WITHOUT leaving home. Recently Mr Conchscooter wrote an entry about LOBSTER FEST ( <--- read about it here ) . Vancouver is a melting pot of ethnic nationalities and during the summer there are lots of festivities happening around the metropolitan area. Yes, there were food venders there with prepared items from exotic lands though the temperatures at our latitude are not as warm as in their home country
A couple of weeks ago we happened to be in Surrey (suburb of Vancouver) and noticed some tents being set up in a field. Things were being set up and there were few "customers" walking about
and a closer view of the trinkets and other dust catchers
an excellent place to purchase wooden knicknacks if you are so inclined. They also have cake spiced with rum if you are looking for dessert
and after dessert your main meal awaits you
The smells invoke a sense of adventure and it is difficult to resist temptation
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POWELL STREET FESTIVAL:
In a different part of town there was the Powell Street Festival which was originally known as the Obon Festival hosted by the Japanese Community. Lots of food such as: sushi, barbequed Salmon, and other tidbits. This event is usually attended by thousands of people as evidenced by the long food line-ups
I remember that it was a very hot day with the sun beating down and little shade was to be had.
A lot of preparation goes into the preparation of these delicacies
Many groups take advantage of the opportunity to raise funds by preparing food, as is the case with this local dance troupe
It takes a lot of manpower behind the scenes to keep the food moving
They have a stage and performances range from music, dancing and martial arts
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VANCOUVER CHINATOWN NIGHT MARKET:
This market is open on Weekends from Spring to Fall in the evenings, usually from around 7:30pm to mid-night
They close off the streets and set up vendor tents and sell a wide range of products from cell phone accessories, clothes, toys, DVDs and other electronic stuff
There is a stage and here you see a traditional Lion dance as well as other musical performances
This year there was a display of luxury and exotic vehicles for sale. Here you see two Lamborghinis. The white one on the right is around $225,000.
The White one on the Left costs nearly double, at $439,900. as evidenced by this sticker
It's amazing what you can find at the night market. There is something for everyone . . . if cost is no object.
Hard as I try, I did not manage to find any Bonnevilles tonight.