Christmas Cocktail Crawl VII: Candy Cocktails

YEW’s decadent Buttered Rum (courtesy Leila Kwok).

Sugar, spice and everything nice – the holidays wouldn’t taste as sweet without the palate-popping flavours of peppermint candy canes, creamy hot chocolate and spicy gingerbread. When these treats are enhanced by rum, sparkling wine, chocolate liqueur and other boozy indulgences, the yum factor rockets to a whole new level. Inside Vancouver’s seventh annual Christmas Cocktail Crawl unearths some of the tastiest candy-inspired cocktails in the city so you, dear reader, can easily find a festive brew to suit your tastes. For more cocktail inspo, view previous versions of the Crawl here. Happy holidays!

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Christmas Cocktail Crawl VII: Candy Cocktails

Discount tickets still available for the 2018 Vancouver International Wine Festival

Thinking about going to the 2018 Vancouver International Wine Festival? There’s no better time to make plans than right now.

Discounts for the International Festival Tasting, the Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge and the Gold Pass are available until Dec. 15, or while supplies last. For more details on these events, see below. Tickets for other events, including dinners and seminars, go on sale Jan. 10. Hotel packages, which include a ticket to the International Tasting, go on sale in early January.

Here’s a brief look the festival, which takes place Feb. 24-March 4.

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Discount tickets still available for the 2018 Vancouver International Wine Festival

Gingerbread Donuts and Spiced Chai Lattes Headline Seasonal Christmas Classics Market Tour

Decadent delicacies await on the Christmas Classics Market Tour.

‘Tis the season for gingerbread and eggnog, glazed ham and cranberry sauce, and decadent desserts cluttering lunchroom tables across the city – and there’s no more magical place to begin your holiday menu shopping than Granville Island. To assist you in tasting nearly every seasonal delicacy offered by Granville Island’s talented vendors, Vancouver Foodie Tours is staging a seasonal Christmas Classics Market Tour that offers guests the rare opportunity to skip the lines and indulge in a festive array of handcrafted holiday delights.

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Gingerbread Donuts and Spiced Chai Lattes Headline Seasonal Christmas Classics Market Tour

Where to Enjoy Holiday Desserts in Vancouver (with recipe)

Thierry’s fromage blanc Bûche de Noël; Photo Credit: Leila Kwok

The best part of the holiday season is that calories don’t count (at least that’s what I tell myself)! After all, it’s the time of year for cookies exchanges, annual fruit cake, and decadent seasonal desserts in restaurants and pâtisseries around town. It’s enough to make anyone lose the Grinch spirit!

Here are five places in town that are decking their ovens with sheer deliciousness:

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Where to Enjoy Holiday Desserts in Vancouver (with recipe)

Enjoy 2018 Dine Out Vancouver with special room rates and dine-and-stay packages

Street Food City, a festival of local street food carts, returns for 2018 Dine Out Vancouver. Amber Sessions photo.

A full 17-day schedule of events that provide festivalgoers with unique culinary experiences. Guided dining adventures, brunch crawls, cocktail masterclasses, wine debates, guest chef dinners, BC VQA wine and craft beer tastings, street food markets and more are among the events at the 16th annual edition, Jan. 19-Feb. 4 2018.

For those visiting from out-of-town, or who just want to get away from the kids for a night or two, Dine Out Vancouver is also sponsoring special hotel packages. Exclusive hotel rates and Dine & Stay packages give you the option to customize and complete your Vancouver culinary getaway. (Find out more at dineoutvancouver.com/hotels/special-room-rates and dineoutvancouver.com/hotels/dine-and-stay-packages/.)

The Dine Out™ Vancouver Festival features hundreds of restaurants each offering multi-course dinners at $20, $30 or $40 (not including tax, gratuity and beverages). This is an opportunity to choose from almost 300 of the city’s restaurants, from fine dining to family-friendly and everything in between. The list of participating restaurants and menus will be made available to Aeroplan members on Jan. 8, 2018, and Jan. 11 to the general public. (Get a jumpstart on securing a table through advance reservations by signing up for Aeroplan now). Meanwhile, many of the events have already been announced. Here are a few.

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Enjoy 2018 Dine Out Vancouver with special room rates and dine-and-stay packages

Vancouver Christmas Market Boasts over 75 Vendors for this Year’s Festivities

Vancouver Christmas Market 2017

The Vancouver Christmas Market transforms Jack Poole Plaza into a holiday wonderland.

There are just 40 days left until Christmas! If you’re already feeling the holiday spirit and can’t wait to start decorating your tree, you’ll be excited to know that the Vancouver Christmas Market is setting up shop again from November 22 to December 24, 2017.

Based on the centuries-old tradition of Christkindlmarkts in Germany, the Vancouver Christmas Market brings a European-inspired Christmas village to Jack Poole Plaza for the holiday season. For 2017, the festive, family-favourite is back with one of its largest celebrations to date, boasting more than 75 huts full of sweets, treats, and treasures to enjoy – all with a glass of Glühwein (mulled wine) in hand!

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Vancouver Christmas Market Boasts over 75 Vendors for this Year’s Festivities

East Vancouver Brewing Company opens its doors… quietly.

Open for business: East Vancouver Brewing Company, with your pourers Emma and Paul. Shawn Conner photo.

What does East Vancouver need more of?

If you said artisanal pickles and craft beer, then you’re in luck.

Earlier this week—Monday, Nov. 6, to be precise—East Vancouver Brewing Company opened its doors. The opening was unceremonious, by social media standards. A grand opening is in the offing, however, once

It’s been a long time coming, as the city’s brew aficionados have been wondering for months when the latest addition to the neighbourhood’s craft beer scene would be welcoming visitors. So, what’s pouring?

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East Vancouver Brewing Company opens its doors… quietly.