Last chance to get tickets to these Vancouver International Wine Fest Winery Dinners!

The Vancouver International Wine Festival (Feb 21-March 1) approacheth. With seminars, special events, minglers, and sit-down dinners, as well as an international tasting room, the annual event is one of the city’s most anticipated, at least by oenophiles.

The dinners are an especially hot ticket. Along with a tasty way to learn more about wine, they offer a chance to network with professionals in the food and wine industry and enjoy a special dinner prepared by some of the city’s best chefs. Each dinner focuses on a different participating winery in the festival, and builds their menu around the wines paired during the dinner.

While many of the dinners are sold out, some still have spots available. Note: tickets to these events are only available until 11:59 p.m. tonight, Feb. 13.

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Last chance to get tickets to these Vancouver International Wine Fest Winery Dinners!

Six local Instagrammers to follow in the lead-up to Dine Out Vancouver Festival

Photo by Clint Trahan/clinttrahan.com.

When Canada’s largest annual celebration of food and drink rolls around, you can bet that the city’s food-obsessed Instagrammers will be out in full force.

The start of Dine Out Vancouver Festival (Jan 17-Feb 2) is just a few days away. Over 300 restaurants are taking part, with special set menus in different price ranges ($15, $35, $25 or $45 price points), as well as “Dine and Stay” packages and special hotel rates. There are also several events/experiences ranging from secret locales to beer, wine, and distillery tours and, on Jan. 16, the Grand Tasting at Rocky Mountaineer Station. Tickets are now on sale and reservations available at dineoutvancouver.com.

You can find out more about some of the events below. Meanwhile, as we get closer to Dine Out Vancouver, here are five local foodiegrammers to follow.

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Six local Instagrammers to follow in the lead-up to Dine Out Vancouver Festival

Don’t miss out: ‘Adult Pirate Pak’ available at White Spot for one day only on August 14!

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Yarrr… International “talk like a pirate day” isn’t until September 19th (seriously), but you can feel like a pirate on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, for White Spot Restaurant’s annual ‘Adult Pirate Pak’ day!

This annual event not only gives you the chance to feel young again by eating out of a paper pirate ship, but it is also an excuse to give back to an amazing cause.

For the uninitiated, the Pirate Pak is a classic children’s order from White Spot that features a hamburger (or another dinner item) placed in a fancy cardboard pirate ship. Sounds silly? You’ve obviously never enjoyed the thrill of finding pirate treasure (i.e. a gold chocolate coin) in the hull of a cardboard ship!

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Don’t miss out: ‘Adult Pirate Pak’ available at White Spot for one day only on August 14!

Autumn in the City – Get Your Hygge on in Vancouver

Photo Credit: Jana Josue

Now that it’s officially cozy season, it’s time to think about getting your hygge on in Vancouver! We covered summer hygge Vancouver activities here, but autumn gives that added crispness where you want to get cozy.

Hygge is the Danish concept of living well and being cozy, and is pronounced ‘hue-guh’. And while we aren’t in Denmark, we hav some hygge for you! So bundle up in your comfy and warm clothes to get your hygge on in Vancouver!

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Autumn in the City – Get Your Hygge on in Vancouver

Enjoy 2018 Dine Out Vancouver with special room rates and dine-and-stay packages

Street Food City, a festival of local street food carts, returns for 2018 Dine Out Vancouver. Amber Sessions photo.

A full 17-day schedule of events that provide festivalgoers with unique culinary experiences. Guided dining adventures, brunch crawls, cocktail masterclasses, wine debates, guest chef dinners, BC VQA wine and craft beer tastings, street food markets and more are among the events at the 16th annual edition, Jan. 19-Feb. 4 2018.

For those visiting from out-of-town, or who just want to get away from the kids for a night or two, Dine Out Vancouver is also sponsoring special hotel packages. Exclusive hotel rates and Dine & Stay packages give you the option to customize and complete your Vancouver culinary getaway. (Find out more at dineoutvancouver.com/hotels/special-room-rates and dineoutvancouver.com/hotels/dine-and-stay-packages/.)

The Dine Out™ Vancouver Festival features hundreds of restaurants each offering multi-course dinners at $20, $30 or $40 (not including tax, gratuity and beverages). This is an opportunity to choose from almost 300 of the city’s restaurants, from fine dining to family-friendly and everything in between. The list of participating restaurants and menus will be made available to Aeroplan members on Jan. 8, 2018, and Jan. 11 to the general public. (Get a jumpstart on securing a table through advance reservations by signing up for Aeroplan now). Meanwhile, many of the events have already been announced. Here are a few.

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Enjoy 2018 Dine Out Vancouver with special room rates and dine-and-stay packages

Where to Drink BC Bubbles Over the Holiday Season in Vancouver

Reflections Winter Pop-Up Outdoor Lounge

Vancouver bars and restaurants proudly serve sparkling wine from BC, not just during festive times but through the entire year – and for good reason. It’s delicious, affordable and nothing says ‘spirit of the season’ better than an effervescent glass of chilled bubble. Here’s what to sip, and where. Cheers! Continue reading:
Where to Drink BC Bubbles Over the Holiday Season in Vancouver

Celebrate World Oyster Day in Vancouver, Friday, August 5

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Oysters-3-Ways from Fanny Bay Oyster Bar

Yep. It’s a thing! Around the globe, fans of the pearl-producing mollusk gather to enjoy them in their favourite oyster bars on this special day. In Vancouver, we never need an annual reason to raise a glass (or in this case a shell) to our much-loved seafood, but here are some local hotspots offering up special deals and dishes, just for International Oyster Day.

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Celebrate World Oyster Day in Vancouver, Friday, August 5