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

Attention Chocoholics: 2015 Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival Starts Jan 17

Photo credit: Nonie | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: Nonie | Wikimedia Commons

There’s nothing like a hot chocolate to warm up on a damp winter day in Vancouver.

But how about a dark hot chocolate made with caramelized bananas and spiced rum? Or a kalamansi lime hot chocolate? Or a hot white chocolate blended with black sesame seeds? Or a Baileys-infused warm white chocolate served in a large syringe?

No, I’m not making these up.  These are just a few of the offerings at the fifth Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival, Jan. 17-Feb. 14.  Two dozen local cafes, bakeries and chocolate shops are offering up 57 crazy variations on hot chocolate over the 29 day festival. (In case you’re curious, the drinks mentioned above are – in order – Bella Gelateria’s “Erin Gone Bananas,” Chocolate Arts’ “Put De Lime in De Coconut,” Gem Chocolates’ “Cocoa Lily,” and Mink Chocolates’ “Flu Shot.”) Continue reading:
Attention Chocoholics: 2015 Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival Starts Jan 17

Love Aussie Wines? Tickets on Sale for Vancouver International Wine Fest

Photo from Vancouver International Wine Festival

Photo from Vancouver International Wine Festival

If you’re a fan of wine from the “land down under,” this might be right up your alley, mate.

Tickets for the 2015 Vancouver International Wine Festival, Feb. 20-March 1, are officially on sale now. And the 37th instalment of the festival – one of the biggest on the continent – is putting Australia’s incredible wines in the spotlight.

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Love Aussie Wines? Tickets on Sale for Vancouver International Wine Fest

Reservations Open Now for Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2015

Image sourced from Dine Out Vancouver Festival

Image sourced from Dine Out Vancouver Festival

Ready, set, eat!

Reservations are officially open for the 2015 Dine Out Vancouver Festival. The yearly restaurant fest – the biggest in all of Canada – features hundreds of local restaurants offering special prix fixe menus at $18, $28 and $38 price points.

This year, a record 277 restaurants are participating, from the biggest names in Vancouver fine dining to ethnic eateries and brand new restaurants.  If you truly love to eat, the festival is a great chance to “taste drive” some of the city’s top restaurants, without breaking your budget.

You can see all 277 Dine Out menus and make reservations on the Dine Out website. A word to the wise: Reservations for the most popular restaurants tend to book up fast (as in, by the end of the day).

Here’s a quick peek at three tantalizing menus at $38, $28 and $18 price points.

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Reservations Open Now for Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2015

Get your camera ready for Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2015

Photo credit: Andy Scheffler | Vancouver Photowalks

Photo credit: Andy Scheffler | Vancouver Photowalks

The countdown is on: in just two days–on January 7–the list of restaurants participating for the 2015 Dine Out Vancouver Festival will be revealed.

With it comes the rush of reservations at hundreds of restaurants offering set menus at $18, $28, and $38 price point from January 16 to February 1.

And then comes the food.

And then comes the photos of the food.

If your culinary photos don’t do justice to the beautiful meals you enjoy, there’s an event for you. Food-tography: A Culinary Photography Tour promises to improve your skills no matter what your level—from Smartphone snapper to SLR pro. And–major bonus–you get to eat what you shoot along the way.

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Get your camera ready for Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2015