We’re excited to announce that RIPE will be held at the beautiful Performance Works on Vancouver’s Granville Island!

Why are we so excited about this space for RIPE? Granville Island prides itself on promoting all things local including food, farmers & growers, artisans and artists, plus the Performance Works space caters to non profit organizations making their space available for local theatre performances and other community events, so we think it’s a perfect fit.


all Performance Works photos: http://www.giculturalsociety.org



Performance Works is located at 1218 Cartwright Street, beside the Granville Island Hotel. Parking is free on the Island for 3 hours, and unlimited between the hours of 7pm and 7am. Visit here to see a detailed map.

Please support the Vancouver Farmers Market and your local farmers and buy your ticket to RIPE!

Vancouver Farmers Market presents

RIPE: The 1st Annual Evening of Local Food & Libations • Oct 1st, 6- 10pm Performance Works, Granville Island

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RIPE readers, meet Quang Dang. We’ve introduced you to Robert Clark via the black & white video series already, now it’s Quang’s turn. Similarly to Robert, Quang doesn’t have a favourite anything either. Maybe this is a common theme with chefs?

Some formal biographical info for you:

Quang Dang, C Restaurant’s Chef de Cuisine, exemplifies the new breed of chef making the Pacific Northwest’s food scene avant-guard and ultramodern. He is a blend of styles mixing magician with kitchen improv in a “hold no prisoners” fashion. His inventive and resourceful nature combines with intense curiosity and high-energy to permeate this young man with a talent so distinct, he is recognized as one of Vancouver’s most ingenious hot new chefs.

Chef Dang’s apprenticeship took place over his 3½ years at the four-star Diva Restaurant at the Metropolitan Hotel in Vancouver. During this time he also actively participated in a number of international food competitions such as the 2003 Bocuse D’Or in Lyon France, and the National Chaine des Rotisseurs in Winnipeg in 2002. Chef Dang has studied the food chain. He knows where C’s food is coming from, where it was harvested, who fished it, and how it was handled.

Welcome aboard Chef Quang Dang!

RIPE readers, meet Chef Robert Clark. Along with Quang Dang, both of Raincity Grill, NU and C Restaurants, Robert will be working with our local farmers to provide delicious and most importantly, local, food to the upcoming RIPE event. We’ve brought you this short & sweet, not to mention very honest, video created by the people over at the restaurant group.

Oh, and when you do meet Robert at RIPE or the next time you’re dining at one of these three restaurants, don’t ask him what his favourite anything is, he doesn’t have one. Er, except for a favourite beer. But that’s beside the point.

A bit from the formal bio of Chef Clark:

Chef Robert Clark began his culinary training at Ontario’s George Brown College, graduating in 1982.  Throughout his career he has trained with Canada’s top chefs such as Jamie Kennedy, Michael Bonaccini and Mark Thuet. Clark now heads the culinary operations for C Restaurant, Raincity Grill and NU Restaurant & Lounge.  Clark’s belief in food is pure and simple:

As chefs, our job is not only about serving great tasting food, but encouraging our staff and our guests to learn how to get sustainably produced food to the table.

We could not be more excited to have Jamie Maw on board as the MC for RIPE.


A quick bit about him…

Jamie was the food editor of Vancouver magazine for 15 years, and a contributor to The Globe & Mail, Bon Appetit and a host of other media.

He has won several National Magazine Awards, the Jack Webster Award, and was recently inducted into the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame.

In 2008 he was named Vancouver magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award Winner for Excellence in the Culinary Arts. Jamie co-founded the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia and was founding editor of the Eating + Drinking Guide to BC, and co-editor of the best-selling cookbook, Vancouver Cooks. His next collaborative book, Vancouver Cooks 2, will be published in October.

Welcome aboard Jamie, we’re thrilled you’re here.

Tickets went on sale yesterday for RIPE, here’s how you can get yours!

  • Visit Barbara-Jo’s Books To Cooks and pick up one of the thousands of drool-worthy books there, in addition to your ticket. There’s lots of drool-worthy books, so give yourself some time. Cash or credit cards accepted, and your membership card will be required for a discounted rate.
  • Visit the Edible BC retail store on Granville Island for tickets and a variety of tasty goodies, all from within BC of course. Cash or credit cards accepted, and your membership card will be required for a discounted rate.
  • Call the Vancouver Farmers Markets office at 604-879-3276 and take care of your ticket over the phone, then pick it up at will call on the night of the event.

Cost of tickets is $90 if you’re already a Vancouver Farmers Market member (with valid membership card), or $100 if you’re not a member (this includes a one year membership too!).

Tickets will be on sale until September 29th, unless you hear otherwise.

Please support Vancouver Farmers Markets in bringing you fresh, local food and farmers and get your tickets now!

Questions about tickets? Email jackie@eatlocal.org.

Welcome to the official blog of Vancouver Farmers Markets 1st annual event: RIPE!

This 1st annual evening of local food and libations is an event with goals to raise funds in support of the organizations many initiatives on the horizon. This includes the establishment of a Farmers Nest Egg Fund, and the creation of the recently announced New City Market, Vancouver’s first permanent year round farmers market. Who wouldn’t want to be able to go to a permanent site in a beautiful, environmentally responsible building and shop for local food any day of the week? We would!

RIPE poster for web

From this blog you can expect to read about developments in relation to the event and other organizations who have come on board to support and sponsor the event. We’ll also keep you up to date with our fabulous chefs that will be working with our local farmers to bring you the freshest, tastiest food at the event. Finally, we’ll be giving you info on upcoming weekly farmers markets, and how you can become more involved in the importance issues surrounding local food in Vancouver.

More to come soon!