Very Weird Chinese New Year Event Returns to Vancouver: Gung Haggis Fat Choy 2015

Photos sourced from GungHaggis.com

Photos sourced from GungHaggis.com

Vancouver’s most unusual Chinese New Year tradition is back.

Gung Haggis Fat Choy – the unique celebration that merges Scotland’s Robbie Burns Day with Chinese New Year – returns Sunday, Feb. 8, at Vancouver’s Pink Pearl Seafood Restaurant.

Started in 1998 by Vancouverite Todd Wong, the fusion event combines traditions from two very different cultures into something that’s, well, odd.

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Very Weird Chinese New Year Event Returns to Vancouver: Gung Haggis Fat Choy 2015

Cross-Canada chef dinner series selling like hotcakes

Quebec chef Derek Dammann | Photo from Edible Canada website

Quebec chef Derek Dammann | Photo from Edible Canada website

For the entire year of 2015, you can eat your way across Canada without leaving Vancouver—but you’d best make your plans now.

It’s barely been a week since Edible Canada announced its Coast to Coast Market Dinner Series, which highlights the cuisine of a different Canadian province each month. At the start of each month, a notable Canadian chef will travel to the Granville Island restaurant to prepare a meal for up to 75 guests.

The first featured region is the Yukon, but that February 2 dinner has just sold out. (It features The Boreal Gourmet author and chef Michele Genest and trapper Teena Dickson.) The other monthly dinners are filling up fast.

Here’s the lowdown on who’s coming so you can snap up tickets. Hint: the featured chef for March is Canada’s first Top Chef and now cooks in Saskatchewan.

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Cross-Canada chef dinner series selling like hotcakes

Waterfront Vancouver Restaurant Opens its Doors to the Homeless

Photo sourced from Tourism Vancouver

Salmon sliders at Ten Ten Tapas. Photo sourced from Tourism Vancouver

One trendy Vancouver restaurant is pioneering a creative way to feed the city’s homeless and low-income population. And it wants other restaurants to rise to the challenge.

Ten Ten Tapas, a tapas restaurant located on the False Creek seawall near the Burrard Street Bridge, has begun inviting area residents in for a free monthly made-from-scratch meal. A recent meal in the waterfront venue consisted of grilled cheese made on homemade sourdough bread and stuffed with Asiago, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, paired with choice of beef-mushroom or tomato soups or seafood chowder.

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Waterfront Vancouver Restaurant Opens its Doors to the Homeless

Exotic teas infuse Dine Out Vancouver Festival event

Photo credit: Carolyn Ali

Photo credit: Carolyn Ali

You’ve heard of wine-pairing dinners, beer-pairing dinners, even whisky-pairing dinners…but have you ever experienced an entire eight-course meal paired with tea?

The Urban Tea Merchant is offering something unique for this year’s Dine Out Vancouver Festival. The tea shop and tea room, which normally offers brunch and afternoon teas, is opening later for six evenings to offer a Tea Gastronomy Experience.

Executive chef Nathan Wright and tea sommelier (yes, there is such a thing) Reza Nasooti have created two tasting menus that not only pair tea with each dish but infuse it into the food and cocktails as well.

Here’s what’s on the table.

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Exotic teas infuse Dine Out Vancouver Festival event

Canada’s largest gluten-free expo set for this weekend

Hippie Foods will be exhibiting at the Vancouver Gluten Free Expo. Chocolate cashew cookies photo from Hippie Foods website.

Hippie Foods will be exhibiting at the Vancouver Gluten Free Expo. Chocolate cashew cookies photo from Hippie Foods website.

Whether or not you eat gluten-free yourself, you probably know somebody who does. Interest in the gluten-free lifestyle has skyrocketed in the past few years, and more products have been developed to meet demand. But which ones actually taste good? Often, you need to try them to find out.

The Vancouver Gluten Free Expo started small in Vancouver in 2012 and has grown exponentially since then. It’s now Canada’s largest gluten-free event, and attracts tens of thousands of people—largely because it offers an opportunity to sample a wide variety of GF products. This year, there will be 120 exhibitors.

After a year at the PNE Forum, the expo returns to Canada Place this weekend on January 17 and 18. Health-conscious eaters will also be interested to know that there’s another foodie show happening just down the hall.

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Canada’s largest gluten-free expo set for this weekend