Enjoy 2018 Dine Out Vancouver with special room rates and dine-and-stay packages

Street Food City, a festival of local street food carts, returns for 2018 Dine Out Vancouver. Amber Sessions photo.

A full 17-day schedule of events that provide festivalgoers with unique culinary experiences. Guided dining adventures, brunch crawls, cocktail masterclasses, wine debates, guest chef dinners, BC VQA wine and craft beer tastings, street food markets and more are among the events at the 16th annual edition, Jan. 19-Feb. 4 2018.

For those visiting from out-of-town, or who just want to get away from the kids for a night or two, Dine Out Vancouver is also sponsoring special hotel packages. Exclusive hotel rates and Dine & Stay packages give you the option to customize and complete your Vancouver culinary getaway. (Find out more at dineoutvancouver.com/hotels/special-room-rates and dineoutvancouver.com/hotels/dine-and-stay-packages/.)

The Dine Out™ Vancouver Festival features hundreds of restaurants each offering multi-course dinners at $20, $30 or $40 (not including tax, gratuity and beverages). This is an opportunity to choose from almost 300 of the city’s restaurants, from fine dining to family-friendly and everything in between. The list of participating restaurants and menus will be made available to Aeroplan members on Jan. 8, 2018, and Jan. 11 to the general public. (Get a jumpstart on securing a table through advance reservations by signing up for Aeroplan now). Meanwhile, many of the events have already been announced. Here are a few.

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Enjoy 2018 Dine Out Vancouver with special room rates and dine-and-stay packages

Where to Drink BC Bubbles Over the Holiday Season in Vancouver

Reflections Winter Pop-Up Outdoor Lounge

Vancouver bars and restaurants proudly serve sparkling wine from BC, not just during festive times but through the entire year – and for good reason. It’s delicious, affordable and nothing says ‘spirit of the season’ better than an effervescent glass of chilled bubble. Here’s what to sip, and where. Cheers! Continue reading:
Where to Drink BC Bubbles Over the Holiday Season in Vancouver

Celebrate World Oyster Day in Vancouver, Friday, August 5

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Oysters-3-Ways from Fanny Bay Oyster Bar

Yep. It’s a thing! Around the globe, fans of the pearl-producing mollusk gather to enjoy them in their favourite oyster bars on this special day. In Vancouver, we never need an annual reason to raise a glass (or in this case a shell) to our much-loved seafood, but here are some local hotspots offering up special deals and dishes, just for International Oyster Day.

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Celebrate World Oyster Day in Vancouver, Friday, August 5

Fanny Bay Oyster Bar Opens in Downtown Vancouver

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The Fanny Bay Oyster team

Visitors travel far for west coast oysters, and for good reason – they’re  authentic BC fare, and about as fresh as you can get, available right here in Vancouver. Continue reading:
Fanny Bay Oyster Bar Opens in Downtown Vancouver

Dining Out for Life in Vancouver 2014

Dining Out for Life Vancouver 2014

Image courtesy of mastermaq | Flickr.com

On Tuesday, March 25th, the 20th annual Dining Out for Life event will be taking place at over 100 participating Vancouver restaurants in support of people living with HIV/AIDS. Whether you buy breakfast, lunch, or dinner, 25% of the total food sales will be donated to either Friends for Life or A Loving Spoonful.

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Dining Out for Life in Vancouver 2014

Treat Yourself to Turkey at a Vancouver Restaurant this Christmas

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The Buffet (Jean-Louis Forain) – Creative Commons

Does the thought of cooking a turkey give you a panic attack? Can your oven even fit a turkey? On vacation in Vancouver with no kitchen in your place? Just feel like doing something different this holiday? Why not get out of the kitchen and go out this Christmas to enjoy a meal cooked by the professionals!?

While most restaurants shut down for the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day holiday, there are a few that remain open to make sure you’ll get properly fed. Whether you’re looking to try a Turducken, or you just want a good ol’ turkey dinner with all the trimmings, the local Vancouver restaurant scene has you covered.

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Treat Yourself to Turkey at a Vancouver Restaurant this Christmas

Inside Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Gastown

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Founded by a saloon owner and entrepreneur named ‘Gassy’ Jack Deighton in the 1860s long before there even was a Vancouver, Gastown is the city’s original neighbourhood.

A statue of Gassy Jack marks the spot where the city was founded and along with the Gastown Steam Clock, is a favourite spot for visitors to grab a photo. Gassy Jack’s legacy lives on today as Gastown is now one of the hippest and trendiest dining and nightlife destinations in Vancouver.

It’s hard to imagine today, but in the 1970s, the city was planning on demolishing the neighbourhood to make room for a 12-lane freeway along the waterfront. Unlike the waterfront in Toronto, Chicago and New York, Vancouver decided to preserve the neighbourhood. It’s now a National Historic Site of Canada.

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Inside Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Gastown