Dragon in the Garden: Vikram Vij dishes up support for Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden


Do you love Chinese classical gardens and lion dances or crave a Rajasthani style spicy goat served up to the pulsing sounds of Bhangra? If you answered yes, then Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden’s fundraiser ‘Dragon in the Garden’ September 13 is the place to satisfy your cross-cultural yearnings.

From 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on September 13, aromas of dishes usually prepared at world-renowned restaurants Vij’s and Rangoli will waft through the air at the intersection of Carrall and East Pender Street.

Fans of Vij’s and the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden will gather for an evening of cultural performance and food during Dragon in the Garden. 

Vancouver restauranteur Vikram Vij will serve up some of his signature dishes at Dragon in the Garden.

Vancouver restauranteur Vikram Vij will serve up some of his signature dishes at Dragon in the Garden.

Vikram Vij will prepare an array of dishes for Dragon in the Garden attendees to taste while they explore the gardens koi ponds, 150-year old miniature trees and rare tai hu rock imported from China. There will also be dance recitals by local lion dance and Bhangra groups. If you’ve ever wanted to meet Vij – hyper-successful restauranteur, cookbook author Dragon’s Den/Chopped Canada judge – this evening could be a possible opportunity to do so.

Dragon in the Garden will raise funds for Dr. Sun Yat-Sen garden’s Chinese language programs, community arts events and culture, horticultural and children’s workshops.

“It is only natural that the Garden, whose mandate is to bridge cultures and communities, features a chef who above all values accessibility and equality – not even accepting reservations for his restaurants,” says Kathy Gibler, Executive Director of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

Martha Stewart, Pierre Trudeau and Harrison Ford have all lined up for a taste of the delicious food served at Vij’s, which implements a staunch ‘no reservations’ policy.

So make like a famous homemaker, Prime Minister and actor and grab tickets for this enticing and worthy event.

Tickets are $80 per person or $70 for groups of 10 or more. You can buy tickets here. Ticket includes entrance fee, food, live entertainment and a complimentary beverage. Cultural dress optional.

Proceeds will go towards funding Dr. Sun Yat-Sen’s existing and expanding community programs


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