You can try that ridiculous Hot Dog Water as part of counter-event during goop’s Vancouver ‘wellness summit’


Did you miss out on purchasing some of that Hot Dog Water that was available for sale during Main Street Car Free Day this summer?

Bottles of Hot Dog Water being sold at an event in Vancouver last week are shown in a handout photo. Douglas Bevans put boiled hot dog water in bottles containing a hot dog and advertised it as providing health benefits, backed up by supposed science. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Douglas Bevans

For the unfamiliar, Hot Dog Water was a public art display aimed at trolling foodies and woo woo disciples willing to shell out large sums of money for products with some dubious health claims. In this case, the water bottles holding a single wiener were on sale for a mere $37.99, and came with a lot of science-y buzzwords, too, like “electrolyte imbalance,” “homeostasis,” “autophagy,” “metabolic demand,” and “carbohydrate restrictors.”

Hot Dog Water mastermind Doug Bevans is planning to set up his tent yet again, this time around outside the Stanley Park Pavilion on Saturday, October 27 as a counter-event to the first Vancouver iteration of the goop “wellness summit” called “In goop Health.”

Launched in Los Angeles in 2017, “In goop Health” is a very special day where you can live your best “goop” life–the lifestyle brand and overall way of being spearheaded by actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

Promising a “mind-expanding day,” your $400 ticket grants you access to three expert talks; three wellness workshops; breakfast, lunch, snacks, and cocktails; their clean beauty and wellness shop; and, perhaps most importantly, goop swag.


And, on your way in, you can score a sample of Bevans’ Hot Dog Water. The satirical nature of Hot Dog Water is pretty much pointed right at businesses like goop, which itself has come under fire for making false health claims.

Expect to see the full Hot Dog Water performance in action: A chef stirring a giant cauldron of hot dogs, making hot dog water to serve and sell as the newest health-miracle product to hit the market.

“Although humorous, Hot Dog Water is not a prank and people are not being tricked into drinking it,” notes Bevans in a release. “Rather in its absurdity the art performance encourages critical thinking related to product marketing and the significant role it plays in our purchasing choices.”

The Hot Dog Water ‘picnic’ will take place from 11 am to 2 pm on Saturday, October 27 outside the Stanley Park Pavilion.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom