Kids In Vancouver: 5 Family-Friendly ‘Dine Out’ Destinations

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As a family of five, dining out usually means an early dinner at one of our local go-to kid-friendly dinner spots. We rarely stray from our standbys, because we never know if a new restaurant will have a suitable setting and the necessary supplies to host under-12 guests.

Each year, when the Dine Out Vancouver Festival list of participating restaurants is released, I browse longingly through the lineup, wishing I could enjoy some of the delectable dishes that are featured. I had always assumed that the festival was focused on an adults-only audience – until this year, when I recognized some familiar family-friendly food destinations. Here are 5 places where families can comfortably enjoy the ‘Dine Out’ experience with kids in tow.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Family-Friendly ‘Dine Out’ Destinations

Art, Eat and Sip: A Delicious Self-Guided Tour of Vancouver’s Granville Island

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The highly anticipated 15th annual Dine Out Vancouver launches tomorrow (cue the trumpets)! If you don’t already have restaurant reservations lined up, don’t despair. There is still plenty of availability to choose from among the 284 restaurants participating with prix fixe menus ($20, $30, $40).

As well, the over 100 food experience events are also promising to be a culinary blast! One I’m particularly looking forward to combines three of my favourite things: art, food and drink, and Granville Island.

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Art, Eat and Sip: A Delicious Self-Guided Tour of Vancouver’s Granville Island

5 Beers That Helped Shape Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood

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The following article was submitted by Jennie O.

If you’re walking through Olympic Village and are inspired to go on a bit of a boozy adventure, you would be well served to walk south up Ontario street to what has become the main hub of everything right about craft grains. Mount Pleasant, also affectionately known as Brewery Creek, boasts not only a warm neighborhood feel with several eateries and groceries and lifestyle vendors lining the busy thoroughfares of Main street and Broadway, but also features the beloved “province streets” which run through it like veins filled to the brim with delicious delicious craft beer.

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5 Beers That Helped Shape Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood

Street Food City Food Truck Festival Brings the Best Eats to the Streets

Street Food City Vancouver 2017

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On these long, dark nights it’s helpful to take solstice in the fact that we’re almost more than half way to summer! If you take a trip down memory lane to last summer, you may recall spending a warm, summer evening checking out the local Vancouver food trucks and dining “a la cart” (pun intended) while watching the sun setting from English Bay.

Oh, it’s still January you say? It’s raining out, you say!? Fear not, Vancouverites are known for their ability to adapt and thrive on these dreary, wet days. For a little taste of summer in the winter, you’ve got to check out the much-anticipated Street Food City Festival that will be happening from January 23 – 29, 2017 in Downtown Vancouver.

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Street Food City Food Truck Festival Brings the Best Eats to the Streets

With tickets going fast, here are four Vancouver Int’l Wine Fest events you can still catch

This year, Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary. So it makes sense that the featured country at this year’s Vancouver International Wine Festival should be, well, Canada.

Over 70 Canadian wineries will be featured at this year’s fest, including many from B.C. (of course), but also from Ontario and the East Coast. According to the wine fest, “This marks the largest gathering of Canadian wineries ever at an international festival.”

Other numbers to keep in mind are the dates of the festival, Feb. 11-19; the number of events, 58; and how many, as of this posting, have sold out since tickets went on sale last week, 15 – an amount  that reflects the festival’s ever-growing popularity among oenophiles.

With that in mind, let’s look at a few of the events that still have tickets left.

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With tickets going fast, here are four Vancouver Int’l Wine Fest events you can still catch

Your Guide to Healthy Cooking Classes in Vancouver

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January is going to be over before we know it and it’s time to get moving on those resolutions! I don’t know about you, but I’d really love to step up my cooking game in 2017; eating a little healthier couldn’t hurt either. Vancouver has a ton of healthy options for dining out, but if you’re feeling like enjoying a night in, why not attempt those dishes yourself!? Cooking classes are an awesome way to learn new cooking skills, an adorable date idea, an opportunity to meet some cool locals, and an all around great experience. Let’s do this together, Vancouver! Here are some of the best healthy cooking classes Vancouver has to offer to get the ball rolling on some of those resolutions:  Continue reading:
Your Guide to Healthy Cooking Classes in Vancouver

The 2017 Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival Features 61 Fun Flavours!

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When it’s cold outside one of the best ways to warm up is with a delicious cup of cocoa. If you’ve got a craving for a “warm hug in a cup” you’re in luck! The 7th annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival is coming back from January 19 – February 14 at various locations throughout the city.

The almost month-long festival makes it easy to give you a chance to check out all of the hot chocolate inspired drinks. For the 2017 Hot Chocolate Festival, there will be 29 cafes participating and over 60 fun flavours for you to try!

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The 2017 Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival Features 61 Fun Flavours!