Granville Island: beer, food and shopping

On our last full day in Vancouver, we headed over to Granville Island, an area where you can find a large food market, restaurants, shops, cafes, a distillery and a brewery, as well as arts venues and Emily Carr University of Art and Design.  In other words, quite a lot! The best way to get there is by one of the little Aquaboats, that run every few minutes and are a fun way to travel over.

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Bilingual street sign, Granville Island

We headed over to the market, and stopped first for a drink to fortify us. I opted for a spiced apple cider, which was an alcohol free hot apple juice that tasted of apple crumble laden with cinnamon, and the sort of thing best suited after a long walk in cold weather.

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Liquid apple crumble

We walked around looking at the mix of food and craft stalls, taking in the sights and smells. There was a lot to see and the sight of so many delicious things to eat whetted our appetites.

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Different oils and vinegars
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A choice of sausages
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Bowls of olives of every variety
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Love the striped ravioloni!
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Fantastic variety of filled pastas

We were then in need of lunch, and headed over to the Granville Island Brewing for a bit of food and some beer tasting.  The brewery opened in 1984, and there are tours and tastings for those inclined, as well as a shop selling memorabilia.  We decided to have the 10 beer tasting package, which sounds a lot, but the glasses are tasting sizes (though they look bigger in the picture!).  The beers ranged from light to dark and different styles, and we split them between us, trying each other’s as well.  To eat, I had the braised pork sandwich, with fries/ chips and coleslaw, and Karl, the Island Burger which was topped with applewood smoked cheddar and maple bacon (and also served with fries/chips).  Both were excellent and well went with our beer selection.

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Beer tasting time!

There are loads of shops to browse in and spend money in.  Karl got himself a bobble hat in preparation for a windy Wellington winter.  I picked up a cute cat shaped cookie cutter, a jar of Kozlik’s Canadian Mustard, a tasting jar of fig and walnut wine preserve from The Preservatory and some miniatures of gin from The Liberty Distillery.

Granville Island is a great place just to walk around and soak in the atmosphere.  We spotted this art work and the painted concrete factory (and trucks).

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Seagull with hard hat
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Giants, Osgemeos (Brazil)

Verdict on the day: a great place to wander, eat, drink, shop, taste, and wander about some more. There is something for everyone, and I felt we had only explored half of what there was to see.

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