This past week, we were invited to the Harmony Arts Festival to experience the BEST of the WEST, a BC wine and food event right on Ambleside Pier in West Vancouver.
Hosted by housewine, this event featured 12 top local restaurants paired perfectly with local BC wineries. Each dish featured local ingredients and was prepared right on the pier for guests. There were BBQs, oyster chucking, sushi rolling, tempura prawn frying, and dessert assembling- all taking place right in front of your eyes! The pier was a perfect location for BEST of the WEST, with ultimate views of Vancouver. Paired with delicious bites and BC wine, this was definitely an event you wouldn’t want to miss.
Here is what was on the menu for guests to try:
The Observatory | smoked Okanagan ostrich with a fresh cherry salad on a coffee+shiitake mushroom crumble paired with Quails’ Gate 2011 Pinot Noir
Cactus Club Café | ceviche of lois lake steelhead and sustainably harvested prawns with mint, thai basil and cilantro served with a fresh cooked tortilla chip paired with Tantalus Vineyards 2013 Rose
Temper Chocolate Pastry | a vanilla and citrus infused cheesecake with a lemon scented crust and a green apple and pear William jelly paired with Haywire 2012 White Bub (Bubbles)
Bene Sushi | vegetable and tuna fish wrap with drizzles house special sauce on top paired with Stoneboat 2012 Pinot Gris
Savoury Road | coconut and ginger infused prawns cake, pineapple salsa and sweet baby pea shoots paired with 2011 Laughing Stock Viognier
Zen Japanese Restaurant | ahi poke cones stuffed with ocean wise ahi tuna poke and edamame hummus topped with crunchy sprinkles paired with Blue Mountain Vineyard 2011 Estate Chardonnay
La Regalade French Bistro | cassoulet: slow cooked haricots beans, sausage, port, lamb, duck confit, carrots, onions and tomato paired with Poplar Grove 2009 Merlot
Pier 7 Restaurant and Bar | poached smoked chicken and waffles with coffee jelly paired with Stag’s Hollow 2012 Tempranillo
Mangia E Bevi Ristorante | braised bison short rib with cinzano and root vegetables paired with Painted Rock 2011 Merlot
Hugos | braised beef short ribs with green olive and peppercorn sauce with potato latkes paired with Burrowing Owl 2011 Cabernet Franc
Forage | yarrow farms duck breast pastrami duck confit ravioli with Okanagan cherry preserve paired with Nichol Vineyards 2011 Syrah
Milestones Grill and Bar | seared ribeye on a caramelized onion polenta cake topped with gorgonzola mousse and pickled cherries paired with Road 13 Vineyards 2011 5th Element
There were also 2 additional tasting stations that guest were able to experience- Rodney’s Oyster House shucking oysters and wines from the Naramata Bench Winery Association.
From the food, to the music, to the wine, all paired with spectacular 360 views of West Vancouver and a gorgeous sunset, the night was spectacular.
Events like this are very rare and always sell out. Be sure to check our events listings page for upcoming Vancouver and Okanagan events so you don’t miss out on incredible food and wine events!