My mum and I have a bit of a tradition about going to home and garden shows. Never mind that I’ve only lived somewhere with a garden once in the past, er, 15 years. Dreaming is key, isn’t it?
The BC Home + Garden Show is coming up, and I’m interested in checking out their extensive food and cooking demonstrations, and the Vancouver Sun Gardening School. I don’t have HGTV so I don’t know who any of the celebrities on the main stage are. The last time I watched anything like that it was the month I took off before Elliot was born, and I was lying beached on our couch in London watching endless rounds of Escape to the Country with couples whinging about low ceilings in country cottages, too few doors and how it was ‘a bit in the middle of nowhere’. Mainly, I shouted at them through the TV.
The Home Cooking Stage looks intriguing with everyone from chefs Ned Bell (Yew at Four Seasons Vancouver), Trevor Bird and Curtis Luk (Fable Kitchen), to David Robertson (Dirty Apron Cooking School). I’ve taken a class with David, and it was great – a session with him would definitely be worth it. There’s also a pop-up version of the cool fashion and art market Portobello West.
If you’re thinking there’s no way you can enjoy this show with the little people – they’ve thought of that. Thursday is Family Day. Chef Ned Bell of Yew Restaurant at the Four Seasons is up on the Home Cooking stage with his son, demonstrating some ideas for cooking with kids. There’s face painting, story time and a planting station in the gardening area, as well as a crafting table by my friends over at VancouverMom.ca.
Want to give it a go? I’ve got four tickets to give away! And remember, children 12 and under are free, so this is quite a deal.