Blueberry Mint Lemonade

Our Signature Blueberry Mint Lemonade Recipe

Homemade Blueberry Mint Lemonade

Perfect for a Vancouver Picnic!

Looking for the taste of a Vancouver summer? You won’t find a better pairing than our homemade blueberry lemonade, complete with local blueberries that just beg for picnic sipping. Tangy, sweet, and oh so refreshing, our blueberry lemonade has been a favourite for many at our catering events. We thought why not share the recipe so you can enjoy the drink in the comfort of your own backyard!

Truffles Fine Foods Blueberry Lemonade Recipe

The Not-So-Secret Ingredient

Not only does it hit the mark with flavour, but it’s as gorgeous looking as it tastes. After all, we eat with our eyes first! The blueberries create a delightful purple hue that brightens the drink and impresses anyone who sips it. If you want to wow your friends at your next cocktail party, this blueberry lemonade is sure to hit the mark.

As luck would have it, we’re in the midst of Vancouver’s blueberry season. From the fields of Abbotsford to the backyard containers of urban Vancouver gardeners, you can find local blueberries around every corner. Blueberry picking is one of our favourite activities, one that brings back waves of nostalgia and very very blue fingers.

At the end of blueberry picking, you oftentimes find yourself with more buckets of blueberries than you know what to do with. So, after your annual blueberry picking, set aside some of the tasty berries to make this untraditional yet beloved picnic drink.

Truffles Fine Foods Blueberry Lemonade Recipe

Homemade Blueberry Mint Lemonade

Are your tastebuds cheering for blueberry lemonade yet? Without further adieu, here is the recipe from our Truffles Fine Foods’ Executive Chef Dave Bell!


  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 cup frozen Blueberries
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 2/3 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 sprig of mint


  1. Muddle blueberries and mint together
  2. Pour boiling water over sugar and stir until completely dissolved
  3. Add lemon juice, cold water and muddled blueberries and mint to the sugar water mixture
  4. Mix well
  5. Strain blueberries and mint using a fine sieve or cheesecloth before serving
  6. Serve over ice and garnish with a mint sprig.

The Best Pairing for Blueberry Mint Lemonade

Refreshing and filled with summer flavour, this drink is best enjoyed outdoors on a sunny day. For the perfect backdrop to enjoy your blueberry lemonade, join us at Vancouver’s VanDusen Botanical Garden for our Summer Gourmet Picnic. Enjoy a four-course meal inspired by Italian alfresco dishes, admission to the gardens, and you guessed it, our signature blueberry lemonade! To accommodate everyone, we have plant-based options and a kid’s menu available.

To see available timeslots and book your picnic, click here. Hurry, our Summer Gourmet Picnic is available for a limited time only!

Seasonal Feature

Summer Gourmet Picnic at VanDusen Botanical Garden

The VanDusen Botanical Garden may just be Vancouver’s best picnic spot and we’re happy to offer our Summer Gourmet Picnic, at VanDusen Garden! Get a whiff of fresh air and sit in the dappled sunlight from the surrounding trees all while your tastebuds go on their own summer vacation.

So much more than a picnic basket, this isn’t your average quilted blanket. Instead, experience the sun-kissed days of summer with your very own private picnic table and dedicated server to provide your every picnic need. PLUS admission to the garden is included in the price. The whole experience is nothing short of amazing.

The Meal

Inspired by Italian alfresco dishes, the picnic features gourmet Regular or Plant-based canapes, an individual Heirloom Tomato & Burrata salad, Choice of three entrées, and two exquisite desserts. We’ve kept everyone in mind with this gourmet menu, offering plant-based options for each course as well as an additional kid’s menu for only $15 a child.

And don’t worry, we would never forget the drinks. After all, the lazy, hazy, and crazy days of summer wouldn’t be complete without a cool beverage in hand. Our picnic tables are fully licensed and come with plenty of pre-purchased bottles of wine, cider, beer, and other non-alcoholic drink options. All alcoholic beverages come from BC wineries and breweries, giving you the best flavours our province has to offer.

To add extra elegance or romance to your meal, you can also purchase a seasonal table floral arrangement by Nicola Adam. She creates the most stunning displays!

Granville Island Craft Beer
Nicola Adam Floral

Once the meal is over and you’re feeling positively stuffed, the experience isn’t quite over yet! We couldn’t have you join us at this beautiful garden without taking a stroll through the pathways of summer flowers.

