This past weekend for a mere three hours, Brewery and The Beast took over Concord Pacific Place in Vancouver’s beautiful False Creek. Now in it’s second year, Brewery and The Beast is the city’s premiere festival for meat lovers. Ironically, it was taking place on the same weekend as Veg Fest Vancouver. So I guess there was something to take part in this past week regardless of your dietary preferences.
The founding sponsor and major protein provider of the event was North Vancouver’s Two Rivers Specialty Meats. In addition to their Farm Yard Skewers, which were skewered beef, chicken, sausage, lamb, bacon, and Houweling’s tomato, they also drew in big crowds with their tomahawk steaks which were proudly on display on a large rotisserie spit.
With over 3 dozen restaurants participating in the festival, there was literally a grill filled with smoking meat at every turn. The outstanding lineup boasted some of the best restaurants in Vancouver and Whistler, including Maenam, Araxi, Pidgin, Campagnolo, Homer St. Cafe and Bar, Bearfoot Bistro, Hawksworth and Wildebeest, just to name a few. From ribs and steaks to skewers and chicken, it was a true meat oasis.
Left: Gastown’s Catch 122 Cafe Bistro had a delicious beef brisket with beet relish, mustard pearl on cornbread; Right: Yaletown’s La Pentola showcased a wild boar sausage with roasted red pepper and bone marrow rouille sauce, and fried pork rinds.
Left: Festival goers staying cool. Canadian Linen and Uniform Service was one of the event sponsors, and their booth was a popular one, as they were handing out ice cold wet towels. The sun was beating down that day, so they were lifesavers and deserve some credit. Every outdoor summer festival needs this. Right: Several great musical acts helped to liven up the atmosphere, including performances by legendary blues man Jim Byrnes and the spiritual gospel trio The Sojourners.
What’s a BBQ without beer? Victoria’s own, Phillips Brewing Company was on hand to keep festival goers boozed up. They were pouring 6 of their beers out of their 32-tap “Gypsy” wagon, including their Blue Buck Ale, Raspberry Wheat Ale, Longboat Chocolate Porter, Analogue 78 Kolsch, Bottle Rocket ISA, and Elsinore. I stuck with their Bottle Rocket ISA, as its sweet citrus hop flavours were the perfect beer for this hot summer day. I recently had the opportunity to visit their brewery in Victoria, so I was already quite familiar with their selection of beers. If beer wasn’t your thing then you could also enjoy wines from Mission Hill Winery, iced teas and coffee, and ciders as well.
— Dennis Pang (@DennisPang) June 9, 2014
As an event focusing on education and promotion of local farms and ethically raised meat, Brewery and The Beast strives to strengthen the connection between the consumer and provider. I didn’t attend last year, but everybody who I talked to said this year’s event was bigger and better than the last one. Suffice it to say, it was a lot of meat to pack in in just 3 hours, and I’m already looking forward to the 2015 festival. Brewery and The Beast invades Victoria on Sunday, September 21, however tickets for that event are already sold out. To stay in the loop with upcoming events and ticket sale dates, sign up for their mailing list here.
And of course, I just had to end this meaty post with a picture of a pile of bacon from the fine folks over at Two Rivers Specialty Meats. 😉