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Tummy Rumble at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire

Tummies are going to rumble in the parking lot this year. And in the PNE Forum. Why, even vegans are getting thrown a bone. So, just who is duking it out to be captain of the cooks at this year’s Vancouver Mini Maker Faire?

Porky’s Food Truck
These guys are big bratwursts – for $7. In fact, they are the absolute wurst, German curry wurst that is, for $7 too. And they Bavarian cheese smokies far too much, also $7. Here, pull my pork, $8.

Cup-a-cornCup a Corn
Corny jokes can’t do justice to the good taste of this cup of gourmet flavoured corn kernels, $5 a pop. Six flavours.

Community Pizzeria
These guys are wasting away in Pizza Margherita-ville for $10. Some say they’re all mobbed up with the Calabrese Salami Pizza for $11 and they may well be – get there early.

johnny's-popsJohnny’s Pops (& Brûlée)
Put strawberry basil on ice and will do it again for a price. Turned blueberry cardamom into a popsicle too. Burned cream badly into a delicious vanilla bean crème brûlée. Same goes for bourbon and pecan.

REEL Mac and Cheese
Hey Mac, quit being so cheesy, for $8. Things get spicy when they go banana’s for peppers for $9.

taser-grilled-cheeseMelt City
Cheese that takes a grilling but melts when squeezed for bread. A classic grilled two cheese squeeze. Also, So Gouda, it has got smoked bacon with caramelized apples and gouda cheese. Yeah, there’s more.

Osaka Ball
Scallop and shrimp like to roll up and party with pickle and green onions. In fact they’re having a ball – seven of them for $6.

varinicey-pakorasVarinicey Pakoras
Careful, their pakoras can take a beeting, which makes them just super – Super Beet pakoras. Original has chopped onions, carrots, yams, kale, and swiss chard. Things get hot when the serrano peppers show up. Start small for $5.50, or go big for $10.

Chickadee Bakery (inside)
It’s all butter for these bakers! Willing to redecorate your mini-cupcakes for a price. Cookies, brownies, scones, cheese biscuits, all the sin in the world and then s’more. Starts at $2.50 and goes to $5.

Living Lotus (inside)
Gluten, dairy, refined sugar and soy free riders. Vegan macaroons, fudge, chocolate ganache and candied nuts from $2 to $18. Nobody gets hurt in the making of this food but no promises otherwise!

In a foodie fight, the eaters always win. The more contenders you take on for take-away, the more likely you are to find your lunchtime leader of the pack. Take the challenge to try to find your new favourite roving restaurant!



A Volunteer’s First Maker Faire

What a magical place! My first time at Mini Maker Faire was the overwhelming array of sights, sounds and motions that I had hoped for. The Makerverse was a hustling, bustling assault of the senses.


As an early morning volunteer, I headed to the front gate to begin my shift, passing the beginnings of stalls I saw many things that intrigued me: weird shapes protruding, projections screens expanding, messes of criss-crossing wires and circuits, cables being gaffered to the ground and strange objects lifted from boxes.  I wanted to explore, but I knew I had to focus on helping out. I spent the morning volunteering at ticketing, where I saw kids buzzing with excitement; jumping, squirming and smiling ear to ear. It’s good to see that the Maker movement has captured the hearts of those so young.


Silver Dog Vancouver Mini Maker Faire


When my shift was over, I was finally able to round the door and see what awaited me. Things spun and clicked and rolled and danced before my eyes. There were glowing lights and the whir of a helicopter overhead! Scents emanated from the perfume booth. A long, low, echoing note surprised me from a horn made from a hat. Strings and sculptures dangled. Visual projections warped and altered. Flashes went off from the callotype booth. Here I was, surrounded by making. I felt immersed in the joy of creation and sharing, and I too started to buzz with inspiration. If you are heading to Mini Maker Faire today, here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect to find.