What makes this experience so unique is the location of the picnic itself, with the beauty of VanDusen Botanical Garden as the backdrop. After eating, enjoy a two-hour admission to the garden to enjoy summer’s splendor at your own pace. Beyond the Great Lawn, there are endless displays of perennials, meadow flowers, roses, and plenty more stunning blooms.


Choose from Regular or Plant-based Canape

Regular Canapes : One Prosciutto melon bite, Miniature BLT on grilled sourdough, and Tuna crudo cucumber cup

Plant-Based Canapes: Rainbow roll, Vegan BLT on grilled sourdough, Cucumber cup with hummus and pickled vegetables

Individual Plated Salad

Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Salad: organic local greens, fresh basil, white balsamic vinaigrette

Choice of Entree

PORCHETTA SANDWICH: Slow roasted pork with fennel and herbs, lemon caper mayonnaise and arugula

TUSCAN CHICKEN BREAST WITH CAPER & PARSLEY SALSA VERDE: Free range chicken breast marinated in lemon & fresh rosemary

VEGAN TORTA RUSTICA: Layers of grilled eggplant, sweet peppers, zucchini, spinach and fresh herbs in a crisp pastry

All entrees are served with: Balsamic Marinated Grilled Summer Vegetables, New Potato salad with fresh herbs and red wine vinaigrette


PEACH & ALMOND TIRAMISU: Layers of mascarpone, fresh peaches and amoretti

VEGAN CHOCOLATE MOUSSE: Swirled with Okanagan cherry compote

Don’t wait and book you Summer Gourmet picnic today!

Industry News

5 Reasons To Choose Truffles Fine Foods

Whether you need a private caterer for a corporate event, a wedding, or a celebration of some sort, we know the options are endless. We understand that food is the heart of any event which is why our team is dedicated to provide you with the most value. Like every industry, there are so many options to choose from, but if you want to take our word for it, here are five convincing reasons why we believe Truffles Fine Foods is the ideal choice for any event you host.

Wide Range Of Options

Our chefs and culinary team are able to provide you with a wide range of catering services. From canapés and cocktail receptions to buffet-style meals and plated dinners, our list of options are both flexible and can be carefully tailored to the event you are hosting. Have you taken a look at our menu options yet? We can guarantee there will be something that will peak your interest. If there are any dietary restrictions, worry not! Our goal is to create the best culinary experience for you and your guests.

Several Locations To Serve You

In a previous blog post, we highlighted our four locations that serve delicious culinary creations daily. If you were ever in need of sampling our foods before making that big decision to have us cater for you, we invite you to visit us! Our locations are conveniently located in Vancouver, North Vancouver, and New Westminster. If you have any inquiries, we are simply a phone call, email, or visit away!

Highly Reputable

Since 2005, we have been serving the epicurious with our gastronomic delights. We were selected as the official caterer of the Whistler Canada House during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, catered to both Squamish and Pemberton Music Festivals, catered to the cast of Arrow and Once Upon A Time, and have been featured on Real Weddings and Style Me Pretty. People love us and we are elated to be able to spread our love through good eats!

Familiarity With Venues

Ever witness a wedding where the caterers are unfamiliar with the venue? Where last-minute panic sets in because nobody knows if there are specific amenities needed to prepare and serve the food? Unlike most caterers, we are very familiar with several lovely venues Vancouver has to offer and have a history of serving at them. Regardless if it is a corporate event, or taking part in a lovely wedding reception, our team is able to make any event special. Some of our favourites include Vandusen Botanical Gardens, Heritage Hall, and UBC Boathouse, but to check out other venues we enjoy catering at, visit this page.


It is important to emphasize that we are very flexible. Our mission is to work with you and deliver the best catered event you can provide your guests with. Regardless of venue, budget, or number of attendees, our team is happy to assist you in finding a perfect balance. Our culinary experts are also able to tailor your menu items to any specific dietary restrictions. For all kinds of events whether it be corporate or wedding, you can rely on Truffles Fine Foods to deliver a memorable, exquisite culinary experience.
If you have any questions or if we have convinced you to choose us as your caterer for your next big event, we encourage you to contact us today!


Four Palate Pleasing Locations

IT IS NO SURPRISE that the food scene here, in Vancouver, is a very competitive landscape. Although the food and hospitality industry has its fair share of challenges, it can also be very difficult for diners to decide on their next culinary adventure. For those epicureans and foodies out there who are willing to please their palates with unique gastronomic creations, Vancouver definitely has a lot to offer (but not enough time, naturally).

