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PRESS RELEASE | Starbucks introduces a new Canadian-exclusive: Teavana Black Sesame Tea Latte by Jenn Chan

Starbucks Teavana Black Sesame Tea Latte

Starbucks Canada has a luscious new drink – and it’s only available in Canada! Introducing the new Teavana Black Sesame Tea Latte. Smooth, nutty and only available here – starting March 5th.  

 

This luxuriously smooth handcrafted drink features bold black tea steamed with milk (or a dairy alternative – we recommend soy!) and a rich, black sesame sauce topped with a tasty black sesame brittle. The result is a subtly-sweet, nutty flavour profile.

 

The new Teavana Black Sesame Tea Latte is the first addition to the Teavana Tea Latte line-up introduced to Canada last year featuring Black, Matcha, Rooibos, Blossoming Rose Tea Lattes.

Starbucks Teavana Black Sesame Tea Latte
 

PRESS RELEASE | Vancouver International Wine Festival: Feb 23 - Mar 3, 2019 Ticket Information by Jenn Chan

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2019

VanWineFest Tickets On Sale January 9
Trade events on sale January 23

VANCOUVER, BC (December 18, 2018) — The 41st Vancouver International Wine Festival returns for an eight-day celebration of wine and food February 23 to March 3 at the Vancouver Convention Centre and other venues around Metro Vancouver. The 2019 festival features 160 wineries participating in 54 events. This year, the spotlight shines on wines from California, with 53 wineries from the Golden State in attendance.

  • Tickets for all public events go on sale Wednesday, January 9 at 9:30 a.m.

  • Tickets for Trade Days Conference events go on sale Wednesday, January 23 at 9:30 a.m.

Tickets are currently on sale for the four International Festival TastingsBacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction, the Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge, as well as the Gold Pass and Trade Days Pass.

From educational wine seminars, tastings and parties to lively lunches, winery dinners and the spectacular Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction, VanWineFest offers something to please every palate. Browse public events online, click through the interactive Festival at a Glance PDF, or download the promotional brochure for full festival details. For those in the wine trade, see Trade Days events here.

BOOK A HOTEL, GET A FREE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL TASTING TICKET!
Save, sip, and stay safe! Book a stay at one of StayVancouverHotels.com’s 38 downtown hotels and receive a free International Festival Tasting ticket (an $84 to $109 value) to the session of your choice. Quantities are limited and the offer is only available until February 14, so book early to taste for free. The StayVancouverHotels.com initiative is an important cornerstone of the festival’s Don’t Wine and Drive program.

HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS
Online
VanWineFest.ca 24/7 (all events will be off-sale on January 8)
Phone: 604-873-3311, toll free 1-877-321-3121 (Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.)
In person: 202-162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver (Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.)

All ticket prices include wine, food (if a food event), gratuities, taxes and service charge.

HOLIDAY BOX OFFICE HOURS FOR PHONE AND IN-PERSON SALES
December 24: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
December 27 & 28: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (phone sales only) 
December 31: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (phone sales only)
December 25, 26, January 1: closed

STAY IN TOUCH
For more information, go to VanWineFest.ca
Twitter: follow @VanWineFest for news on tickets and sold-out events. Join the conversation at #VIWF.
Facebook & Instagram: @VanWineFest

ABOUT VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL
Canada’s premier wine show will mark its 41st edition of pairing wine, food and the performing arts from February 23 to March 3, 2019. The festival features California Wines and will showcase 160 wineries from 15 countries (including 53 wineries from California) pouring ~1,450 wines at 54 events to a projected 25,000 admissions. The Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction opens the festival on Saturday, February 23 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The Trade Days Conference runs Wednesday, February 27 to Friday, March 1. The festival has been named the #1 Food, Wine & Hospitality Event in Canada by New York’s BizBash for six years running. The festival is produced by the Vancouver International Wine Festival Society, which has three mandates: provide an informative, educational and entertaining wine experience for public and trade; be a premier marketing opportunity for the wine industry and festival partners; and raise funds for the Bard on the Beach Theatre Society. Since inception in 1979, the festival has raised $9.2 million for the performing arts. Major sponsors are Delta Air Lines and the Vancouver Sun; major industry partners are the BC Liquor Distribution Branch, BC Liquor Stores, and the Import Vintners & Spirits Association. The festival is made possible through the gracious support of our participating countries’ consulates and embassies

