel determined the ultimate winners of the challenge, and this was quite the task as each judge who tasted each creation with a rigorous process based on taste, originality/uniqueness and presentation/appearance.

The Winners are: 

1st Place (tie):

{108 points}

Ban Chok Dee

Always Summer in Thailand

Price: $6

Created by: Chef Parinya Loptson

Description:A famous traditional Thai dessert, “Mango and Sweet Sticky Rice”, got twisted up with young coconut into a special Thai drink creation to cool you down this summer.

Offered: Wednesday to Sunday 11 to 3 pm at Food by Fanta

And Ban Chok Dee Thai Cuisine Langley Only 11-3 and 4:30 – 9 pm

Ban Chok Dee

20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley

Tel: 778-278-3088

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Twitter @BanChokDeeThai

Instagram @banchokdeethai

and

Food by Fanta at BCD Academy

20542 Fraser Hwy #107, Langley

Tel: (604) 427-0166

Web: https://bcdacademy.ca/

Instagram @foodbyfanta

Chef Parinya Loptson

1st Place (tie):

{108 points}

Paragon Tea Room

Hojicha Herbucha

Price: 12oz – $6.35; 16oz – $7.35

Created by: Michelle, one of the founders of Paragon

Description: Merging the refreshing sweet and sour sensation, natural fizziness and probiotics of kombucha with the powerful medicinal properties of oriental herbal tea for those who feel guilty consuming too much ice cream or going to the night market too often!  Hojicha Herbucha – Kombucha made with organic hojicha (roasted Japanese green tea) infused with Hawthorn berries, tiny fruits that are packed with antioxidants and commonly used in Chinese herbal tea to aid digestion and weight control

Offered: All the time

Paragon Tea Room

2207 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Tel:(604) 616-8386

Web:

Instagram @paragontearoom

Michelle

2nd Place:

{99 points}

Origo Club

Black Sugar Iced Latte

Price: $6

Created by: Sharine Woo

Description: Leone Blend Expresso from Umbria, Black Sugar Syrup, Shaved Ice, Whipped Cream, Okinawa style black sugar. This black sugar iced latte is well balanced with intensed black sugar flavor with a long smoothe finishing. Sweetness can be ajusted to people’s likings.

Offered from 11a – 5p Tue. – Sun.

Origo Club

110-6888 River Road, Richmond

Phone: (604) 285-8889

Web: https://origoclub.ca/

Instagram @origoclub

3rd Place:

{96 points}

Firecrust Custom Salads + Pizzas

Badass Brownie Epic Shake

Price: $12.95

Created by: the team

Description: Brownie overload in the best way possible! We start with a rich & creamy hand-spun chocolate shake and blend it with rich fudge pieces of brownie. We perch two slabs of brownies on top of the shake and add whipped cream, chocolate drizzle and more brownies sprinkled right on the very top. And if that isn’t badass enough, we smother the rim with a healthy helping of vanilla icing & big brownie chunks. This delicious epic shake is carefully hand-crafted just for you. You’ve just gotta have it!

Offered: All-day long at both Firecrust Davie and Firecrust Langley locations.

Firecrust Custom Salads + Pizzas

808 Davie Street, Vancouver

Tel: (778) 379-9646

Web: https://www.firecrustpizzeria.com/

Twitter @firecrustdavie

Instagram @firecrustdavie

And

Firecrust Custom Salads + Pizzas

20160 Langley Bypass #40, Langley

Tel:

Web: https://www.firecrustpizzeria.com/

Twitter @Firecrustpizza

Instagram @firecrustlangley

Firecrust Davie team

In the People’s Choice Awards category, the public who tried the Iced Summer Drink Creations were the ones who had the opportunity to cast their vote throughout the challenge.

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:

Firecrust Custom Salads + Pizzas

Badass Brownie Epic Shake

Price: $12.95

Created by: the team

Description: Brownie overload in the best way possible! We start with a rich & creamy hand-spun chocolate shake and blend it with rich fudge pieces of brownie. We perch two slabs of brownies on top of the shake and add whipped cream, chocolate drizzle and more brownies sprinkled right on the very top. And if that isn’t badass enough, we smother the rim with a healthy helping of vanilla icing & big brownie chunks. This delicious epic shake is carefully hand-crafted just for you. You’ve just gotta have it!

Offered: All-day long at both Firecrust Davie and Firecrust Langley locations.

Firecrust Custom Salads + Pizzas

808 Davie Street, Vancouver

Tel: (778) 379-9646

Web: https://www.firecrustpizzeria.com/

Twitter @firecrustdavie

Instagram @firecrustdavie

And

Firecrust Custom Salads + Pizzas

20160 Langley Bypass #40, Langley

Tel:

Web: https://www.firecrustpizzeria.com/

Twitter @Firecrustpizza

Instagram @firecrustlangley

 

2nd Place People’s Choice:

Paragon Tea Room

Hojicha Herbucha

Price: 12oz – $6.35; 16oz – $7.35

Created by: Michelle, one of the founders of Paragon

Description: Merging the refreshing sweet and sour sensation, natural fizziness and probiotics of kombucha with the powerful medicinal properties of oriental herbal tea for those who feel guilty consuming too much ice cream or going to the night market too often!  Hojicha Herbucha – Kombucha made with organic hojicha (roasted Japanese green tea) infused with Hawthorn berries, tiny fruits that are packed with antioxidants and commonly used in Chinese herbal tea to aid digestion and weight control

Offered: All the time

Paragon Tea Room

2207 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Tel:(604) 616-8386

Web:

Instagram @paragontearoom

 

3rd Place People’s Choice:

Ban Chok Dee

Always Summer in Thailand

Price: $6

Created by: Chef Parinya Loptson

Description:A famous traditional Thai dessert, “Mango and Sweet Sticky Rice”, got twisted up with young coconut into a special Thai drink creation to cool you down this summer.

Offered: Wednesday to Sunday 11 to 3 pm at Food by Fanta

And Ban Chok Dee Thai Cuisine Langley Only 11-3 and 4:30 – 9 pm

Ban Chok Dee

20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley

Tel: 778-278-3088

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Twitter @BanChokDeeThai

Instagram @banchokdeethai

and

Food by Fanta at BCD Academy

20542 Fraser Hwy #107, Langley

Tel: (604) 427-0166

Web: https://bcdacademy.ca/

Instagram @foodbyfanta

 

Each media judge scored each creation with a maximum of 40 points as follows: Overall Taste 20 points, Originality and Uniqueness 10 points, Presentation and Appearance 10 points. The highest number of points a challenge creation could have been awarded is 120 points.

Our Media judges for this challenge were: Jay Minter, Shelley Hayashi and Regina Ip

Thank you to all the restaurants and cafes that accepted my invitation and featured the Iced Summer Drink Challenge creations on the menu for the past few weeks during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants and cafes to try their Iced Summer Drink creations! See all the Iced Summer Drink Challenge Entries Here.

By: Richard Wolak