A summer rich with catering opportunities is coming to an exciting peak – this weekend, catch us at MusicFest Vancouver; next weekend we hit LIVE at Squamish for a lively gourmet, music-centered experience. We absolutely love these festive pairings of music and culinary arts; they’re a large part of why we so cherish our Vancouver roots. Rich arts, vibrant culture, exquisite food – what better wealth exists?
MusicFest Vancouver, which began August 10th and closes on Sunday the 19th, celebrates its 12th season with over 40 phenomenal concerts and events. It features a dynamic mix of classical, world, and jazz music performed by talented virtuosi from Canada and half a dozen other countries. The perfect chance to “explore extraordinary music”, the festival spans the stages and centres of the city’s finest venues, including CBC Plaza, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Christ Church Cathedral, Cory Weed’s Cellar Jazz Club, the Orpheum Theatre, the Vancouver Playhouse, the Vogue Theatre, and – to our particular delight – VanDusen Botanical Gardens.
Right here, in our ostensible backyard, we’ll have the great pleasure of hosting two of these spectacular events on the Great Lawn this Sunday: BMO Family Day, Music in the Garden (11am – 3pm) and World at the Garden, New York Voices (7pm-9pm). The former features the musical whimsy of Charlotte Diamond and the Kerplunks, with stories from the Green Man, drumming with Groove Masters Percussion, and the Tom Lee Music Petting Zoo in between; the latter closes the wonderful Festival with an evening al fresco with cool vocal jazz, performed by the Grammy Award-winning ensemble that has delighted audiences worldwide. Find out more about MusicFest Vancouver here.
At this event, we’ll be offering an array of our favourite BBQ fare, including Tandoori Chicken Kebabs, Beef Souvlaki, luscious Potato Salad, and a spread of freshly-baked cookies and squares. For the artists, we’ll be hosting a private affair catered with additional dishes like Roasted Corn and Squash, a Cumin-Scented Brown Rice Pilaf, and a flavourful Tomato Avocado Salad with crunchy spiced tortillas.
As for LIVE at Squamish, we’ll be rolling into the 3-day music festival (August 24th – 26th) with our state-of-the-art food truck, equipped with convection ovens, 10-foot walk-in coolers, a portable water system, 6000-watt generators, deep freeze, and swanky entertainment systems. Our team will be onsite from the 23rd to the 27th, armed and ready with an exhibition of epicurian excellence.
While spectators rock the Silent Disco, party at the Virgin Mobile Glamping sites, chill at the Molson Canadian Beer Garden, and take in three amazing stages, we’ll be plying a whole different party of musical greats like The Tragically Hip, City and Colour, The Airborne Toxic Event, Lights, Wintersleep, Rococode, Current Swell, Plants and Animals, the Pack A.D. and many more with our gourmet delectables. Artists and crew members will feast to their hearts’ content on our best breakfast, hot lunch, sandwiches and burgers between putting on an incredible show for fans. We’ll be right in the middle of all the action! Check out the LIVE at Squamish website for more info.
Now you know what’s keeping us busy this month – but don’t worry, we’re still here to serve you at both cafe locations. Come by anytime – you just might hear an inside scoop or two while you visit!