Street Food City III Takes Over Downtown Vancouver Jan 22-26

Street Food City Vancouver

Stuff your face at Street Food City! || Image from Tourism Vancouver

Street Food City III, part of the Dine Out Vancouver festival, is returning to the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery to make it a little harder for Downtown lunch-goers to decide on what dish they’ll be having. Simple solution–have them all!

From Wednesday, January 22nd until Sunday, January 26th, Vancouver’s original street food gathering will be taking over the North Plaza at the Art Gallery with over 23 food trucks that will be on rotation over the 5 days of Street Food City III.

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Street Food City III Takes Over Downtown Vancouver Jan 22-26

Hungry? Top 5 Dine Out Vancouver 2014 Events

Photo sourced from Tourism Vancouver

Photo sourced from Tourism Vancouver

Canada’s biggest restaurant fest is just around the corner.  The Dine Out Vancouver Festival returns Jan. 17-Feb. 2 for 17 straight days of bargain eating at the city’s best restaurants.  Hundreds of eateries around the city will be offering discounted three-course, prix fixe menus at $18, $28 and $38 price points.

The official list of restaurants and their special menus won’t be disclosed until Jan. 6 (or Jan. 3 if you’re an American Express cardholder).  In the meantime, a lineup of dozens of special food-themed events has been announced to whet diners’ appetites. Options range from guided foodie tours of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods to gala dinners and culinary seminars.

Here are five can’t-miss events at the 2014 Dine Out Vancouver Festival:

East Van Craft Brew and Culinary TourEast Vancouver is home to some of the city’s best new craft breweries.  This unique tour takes visitors inside two of them to learn about the brewing process and – more importantly – sample some suds.  Then, groups hit the gritty streets of East Van in search of some beer-friendly fare, including locally made sausages, traditional Roman pizza and even stout-infused cake. January 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, Feb 1; 3pm, 3 hours. $65

Food-tography: A Culinary Photography TourLet’s face it: We all take pictures of our food and most of them are . . . well, not very appetizing.  Learn how the pros take those mouthwatering food porn shots on this unique tour of Vancouver’s Railtown neighbourhood.  Groups stop in four local eateries to sip and sample the delicacies. Meanwhile, seasoned photographers offer instruction on how to capture memorable food moments. January 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31; Tues & Wed: 3.30pm, 2.5 hours; Thurs & Fri: 1:30pm, 2.5 hours. $65. 

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Hungry? Top 5 Dine Out Vancouver 2014 Events

20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in January 2013

Street Food City II at the 2013 Dine Out Vancouver Festival

2013 started with a bang. That is the nature of New Year’s. And the good stuff keeps coming. Urban winter rain is no match for the glut of snowy adventures possible at our trio of nearby mountains – Grouse, Cypress, Seymour. From snowshoeing, the fastest growing winter sport, to snowboarding, cross country and alpine skiing, it’s easy to keep those resolutions.

Good thing too as the hotly-anticipated 2013 Dine Out Vancouver Festival, Canada’s largest restaurant festival, kicks off January 18. This annual smorgasbord enables curious diners to sample set menus from the city’s best restaurants at budget-friendly fixed prices ($18, $28 and $38 per person). Dine Out also means unique events, like a Portland-style Street Food City II – a.k.a. a food cart pod – located by the Vancouver Art Gallery, January 23-27.

Finally, January wouldn’t be complete without PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (160 edgy shows in 20 days starting Jan. 15), plus visits from two of the world’s most influential women: Oprah and Lady Gaga. You may be more interested in a talk by Merkel or Lagarde, but there’s no denying these womens’ clout.

Get the full list of January fun after the jump.

20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in January 2013

1. Public Holiday, January 1
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20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in January 2013

Ready for Street Food City II? 2013 Dine Out Vancouver Fest Highlights

Photo credit: 2013 Dine Out Vancouver Festival

Don’t get too stuffed over the holidays – January is shaping up to be a delicious month in Vancouver.

Details on the 2013 Dine Out Vancouver Festival, Jan. 18-Feb. 3, are slowly leaking out.  More than 200 top restaurants will be offering up three-course, discounted menus at $18, $28 and $38 price points (Participating restaurants and menus will be unveiled Jan. 7).

But this year’s Dine Out Festival also features dozens of creative, zany and mouthwatering culinary events – from tastings to tours and themed dinners.  Here are just a few can’t-miss happenings:

Street Food City II: For the second year, food cart lovers will be treated to a street eats bonanza.  A collection of the city’s finest street carts (TBA) will assemble outside the Vancouver Art Gallery.  Held over five consecutive days, the event features festive music and plenty of outdoor heated seating so you can nosh in comfort.  Jan. 23-27; 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  North Plaza, Vancouver Art Gallery.  

Off the Eaten Track in RailtownWhere are some of the city’s hottest and most progressive restaurants popping up?  Not Gastown or Yaletown, but Railtown: the gritty, waterfront neighbourhood on the edge of the Downtown Eastside.  Come along on this guided tour of Railtown’s emerging culinary landmarks, featuring food and drink samples at five restaurants (including H.A.V.E. Cafe, a unique cooking school for local residents).  Jan. 25, Feb. 1; 1:30 p.m.  Starts at H.A.V.E. Cafe.  $35. Continue reading:
Ready for Street Food City II? 2013 Dine Out Vancouver Fest Highlights

Food Carts Unite! Street Food City is Coming, Jan 24-26

Re-Up BBQ Food Cart at the Vancouver Art Gallery

It was only in 2010 that Vancouver loosened municipal by-laws to allow street food (besides hotdogs and popcorn) to be sold in the city.  Since then, we’ve gotten off to a great start, with dozens of food trucks on strategic corners selling everything from Korean shortrib tacos to Southern-style pulled pork.

But, as any street food lover knows, we’ve got a long way to go.  In more advanced street food cities (Portland, Oregon, or Austin, Texas, for example), food carts congregate in strategic clusters called pods.  So you get a bunch of different carts selling their goodies all in one spot.  The atmosphere is lively, food is cheap and you’ve got plenty of choices.

Vancouver really hasn’t had anything like that.  Until now.  This Jan. 24-26, as part of Dine Out 2012, Vancouver is introducing Street Food City.  Eight of the city’s top food trucks will come together in the same place for a three-day street food extravaganza.  Here are the details:

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Food Carts Unite! Street Food City is Coming, Jan 24-26

Dine Out 2012 Preview: Here comes Street Food City

Korean short rib tacos, Roaming Dragon Truck, Vancouver, BC

Caution: Reading this post may make you hungry.  Details on Vancouver’s 10th annual Dine Out (Jan. 20-Feb. 5) are beginning to surface, and it looks like it might be the best one ever.

Dine Out, if you haven’t been initiated, is the yearly festival where the city’s top restaurants offer three-course prix-fixe menus at deeply discounted prices.  For people who love food, it’s a chance to “taste drive” the best of the culinary scene – everything from haute cuisine to intimate bistros, trendy lounges and ethnic fare – without breaking the bank.

This year’s Dine Out runs Jan. 20-Feb. 5.  Prices for the special three-course dinners are set at $18, $28 or $38, depending on the restaurant.  In total, 225 restaurants in the city will be participating – a new record.  The names of these restaurants – as always – are a hotly guarded secret . . . for now.

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