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Continuing last year’s tradition, Vancouverites once again celebrated Oktoberfest at Harvest Haus, under the big tent at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza. This year, they extended the event to run over two weekends. Mr. and I went to the Friday seating on the second weekend, checking out the German-style food, beer, live music and entertainers.

Harvest Haus 2015

Clearly craft beer has become increasingly popular here in Vancouver, so has food and beer pairing. Given Germany is known for its beer, its dishes must be great for beer pairing. We’ve put some food dishes to the test with Samuel Adams, a US craft brewery that I have been spotting at many local food events, supporting and promoting the idea of food and beer pairing.

Samuel Adams Booth

At Harvest Haus, Samuel Adams was serving two brews: Boston Lager, its flagship beer, and OctoberFest, its seasonal beer that emulates the traditional Oktoberfestbier. On its own, the Boston Lager has an amber-ish hue, light and quite easy drinking. It’s a good entry-level craft beer for most, and the taste and mouthfeel is quite suitable for drinking all year long. On the other hand, OctoberFest is similar to brown ale, slightly heavier with more prominent hoppy note, and it’s a good transition beer into the fall season (before we start getting into stout and imperial ale and alike).

Cheers at Harvest Haus

We had our eyes on the Bratwurst from Oyama and Pork Hock (Schweinshaxn) from Yummy Foodies.
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November is Ocean Wise Month, and to celebrate sustainable seafood in the area, Vancouver Aquarium hosted the Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown last week. Lucky for me, I got to check it out, so let me tell you all about it.

Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown

Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown (photo by Three Sixty Photography, courtesy of Samuel Adams)

How does it work? As you enter the Vancouver Aquarium, you receive a wooden spoon and a plastic cup; and you just walk around with them to the 14 participating booths. You also have a ballot to take notes of each chowder and vote for your favourite.

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Each of the 14 competing chowders was paired with craft beer. I was quite impressed to see that there were restaurants from Prince Rupert and Pemberton competing in this event.

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Among the participating craft breweries, there was Samuel Adams, the only non-local craft brewery at the event. It partnered with Fable and Chef Trevor Bird not only in the beer pairing, but it’s also used in cooking of the halibut chowder. SA’s Boston Lager is darker than most lagers out there (has an amber-ish hue), yet it’s light and quite easy drinking; would be a good entry beer for most people and would make great pairing with rich food like a chowder or deep-fried goodness.

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Chef Trevor Bird at Chowder Chowdown

Chef Trevor Bird at Chowder Chowdown (photo by Three Sixty Photography, courtesy of Samuel Adams)

In addition to the People’s Choice Award voted by the general public, there were also 4 industry judges tasting all dishes to select the top 3. (more…)

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