If you’re nodding your head in agreement, then I am glad you are reading this because Truffles Fine Foods has not just one option for you to satisfy amuse-bouche cravings, but four! Since 2005, we continue to deliver on our reputation of having quality, freshly-prepared foods for a wide range of people, events, and industries. If you are ever in need of a memorable food experience, allow our professionals to satisfy your needs. Here are four locations for you to choose from:

Howe & Davie Kitchen

Situated near the heart of Downtown Vancouver, our Howe & Davie location is the perfect place to grab a quick, delicious bite at any time of the day. Open daily and with menu items freshly prepared by our master chef, this location is perfect for a hasty snack, a gathering after work, or a weekend indulgence.

Truffles Kitchen at VanDusen Garden

Treat yourself to an afternoon of decadence by visiting our unique location within the Visitor’s Centre at the VanDusen Botanical Garden. With stunning views of the exotic flora that the garden has to offer, our café provides a dining space that aligns with the VanDusen Garden Centre’s “Living Building” philosophy. Order from a selection of Fair Trade coffees, handcrafted beverages, and locally-inspired foods – all prepared with the highest quality ingredients. If you desire the next of elegance, Afternoon Tea is also offered. We advise calling head for hours served as it changes seasonally.

North Shore Film Studios Kitchen

Our main catering kitchen and office located in North Vancouver was where all of our culinary magic first happened. Reaching back to how it all began, we are continually humbled and forever thankful to the film industry for helping us to get started. If you are looking to book catering for parties and other events, please give us a call!

Truffles Fine Foods Kitchens

New Westminster Kitchen

Your quest to satisfy your palate isn’t just limited to the City of Vancouver. If you happen to wander through our province’s former capital – New Westminster – we invite you to stop by the new, state-of-the-art Anvil Centre. Our unique kitchen provides visitors with an opportunity to taste our delicious, delectable foods and beverages made with the best and freshest ingredients. The Anvil Centre also makes a great venue to host group events of any size including weddings, conferences, and even board meetings. Truffles Fine Foods is proud to be the caterer of choice for the Anvil Centre.

With 2018 in full swing, finding the the right caterer or eatery shouldn’t be that tough of a decision. If you are in search of something exquisite, we encourage you to pay us a visit. Truffles Fine Foods offers nothing but the best quality ingredients and we invite you to join us on your next culinary adventure.

Seasonal Feature

Celebrate The Holidays With Truffles Fine Foods

Book your holiday party with Truffles Fine Foods - Vancouvers catering company

Thanksgiving has passed and now it is time to focus on planning your next holiday event, complete with the sweet smell of pumpkin pie and the savoury aroma of a roasted turkey. It is never too early in the season to be planning your family or corporate Christmas party, and Truffles can help!

Whether it is a Christmas catering event for 500 or an intimate gathering, we make the hectic season easy with our holiday party themed menu for delivery in Vancouver and throughout the lower mainland. Each menu is thoughtfully tailored to highlight the Pacific Northwest’s local cuisine. Led by Truffles’ head Chef, the catering team has created a stunning selection of appetizers, featured dishes, and mouth-watering desserts, and we would be more than happy to suggest wine or cocktail pairings to enhance the experience. We will work with you to craft the perfect evening to celebrate you and yours.

Whether you are looking for roasted turkey or honey roasted ham, looking forward to brussel sprouts and mashed potatoes with gravy, or if you favour the sweet cinnamon taste of pumpkin pie, our menu has something for everyone. You can see all of our offerings for the season here.

Have questions about the Christmas service? Make sure that you book in your celebration today before we are sold out for the holidays. We would love to be a part of your Christmas event, whether it is with a group of 5 or 500, the holidays are a special time for us all to come together. Contact us today for your custom quote, and we look forward to serving you during this holiday season!

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Celebrate Mom with Mother’s Day Tea at Truffles Fine Foods

OUR MOTHERS ARE OUR CONNECTION to ourselves, and there are few loves like those between mothers and their children. Whether she’s a new mom or one with years of wisdom behind her, all moms deserve to be celebrated and showered with the love they share with others. The catering and kitchen team at Truffles Fine Foods would like to help make your family’s celebration a little easier – and a lot tastier – with Mother’s Day Tea at two of our Truffles locations.

WHETHER STROLLING THE GARDENS alongside our VanDusen Garden café or feeling the cosmopolitan energy at our downtown location, we’re ready to help you celebrate mom as only you know how. Please join us for a very special high tea with a menu designed especially for mom.

