By Jamila Pomeroy
VANCOUVER – Contrasting the stereotype of grungy stoners in unkempt apparel, Diner En Blanc alongside Synr.G, made cannabis classy this year with terpene infused cana-pops. The all white pop-up dinner party originated in Paris 30 years ago and has since become a worldwide epicurean phenomenon. 2018 marked Vancouver’s seventh year in participation, the backdrop this year being the gorgeous Van Dusen Gardens. Nearing the end of dinner, representatives from a company called Syner.G offered guests Blueberry Kush and Grapefruit Haze popsicles. While the frozen treats contained only terpenes and no THC, they sparked an important conversation about high class cannabis goods.
“Is this going to get me high?” someone nearby asked. In fact, terpenes just encompass the flavour profiles of the plant, omitting the psychoactive properties. For the less cana-curious, terpenes are the unsaturated hydrocarbons found in the essential oils of plants. While they have been often introduced to oils intended for inhalation, terpenes can be added to food, like herbs and spices, to add depth. The majority of guests were delighted to try something new, even those who don’t generally consume cannabis products.
“I thought it was going to taste all skunky and gross, but was pleasantly surprised. There was just an added herbal quality, almost like mint,” says dinner atendee Helen (last name ommited). “I smoked weed when I was in high school in the ’70s, but haven’t touched the stuff since. I guess this just goes to show that it has value outside of that.”
When asked if she would be open to the addition of cannabis in a restaurant experience, she expressed that after this introduction, “why not, it’s delicious.”
There has been ample attention to the prospective medical and pharmaceutical markets of the cannabis industry, but little has been said about what cannabis legalization means for the food industry. While the Blueberry Kush and Grapefruit Haze popsicles were a special treat exclusive to Diner En Blanc, companies such as Farm & Florist are setting a new precedent for high-class cannabis food products; the company sells boutique cannabis honey, maple syrup, coconut oil and olive oil, among many other infused products. Regardless of the lack of legal talk in regards to the cannabis industry, in relation to the food and beverage industry, it’s easy to see how the general consensus of cannabis outside of stereotypical stoner culture can in fact be classy.grassifieds