West End Food Festival October 4 to 7, 2013 – JOIN THESE EVENTS!

West End Food Festival poster 2013Gordon Neighbourhood House and the West End Neighbourhood Food Network are partnering to host the first annual West End Food Festival in this Vancouver neighbourhood! Village Vancouver is a partner on some events. Many activities are planned.

When: Friday, October 4 to Monday, October 7, 2013.
Where: Gordon Neighbourhood House – 1019 Broughton Street, Vancouver

Detailed program of events: http://ow.ly/i/3k32c (online) or download brochure in PDF here: West End Food Fest 2013 brochure-43

The goal of the Festival is to facilitate connection, dialogue and friendship over the celebration of food. The West End Food Festival includes a planting workshop for families, a chance to sample food from an array of West-end chefs, a tour of our local community gardens, a community potluck (4-6 pm Sunday Oct 6 at Gordon Neighbourhood House), a panel on food insecurity (7 pm Monday Oct 7 at West End Community Centre), live music and so much more.

You can view the event schedule below. Come on out to meet your neighbours and enjoy some great food at the Festival.

Facebook: “WEST END FOOD FESTIVAL”  https://www.facebook.com/events/440604082725988/

Press release from Gordon House – http://gordonhouse.org/blog/2013/09/30/west-end-food-festival-building-community-through-food/

SCHEDULE download: West End Food Fest 2013 brochure-43

Friday October 4th
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Dollar Day
A fabulous yard sale and BBQ brought to you by The Attic Thrift Store – everything priced at $1.00. Enjoy music and barbecued food while you browse the bargains.
Location: the mini park in front of Gordon
Neighbourhood House
*Volunteers provided by Spectra Energy

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Creative Playtime Seedling Garden
Parents, Grandparents and Caregivers can bring your children (under 5) to learn how to grow tasty herbs from seeds! Supplies will be provided. Cost: $2 per child Location: Gordon Neighbourhood House

5:00 – 7:00 pm West End Food Festival Launch Party
Join us for an evening of fun, food, music and community!
Face painting, the Strathcona 1890 Truck Farm, free food
samples from West End restaurants and shops, and more.
Cost: Free Location: the mini park in front of Gordon
Neighbourhood House

Saturday October 5th
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Community Kitchen
Under the supervision of GNH chef Andrew Christie, come
test your culinary abilities by cooking up a nutritious and
delicious meal.
To register e-mail welcome@gordonhouse.org
Cost: Free Location: Gordon Neighbourhood House

3:00 – 5:00 pm Community Garden Walking Tour
Garden Coordinator Dalyce Epp will lead a tour of local
community gardens. Please dress for the weather and a walk
of approximately one kilometre.
Meet at Gordon Neighbourhood House.
Cost: Free

5:00 – 7:00 pm Tin Pan Chef Competition
Watch as two local chefs compete to create a nutritious,
tasty and balanced meal from the contents of a Greater
Vancouver Food Bank Black Box.
Cost: Free Location: Gordon Neighbourhood House

Sunday October 6th

4:00 – 6:30 pm Community Potluck
Bring your favourite potluck dish, enough to feed about five
or six people, and enjoy sampling others’ culinary creation. Please bring your own plate and cutlery.
Cost: Free Location: Gordon Neighbourhood House

4:00 – 6:30 pm Cookbook Swap
Do you have any old or extra cookbooks you want to share? Bring them to GNH and swap for others’ books. Here’s your chance to learn new dishes!
Cost: Free Location: Gordon Neighbourhood House

Monday October 7th

6:30 – 8:00 pm Panel Discussion on Food Security
Join us for an evening of thought-provoking discussion on
issues of food security. Panel participants represent a wide spectrum of people, from activists to food providers.
Cost: Free Location: Gordon Neighbourhood House Continue reading


IS FOOD A RIGHT? A Panel on Issues Around Access to Food – GNH, Oct 7, in West End

Is Food a Right, panel, GNH-WENFN, 7-Oct-2013 posterIS FOOD A RIGHT? A Panel on Issues Around Access to Food

