The 2016 Dine Out Vancouver Festival’s World Chef Exchange

wcex-blog-headerThe Vancouver World Chef Exchange is a collaborative project held during Dine Out Vancouver Festival.  It is designed to spread Vancouver’s culinary story across the globe, bring leading food cities closer together and, of course, dish up a never-before-seen dinner for culinary enthusiasts. The premise is simple: international and local chefs team up to craft a series of powerhouse feasts, fusing global flavours and regional ingredients for a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience.

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The 2016 Dine Out Vancouver Festival’s World Chef Exchange

Street Food City Returning to Vancouver this January

Photo credit: Rick Chung | Flickr

Photo credit: Rick Chung | Flickr

Food truck lovers, get your appetites ready. Street Food City is returning to downtown Vancouver.

For the fifth year in a row, the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza is being transformed into a smorgasbord of indulgent food cart fare for Street Food City, Jan. 16-Jan. 24, part of the 2016 Dine Out Vancouver Festival. This year, no fewer than 20 of Vancouver’s top food trucks will gather on the plaza, offering street eats fans a one-stop shop to fill up on the best the city has to offer.

The food cart “pod” idea was introduced in Vancouver back in 2012, building off of models in other cities like Portland, where food trucks regularly congregate in huge clusters to offer diners more options. In the years since, Vancouver’s own street food scene has exploded, and there are now more than 100 trucks across the city offering everything from Salvadorian pupusas and Australian meat pies to wood-fired pizzas, perogies and Korean-style bibimbap. Continue reading:
Street Food City Returning to Vancouver this January

5 Quirky Culinary Events at the 2016 Dine Out Vancouver Fest

DINEOUT_SHARK_480x280_both-1-Canada’s biggest food and drink festival is coming to Vancouver this January … and it’s got a few surprises.

The Dine Out Vancouver Festival returns, Jan. 15-Jan. 31. Hundreds of eateries – from trendy bistros to elegant restaurants – will be serving up special three-course, prix fixe menus at $20, $30 and $40 price points. In total, more than 100,000 food fanatics are expected to descend on the city to taste drive all that Vancouver has to offer.

But epicures also have the opportunity to partake in dozens of culinary-themed events. Options range from brunch crawls and cocktail tastings to some unusual options that are a bit more off the beaten track.  For culinary adventurers, here are 5 quirky, can’t-miss culinary events at the 2016 Dine Out Vancouver Festival:

Seafood, up close and personalThe Vancouver Aquarium is the setting for Feast with the Fish, a unique meal where your dinner companions include reef sharks, seahorses and sea turtles. Enjoy a four-course meal, including Humboldt squid calamari and ling cod and salmon tacos, all set against a tropical underwater backdrop. The event also features a behind-the-scenes tour. Jan. 27; $100. 

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5 Quirky Culinary Events at the 2016 Dine Out Vancouver Fest

5 Craft-Beer Themed Events Coming to Vancouver for Dine Out 2016

Photo credit: traveljunction | Flickr

Photo credit: traveljunction | Flickr

Craft beer for breakfast?

A unique boozy breakfast and host of other craft-beer themed events are headed for Vancouver this January. It’s all part of the Dine Out Vancouver Festival, the annual celebration of all things delicious and indulgent in the city, Jan. 15-Jan. 31.

Hundreds of restaurants across Vancouver will be offering special prix-fix menus at $20, $30 and $40 price points, while dozens of special events highlight the city’s unique culinary and cultural offerings.

New this year are a series of events about one of Vancouver’s latest obsessions: craft beer. Dozens of breweries have popped up in the city in recent years, and they’re eager to share their stories – and their beer – with the world.

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5 Craft-Beer Themed Events Coming to Vancouver for Dine Out 2016

2015 Dine Out Vancouver Festival Preview

2012_StreetFoodCity1As the weather turns colder in Vancouver, the days get shorter and snow blankets the North Shore Mountains, thoughts naturally turn to … the annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival.

Each winter, 100,000 foodies descend on the city’s restaurants as part of Canada’s largest annual dining celebration. Bargain-priced prix-fix menus, plus a bevy of special food-themed events turn Vancouver into Canada’s culinary capital for more than two weeks each year.

The 2015 festival, Jan. 16-Feb. 1, is still more than a month away.  But tickets for special events, which tend to sell out fast, go on sale Dec. 1. To whet your appetite, here’s a quick preview of the culinary thrills planned for the 2015 Dine Out Vancouver Festival:

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2015 Dine Out Vancouver Festival Preview

Dine Out – With Friends!

Delectable morsels of delight featured at Hawskworth, one of the over 200 participating Dine Out Vancouver 2014 restaurants. Photo: Shawn Conner.

Delectable morsels of delight featured at Hawskworth, one of the over 200 participating Dine Out Vancouver 2014 restaurants. Photo: Shawn Conner.

It’s Dine Out Vancouver time again. Now in its 12th year, the festival has become one of the city’s premiere culinary events, and for 2014 features over 260 participating restaurants. Besides prix fixe menus at many of the city’s top eateries, Dine Out is also featuring dozens of special food-related events.

To help build excitement for the festival (Jan. 17-Feb. 2), Tourism Vancouver corraled a number of journalists, photographers and bloggers into sampling food and drink from some of this year’s 200+ participants. (Restaurants began taking reservations yesterday, Jan. 7, so if you have been thinking of going, hurry!)

On the evening in question, the assorted media types, including yours truly, gathered together at Tourism Vancouver HQ before dividing up into eight differently themed groups to be whisked away to various destinations. My group’s theme was Dine Out With Friends, and our destinations were… well, read on.

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Dine Out – With Friends!

Adults-Only Night Circus Coming to Vancouver’s Granville Street

Sultry aerialists like this one may soon be coming to Granville Street.  Photo credit: Chris Blakeley | Flickr

Sultry aerialists like this one may soon be coming to Granville Street. Photo credit: Chris Blakeley | Flickr

Vancouver’s entertainment district is about to get a bit more entertaining.

Soon to be added to the lineup of bars and pubs along Granville Street is a unique night circus.  The Vancouver FanClub, the new venue from the owners of the Yale blues club, is set to be the host of the over-the-top spectacle called Atlantis, which will combine Cirque-du-Soleil-style aerial stunts with burlesque dancing, live music and theatre.

The pilot for the new program will kick off during Dine Out 2014, Jan. 17-Feb. 2, Vancouver’s annual restaurant festival.  Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the FanClub will be transformed with lighting, props and even a trapeze.  Former Cirque du Soleil aerialists will swing from the ceiling while the city’s best burlesque performers strip down and strut their stuff and live bands rock out.

There’s one more twist: All this happens around you while you’re eating dinner.   Continue reading:
Adults-Only Night Circus Coming to Vancouver’s Granville Street