Globe B.C. has joined forces with Scout Magazine to give you the best of what's happening in Vancouver this weekend. For a full week's worth of listings, head over to the complete Scout List, updated each Monday. See the list in calendar view here.
Salt walks: Artist Randy Lee Cutler is leading a series of fascinating walks through Chinatown this weekend. Participants are invited to choose one of three walks exploring a different aspect of Salt: Herbal Medicine, Food Preservation or Crystal Structures. Starting at Access Gallery, each walk kicks off with a salt tasting and a chat about the role of salt in our lives. After the talk, Ms. Cutler will take participants on a tour around Chinatown to visit with shop-keepers who will explain how salt influences their business "whether as a flavour, a remedy or a molecular formation." Herbal Medicine: Friday at 11 a.m.; Food Preservation: Saturday at 3 p.m.; Crystal Structures: Sunday at 3 p.m. | Access Gallery (222 E. Georgia St.). accessgallery.ca
Honey: Vancouver bee maven Melissa Cartwright is offering a hive tour this weekend. This is a perfect event for folks interested in learning about bee-keeping and what is involved in starting a colony. Take a look at the inside of the hive, learn how bees make and store honey, taste honey straight from the source, and indulge in a sampling of a range of Melissa's honey. Participants will be outfitted in those sexy-looking head veils (but should arrive in full coverage clothing). Sunday, Aug. 25, 2p.m. Le Marché St. George, 4393 St. George St. at 28th. hivetour.brownpapertickets.com
Portraits: Sarah Fougere is back in town to paint 50 portraits in 15 days from Aug. 22 to Sept. 7 at Black & Yellow Gallery. Portraits are painted on 12x12 wooden frames in about two hours. The cost is just $275 for one person or $375 for two or more sitters. You can sign up for a sitting by visiting backgalleryproject.com. The opening reception for Portrait in Residence II with Sarah Fougere: 50 Portraits in 15 Days is Thursday night. Go in, check it out. Thursday, Aug. 22, 7 p.m. Black & Yellow Gallery (602 East Hastings St.).
Architecture: If you're interested in the architecture and history of Vancouver's neighbourhoods, you'll want to join this weekend's walk with Gordon Price, the Director of the SFU City Program. Price will be leading a tour of the West End on Saturday morning and it should be both fascinating and informative. Follow along, hear breakdowns of the neighbourhood's various architectural styles, and learn about how planning trends influenced the evolution of the West End. From Victorian mansions and prewar walk-ups to funky seventies high-rise apartments and modern-day steel and glass towers, the character in the West End runs the full spectrum. Saturday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m. Start at Barclay Heritage Square, West End heritagevancouver.org
Garlic fest: This weekend is Garlic Fest out at the Terra Nova Sharing Farm in Richmond. Head out to learn about the health benefits and culinary uses of garlic, check out cooking demonstrations (chefs from West Restaurant, Graze Restaurant, and Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant will be on hand to inspire you with easy, tasty and healthy dishes), and take in all manner of garlic related goodies, everything from artisan garlic bulbs (roughly 1,000 lbs) to garlic pizza and garlic ice cream. Sunday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sharing Farm, Terra Nova Park, 2631 Westminster Hwy.