ABOUT WINE INSTITUTE OF CALIFORNIA
Established in 1934 and based in San Francisco, Wine Institute is the public policy advocacy group of more than 1,000 California wineries and affiliated businesses that initiates and advocates state, federal and international public policy to enhance the environment for the responsible production, consumption and enjoyment of wine. Wine Institute’s California Wine Export Program has more than 175 member wineries exporting to 138 countries. The program’s 15 representative offices conduct activities in 25 countries around the globe. The Wine Institute’s Canadian office coordinates a number of promotional activities every year designed to educate and inform media, trade, stakeholders and consumers about the quality and diversity of products available from the Golden State. For more information on the Wine Institute of California, visit the website at www.discovercaliforniawines.com and www.calwine.ca

ABOUT BARD ON THE BEACH SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
Celebrating its 30th season in 2019, Bard on the Beach is one of Canada's largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare festivals. It is presented on the waterfront in Kitsilano’s Vanier Park, adjacent to Vancouver’s downtown core. Bard on the Beach offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas and popular special events in two performance tents every June through September. In 2018, attendance was 108,000 and almost 1.9 million patrons have experienced Bard since its inception. Next year’s festival dates are June 5 to September 21, 2019, and the lineup includes The Taming of the ShrewShakespeare in LoveAll’s Well That Ends Well and Coriolanus. Bard also offers a range of education programs, including Young Shakespeareans workshops for 8-18 year-olds at its Vanier Park site during the summer, and the Riotous Youth program for 19 to 24-year-olds. During the school term, Bard also offers workshops for educators and youth in schools and community centres throughout BC’s Lower Mainland, as well as at its administrative home, the BMO Theatre Centre (162 West 1st Avenue). Full details and education program information are at bardonthebeach.org.

PRESS RELEASE | Top 10 things to see at IDS Vancouver 2018 by Jenn Chan

The Interior Design Show will return to Vancouver for its 14th year. The week-long design show will kick off on Tuesday, September 18 with a series of offsite events running until Sunday, September 23. IDS is the Pacific platform for all things design and is the premier showcase of new products and furniture, superstar designers and avantgarde concepts from North America and beyond

Here are top 10 things not to be missed this year:
 

IDS Vancouver 2018
IDS Vancouver 2018
IDS Vancouver 2018
IDS Vancouver 2018

 

IDS Vancouver will take place at Vancouver Convention Centre West from September 20-23, 2018

For tickets and information: http://vancouver.interiordesignshow.com/

 

 

PRESS RELEASE | Mon Amour & Valentine's Menu at TWG Tea by Jenn Chan

Mon Amour Tea

 

This Valentine’s Day, TWG Tea invites you to embrace the season of flowers and romance with TWG Tea’s collection inspired by the blush hues of the delicate rose. Capturing the essence of love in a sensual Darjeeling tea blended with delicate rose blossoms, Amour de Thé is an enchanting potion elegantly packaged in blush pink and gold caviar tin tea and gift box, making it the ideal gift to dazzle the hearts.

On February 14th, beckon your beloved with a cup of Mon Amour Tea, a magical potion composed of a rich black and sweet notes of quince, the sacred fruit of the Goddess of Love.
Perfuming the air with rare and precious essences, the Bain de Roses Tea Scented Candle perfectly accompanies evenings of sweet romance. The dusky Grasse roses of envelop you in an intoxicating perfume combined with a secret bouquet of black tea, heady notes of white sandalwood, warm vanilla and fresh grapefruit.

 

TWG Tea Mon Amour Tea
Macarons in 24 count TWG Tea
Bain de Roses Tea
 

The Valentine's Day Menu will be available on the following dates & times:

February 1-13:

Monday to Friday, 10am-7pm
Saturday & Sunday, 10am-8pm

February 14:

10am-9pm

Valentine's Set Menu TWG Tea
TWG Tea Valentine's Menu

 

Reservations may be booked by phone at (604) 692-0071 or by email at TWGCanada@VanSingDG.com.

