It’s been nagging at me to write about a particular Feast On The Fraser event that caught my eye: Wild Rice’s Tribute to the King Neptune on Thursday, October 1. Most people who moved to New West or came of age after 1982 will have no idea what the King Neptune is or why it deserves a tribute, but mention it to anyone who lived here during New West’s golden age when Columbia Street was the place to shop, and they will tell you that the King Neptune was the place to eat.
With twelve events over ten days, Feast On The Fraser presents New West folk with a dilemma: which one(s) to choose? Fear not, gentle reader. There is something for everyone in this week of foodie fun.
If you like to run with the cool kids: Get a ticket to the kickoff event on Friday, September 25. “Boathouse Brews & Bites” features a tasting menu of five mouthwatering treats incorporating Steel & Oak brew. It is the official launch party, so everyone who has had a role in putting together Feast On The Fraser will be there, including many of New Westminster’s movers & shakers. Tickets are $50.
If you’ve got someone you want to impress: Splurge on the Longtail Kitchen Seafood Boil & Fry on Saturday, September 26. Longtail is one of the best Thai restaurants in the Lower Mainland, so you know the food will be excellent. In addition to a smorgasboard of local Oceanwise mussels, clams, crabs, lobsters, fried oysters and prawns, the $83 ticket also includes a large bottle of Steel & Oak craft beer and live entertainment.
Another option is the Feast On The Fraser At Anvil Centre, on Saturday, October 3. For $94, Executive Chef Nin Rai will show you how to pair, prepare and plate a fancy meal at home. You will get to eat as well as learn. The menu includes vanilla butter poached sturgeon with local chanterelles, ice wine gelee, seared skin on Fraser run Steelhead with roasted butternut squash puree, and spiced pumpkin and banana fosters flambe. Wine pairings with each course are included in the ticket price.
Finally, Thursday, October 1, there is Wild Rice’s Tribute to King Neptune Restaurant. The King Neptune was the place to eat in New West many years ago, and longtime locals still talk about it with a pang of longing. The $45 menu includes an appetizer of fried oysters with house tartar and slaw, ling cod with anchovy butter and King Neptune salad for the main, and a Royal City Sundae for dessert. Each table will feature quotations from New Westminster’s archives that capture the history of our working waterfront (provided by New Westminster Museum & Archives).
For a date night that’s a little different: Head to the Palates & Paint Night Fundraiser on Wednesday, September 30 at 100 Braid Street Studios. The $53 ticket includes a painting lesson from a professional artist and a wine tasting featuring three glasses of Pacific Breeze‘s garagiste-style vino and a selection fo appetizers. The event is also a fundraiser for the Arts Council of New Westminster. All materials are supplied and no painting experience is necessary.
Go on a two-hour romantic riverboat cruise aboard the M.V. Native for the $38 Wine & Dine Cruise on Friday, October 2. Enjoy Pacific Breeze Urban Winery’s award-winning wine expertly paired with a meal of paddlewheeler sliders, fresh seafood chowder and mixed green candied salmon salad.
Take your sweetie out dancing at The Heritage Grill Dine & Dance on Wednesday, September 30. For just $35 you’ll enjoy a three-course meal and dancing to live entertainment with Ranj Singh.
For a night out with the girls: Join the Belly Dancing Divas at Taverna Greka on Friday, October 2. Your $39.75 ticket includes drinks, dinner and a chance to learn some new belly dancing moves! Your ticket includes a glass of wine or a pint of beer, pita and dip appetizer and a main course of your choice.
To enjoy new-to-you tastes: Try the Raw Night at Rain City Juicery on Sunday, September 27. Certified Holistic Practitioner Vanessa McKay from Good Fooditude will offer a taste of raw, vegan cuisine featuring nut pate sushi, raw zucchini pad thai and a raw vegan lime tart alongside drinks from Rain City Juicery for $43.
For fun on a budget: The Rock Band Party on Tuesday, September 29 at the Columbia sounds like a hoot. For $23 you’ll get a beer, highball or glass of house wine and your choice of sliders, chicken strips, flatbread pizza or potachos while enjoying the Harmonix Rock Band video game. Live entertainment with audience participation.
If sports are more your style, try Monday Night Football at Match Eatery on September 28. For $30 you’ll get a three-course dinner along with an exciting night of football. The menu includes a 4oz beer pairing with each course.
Or, for just $20 per adult or $15 per child, you can enjoy a pizza dinner and watch the Boston Pizza New West Master Chef Cookoff on Sunday, October 4. Up-and-coming young chefs will square off against the BP head chef to create the ultimate pizza. The winner will take home a voucher for free pizza for a year and may have their creation featured as a BP menu item.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, paid for by Tourism New West.