5 Can’t-Miss Events at the 2015 Dine Out Vancouver Festival

platedThe 2015 Dine Out Vancouver Festival – Canada’s largest food and drink fest – is still a month away, but tickets for its biggest events are already selling fast.

This year’s festival, Jan. 16-Feb. 1, features hundreds of restaurants offering special three (or more) course menus at $18, $28 and $38 price points.  For epicures on a budget, it’s a great chance to “taste-drive” some of the city’s best restaurants, from simple bistros to fine-dining staples. (The list of participating restaurants will be revealed Jan. 7.)

But Dine Out is also known for its growing ensemble of special tastings, talks and tours. This year’s lineup features nearly three-dozen special events, tickets for which are on sale now. Here’s a quick look at 5 can’t-miss 2015 Dine Out events:

breweryCraft Beer and Artisan Food Tour of VancouverWhat better to pair with Vancouver’s outstanding craft beer than some of its best artisan-made nibbles? This chauffeured, three-hour tour takes guests to two of the city’s most talked-about new breweries: Strange Fellows Brewing and Bomber Brewing.  After sampling the suds and learning about the brewing process, guests are whisked away to try some of East Vancouver’s best meats, cheeses and baked goods. Stops include Big Lou’s Butcher Shop, La Grotta del Formaggio and Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria. $71; Jan. 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 at 3 p.m.; Jan. 17, 24, 31 at 4 p.m.; tour starts and ends at Waterfront Station

medinaRobbie Burns Whisky SupperCelebrate Robbie Burns Day, the annual tribute to Scotland’s favourite son, in style at this Scotch-themed dinner at Cafe Medina.  Start with canapes, then enjoy three family-style courses of Scotland-inspired West Coast cuisine (Rumour has it that there will indeed be a traditional haggis prepared for the occasion.) Each course is paired with cocktails highlighting premium Scottish whiskies. $78; Jan. 25 at 6 p.m.; Cafe Medina

 

distilleryCraft Distillery TourCraft beer is so 2010. Experience Vancouver’s newest craft booze wave on this 2.5-hour, chauffeured tour of the city’s microdistilleries. Stop into Odd Society Spirits in East Vancouver, Liberty Distillery on Granville Island and Yaletown Distillery, where you’ll sample artisan vodkas, gins and brandies while getting an inside look at the distilling process and facilities. $60; Jan. 22, 24, 29, 31 at 5 p.m.; tour starts and ends at Waterfront Station

 

birdcageDinner at the BirdcageStill the wildest event at Dineout, Dinner at the Birdcage pairs a three-course dinner with a no-holds-barred drag show inside the Vancouver FanClub, a New Orleans-style supper club on Granville Street.  While digging into the southern-inspired cuisine, enjoy stellar cabaret and gorgeous costumes from Vancouver celebrity drag queens Joan-E, Carlotta Gurl and Coco. $60 ($25 for just the show); Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. (show starts at 8:30 p.m.); Vancouver FanClub

 

streetfoodStreet Food City IVIn Portland, food truck pods – big clusters of food trucks all in one central spot – are all the rage, but it’s rare to see a pod in Vancouver … except at Dine Out. For the annual Street Food City eveånt, the city’s top food trucks gather in the Vancouver Art Gallery plaza for seven full days of street eating bliss. Gorge on the finest of food truck fare while enjoying live music and a festival-like atmosphere. Free entry (special pricing on menu items); Jan. 19-25 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday); Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza

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3 Responses to 5 Can’t-Miss Events at the 2015 Dine Out Vancouver Festival

  1. OC

    The whole point of “Dine Out” originally was that January tends to be a time of year when money is tight, so high end restaurants have tasting menu’s at less expensive rates, so that people can try/enjoy them in January, and when money wasn’t so tight, come out the rest of the year to try the rest of the menu.
    Quite honestly Vancouver isn’t doing it right.. for the last number of years crappy restaurants are on the dine out menu (i.e. bars/pubs that aren’t costly to begin with)… and now you guys are turning into a festival of events??? Why kill what it actually is all about.
    Do you see NYC doing that? no.. they are the ones who originally started “dine out” and they don’t do what Vancouver has turned it into — a joke!

    • Jay

      who cares about what new york does? i like the events! The restaurant stuff is still there but i can eat out whenever i want so i appreciate the change to include different things. Different strokes for different folks. Good work!

  2. OC

    So clearly Jay, money is not tight for you in January?
    My point (which you failed to grasp) is that dine out was originally started to be in January, as that tends to be a time of year when money is tight, so high end restaurants have tasting menu’s at less expensive rates, so that people can try/enjoy them in January, and when money wasn’t so tight, come out the rest of the year to try the rest of the menu.
    Clearly, in Vancouver (the most expensive city in Canada), I guess going into debt at all costs is our moto! Let’s just keep having events to spend, spend, spend….