Street Food City III – Jan 22 – 26


January 22 – 26
11am – 3pm Wednesday through Friday
11am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday

North Plaza, Vancouver Art Gallery


Returning for a third year, Street Food City III; Vancouver’s original street food gathering, is your opportunity to sample from a collection of Vancouver’s Street Food carts all in one convenient location. This was a huge success the last two years and now it’s back again!! BTents, tables, seating and music make for a festive mid-winter outdoor festival! Gather and feast on delicious food prepared by over 15 of Vancouver’s food truck vendors.

Special Dine Out Vancouver Festival creations and pricing will be available.

Hot Chocolate Festival – Jan 18

Last year I went on a hot chocolate binge during the Hot Chocolate Festival. I hit up a few food carts during the Street Food Festival and then to Secret, Bel Cafe, Blenz and a bunch others to try out their delicious cocoa awesomeness.

This year’s Hot Chocolate Festival there are 24 participating restaurants and over 60 different kinds of hot chocolate drinks for you to choose from.

Event runs from January 18 – February 14, 2014.

Dine Out Vancouver Festival Events


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

“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.

Dine Out Vancouver 2014 – Make Your Reservations Now

Dine Out Vancouver 2014
Dine Out Vancouver 2014

Dine Out Vancouver is back for it’s 12th anniversary. Menus will be revealed on January 6, 2014 on the Tourism Vancouver website.

3 course prix fixe menus ranging from $18, $28, $38.

There are also many events and discounts around Dine out Vancouver, including hotel discounts and Eat St, a food cart festival.

Tips To Having An Awesome Dine Out Vancouver Experience

  • Make reservations, it gets booked up fast.
  • Don’t be a reservation whore and hog up all the bookings to keep your options open till the last minute
  • Check the restaurants regular menu to compare prices and menu items, I hate that some restaurants cheapen their menus just for Dine Out Vancouver
  • Some restaurants only serve dine out menus so be sure to ask if someone from your party wants to order individual items

3rd Annual Fraser Valley Cork & Keg – Wine, Beer and Food Festival – Sept 20

Fraser Valley Cork & Keg 2013 - Consumer
CC:fraser valley cork & keg wine, beer and food festival Sept, 20

Now in our third year, the Fraser Valley Cork and Keg festival is a showcase of local and international wines, craft and premium beer, Fraser Valley delicacies including local producers, restaurants and culinary artisans. Guests to our event can expect over 300 different types of wine, beer and spirits — truly providing a little something for everyone.

Highlights of the festival include:

  • Oyster bar, presented by 1 Fish 2 Fish Fresh Seafood Market
  • Live entertainment
  • All tastings included in the ticket price

The Cork and Keg event consists of two components each with its own unique audience.

The trade and media portion of the day is a great opportunity for anyone in the hospitality industry to discover something new or reacquaint themselves with a variety of products provided by our vendors during the festival. This segment is the perfect opportunity to meet with liquor agents, network with buyers, trade staff, and industry media. New for 2013, a series of trade-focused seminars discussing wine terrior, the art of craft beer, and food pairings.

Trade event*:   Friday, September 20th 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

*This portion of the event is complementary and limited to industry guests only.

The festival welcomes local consumers who are invited to mix, mingle, sip, and taste their way around our vendors. Whether you are a wine or beer enthusiast, a novice who would like to learn more, or a seasoned guru — we look forward to seeing you.  What will your favourite pairing be?

Festival details:

Friday, September 20th  7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Cascades Casino Resort

20393 Fraser Highway, Langley, B.C.

Ticket registration is available online for both events. Must be 19+ to attend $49.95

Buy tickets on eventbrite

Source: Fraser Valley Cork & Keg wine, beer and food festival


5th Annual Garlic Festival – Aug 25

5th Annual Garlic Festival in Richmond
5th Annual Garlic Festival in Richmond

Metro Vancouver’s only Garlic Festival

Get your breath mints ready, The Sharing Farm’s 5th Annual Garlic Festival is back this August 25th at Richmond’s Terra Nova Park.

Open to all ages, this free event combines organically grown artisan garlic and garlic goods with family friendly activities like: live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, exhibitors and everyone’s favourite, garlic ice cream.

Some of the highlights for this year’s festival include:

Over 1,000lbs of fresh organically-grown artisan garlic for sale
Contra dancing to the Sybaritic String Band (We want to you dance!)
Cooking Demonstrations by West Restaurant, Graze Restaurant, and Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant
Wood Fired Cob Oven eats by Steveston Pizza
The groovin’ sounds of Brehdren
Earnest Ice Cream with Garlic or Salted Caramel Ice Cream
Kids Activities with demonstration honey-bee hives, hay pile, crafts, and more!
Free workshops: Learn to grow your own garlic

Free Admission! Free Parking! Free Valet Bicycle Parking!

Garlic Festival History

The Sharing Farm’s annual Garlic Festival is the only garlic festival in Metro Vancouver and the place to be for garlic lovers. This is a great family event so mark your calendar and plan to spend a few hours. Festival highlights from previous years include artisan garlic sales, garlic ice cream, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, fun kids activities, local exhibitors, and food vendors.

For several years, The Sharing Farm has hosted the only Garlic Festival in Metro Vancouver and the largest agriculturally-based festival in Richmond. Bringing together great food, great music and great garlic, this free event is open to all ages. Come shop, eat and enjoy the beauty of Richmond’s multiple award-winning Terra Nova Park. Even with threatening rain clouds and a very small advertising budget, last year’s festival was attended by over 2,000 garlic lovers. This year we anticipate between 2,500 and 3,000 guests to our largest single fundraiser of the year.


EAT! Vancouver 2013: 11th Annual Food Event

EAT! Vancouver logo

Get your taste buds ready. EAT! Vancouver, 11th Annual Food Event is almost here.

You get to sample a huge variety of food and spices, and drinks, brush up on your cooking techniques from celebrity chefs like Chuck Hughes on the Celebrity Stage.

I attended the EAT! Vancouver pop-up cooking classes by Pacific Culinary Arts and I can say it was well worth it.  For $28 you get a 1 hour hands-on cooking session on the topic of your choosing eg brunch staples, or how to create perfectly balanced sauces, cooking and baking gluten free, sharpening your knife skills.

EAT! Vancouver 2013
Dates: May 24, 25, 26 2013
Where: BC Place Stadium
Price: $14, adult admissions (online) or $16 at the door

Tickets available
Buy your EAT! Vancouver tickets online and get a chance to win Weber® Genesis® Ep-330™ gas grill. Valued at $1070