Marking Lunar New Year in Vancouver with Lucky Food and Drink

A.Bento Tiger Gift Boxes; Photo: Leila Kwok

Willian Chen, executive chef of A.Bento, looks forward to Lunar New Year on February 1 and the festivities and eating it will bring. “It means a brand new year starts, so everyone gathers together to celebrate and to eat together,” he says.

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Marking Lunar New Year in Vancouver with Lucky Food and Drink

Hidden Gems of the Dine Out Vancouver Festival

One of the best features of the Dine Out Vancouver Festival is getting to try new-to-you restaurants, experiences and sometimes entire cuisines. With hundreds of restaurants participating again this year, it’s impossible to try them all, so we’ve had a preview for you and come up with five Vancouver spots a little off the beaten path.
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Hidden Gems of the Dine Out Vancouver Festival

106 Delicious Hot Chocolate Flavours to Try at the 2022 Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

Close up of a woman's hands holding a mug of hot chocolate with whipping cream

Photo: Kobby Mendez/Unsplash

Get warmed-up in this cold weather at the 2022 Greater Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival. Now in its 12th year, the event runs from January 15 to February 14. Sample 106 different hot chocolate flavours from 44 different cafes. Use the handy virtual map to find a unique hot chocolate near you, or read on to discover a few of our favourites.

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106 Delicious Hot Chocolate Flavours to Try at the 2022 Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

Dine Out Vancouver Festival: 20 Years of Supporting Local Restaurants

Twenty years ago, a group of Vancouver foodies and wine lovers got together with Destination Vancouver and had an idea to warm up a relatively cool period, just after the winter holidays, in the city’s restaurant scene. They pitched their idea of a fixed-price menu deal to run for a couple of weeks, in which restaurants could not only get bums in seats, but also feature their own take on West Coast cuisine to a whole new audience. Fifty-seven restaurants jumped at the chance that year and Dine Out Vancouver Festival was born.  Continue reading:
Dine Out Vancouver Festival: 20 Years of Supporting Local Restaurants

Take a Self-Guided Maple Ridge Brewery Tour

Beers at Maple Meadows Brewing in Maple Ridge

Photo: Maple Meadows Brewing

Did you know Maple Ridge is home to a growing craft beer community? (There’s more to the area than of mountains, farmland, and hiking trails.) This 11-km-long self-guided brewery tour visits four independent breweries in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. The first three breweries are close together, making them ideal to visit on foot or by bike. The last stop is a 35-minute bike ride or a 10 minute drive away.

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Take a Self-Guided Maple Ridge Brewery Tour

12 Delicious Holiday Treats to Try in Vancouver This Season

Bûches de Noël from Faubourg Bakery

Photo: Faubourg Bakery

One of the most decadent parts of the holiday season is all the sweet treats. Celebrate with fun flavours like gingerbread, peppermint, and eggnog. Check out what these Vancouver bakeries and chocolatiers have created this year.

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12 Delicious Holiday Treats to Try in Vancouver This Season

Plan Ahead for The Easiest 2022 Resolution: A Dine Out Staycation

Photo: Hubert Kang / Destination Vancouver

You may associate the transition to January with being that time of year when nobody quite knows what day it is, everyone is still savouring the goodies of the holidays, and the pressure of picking a resolution is mounting.
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Plan Ahead for The Easiest 2022 Resolution: A Dine Out Staycation