 

PRESS RELEASE | Vancouver Wine Fest Ticket Dates - NOW ON! by Jenn Chan

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2018

 

VANCOUVER, BC (December 20, 2017) — The 40th Vancouver International Wine Festival returns for an eight-day celebration of wine and food February 24 to March 4 at the Vancouver Convention Centre and other venues around Metro Vancouver. The 2018 festival features 173 wineries participating in 51 events. This year, the spotlight shines on wines from Iberian Peninsula neighbours Spain and Portugal, with 38 wineries from Spain and 20 from Portugal in attendance. Two very distinct nations with their own rich histories and cultures, the festival provides a fascinating opportunity to see how their winemaking and viniculture have developed in divergent and convergent paths over the centuries.

  • Tickets for all public events go on sale Wednesday, January 10 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Tickets for Trade Days Conference go on sale Wednesday, January 17 at 9:30 a.m.

Tickets are currently on sale for the four International Festival Tastings, Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction, the Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge, as well as the Gold Pass and Trade Days Pass.

From educational wine seminars, tastings and parties to lunches, winery dinners and the spectacular Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction, VanWineFest offers something to please every palate. Browse public events online, click through the interactive Festival at a Glance PDF, or download the promotional brochure for full festival details. For those in the wine trade, see Trade Days events here.

FREE TICKET WITH HOTEL BOOKING
Starting in January, festivalgoers can get a free International Festival Tasting ticket (a $79 to $99 value) by booking a downtown hotel stay via StayVancouverHotels.com. Quantities are limited. The free ticket offer is available until February 15, or while supplies last. Saturday evening sold out well in advance in 2017, so book early. The StayVancouverHotels initiative is courtesy of Vancouver Hotel Destination Association and is an important cornerstone of the festival’s Don’t Wine and Drive program.

HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS
Online
VanWineFest.ca
Phone604-873-3311, toll free 1-877-321-3121 (Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.)
In person202-162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver (Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Stay in Touch
For more information, go to VanWineFest.ca
Facebook: /VanWineFest
Instagram: @VanWineFest
Twitter: follow @VanWineFest for news on tickets and sold-out events. Join the conversation at #VIWF. 

ABOUT VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL
Canada’s premier wine show marks its 40th edition of pairing wine, food and the performing arts from February 24 to March 4, 2018. The festival features Wines from Spain and Portugal and showcases 173 wineries from 15 countries (including 38 wineries from Spain and 20 from Portugal) pouring 1,450+ wines at 51 events to a projected 25,000 admissions. The Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction opens the festival on Saturday, February 24 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The Trade Days Conference goes Wednesday, February 28 to Friday, March 2. The festival has been named the #1 Food, Wine & Hospitality Event in Canada by New York’s BizBash for five years running.

The festival is produced by the Vancouver International Wine Festival Society, which has three mandates: provide an informative, educational and entertaining wine experience for public and trade; be a premier marketing opportunity for the wine industry and festival partners; and raise funds for the Bard on the Beach Theatre Society. Since inception in 1979, the festival has raised $9 million for the performing arts. Major sponsors are Delta Air Lines and the Vancouver Sun; major industry partners are the BC Liquor Distribution Branch, BC Liquor Stores, and the Import Vintners & Spirits Association. The festival is made possible through the gracious support of our participating countries’ consulates and embassies.

 

PRESS RELEASE | High-Protein Breakfast at Starbucks by Jenn Chan

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For many, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and the cornerstone for those new year’s resolutions. BeginningTuesday, January 9, high-protein breakfast-on-the-go arrives at Starbucks Canada with the debut of Sous Vide Egg Bites.

Perfectly cooked, cage-free eggs are prepared using the French "sous vide" technique resulting in a creamy, velvety texture that's bursting with flavour. Starbucks Canada Sous Vide Egg Bites are prepared with simple, premium ingredients, are wheat-free and available in two varieties. And like everything on our menu, Sous Vide Egg Bites are available all day long!

Your local Starbucks will be offering the following two flavours:

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Bacon and Gruyere – (Wheat-free) – A foodie delight, even when you're on-the-go. We added aged Gruyere and Monterey Jack cheese, and topped them with Applewood smoked bacon for a delicious, high protein, convenient breakfast. Two Bacon and Gruyere bites have 310 calories and 19 grams of protein.

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Egg White and Roasted Red Pepper – (Wheat-free & Vegetarian) – We added creamy Monterey Jack cheese, plus spinach and fire-roasted red peppers for a high-protein vegetarian breakfast that's both delicious and convenient. Two Egg White and Roasted Red Pepper bites have 170 calories and 13 grams of protein.