Top 5 Offbeat Events at Dine Out Vancouver Fest, Jan 18-Feb 3

Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver courtesy of Urban Tea Merchant

It’s almost Dine Out Fest time again in Vancouver.  From Jan. 18-Feb. 3, hundreds of the city’s top restaurants will be serving up three-course, prix fixe menus at bargain prices of $18, $28 or $38.

But for the 11th installment of the restaurant festival, Dine Out has also added dozens of culinary themed events.  Some may be familiar from past years, including Street Food City and the moveable feast which is Secret Supper Soiree.  But there are also plenty of new and unique events in this year’s lineup.

Here’s a preview of five of the more offbeat offerings at this year’s Dine Out.  Tickets are on sale now and the best events have a tendency to sell out fast.

Cabaret Evening at Electric Owl: Part gastropub, part live music mecca, Electric Owl is one of Main Street’s hippest venues.  This event pairs a three-course, Japanese-inspired meal at the Owl with a performance by the acclaimed Lovers Cabaret.  The all-female cast combines burlesque, contemporary and jazz dance to evoke a bygone era of stadium rock stars.  Jan. 27; $38.

Dinner at the Birdcage: The 1996 cult comedy Birdcage centres on a gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion.  For Dine Out, Vancouver’s own music venue FanClub on Granville Street is transformed into a cabaret of its own for one night.  Over a three-course dinner, enjoy a stellar show starring the city’s celebrity drag queens. Jan. 31; $30 ($50 with dinner). 

Best Eats of the East Village: This culinary walking tour explores Vancouver’s vastly underappreciated East Village, also known as Hastings Sunrise, the once blue-collar barrio along Hastings Street between Boundary Road and Nanaimo Street.  The two-hour trek through one of the city’s oldest ‘hoods stops into restaurants, delis, butchers and ethnic grocers in an area that mixes Italian with Chinese and Southeast Asian influences. Jan. 19, Jan. 26, Feb. 2; $55.

TWG Tea Flight Service: Wine flights and even beer flights have become common at bars and restaurants throughout Vancouver.  But have you ever had a tea flight?  Stop by the Urban Tea Merchant‘s salon for a flight of white, Darjeeling, black, green or oolong teas, or tea cocktails.  A certified tea sommelier will personally educate you on the history and characteristics of your teas.  Served with a choice of savouries and/or sweets.  Jan. 19, Jan. 26; $38. 

Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver courtesy of Photog.

Act 1, Eat 1 – Photog: The Act 1, Eat 1 Series pairs Dine Out dinners at Vancouver’s best restaurants with award-winning plays in some of the city’s best theatres.  This particular pairing starts with dinner at Steamworks, the waterfront brewpub, before heading to SFU Woodwards for a PuSh Festival performance of Photog.  The fictionalized account of the lives of war photographers combines interviews with video and animations to show the occupational hazards of documenting conflict zones.

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