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Events & Celebrations

A “Hootenanny” at VanDusen

Like the summer tradition of watching the fireworks display down by English Bay, autumn has its share of spectacles, too. If you are ever looking for an easy date idea, a family-friendly event to attend, or a place to simply take-in the setting and go for a stroll, I would highly recommend the Glow in the Garden event at VanDusen. This annual Halloween-themed event features a number of treats, crafts, pumpkin carvings, and the ever-so-popular light show.

Photo Credit: Lindsay William-Ross

A Big “Hootenanny”

Every year, the Glow in the Garden event features a different theme. In the past, adventure seekers have been graced with the classical tale of Hänsel and Gretel, the hijinks of Alice-in-Wonderland (under the watchful presence of the Queen of Hearts, of course), and even spooked by a ghoulish-themed walk filled with creepy creatures and ominous music as one ventured through the garden. This year, however, we learn that an “old barred owl has played a Halloween trick by casting a ‘hootenanny’ spell and making it glow”. Those who decide to undertake the walk are asked to assist the hummingbird, Anna, and her friends to lift the Halloween spell. Are you up for the challenge?

Delectables Await

The garden walk can take adventurers up to an hour (or more) to explore, and during this time of year, it could be very cold and wet. What better way to prepare and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or tea, and some tasty sweet and savoury treats? As an annual ritual for myself and some friends, we always find time to stop by the Truffles Fine Foods located at the VanDusen Garden Visitor Centre. Here, we are in a well-lit, enclosed space that overlooks the garden – the ideal place to plan our walk and prepare ourselves for the spectacles that await. The garden itself does have its share of food vendors scattered throughout various pockets as well, but neither are sheltered and typically have longer queues. 

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With all this in mind, I am truly excited about meandering through the walk again this year because it is always a treat to see what the creative team at VanDusen are able to conjure. It is also that time of year for adults to reflect and remember the simpler times when we were once curious and unsuspecting of all the spooks and sprites that Halloween had to offer. If you have a chance, do visit Glow in the Garden and help Anna lift the spell!

For more information about Glow, or to purchase tickets, visit them here.

Events & Celebrations

Thankful For Thanksgiving Turkey

Muggy weather, crispness in the air, and the scent of pumpkin spice wafting about at our local coffee shops – the Autumn has finally arrived in Vancouver. Summer this year, it seems, came and went too quickly as per usual, and despite Vancouverites now having to endure weeks, if not months, of consecutive rainfall, there are plenty of things to look forward to in the Fall.

At Truffles Fine Foods, another transition takes place as the weather changes. We are catching the tail-end of the wedding season which means our culinary experts are busy putting together a new menu that is available for all! I’m not referring to a private catering event that you must book in order to sample our food, or even having to walk-in to one of our locations. No, I am talking about a carefully selected and crafted to-go dinner for Thanksgiving: our locally acclaimed and annual tradition, Turkey Dinner To Go.

Thanksgiving Set Dinner

Need some convincing? Apart from how amazing these set dinners are, this particular menu was a huge hit last year and was sold out in no time! This year’s menu features:

Sliced Boneless Turkey
Served with turkey gravy, stuffing, and cranberry sauce

Whipped Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Delectable Roasted Root Vegetables
Carrots, turnips, parsnips, and red onion

Creamy Autumn Pumpkin Pie
Served with cinnamon cream

Orders for this set menu is now being taken until October 10th, or until Truffles Fine Foods is fully booked. This four course meal feeds four guests and is priced at a reasonable $150 plus tax. 

If you’re interested, I encourage you to call 604.505.4961 ext. 1, or email us at info@trufflesfinefoods.com