OUR TEAM HAS MADE SURE that mom’s day will be extra sweet with our thoughtfully-crafted Mother’s Day Tea. Apart from the requisite “cuppa,” this two-day celebration of high tea will also feature:

[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Chef’s choice delicate sandwiches[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Home-baked scones with raspberry jam, honey, and clotted cream[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Flaky croissants[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Crafted chocolate truffles[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Delicate petit fours[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Melt-in-your-mouth shortbread[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]French macarons[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Coconut macaroons[/list_item]

MOTHER’S DAY TEA WILL BE available on Saturday, May 13th and Sunday, May 14th at the downtown Vancouver and VanDusen Garden Truffles Fine Foods locations, and will be provided on a first come, first served basis. The cost of “Tea for Two” is $45 and “Tea for Four” is priced at $90.

PLEASE NOTE THAT, FOR those wishing to add a visit to VanDusen Garden to their Mother’s Day Tea at that location, regular garden admission also applies. We are pleased to also offer high tea throughout the year as a catering option. Please visit our catering page for more information.

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Create a memorable experience with the Festival of Lights Holiday Event Package

Capture the magic of the holiday season amongst the twinkle and glow of VanDusen Gardens’ Festival of Lights. This holiday event package allows you to create a memorable experience for your guests at one of Vancouver’s most spectacular events of the holiday season. With an exclusively-designed menu, an event space that’s tastefully decorated inside VanDusen Gardens’ Visitor Centre, and entry tickets to the Festival of Lights event, our team looks forward to welcoming your guests for an unforgettable celebration.

Festival of Lights


This holiday event package starts at $3,500 and includes the decorated venue space, tables, chairs, 100 entry tickets into VanDusen Festival of Lights, SOCAN fee and liaison staff. The venue is yours from 2:00 pm until midnight.


Truffles Fine Foods’ catering team has designed an inventive seasonal menu. You can choose between four catering packages:

Cocktail Reception

Make the evening merry and bright as canapés are warmly served throughout the room, the perfect choice for a casual come-and-go event allowing your guests to mingle. The Cocktail Reception option is available for up to 150 guests and starts at $40 per person* including food, rentals, table décor, and staffing. This package features some of the following items:

[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Olive Tapenade and Charred Cherry Tomato Crostini, topped with crumbled feta and balsamic reduction[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Sesame Crusted Albacore Tuna served on a skewer and drizzled with wasabi mayo[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Mini Christmas Dinners featuring slices of turkey topped with cranberry chutney on crisp pieces of stuffing[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Fire Cracker Chicken Satays with chopped Jalapeno, cilantro, served with spicy chili sauce[/list_item]

Cocktail Dinner Party

The best of both worlds, this sophisticated combination of passed canapés and wholesome platters replaces a traditional sit-down dinner. The Cocktail Dinner Party option is available for up to 150 guests and starts at $60 per person* including food, rentals, table décor, and staffing. This package features some of the following items:

[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Smoked Salmon Platter with thinly sliced smoked salmon, red onion, dill, capers, cream cheese, served with a selection of breads[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Local Artisan Meat and Cheese Platter four types of charcuterie and local B.C. Valleys cheeses, accompanied with house made sweet preserves, pickled components and artisan crackers[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Sesame Crusted Albacore Tuna, served on a skewer and drizzled with wasabi mayo[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Mini Christmas Dinners featuring slices of turkey topped with cranberry chutney on crisp pieces of stuffing[/list_item]

Gourmet Buffet Dinner

A traditional choice that captures the cordial character of a family-style dinner, this menu features something for all tastes and preferences. The Gourmet Buffet Dinner option is available for up to 150 guests and starts at $70 per person* including food, rentals, table décor, and staffing. This package features some of the following items:

[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Fraser Valley Chicken Breast with bacon sherry vinaigrette, sautéed peas, gnocchi, rosemary jus[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Roasted Root Vegetables[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Truffles Caesar with roasted garlic dressing[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Chocolate Ganache Cake with a crème anglaise, lime, and raspberries[/list_item]

Elegant Plated Dinner

This exceptional formal dinner choice beautifully showcases our chef’s expertise in fine dining. The Elegant Plated Dinner option is available for up to 120 guests and starts at $120 per person* including food, rentals, table décor, and staffing. This package features some of the following items:

[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Albacore Tuna Tartare with avocado, salmon caviar and wasabi cream[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Grilled New York Steak with herbed fingerling potatoes and green beans[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Cheese Cake with local blueberry purée[/list_item]

*Catering packages do not include alcohol, taxes or gratuity. Menu items may be customized.

