Dine Out Vancouver Festival Events

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The culinary countdown has officially begun and it’s time to start prepping. Tourism Vancouver’s annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival is just over one month away – and it’s the perfect excuse for locals to rejuvenate after the post-holiday slump by indulging in a culinary staycation. With event tickets and hotel bookings available for purchase this week, diners can start building a personalized experience guaranteed to satisfy tummies, pique the palate and create unforgettable Dine Out memories. The full list of participating restaurants and their menus will be released to the public on January 6.

This year’s menu of festival events is packed with out-of-the-oven experiences crafted by Vancouver’s top chefs, restaurateurs and food experts. The carefully curated mix of brand-new events and returning favourites includes:

• Soup Project . At Dine Out’s kickoff event, 50 of Vancouver’s top chefs will each toss an ingredient into a boiling pot – and the entire city is invited to taste the result. Talk about a food-fuelled adventure!
• Six Course Discourse. Curated and emceed by popular local blogger Follow Me Foodie, this delectable discussion features six of Vancouver’s top chefs – including Vikram Vij, Hamid Samilian and John Bishop – chewing the fat about all things culinary. Reception and wine tasting included.
• Film Feast: Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Grab your gourmet popcorn and journey to Japan during the Shangri-La’s exclusive screening of this foodie film classic in the hotel’s private 36-seat theatre – then settle in for a Jiro-inspired four-course feast at MARKET by Jean-Georges.
• The Snowshoe Fondue. There’s nothing cheesy about this cozy snowshoe and fromage-focused fondue at Grouse Mountain.
• Plated & Paired at the Public Market. A rare, after-hours opportunity to taste the best of Granville Island paired with BC VQA wines.
• Street Food City III. Third time’s the charm for this lunchtime assembly of Vancouver’s diverse collection of food carts, which will congregate at the Vancouver Art Gallery plaza.

Hotels taking part in the 2014 Dine Out Vancouver Festival feature rooms priced at $78, $108 and $138 (per room, per night), and many have also developed palate-pleasing culinary packages that include three-course dinners, luxurious accommodations and handy amenities like valet parking and late check-out. Dine Out room bookings are available for stays taking place January 17 through February 2, and can be booked through www.dineoutvancouver.com.

“We are very excited with this year’s culinary event schedule and hotel room offers,” said Lucas Pavan, festival coordinator. “The blend of perennial favourites and inventive new experiences makes Dine Out Vancouver Festival the most interesting food festival in North America. It’s the perfect excuse for anyone who loves food and drink to indulge in a culinary holiday – after all, whatever your craving or budget, Dine Out satisfies.”

About Dine Out Vancouver Festival:
Presented by Tourism Vancouver, Dine Out Vancouver Festival is a city-wide celebration of eating out, attracting tens of thousands of local and visiting foodies to Vancouver’s exceptionally diverse collection of restaurants for 17 days. Now in its 12th year, Canada’s largest restaurant festival allows diners to sample menus from hundreds of restaurants around the city, all for a prix fixe cost (price points are $18, $28 and $38 per person) and many with suggested BC VQA pairings (available at an additional cost). Dine Out also features special hotel room rates and packages, plus a full menu of unique food-themed events, seminars and activities. Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2014 runs from January 17 to February 2. www.dineoutvancouver.com

I Bacon-ated Street Food City II

On the first day of Vancouver’s Street Food City 2 and typical of Vancouver, there was a downpour. Although it was a little slower than the first year it was still bustling with hungry patrons. With 13 food cart vendors to choose from all at the same location, it’s a great way to try out all the street vendors at one go.

Vancouver Street Food City 2 Festival:

January 23, 24, 25, 26, 27
11am – 3pm Wednesday through Friday
11am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday

Location: Vancouver Art Gallery

I figured the pics will be enticing enough that you would want to get food cart grub yourself.

Bacon provolone grilled cheese at Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck @momsgrilledchz
Street Food City Vancouver Maple Bacon
Maple bacon sugar cookies pigs on the street @Pigonthestreet
Lemon Olive Chicken Stew @EatZeBite Street Food City Vancouver
Lemon Olive Chicken Stew @EatZeBite
Cheddar perogies with bacon and sour cream @holyperogy Street food city Vancouver
Cheddar perogies with bacon and sour cream @holyperogy
bacon argula wrap @Pigonthestreet Street Food City 2 Vancouver, BC
bacon arugula wrap @Pigonthestreet

Re-Up Food Cart – Signature Pulled Pork Burger

A popular food cart in downtown that features pulled pork burgers. It’s rich and very filling. Overall, this was very good however, after 5 generous bites I started to feel sick. We all agreed it was very saucy making the buns a bit soggy. If you are a meat lover I definitely recommend visiting Re-Up food cart.

Re-Up food cart pulled pork

Re-Up BBQ Foodcart on Urbanspoon

Loving Hut Express – Changed Me into a Vegan Believer

All vegan food cart down on Pacific.

loving hut

On a ‘delightful’ rain storming day I was welcomed into the world of vegan. Some background info, I am a 100% card carrying, riffle wielding (ok jk on the guns) meat lover.I used to scoff at my vegan friends offering them my veal or even worse real chocolate cake. (I am still not convinced there is any comparable vegan substitute for chocolate). Although I tried a pretty close substitute from Zimt, Orange Chocolate Bar. You can check out my review.
Vegan dishes had to be damn phenomenal for me to even consider it passable.
I had Simon and Rachel who persuaded me during our Food Cart Crawl to try the Loving Hut.

Loving hut chefs

See look how loving they are….

The onion burger was the key to my world of vegan’ess. It was extraordinary. The patty was moist, BBQ and mayo sauce gave it a nice tangy richness. Finally the onion rings…who doesn’t like onion rings. It added an extra layer of flavor and crispy texture.

onion vegan burger

The chicken burger was also very good but, cannot compare to the onion rings burger.

chicken burger

Disclaimer: the onion burger is really messy. The sauce and crumbs were dripping everywhere. It is totally worth the mess

Loving Hut Express on Urbanspoon

Japa Dog – Past it’s Prime?

Hot Dog stand Food Cart – Past it’s prime

Food Persuasion Level : [rating=3]
Value: [rating=2]
Service : [rating=3]
Ambiance: [rating= outside]
Price: $
Cuisine: Food Cart
Location: Downtown Vancouver, BC
Japa Dog

Japadog’s famous fries have been receiving so much hype, “it’s the best in Vancouver”, ” awwww it’s better than Mc’D’s”.  We decided to research the accuracy of these testimonials.

Japa Dog Menu
Japa Dog Menu

No complaints on the price $2.39  a container. It might have been due to the hype that raised my expectations to an unachievable standard but, what is the big deal with these famous fries? Kentucky Fried Chicken’s tastes better than this. Of course KFC’s fries are basked in chicken fat. mmmm… If you do end up ordering the fries, I recommend the wasabe mayo.

Japa Dog & Famous Fries
Japa Dog & Famous Fries

We ended up splitting the tonkatsu Dog-5.95. Hint of sweet plum sauce, as far as dogs go this was pretty decent. Now for the price at $6 a pop, it is expensive. That being said, it is an iconic Vancouver food cart, so you give it try.

Japadog (Robson Store) on Urbanspoon