5 Events to Get Excited About for Dine Out Vancouver 2018

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar; BC VQA Wine Brunch

After the flurry and good cheer of the holidays, sometimes I experience a bit of deflation once I enter the New Year. Fortunately, Dine Out Vancouver is the solution to my January doldrums, with a plethora of delicious and affordable prix-fixe menus, as well as inventive food-related events.

While the restaurant names and their menus will be released January 11, 2018 (January 8, 2018 for Aeroplan members), tickets for the many events are currently available (and selling out quickly). Here are 5 events to particularly look forward to and book this year:

1. Vancouver World Chef Exchanges

Returning this year to the festival are the World Chef Exchanges, in which celebrated global chefs collaborate with local Vancouver chefs to create sumptuous multi-course dinners.

January 21, 2018:
Bangkok – Maenam Executive Chef Angus An welcomes Bangkok’s star Chef David Thompson of Nahm.

January 22, 2018:
Tokyo – Burdock & Co. Chef and Owner Andrea Carlson welcomes Tokyo’s Fumihiro Matsumoto of Kantera.

January 24, 2018:
Indigenous Canada – Edible Canada Chef Tobias Grignon welcomes Indigenous Chefs Rich Francis, Shane Chartrand, and Bill Alexander.

January 30, 2018:
Beijing – Westin Bayshore Hotel Executive Chef Kamal Silva welcomes Beijing’s Chef Jiuxin Fan to HJU:Z.

February 4, 2018:
Nashville – Farmer’s Apprentice Executive Chef David Gunawan in welcoming Nashville’s Chef Trevor Moran.

2. Get Shucked Up!: An Evening of Oysters and Wine

January 22 & 29, 2018
Fanny Bay Oyster Bar

This new, fun, educational, and interactive event will involve teaching participants about oysters, the art of opening them, and pairing them with local BC wines. At Get Shucked Up!, Attendees will get to enjoy a plate of a dozen oysters, sip local wine (3 pours), as well as take home their own shucking knife.

3. Quick Tings

January 25, 2018
New to the festival is Quick Tings, a lively immersion in Caribbean cooking, culture, music, and art. The evening entails Chef Cullin David providing a cooking lesson, as well as attendees munching on Caribbean appetizers, enjoying music, and taking part in art prizes and giveaways.

4. Taste of the Market

January 25, 2018
Also new this year is Taste of the Market, presented by Lonsdale Quay Market. The roaming event involves eating and drinking evening through the culinary offerings of the Market. Participants will begin with Green Leaf Brewing Co. to sample craft beer, before moving onto all sorts of other goodies, including artisan cheese, fresh salmon, gourmet pizza, VQA wine, and fudge (Olde World Confections).

5. BC VQA Wine Brunches

Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier

Four restaurants will be holding stand-up, mingler-style brunches in which participants can sample brunch items, while pairing them with BC wines (5 BC wineries will each pour 2 VQA wines at each brunch).

January 20, 2018
Hart House Restaurant

January 21, 2018
Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier

January 27, 2018
The Listel Hotel (catered by Forage restaurant)

January 28, 2018
Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Of course, there are many other events well worth checking out at this year’s Dine Out Vancouver, including the new Dine Out Vancouver Grand Tasting (January 19, 2018), The Ocean Wise Pop-Up Café (January 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 & February 2, 3, 4, 2018), Get Crafty! Kitsilano (January 23, 2018 at Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company), and Butcher at the Butcher (at The Butcher & Bullock, January 24, 2018).

Further info and tickets for all events can be found on-line.

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