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Liquor Service

Truffles Fine Foods is a fully-licensed catering company. Our price guide starts at:

[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Beer – $6[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Highballs – $6[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Wine bottle – $28[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Bartender $30/hour (minimum 4 hours)[/list_item]

Contact Information

Availability for this Holiday Event Package is limited from December 2 – 15, 2016, so book early to secure your date.
Please contact VanDusen Gardens first for booking inquiries.

Booking Inquiries:
Jennifer Cooper
Facility Rentals
VanDusen Botanical Garden

Catering Inquiries:
Fanny Dufour
Sales Manager
Truffles Fine Foods Catering
604-505-4961 ext. 7

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Let Truffles Fine Foods Cater the Perfect Summer BBQ

Endless sunshine, chilled cocktails, and sand between the toes:
some things are synonymous with summer, and we at Truffles Fine Foods believe that an extraordinary summer BBQ is no exception.

A summer BBQ catered by Truffles Fine Foods is the perfect way to entertain clients or recognize your colleagues’ hard work. With sunny days officially upon us, we invite you to leave the planning, grilling, and chopping to our team!

Our exclusive BBQ menu proudly features an extensive selection of options for all preferences and dietary needs. Meat lovers, vegetarians, and seafood savourers: everyone’s invited! We’ll bring all the toppings, side dishes, colourful salads, and mouth-watering desserts.

The Premiere
$19/plate – minimum 30 guests
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]1 Entrée[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]3 Sides and/or Salads[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]1 Dessert[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Disposable serving ware and cutlery included[/list_item]

Silver Screen
$24/plate – minimum 30 guests
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]2 Entrées[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]4 Sides and/or Salads[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]1 Dessert[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Disposable serving ware and cutlery included[/list_item]

The Oscar
$35/plate – minimum 30 guests
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]3 Entrées[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]4 Sides and/or Salads[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]1 Dessert[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]1 Platter[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Disposable serving ware and cutlery included[/list_item]

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We are also pleased to provide additional services at an extra cost:
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[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Setup[/list_item]

For more information or to book Truffles Fine Foods for your BBQ, please contact us by email.

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Treat Mom This Mother’s Day with a Visit to VanDusen Gardens

MOMS DESERVE TO BE CELEBRATED, so show your mom how much you care this Mother’s Day with a memorable afternoon at VanDusen Botanical Garden. Stroll along walking trails that weave throughout 55 acres of exquisite flowers, plants and lakes, enjoy live jazz, or capture the day at the Heron Lake photo booth.

TRUFFLES FINE FOODS is adding a bit of sweetness to the day with our outdoor pop-up café exclusively for Mother’s Day. Located on the plaza in front of the visitors’ centre, our pop-up café will feature:

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[list_item icon=”ss-check”]lemonade[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]our famous jar desserts[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]5-pack boxes of macarons[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]drip coffee and tea[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]scones and muffins[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]crisps and cookies[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]still or sparkling water[/list_item]

Mother’s Day Schedule

Garden hours – 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Harpist in the plaza – 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Photo booth at Heron Lake – 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Jazz band at Heron Lake – 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Truffles outdoor pop-up café in the plaza – 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Please note that regular garden admission applies. For more information on VanDusen Botanical Gardens’ Mother’s Day celebration, click here.

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Truffles Fine Foods has joined the Vancouver Foodster Cheesecake Challenge!

The Vancouver Foodster Cheesecake Challenge is officially underway and Truffles Fine Foods hopes to destroy the competition! Restaurants, bakeries, and cafés from across Vancouver are competing for the title of Best Cheesecake in the city, and it’s up to you – our customers – to decide who wins.

The pastry team at Truffles Fine Foods is confident in its famous berry cheesecake-in-a-jar dish. With three tempting layers, it’s the perfect triple threat. A graham crumb base is smothered in sweet, creamy cheesecake filling, followed by a sumptuous topping of fresh berries, all served in a portable and charming latch-lid jar.

Running from April 14th until May 8th, you’ve got plenty of time to eat as many berry cheesecakes-in-a-jar while getting your votes in. When deciding on the winning cheesecake, look for originality, creativity, price, value, unique characteristics and, most importantly, taste! Voters are eligible to vote once per day throughout the promotion. For more information, check out the Vancouver Foodster Best Cheesecake Competition online.

We’d love to see your photos of you enjoying our berry cheesecake-in-a-jar! Be sure to Tweet at us, include us in your Instagram posts, and make sure you use the hashtag #CheesecakeChallengeYVR!

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