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

Photo Credit: Tara Lee

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

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

Dine Out Vancouver Date Ideas: Three-Course Meals, Cocktail Masterclasses, and Food Crawls Galore!

Sai Woo's pressed spiced lamb neck

Sai Woo’s pressed spiced lamb neck (sourced from restaurant)

A few years ago, a guy I was interested in suggested that we have dinner at a restaurant participating in Dine Out Vancouver (this year January 15-31). I readily agreed since I’m obsessed with food and restaurants in the city.

As I discovered, Dine Out is an excellent date idea for the following reasons:

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Dine Out Vancouver Date Ideas: Three-Course Meals, Cocktail Masterclasses, and Food Crawls Galore!

20+ Food Carts, 1 Convenient Downtown Location: Street Food City Returns to Vancouver

Photo from Tourism Vancouver

Photo from Tourism Vancouver

It’s hard to believe that it was only in 2010 that Vancouver loosened municipal by-laws to allow street food to be sold in the city.  Before that, pretty much all you could get on the streets was hot dogs and popcorn.

Since then, we’ve come an awful long way.  There are now more than 100 permitted street food vendors operating on the streets of Vancouver.  On any given day, you might find Salvadorian pupusas, Australian meat pies, wood-fired pizzas, perogies, Korean-style bibimbap or dozens of other dishes being hawked curbside.

But, as any true street food lover knows, we’ve still got a ways to go.  Continue reading:
20+ Food Carts, 1 Convenient Downtown Location: Street Food City Returns to Vancouver

Street Food City III Takes Over Downtown Vancouver Jan 22-26

Street Food City Vancouver

Stuff your face at Street Food City! || Image from Tourism Vancouver

Street Food City III, part of the Dine Out Vancouver festival, is returning to the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery to make it a little harder for Downtown lunch-goers to decide on what dish they’ll be having. Simple solution–have them all!

From Wednesday, January 22nd until Sunday, January 26th, Vancouver’s original street food gathering will be taking over the North Plaza at the Art Gallery with over 23 food trucks that will be on rotation over the 5 days of Street Food City III.

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Street Food City III Takes Over Downtown Vancouver Jan 22-26

Hungry? Top 5 Dine Out Vancouver 2014 Events

Photo sourced from Tourism Vancouver

Photo sourced from Tourism Vancouver

Canada’s biggest restaurant fest is just around the corner.  The Dine Out Vancouver Festival returns Jan. 17-Feb. 2 for 17 straight days of bargain eating at the city’s best restaurants.  Hundreds of eateries around the city will be offering discounted three-course, prix fixe menus at $18, $28 and $38 price points.

The official list of restaurants and their special menus won’t be disclosed until Jan. 6 (or Jan. 3 if you’re an American Express cardholder).  In the meantime, a lineup of dozens of special food-themed events has been announced to whet diners’ appetites. Options range from guided foodie tours of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods to gala dinners and culinary seminars.

Here are five can’t-miss events at the 2014 Dine Out Vancouver Festival:

East Van Craft Brew and Culinary TourEast Vancouver is home to some of the city’s best new craft breweries.  This unique tour takes visitors inside two of them to learn about the brewing process and – more importantly – sample some suds.  Then, groups hit the gritty streets of East Van in search of some beer-friendly fare, including locally made sausages, traditional Roman pizza and even stout-infused cake. January 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, Feb 1; 3pm, 3 hours. $65

Food-tography: A Culinary Photography TourLet’s face it: We all take pictures of our food and most of them are . . . well, not very appetizing.  Learn how the pros take those mouthwatering food porn shots on this unique tour of Vancouver’s Railtown neighbourhood.  Groups stop in four local eateries to sip and sample the delicacies. Meanwhile, seasoned photographers offer instruction on how to capture memorable food moments. January 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31; Tues & Wed: 3.30pm, 2.5 hours; Thurs & Fri: 1:30pm, 2.5 hours. $65. 

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Vancouver Dine Out 2014 Preview: New Events Announced

Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver

Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver

Is it too early to get excited about Dine Out?

Vancouver’s annual restaurant fest returns for its 12th year this Jan. 17-Feb. 2. Organizers have just released details on some new twists.

The largest festival of its kind in Canada, Dine Out transforms the city into a moveable feast, as hundreds of restaurants offer prix fixe menus priced at $18, $28 or $38.  It’s a unique opportunity to sample some of the city’s top restaurants, from old favourites to up-and-comers, at discount prices.  Not to mention during the dark, rainy days of January, Dine Out lends some food-filled excitement to the post-holiday grind.

For 2014, organizers have opted to expand the Dine Out events lineup, the growing list of food- and drink-themed satellite events that many consider the best part of the festival. Continue reading:
Vancouver Dine Out 2014 Preview: New Events Announced