Dine Out Vancouver 2014 Events -picks

This year’s Dine Out Vancouver runs January 17 – February 2nd and features an extensive selection of unique events in addition to prix-frixe meals that all the participating restaurants will be offering. On Wednesday January 8th I will publish my restaurant picks and tips for selecting the best restaurants, menus and such during this premiere dining festival along with some booking tips for your reservations.

This is the first year that I am producing events with Tourism Vancouver to take place during this Dine Out Festival. I have created two of the biggest brunch crawls that Vancouver has ever seen along with an event to put Granville Island on the map as one of the culinary destinations in the city.

These are  the 3 events that are now on sale:

January 19 – West End Brunch Crawl

Dine Out Van Fest does brunch! Presented by Vancouver Foodster and the West End BIA, this new event is sure to please anyone who loves Sunday brunch! Visit 8 restaurants through-out the West End neighbourhood of Vancouver and taste all sorts of dishes on this unique food crawl. Participating venues include some of the West End’s finest dining establishments including: Buckstop, 1789 Restaurant, WE Coffee, Le Parisien, Just Juice, Central Bistro, Milestones, and De Dutch Pannekoek House . Purchase Tickets and details here

January 26 – East Side Brunch Crawl

Dine Out Van Fest does brunch, again! Presented by Vancouver Foodster and the Drive BIA, this new event, sister to the Brunch Crawl- West End, is sure to please anyone who loves Sunday brunch. Visit 8 restaurants throughout the Commercial Drive neighbourhood and area of Vancouver and taste all sorts of dishes on this unique food crawl. Participating venues include some of East Van’s best dining establishments, including: Timbre Restaurant, Dolce Amore, Yolks Breakfast, Turks Coffee, Pasture to Plate, Siddarthas Indian Cuisine, Famoso Pizzeria and Tylers Tacos & Tea. Purchase Tickets and details here

February 1 – Palate Promenade: Granville Island Discoveries 

Ever wish you could go to Granville Island and just eat everything? Presented by Vancouver Foodster and Granville Island, this new event will allow you to do just that, well almost. Visit 11 Island merchants including restaurants, breweries, Canada’s only Sake distillery, butchers, bakers and more. Participating merchants include some of the Granville Island’s best including: Dockside Restaurant, Dockside Brewing Co., Bread Affair, ChocolaTas, Jacksons Poultry, Artisan Sake Maker,, Oyama Sausage, Liberty Distillery, Liberty Wine Shop, Agro Cafe and Granville Island Brewery. Purchase Tickets and details here

Other Events to consider attending include:  Street Food City running January 22-26 featuring a large selection of Food Trucks outside the Vancouver Art Gallery; Chef Soup Experiment on January 17 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts with 50 chefs, 50 ingredients and one soup. Six Course Discourse at Edgewater Casino with 6 Vancouver chefs talking about their experiences on January 20th.  I took part in this fun dinner last year, so check out Craft Pizza Meets Craft Beer on January 21 or 22 at Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company, if you are looking for an evening where fashion and music are part of the dinner experience, then consider Food For Thought on January 21st at Urban Thai Bistro; lastly one cool interactive event worth checking out is The Snowshoe Fondue on January 24 on top of Grouse Mountain.

Hotels: Participating hotels will offer rooms priced at $78, $108 and $138 per night. Keep an eye out for special Dine Out packages, too. If you are planning to visit Vancouver for any of the Dine Out events, here is the list of hotels. The list of participating restaurants in this years festival is vast, you can see all the the restaurants and their menus listed here.

By: Richard Wolak