Food Vancouver Select Guide: September Sojourns in Richmond
With summer coming to a close, September is still one of the best months to be on the West Coast. The weather changes and the leaves will be begin to fall, so it is the perfect time for a day trip. Take the car or the Canada Line and visit Richmond for a day packed with fun-filled events and the gastronomic delights. Here are a few ideas on how to spend some special September days in Richmond.
September means harvest time for a lot of the region’s farms. And with 40 percent of the city serving as farmland, that means good pickin’ and eatin’ for everyone around. Look for U-PICK farms and local harvests south of Steveston Hwy on No. 2, No.3, No.4, Gilbert and Shell Roads. Take lots of buckets to get your fill of local corn, juicy raspberries, blueberries and more delicious BC harvests.
Those berries are tasty enough eaten on their own, but they also crush into some fantastic drink – namely wine – as well. Sanduz Estate Wines hold the bragging rights to BC’s largest selection of fruit wines. Lulu Island Winery combines traditional Chinese winemaking methods with modern Western technology. A collection of sweet ice wines are ready to be sampled as well at Isabella Winery.
There isn’t much time left for the Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market, so you might want to swing by there on your way to the docks to pick yourself up from fresh fish. The best catches of the month for September are sardines and wild salmon. Be sure you have a cooler stocked with ice to put them on, because you want to finish up your day at one of the many restaurants serving fresh, local ingredients: Pajo’s Fish n’ Chips are often voted best in Metro Vancouver; Posh for hot pots steaming with organic Asian veggies; or The Point for their tuna sliders and smoked salmon bruscetta.
Great dates to go: September 18-19 for the Multicultural Moon Festival at Aberdeen Centre.
We recommend you start slow and build with this one. Feed your mind first with a tour of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. Keep an eye out for spots on the ceiling where you can see decades-old fish scales. No need to settle for canned fish when you’re done. Instead, head to the many waterfront restaurants for some fresh fish off the grill.
After you’ve fuelled yourself with good food, rent some bikes from Steveston Seabreeze Adventures to cycle endless waterfront trials on the city’s famed levees and dykes. It’s a great way to enjoy a sunny afternoon and spot some local wildlife. Want more wildlife and adventure? Sign up for a whale-watching tour and chances are you’ll see more than a single whale – orcas, porpoises, sea lions, seals and bald eagles all catch people’s eyes.
Then again, there’s also the Les Furber-designed Mayfair Lakes Golf and Country Club for a round of 18 or the Richmond Olympic Oval for a workout and a walkabout tour of the public art and architecture where the Olympians were in February.
After the effort you’ve expended all day, you might want to indulge in the all-you-can-eat buffet at the River Rock. Or go Greek with lamb souvlaki and garlic roasted potatoes at Kisamos Greek Taverna. Maybe sample some of the freshest dim sum around at Fisherman’s Terrace Restaurant.
Great dates to go: September 21-26 for the World Wheelchair Rugby Championships
You know our West Coast history is steeped in fishing lore, but have you seen it for yourself? With this day trip, you can start it out at the Britannia Shipyard National Historic Site. As you walk the province’s oldest shipyard, you’ll come across stories of the multi-ethnic residents and workers from more than a century ago.
Follow that up with a trip to the London Heritage Farm. The 1880s farmhouse set on a 4-acre historic site serves up a tea time with home-made scones and other baked goodies. Then take in some more history at the second largest Buddhist Temple in North America. Touring around the Kuan Yin Temple, you’ll get insight into Chinese art, culture and Buddhism. We know, you’re now craving Chinese. Good thing, because when a food writer from Conde Nast Traveler said the “single best culinary reason to fly to Vancouver” he was talking about the Guizhou-style tilapia with cilantro and chili sauce at the S&W Pepper House on No.3 Rd.
To add a little contemporary to your day, swing by the Richmond Art Gallery and check out the new Waterscapes exhibition that opens September 16. You’ll see “water” like you’ve never imagined it. And finish your day with some tasty treats that come from the nearby waters – order a bucket of peel-and-eat shrimp at the Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant.
Great dates to go: Autumn Tea – September 25-26
Just like a perfect Chinese meal, mixing and matching is often a good way to go. You can always pick and choose which activities, hot spots and restaurants will combine to make the most delicious day in Richmond. For more ideas on how to get a good day trip going, and to enter to win* 1 of 4 fun-filled family getaways to Richmond, visit allinrichmond.com.
Images and article supplied by Tourism Richmond
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