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11 July Saturday

ISF2020: Vij’s at Home: A masterclass with Vikram Vij hosted by Agam Darshi

11 July 2020, 19:00 - 11 July 2020, 21:00

Event Presenting Partner

Performance Patron: Zena Henriquez


“Vikram is a strange and wonderful mix of idealistic hippy and smart businessman” – Anthony Bourdain

Vikram Vij is a Canadian culinary gem. Anyone who has experienced Vikram’s trademark hospitality knows that he always manages to create a distinct dining experience. In this special online event for Indian Summer Festival, Vikram gives a masterclass in Indian cuisine, creating a seasonal plant-based meal together with you in real time, in the intimacy of your own kitchen. Leo Award-winning actor Agam Darshi plays host, drawing out Vikram’s life story, and the deeper things that a cuisine signifies – culture, gathering, affection, relationships… not for nothing is food referred to as ‘the sixth language of love’.

The menu will feature three seasonal plant-based dishes that make up a complete meal for two. This event is part interview and part cooking class, followed by a dinner party for those purchasing the special package option. Broadcast live at the Sky Lounge at The Arc.

The Menu
Sprouted Lentil, Bell Pepper & Carrot Salad – a light and refreshing starter or accompanying salad, featuring the best summer has to offer; fresh sprouted lentils, and a colour explosion of crisp bell peppers, and carrots – ideally organic, so you can experience that “true” carroty flavour!
Zucchini, Squash & Potato Sauté – a hearty vegetarian dish with garden-fresh vegetables, where the squash and potato combine to create a creaminess that provides comfort and satisfaction for your palate and your stomach!
Spicy Rice Pilaf with Local Vegetables – add some heat to your meal by increasing the spice in your rice, and pack in more wholesome goodness with locally produced vegetables that support local farmers and growers.

Guests have two options to join the festivities:

OPTION #1: Register for free/by donation to receive the recipes and instructions so that you can buy ingredients and prepare in advance, and cook along on our Facebook or Youtube channels. Detailed recipes and instructions can be found here: https://www.indiansummerfest.ca/2020/07/07/recipe-ingredients-vijs-home-masterclass-vikram-vij-hosted-agam-darshi/ 


OPTION #2: Get the special package for $165 for an interactive and tangible online experience, which includes a goodie box delivered to your door valued at $150 featuring a bottle of Volcanic Hills wine, a signed copy of Vij’s Indian cookbook, ingredients to prepare this feast for two, sweets from Nanak Foods + a special invitation to join the inner circle for the class and an intimate post-class dinner party. Register by Thursday, July 9, 2020, at 9 am. Deliveries will be made Friday July 10th afternoon to addresses in Vancouver + 5km.

The goodie box features
– Key ingredients and spices needed to make the meal (for two)
– A signed copy of the cookbook ‘Vij’s Indian: Our Stories, Spices and Cherished Recipes’
– A bottle of wine from Volcanic Hills Winery
– A box of mithai from Nanak Sweets
– Special Zoom access to an intimate virtual dining room with Vikram, Agam Darshi and other guests to enjoy the meal you’ve just made together.

*Boxes will be delivered within the specified zones below. Click here to see map. (You may also purchase this option and have your box donated locally to someone in need.)
Delivery zones:
• Vancouver: All locations
• Burnaby: Hastings Corridor up to Sperling Avenue; Lougheed Corridor up to Sperling Avenue; Kingsway Corridor/ West and South of Deer Lake Park
• New Westminster: All locations
• Surrey/ North Delta: Surrey City Centre ; Guildford Town Centre; King George Corridor up to 64th Ave; Scott Road/ 120th Street Corridor up to 64th Ave

Your box will be delivered the day before the event on Friday, July 10 between 12-4pm at the address you’ve provided. Please make sure that an adult is available at that address to receive the box, as your box contains fresh produce that will require refrigeration, as well as a bottle of wine, which will require an adult to receive.

Accessibility information

This event will be live-captioned on all platforms. 

About Indian Summer Festival

ISF is committed to continuing programming in the virtual world during the COVID-19 pandemic. We strive to bring our customary care and quality to our work, and ensure that artists, vendors and team members are safe and paid fair wages. Your support in this time helps us to keep the arts alive. Please consider making a donation: www.indiansummerfest.ca/supporter/

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Date: July 11, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Event CategoryCulinary

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