It’s Saturday, and a beautiful, sunny summer day in Vancouver, but we think you should spend it indoors with Indian Summer Festival.

First, a talk with Deepa Mehta and author Jeet Thayil, then a pitstop for sausage, chips and curry sauce at Bestie, followed by a fabulous cabaret on Granville Island. A great day to spend your day on July 13.

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Meet Deepa Mehta

Listed on our top 5 list of reasons to attend Indian Summer Festival, this conversation between two creative minds – one a filmmaker and one a novelist and poet – has all the ingredients for a stimulating, interesting talk. Deepa Mehta (Midnight’s Children, Water, Earth, Fire) and Jeet Thayil (Narcolopolis) will talk about identity, hybridity and more. Tickets are still available for $20 online or at the door at SFU Woodwards at 6:00 p.m.

Eat Sausage with Your Bestie

We’re a little crazy about Bestie, a German sausage place with an interesting, seemingly Indian peculiarity – they serve their sausage and fries with a curry ketchup that is insanely delicious. It’s so good, we’ve asked them to bottle it so we can poor it all over our home fries, samosas, tikkis – whatever. Our recommendation: The classic Currywurst, sliced sausage over fries smothered in the curry ketchup. They also offer non-pork sausage options by way of turkey, vegetarian and the occasional bison. 105 East Pender Street.

Jam to a Poetry Slam

It’s a mix of literature, beat boxing, DJs and spoken word. The Lit + Sound Cabaret is the finale event for Indian Summer Festival, and we’ll be there swaying to the music and snapping our fingers to the poetry. Join us for a drink. Tickets are $12 online, or $15 at the door at Performance Works at Granville Island at 9:00 p.m. See you there!