Fewer fruits epitomize summer in British Columbia than the beautiful blueberry. Brimming baskets of these sweet blue gems line the stalls of farmers’ market in high summer, and 2016 is promising to be another bountiful BC blueberry season.
This versatile superfood is a delight to snack on as-is, but several Vancouver restaurants, bars, and bakeries are finding delectable ways to add BC blueberries into treats, savoury mains, breakfast dishes, and refreshing cocktails.
Here are 13 places serving up BC blueberries in creative dishes this summer.
Provence Marinaside will be featuring blueberry shortcakes on their dessert menu.
Address: 1177 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver
Pastry Chef Maria Lauricella has put a lovely BC blueberry dessert on the menu: Fresh BC blueberries in a compote, with fresh rhubarb in bavarese.
Address: 1328 Hornby Street, Vancouver
One of the city’s best spots for French-inspired baked goods, Beaucoup Bakery has their Yuzu Blueberry Croissant available right now, made with fresh BC blueberries.
Address: 2150 Fir Street, Vancouver
The Lazy Gourmet is busy baking up various blueberry items this summer, including their blueberry tart.
Address: 1605 W 5th Avenue, Vancouver
Miku’s Pastry Chef Christophe Janik has come up with a gorgeous Lemon Blueberry Dome dessert sure to wow the eyes and the tastebuds.
Address: 200 Granville Street #70, Vancouver
Bouelvard’s pastry chef Kenta Takahashi is offering a ‘”BC Blueberry Tart” featuring BC blueberries, blueberry crémeux, lemon curd, and lavender ice cream.
Address: 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Railtown’s pastry chef Alex Abley will be featuring a Pistachio Blueberry Turnover with caramelized puff pastry, pistachio and almond cream, fresh BC blueberries, and a squeeze of lemon.
Address: 397 Railway Street, Vancouver
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Time for Thomas Haas’ BC Blueberry Tart: Delicate brisée pastry, soft almond cream, BC blueberries, lemon zest, almond crumble. Available at Thomas Haas’ Kitsilano location ($5.90).
Address: 2539 West Broadway, Vancouver
Gastown’s popular L’Abattoir is featuring a “Westcoast Bramble” cocktail using BC blueberries.
Address: 217 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Blueberries pop up in all sorts of spots on YEW’s summer menu, from first thing in the morning on their pancakes to studding a salmon and kale salad.Executive Pastry Chef Mark Burton is working magic with a delectable seasonal fruit pie with BC blueberries, thyme and lemon zest in a stone ground flour and sweet butter crust served with housemade vanilla ice cream. Look for blueberries in their Scallop & Crispy Pork appetizer, and in sundaes, and power cookies, too.
Address: 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Shake up your morning with a cocktail. The Breakfast Sour – prepared by Philipp Karatsyupa, Ancora’s new bar manager, is made with Whiskey, maple syrup, muddled blueberries, citrus, egg white, pinot noir float, and nutmeg on top. Take note: it is only available during Ancora’s Sunday brunch service.
Address: 1600 Howe Street, Vancouver
Dive into summer at Juniper. The recently launched Seaside G&T cocktail (Sheringham gin, lavender bitters, fresh berries, dehydrated lemon, and tonic water) showcases a fruity, aromatic, ocean type of flavour – the perfect end to a beach day.
Address: 185 Keefer Street, Vancouver
Rain or Shine’s Blueberry Balsamic ice cream is made with organic blueberries from Hazelmere Organics Farms in Surrey (and the balsamic vinegar is from the Vancouver Olive Oil Company). Combined with Rain or Shine’s egg-free ice cream base and the big berry flavour really pops against the sweet tang of the vinegar.
Address: 3382 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Address: 1926 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver