Kamloops Ribfest 2018

We attended Kamloops Daybreak Rotary’s Ribfest, August 10th, 11th, and 12th.

 

The event was 3 days, located in Riverside Park in Kamloops BC.  What a busy city it was!!  They combined the Ribfest with their local Show & Shine, as well as included many sponsors and partner businesses in the event itself.  The live music was a great touch as well!

Don’t let the event name fool you… there was much more than ribs!  Chicken, ribs, brisket, pulled pork, mini donuts, and corn on the cob!

We started our testing with a BBQ called House of Q.   At first glance, they seemed to have it all together, a catchy name, great marketing, and a very professional presence at the fest.  With all this, we were quite disappointed.  The ribs were incredibly bland, but the pulled pork and brisket were.. alright.  Our food also came with coleslaw, and we were split on our decision on it!  One of us liked it the best, the other, not so much!   One thing that was very smart, was that this BBQ had a little side tent where they were selling sauces and cook books from, and you could taste all of their sauces.  Other BBQ’s only had sauce, and you had to wait in the food line up to purchase sauce.

Next,  we tried Smoke & Bones.  With their awards for best brisket, we knew it was a must have!  Once again, we got brisket, ribs, pulled pork, and coleslaw.  The sauce was much better than the last one, and the brisket was definitely good, but it was their presentation that we weren’t pleased with!  The container it was in, had clearly been dropped, or put somewhere that was an absolute mess!  Once again a split vote on their coleslaw as well.

As you can imagine, that was a lot of meat!  We weren’t able to taste everything, so we purchased as many BBQ sauces as we could on our way out.

As we were in line for sauce from Prairie Smoke & Spice, we decided, we might as well get some ribs to go while we are here… and boy are we glad we did!  By far the best from the weekend.  We will just have to go back next year to try the rest!

Overall, it was a great event!  Kids activities, dragon boat racing, farmer’s market, artisan market, HUGE car show, live music, beer gardens and food! Great job done by all of the volunteers and organizers.

 

 

2018 Festivals

We have done a little bit of research on festivals throughout British Columbia.  Festivals normally have a wide variety of food trucks, and treats! We are going to try and hit as many of these as possible… but if there are some in your area, check them out!!  Here is a list of BC Festivals for 2018, that you will be sure to find some festive eats at!

 

Surrey Latin Festival – Surrey BC – July 13th – 15th.

Honda Celebration of Lights – Vancouver BC – July 28th – August 4th

Filberg Festival – Comox BC – August 3rd – 6th

Dawson Creek Exhibition & Stampede – Dawson Creek BC – August 8th – 12th

Penticton Peach Festival – Penticton BC – August 8th – 12th

Ribfest – Kamloops BC – August 10th-12th

Feast of Fields – Kelowna BC – August 12th

Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) – Vancouver BC – August 18th – September 3rd

Bulkley Valley Exhibition – Smithers BC – August 23rd – 26th

South Cariboo Garlic Festival – Lac La Hache BC – August 25th – 26th

Feast of Fields – Saanich BC – August 26th

Interior Provincial Exhibition & Stampede – Armstrong BC – August 29th – September 2nd

Feast of Fields – Metro Vancouver – September 9th

Hills Garlic Festival – New Denver BC – September 9th

Fall Okanagan Wine Festival – Sun Peaks Resort – September 27th – October 7th.

We hope this helps you plan your summer vacations!

 

Happy snacking everyone!

Dave & Ashley

 

The world of subscription boxes

In a world full of people that love convenient, fast, directly to your door service… a lovely person brought us subscription boxes!!  These little treasures bring Christmas at any time of year.

My love for subscription boxes started with the ever popular fabfitfun box.  Live reveals had taken over social media, and I definitely fell in to the trend.  A mystery box that appeared seasonally, right to your door, with all kinds of products, from beauty, to jewelry, to items for everyday living, it was an exciting time when I knew the box had shipped.

After a few months of receiving the fabfitfun box, which comes from the US, my local loving self took over, and I traded that box in for a BCLiving box.  Same idea, but with BC products.

You are probably wondering… what in the world does this have to do with food?  Isn’t this a food blog? … I’m getting there I promise…

I have always known, and very much believed, that we need to support our farmers and ranchers.  Growing up with a very hard working granddad,  I saw the time, care, and passion it took to grow vegetables, take care of livestock, and be a provider.  Because of this, my money is spent at farmer’s markets, local ranches, and local producers any time I can.  I love stopping at fruit stands while I travel, and any other farm stand I can find.  Sometimes the price may be a little higher than your regular grocery store.. but when I can hand my money over directly to the person who raised the animal, or grew the vegetables, it is worth an extra couple of dollars.

Where I live, in Quesnel British Columbia, Canada,  there is a small business called Long Table Grocery.  This business is not only helping to provide a store front for local farmers and producers, and are a fair trade business, meaning the farms receive a higher percentage than they would from a regular grocery store, but they offer bi-weekly subscription boxes! YES!

I received my first boxes today, a basics harvest box, and a farmers choice meat sampler.  The basics harvest box had, lettuce, kohlrabi, tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, cabbage, fresh basil, carrots, potatoes, button squash, and green onions.  Everything was very fresh, and great quality.  What we are hoping for through this, is that there might be items in there that could encourage us to get a little creative with our cooking.  I can tell you now… our dinner was pretty tasty tonight!  I have to admit.. I had never tried kohlrabi before, so right off the bat our goal of trying new things was accomplished!  We made a salad with the lettuce, cabbage and kohlrabi, with a delicious vinaigrette from Three Diamond Dressing in Osoyoos BC.  We also roasted the button squash and potatoes with garlic.

The Farmer’s Choice Meat Sampler had pork sausage, steak, stew beef, pork chops, and ground beef, all from different ranches in our area.

If you aren’t from Quesnel, I highly recommend doing some research, and finding a fair trade store in your area… you might even get lucky and be able to experience one of these fun subscription boxes!  If you are from Quesnel,  Long Table Grocery is located in West Quesnel, had pop up markets on Wednesdays, and you can sign up for your subscription box on their website!!!!!

 

Happy snacking everyone!

Dave & Ashley

 

 

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining us!  We are passionate about food, whether it be feeding large groups of people, or simply sitting down at a restaurant, we take in the whole experience.  We love finding new places, and giving advice to others.  We invited you to follow along our journey in to the food industry, and we hope to provide you with helpful tips, tricks, and hidden gems along the way.

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