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Bestie: Sausage lovers have been patiently waiting for Bestie to open its doors and that day has finally come. The 25-seat, German-themed sausage and beer joint offers a straightforward menu of pork bratwurst and currywurst, as well as a rotating poultry sausage and a special or two (all made by Oyama Sausage on Granville Island). Available soon will be German-inspired locally brewed beer (four on tap with several others in bottle format). Bestie will be open Monday to Wednesday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and until midnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The tiny takeout window will operate late nights on weekends. Bestie, 105 East Pender St. in Chinatown, bestie.ca
Summertime: Ignore the rain and head to the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. Highlights will include the Viking Village, a bonfire and beer garden, a midsummer pole, carnival games, all manner of cultural displays and Scandinavian foods such as Danish smørrebrød and tiny, extra super-addictive Swedish meatballs (note that Ikea is a shrewd festival sponsor). Also, the only (we think) Wife Carrying Contest in the city. Midsummer Festival: June 22, 23, Scandinavian Community Centre (6540 Thomas, Burnaby), scandinavianmidsummerfestival.com
Beggars Banquet: Refresh your closet with some stylish summer duds at the Beggars Banquet this Friday night. BB is always loaded with a tight selection of cool clothing, jewellery, shoes and handbags. This edition of the one-night-only, pop-up flea market will take place at a special venue: on the rooftop of a Chinatown parkade. Fresh-air flea on the Summer Solstice? Yeah! Even a few raindrops couldn’t hurt that kind of magic. June 21, 22, 5 p.m. to dark Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Level 6 of 211 E Georgia St. beggarsbanquetmonthly.tumblr.com
Chow: Need another reason to be stoked for this summer’s imminence? How about the fact that Food Cart Fest is set to make its tasty return every Sunday – starting this week. A flock of some 20 food trucks will be parked around communal tables at a site located between Olympic Village and the Cambie Street Bridge. Expect Soho Road, Mom’s Grilled Cheese, Mogu, Roaming Dragon, Vij’s, Yolks, and Tacofino – maybe even The Juice Truck. And the fun doesn’t stop there. There will also be live music, a community market and all manner of ancillary vendors making it the tastiest bit of undeveloped real estate in the city every Sunday. Sundays, June 23 – Sept. 22, 12 to 5 p.m., 215 West 1st Ave. foodcartfest.com
Go Greek: Walk, take the bus or ride a bike to Greek Day this weekend. A day of roaming entertainers, Greek goddesses, warriors and heroes to mingle with. There will be a talent show, cooking demonstrations, kids activities and more. This event is free (until you start ordering souvlaki, Greek salad, gyros, roast lamb, filo pastries … you get the picture). Sunday, June 23, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Broadway, from McDonald to Blenheim, greekday.com