Dine Out Vancouver, presented by Tourism Vancouver, is back again for another fantastic year of culinary adventure! Between Jan 17 – Feb 2, choose from hundreds of restaurants in the city and create your own personalized dining experiences. This year they are partnered with American Express, and if you hold an AMEX card, you get exclusive access to see the participating restaurant list 3 days earlier than everyone else. For everyone else, a list of all the restaurants in the city that are a part of Dine Out comes out Monday, Jan 6th. Each restaurant will offer a 3 course meal either in the $18, $28, or $38 price point. This allows Vancouverites of all demographics to have the chance to experience a new or a favourite restaurant in the city no matter the budget. And for those of you from out of town, there will be exclusive hotel rates and packages offered for the $78, $108 and $138 range.
Here’s a list of some of the top picks I have chosen for this years events. I will try to make it out to as many of these as I can, but they are all quite pricy so you need to pick and choose your events carefully if you’re on a budget like me!
Credit to Dine Out Vancouver for links and photos
January 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31
Tues & Wed: 3.30pm, 2.5 hours
Thurs & Fri: 1:30pm, 2.5 hours
Meet at Cadeaux Bakery, 172 Powel Street
Who doesn’t love to take pictures of their food!? On this culinary tour of historic and gritty Railtown, we encourage you to shoot your food and share your pictures with the world. Two local companies, Off the Eaten Track and Vancouver Photowalks, have paired up to create this truly unique tour that combines a photography lesson with a culinary tour. Eat and sip your way through four local eateries all while getting the tips and lessons a seasoned photography pro can provide! Bring your camera and your appetite and learn how to properly capture your favourite food moments. Whether you’re new to photography or a seasoned pro, all levels are welcome.
12:30pm: soup is served
What happens when you ask more than 50 of Vancouver’s top chefs to each bring one ingredient and toss it into a boiling pot? Good question – and with this hot experiment, we’re going to find out!
On January 17, to launch Dine Out Vancouver Festival, more than 50 participating chefs will bring an ingredient to add to the soup collective. Over the next couple of hours, student chefs from the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts will chop, season, stir and cook the ingredients to perfection, then serve samples free of charge to the public before it all runs out.
Join us from 12:30pm onward outside the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts to snag your own portion of this once-in-a-lifetime brew! Everyone is welcome – but get there early, since the kitchen shuts down when the soup runs out.
10am, 4 hours
Meet at Marquis Wine Cellars, 1034 Davie Street
Dine Out Van Fest does brunch! Presented by Vancouver Foodster and the West End BIA, this new event is sure to please anyone who loves Sunday brunch! Visit over 8 restaurants through-out the West End neighbourhood of Vancouver and taste all sorts of dishes on this unique food crawl. Using your “passport” as your guide, you will enjoy everything from fresh juices, smoothies and coffees, to eggs benny, pancakes, French toast, omelettes, pulled port, bacon, seafood, desserts and so much more.
Participating venues include some of the West End’s finest dining establishments including: Buckstop, 1789 Restaurant, WE Coffee, Le Parisien, Just Juice, Central Bistro, Milestones, De Dutch and others.
Please arrive at Marquis Wine Cellars early to allow time for registration.
6:30 pm, 3 hours
(6:30pm wine and food reception, 7:30 show)
Stadium Theatre, Edgewater Casino, 750 Pacific Blvd
Vancouver has some amazing world-renowned chefs. Bet you’ve always wanted to hear first-hand what makes them tick, their experiences, their passions… Here’s your opportunity to ‘chew’ on a lineup of Vancouver’s best!
Join Follow Me Foodie’s Mijune Pak as she welcomes six Vancouver chefs; Hamid Samilian, John Bishop, Vikram Vij, Scott Jaeger, Owen Lightly and Tina Fineza, to share what’s on their mind.
Start with a BC VQA wine and canapé standing reception with food provided by Vij’s, Bishop’s, Butter on the Endive Catering, Service Excellence, Next Jenn, The Pear Tree, Maenam, Miku, Chez Christophe and Ebo Restaurant at the Delta Burnaby Hotel & Conference Centre. Then, take your theatre seat for an inspired speaker presentation followed by a question period and aftermath social.
Six Chefs – Twelve minutes each – One epic evening.
1:00pm, 4 hours
Meet at The Granville Island Hotel, 1253 Johnston Street
Ever wish you could go to Granville Island and just eat everything? Presented by Vancouver Foodster and Granville Island, this new event will allow you to do just that, well almost. Visit over 10 Island merchants including restaurants, breweries, Canada’s only Sake distillery, butchers, bakers and more.
Following your “passport” as your guide, you will enjoy bites, sips and samples as well as have a chance to meet the chefs, tour breweries and distilleries and discover more around the island.
Participating merchants include some of the Granville Island’s best including: Dockside Restaurant, Dockside Brewing Co., Bread Affair, ChocolaTas, Jackons Poultry, Artisan Sake Maker, Backstage Lounge, Oyama Sausage and more.
Please arrive at the Granville Island Hotel early to allow time for registration.