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October 08, 2010
FALL: Search for the Great Pumpkin

From now until October 31st we are tracking all sightings of the Great Pumpkin as he makes his annual trip to the most sincere pumpkin patch in the world. Here's a start. We will be adding more as we learn of them.



EVENTS:


Till October 31, 2010
UBC Farm Pumpkins

UBC Farm's Pumpkins Patch is open for pumpkins sales. Find the 5$ pile, a $10 pile and a $15 pile in front of the harvest hut and market area with a money box attached to a cement table for payments. U-pick is available during the farm's open hours of Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout October or while supplies last. Check the U-pick Pumpkins map for pumpkin locations or read the signage at the front gate and at each of the piles for directions.



October 30, 2010:
Jack O’Lantern’s Spooky Stroll at VanDusen Botanical Gardens.

Follow the pumpkin path to view more than 125 carved and lit pumpkins in the dark, all arranged along a circle route through the Garden. See details here.




GREAT PUMPKINS FOR 2010



PUMPKIN APPLE CRUMBLE

Alessandra Quaglia is adding a Roasted Pumpkin and Apple Crumble with Candied Walnuts and Pear Sorbet to her "Meatless Mardi" menu this week at Provence restaurant. The new vegetarian series will feature weekly changing menus that incorporate such incredible flavour from the hearty vegetables and grains of winter, that carnivores won't miss their proteins at all. This photo is not Provence's version of the crumble but the one you can make yourself using the old Estonian recipe from Nami Nami blog.



PUMPKIN SPICE STEEL CUT OATMEAL

A picture is worth a thousand words. So is a good recipe, such as this one for pumpkin spice steel cut oatmeal. Find it at one of our favourite websites: Everybody Likes Sandwiches.








PUMPKIN CHEESE CAKE AT CACTUS CLUB

It’s a fall favourite with Cactus Club customers and it’s back for a limited time only. We're talking about their creamy New York cheese cheesecake infused with pumpkin pie, topped with hand-whipped cream, toasted walnuts and decadent caramel sauce! Maybe it's a good thing it is only around for a short time. Help yourself to a few slices of this and you may gain pumpkin-like proportions.





LEE'S PUMPKIN SPICE DONUTS

A traditional autumn treat at Vancouver's favourite donut shop -- Every October Lee's Donuts make their Pumpkin Spice Donuts with real pumpkin and a secret blend of spices. At the Granville Island Public Market. (Photo of their lookalike Gingerbread version from Flickr.)







SPINNAKER'S VANILLA SPICED PUMPKIN PORTER

Spinnaker's creates this dark, full bodied brew from the roasted pulp of 20 locally grown pumpkins which has been steeped in vanilla pods for a smooth finish. The mix is then placed into a large pumpkin whose insides have been coated with molasses, brown sugar and roasted pumpkin seeds (to enhance the spicy flavours), fitted with a draught tap and resealed until it is ready for its launch on Halloween with a ceremonial pumpkin tapping. The Vanilla Spiced Pumpkin Porter will sell on tap at the pub until it is all gone - which is never long enough. “Something that started out as an attempt to layer some complimentary flavours, has become a real fall favorite,” says publican, Paul Hadfield. “I like to call it ‘pumpkin pie in a glass’.” Spinnakers Gastro Brew Pub, 308 Catherine St., Victoria, B.C.



GRANVILLE ISLAND BREWING PUMPKIN ALE.

In shades of burnt orange with roasted pumpkin-and-spice flavours, this nontraditional ale reflects autumn's best. A limited release, the Pumpkin Ale is available at select government liquor stores and in the Granville Island Brewing retail store.






BROOKLYN POST ROAD PUMPKIN ALE

Kurt Larson's Afic Group Importers brought the seasonal specialty brew into Vancouver in early October 2009 and they sold out at BCLDB stores in 10 days. But search and ye may find the 2010. Apparently brewing beer from pumpkins was an practice of the early American colonists. Brooklyn Brewery continues the tradition by blending hundreds of pounds of pumpkin with barley malt to create a beer with an orange amber colour, warm pumpkin aroma, biscuity malt centre and crisp finish.


CHOCOLATE ARTS PUMPKIN PRALINES

Known for working with local, organic products, the highest quality chocolate and unique flavours, Chocolatier Greg Hook and his team at Chocolate Arts chose Hazelmere Farms organic sugar pumpkins as the silky filling for this seasonal sweet. Layers of praline (caramelized sugar & roasted almonds) mixed with single origin grenade chocolate (60% Cocoa) and organic almond butter. The chocolate is then filled with roasted organic sugar pumpkin ganache and Valrhona Jivara milk chocolate, rum & spices. To finish, it’s covered in dark chocolate and topped with a pinch of roasted pumpkin seeds. Then of course there is always Chef Hook's famous pumpkin truffles .... 2037 West 4th Avenue.



DAVID WOLOWIDNYK'S PUMPKIN PIE COCKTAIL

Still a favourite page with our CityFood Online Readers, David's "Pie"cocktail cannot be beat. West Restaurant, 2881 Granville St., Vancouver, BC.








HORTO BOTANICO'S PUMPKIN SOAP

Not exactly edible, however the Horto Botanico line of soaps from Italy's Nesti Dante contain the goodness of nature's bounty with active ingredients found in healthy vegetables and herbs. Scented with the subtle and earthy aromas of vegetables, these soaps calm and moisturize the skin and are wrapped in beautiful Florentine printed paper. The Pumpkin is for softening and sweetening. Smells great too. Available at Payless Drug Stores. Appoximately $6 a bar.




MARIPOSA PUMPKIN PATCH

More a roadside farm produce stand than a pumpkin patch, but still the most sincere congregation of pumpkins we've run across in our travels this fall. Read about it here. Keremeos, B.C.














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