WHEN: Monday, October 7th
6:30 – 8:0 0pm

WHERE: Gordon Neighbourhood House,
1019 Broughton Street

Register online (or just show up): http://accesstofoodpanel.eventbrite.ca/

Download poster in PDF: Is Food a Right, panel, GNH-WENFN, 7-Oct-2013 poster


  • Graham Riches (Professor Emeritus, UBC School of Social Work)
  • Fraser Stuart (Welfare Recipient)
  • Jennifer Allan (Founder of Jen’s Kitchen)
  • Jean Swanson (Author & Anti-poverty Activist)
  • Pardeep Khrod (Quest Food Exchange, Marketing Manager)

Passionate about food security issues in Vancouver?

Gordon Neighbourhood House acknowledges and honours the fact that our community lies on unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples of the Lower Mainland.

*Panel is moderated by Randy Helten of West End Neighbourhood Food Network

Brought to you by:

  • Gordon Neighbourhood House
  • The West End Neighbourhood Food Network
  • Village Vancouver

Art of Food Drying, Storing, Saving, Scrapping – Oct 15 at WECC

Sustenance, Art of Food, WENFN 15-Oct-2013 event posterThe Art of Food Drying, Storing, Saving, and Scrapping
Tuesday, October 15 (7-9pm)
West End Community Centre (Bidwell Room), 870 Denman Street
By West End Neighbourhood Food Network (WENFN)
Featuring: Red Seal Chef and nutritionist Andrea Potter of Rooted Nutrition and Erin Nichols from FarmFolk CityFolk. Moderator is Dalyce Epp of WENFN.
Register online HERE with Community Centre, or with https://wenfn-oct-15.eventbrite.com  (or just show up).
Download poster in PDF: Sustenance, Art of Food, WENFN 15-Oct-2013 event poster

This event is part of the 2013 Sustenance Festival (October 8-22). See Vancouver Sun article by Randy Shore – Nourish your soul and lighten your footprint at Sustenance Fest

Reducing food waste has been identified as number two among the ‘Top 5’ biggest potential Ecological Footprint-reducing contributions being used by Vancouver’s Greenest City Lighter Footprint “Feet to the Fire” Committee as a baseline.

Join Red Seal Chef and nutritionist Andrea Potter of Rooted Nutrition for this ‘how to’ class of drying foods for healthy snacks and food preservation. Learn how to dry foods using a conventional home oven and basic kitchen equipment. In this demonstration and tasting class, learn how to make apple and pear chips, sugar-free fruit leather and veggie chips.

Did you know that 51% of food wasted in Canada happens at home? Reducing food waste is the hottest topic in global sustainability. Who is wasting this food? What can be done about it? Erin Nichols from FarmFolk CityFolk takes on food waste and lets you in on the 3 steps to reducing your foodprint.

The West End has a population of about 45,000 people, the majority in multi-unit buildings, not yet covered by the City’s food scraps collection program. Since 2011, Food Scraps Drop Spots run by volunteers have served as weekly collection points for locals who wish to do the right thing. Learn about this program, and how it fits into the bigger picture of the regionwide ban on food scraps from the waste stream by 2015. WENFN does this activity in partnership with  Recycling Alternative, Gordon Neighbourhood House, West End Community Centre, Vancouver Farmers Markets, and Village Vancouver. See here for details on the Drop Spots.

This event is part of the 2013 Sustenance Festival (October 8-22). Visit our website for a complete list of community events http://www.sustenancefestival.ca.

We acknowledge the West End Community Centre for kindly providing space, and the Vancouver Park Board for support and cooperation.

West End Community Potluck – Oct 6 at 4 pm, at Gordon Neighbourhood House

West End Community Potluck 6-Oct-2013 GNHAs part of the West End Food Festival join this event!

West End Community Potluck
Sunday, October 6, 2013, from 4 to 6 pm
Location: Gordon Neighbourhood House, 1019 Broughton Street, Vancouver

By Gordon Neighbourhood House, West End Neighbourhood Food Network, and Village Vancouver

Facebook: West End Food Festival

Download PDF poster: West End Community Potluck Poster 5-Oct-2013