“FieldTrips” is either a day trip or a few days where I visit food areas of interest which may include farm visits, producers, wineries, restaurants and/or other places that people can visit. This is about offering Vancouver Foodster readers a chance to get out of town and take a “Field Trip” for the day or a few days to explore, learn, taste and experience.
Field Trip to Gibsons
One of my favourite spots that I rarely get too is the Sunshine Coast and if you can’t get an advance car reservation for the ferry, then you do what we did. You park your car in Horseshoe Bay and you walk on the ferry to Langdale. Something to know is that there is a bus operated by BC Transit (10-12 mins) that is timed with the ferries ($2 exact change gets you on) or if you miss the bus or decide that walking is your thing, you can do what we did and walk from the ferry terminal to Gibsons (1 hour).
Lawrence joined me on this day trip and our first stop was for lunch at Tapworks Brewing which is located in the main part of the town, and we seated ourselves on their upstairs patio. You order from their kitchen counter and then they give you a number and deliver the food and drink to your table. I loved the Crispy Avo Bao duo. Lawrence had the Crispy Chicken Burger and we both shared the Kale Caesar Salad.
After lunch we walked around the town, down to the pier which was past Molly’s Reach, walked by Molly’s Lane and the surrounding area.
We then walked to Upper Gibsons in search of iced coffee as it was a very hot day. We then visited More Café and Bakeshop where we enjoyed a Chocolate croissant and Iced Americano’s.
After walking back to town we walked around the Gibsons Marina and visited their Public Market which had some great spots to pickup baked goods, seafood, and many other gourmet items.
Afterwards we headed over to The Pink House Bistro (I had made a reservation 2 weeks in advance) where we enjoyed a delicious Middle Eastern dinner on the outside patio with a great view of the Gibsons marina; on the table is the delicious Mezze Platter with warmed pita flatbread, labneh, hummus, falafel, and fried cauliflower. Fried Chicken shawarma spiced, pomegranate chili honey, house pickles; and the Sabikh with fried eggplant, six-minute egg, hummus, green goddess tahina, pepperoncini, amba, and sumac. Check them out on their instagram @thepinkhousebistro
After dinner we made our way back to the ferry terminal to get on the ferry to return to Horseshoe Bay. There are many new restaurants and cafes located throughout Gibsons with patios that you can visit over the summer or beyond.
By: Richard Wolak