1. Get a Bánh Box
Through July 30
Baker Maj Yee has joined forces with local coffee shop Cà Phê, and the result is pretty sweet. The new "Bánh Boxes" are all about nostalgia—Vietnamese and Filipino childhood favourites with a modern twist. The boxes include goodies like Bánh Bò (Vietnamese sponge cake, Maj's cookies (made with cinnamon and marshmallows) and the Cà Phê bar (with layers of coconut shortbread, salted tres leches, and Vietnamese coffee caramel and dark chocolate).
2. Watch a Local LGBTQ2S+ Documentary
Premieres July 16
This local documentary by Amazing Factory Productions and Shaka Productions follows Levi Nahirney, a North Van teen who was adopted by a white family from a small fishing village in Vietnam. The film is an intimate look into Levi's family and relationships as he navigates his gender identity and travels to meet his biological mother.
When: Premieres Friday, July 16
Where: Online on CBC Gem
More Info: gem.cbc.ca
3. Eat Tons of Blueberries
July 15 to August 2
'Tis the (blueberry) season. Of course you can eat blueberries all summer long thanks to the planet-killing miracles of refrigeration and global shipping, but there's nothing like local. This Thursday is actually BC Blueberry Day, and the BC Blueberry Council is encouraging folks to support producers by—you guessed it—buying and eating blueberries during their Go Blue Event, and they're providing some great online recipes (like blueberry waffles) and interviews with chefs and farmers.
When: Thursday July 15 to Monday August 2
More Info: gobluebc.ca
4. Catch the Indian Summer Fest
Ends July 17
The Indian Summer Festival wraps up this week with live virtual performances on Thursday and Saturday. Thursday is Transcendence by Anosh Irani, a brand-new theatre/film hybrid, and Saturday is the festival finale streamed live from the Orpheum with musical performances from Naadaleela Ensemble and Mohamed Assani & Friends.
When: Through Saturday July 17
More Info: indiansummerfest.ca
5. Boulevard's Seafood Boil Series
July 18 to August 22
The menu for this seafood dinner really speaks for itself: lobster, jumbo prawns, clams, mussels, and Dungeness crab make up the main event, with Caesar Salad from Zaklan Heritage Farms as a starter and beignets to end. The series has always sold out in the past, so get tickets while they're hot.