Our top ideas to keep the holiday just a little longer!

Our top ideas to keep the holiday just a little longer!

Still time to enjoy the Holiday delights of Vancouver

Tourism Vancouver’s list of Vancouver holiday and more experiences

 

The Capilano Suspension Bridge is twinkling with thousands of lights.

Canyon Lights - Courtesy Tourism Vancouver
Canyon Lights – Courtesy Tourism Vancouver

 

Vancouver Trolley Company
Vancouver Trolley Company

 

Skate on a frozen pond 3,700 feet above Vancouver. Grouse Mountain becomes Vancouver’s very own North Pole during the holidays with Christmas crafts and holiday movies in the Theatre in the Sky, along with visits with Santa and his real live reindeer. But the highlight for many is experiencing the tranquil beauty of skating on Grouse Mountain’s 8,000-square-foot outdoor rink, surrounded by snow-capped forest.

See Vancouver decked out in lights. There are dazzling displays of Christmas lights to be admired at parks and gardens around Vancouver, including VanDusen Botanical GardenStanley Park’s Bright Nights and Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. New this year is the Lumière Festival, which brings festive light installations to the West End and Yaletown.

Strap in, or climb on, for a Christmas ride. Grab a group or surprise the kids with a Christmas-themed ride on the Stanley Park Holiday TrainVancouver Trolley Company’s Karaoke Christmas Lights Trolley Tour, or a holiday flight aboard FlyOver Canada. Each experience is guaranteed to knock your stockings off.

Take a winter walk or snowy frolic. What do ice skating at Robson Square, strolling along Spanish Banks beach, skiing on Grouse Mountain and moon-lit snowshoeing to Cypress Mountain’s Hollyburn Lodge all have in common? They’re all iconic winter experiences that make Christmas in Vancouver different from anywhere else in the world. Don’t miss out.

All photos courtesy of Tourism Vancouver.

 

FLYOVER CANADA – Stephanie Trimble

If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience Fly Over Canada, and want to get into the holiday spirit, I highly recommend you visit the Christmas edition. Join Santa and his elves as you fly across Canada, and make a magical stop at the North Pole.

Pre-show area of Fly Over Canada has been transformed into a winter wonderland
Pre-show area of Fly Over Canada has been transformed into a winter wonderland

Cheerful holiday decor greets you when you arrive, and once you’re ushered into the pre-show area you’re transported into a wintery forest complete with snow falling from the ceiling. A photo area is set up for you to take a picture of your family before the ride.

Fly Over Canada is a flight simulation that features landscapes spanning across our spectacular country. Guests are strapped into their seats, as ride technology simulates the feeling of gliding smoothly over stunning scenery from the East to West coasts and up to the Arctic. The simulation includes the sensation of flying, cool water mists and scents that enhance the overall experience.

The Christmas edition challenges guests to spot the North Pole elves who are galavanting across the country instead of working away in Santa’s workshop. Much to the delight of children, guests are treated to a special look into where Santa Claus calls home — a hidden village located at the North Pole.

Yummy treats are available as you exit Fly Over Canada
Yummy treats are available as you exit Fly Over Canada

While the ride itself is not very long, you can’t help but feel holiday spirit as you leave. All ages will enjoy the experience but children in particular will love the magical ride. Enjoy some treats and view your group photo before you leave.

The Christmas edition of Flyover Canada runs until January 4, 2015. Save by buying your tickets online at the Fly Over Canada website. Please note that children must be at least 40” (102 cm) tall to ride.

While you are down at Canada Place, wander over to Jack Poole Plaza and check out the massive Christmas tree. A decorated 50-foot, Rockefeller-style Christmas tree is on display until early January.

50 ft Christmas tree at Jack Poole Plaza
50 ft Christmas tree at Jack Poole Plaza

 

 Special New Year’s Day Brunch

 

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar is inviting you to indulge in a special brunch menu available on New Year’s Day.

New Year’s Day Brunch

Boulevard will celebrate the first day of 2015 by offering its weekend brunch menu for a special weekday service from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m on Thurs., Jan. 1. Usually available on Saturdays and Sundays only, Chef Chen’s menu offers inspired twists on traditional favourites, as well as seasonal highlights.

 

Reservations for New Year’s Day Brunch may be made by calling (604) 642-2900, or online at boulevardvancouver.com/reservations.

 

About Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Located in the iconic Sutton Place Hotel in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar provides a unique showcase for the culinary vision of Executive Chef Alex Chen. With an innovative approach that blends a respect for the past with a celebration of the present, Chen’s seafood-focused menu is grounded in classical technique and training, while artfully infusing casual West Coast flair and creative hints of his international influences. Paired with exceptional service, a wide-ranging selection of wine and cocktails and true European ambiance in a traditional-yet-modern setting, Boulevard offers breakfast (6:30 to 11 a.m.), lunch (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.), dinner (5 to 11 p.m.) and late night service until 1 a.m. seven days a week, as well as weekend brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

845 Burrard Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6Z 2K6 | (604) 642-2900

www.boulevardvancouver.ca | Twitter: @blvdyvr | Facebook: /blvdyvr

Photos KK Law

 

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Gardens – Tracy Tsui

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There is nothing more romantic and stunning than a million “stars” shining through raindrops that trickle off your umbrella. Yes, Vancouvers rain season is back but that shouldn’t stop you from  embracing the beauty of the Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Gardens. It’s been 30 years and they’re still going strong!

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Take a stroll through the guided paths of lights as you sip on your hot chocolate and awe at the children who frolic in the lights. Let yourself be whisked away to a fantasy land full of holiday spirit.

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Make your way through a small “cave” of lights strewn throughout and watch the light show that occurs every 30 minutes, which has “Let it Go” as one of their songs.

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What is VanDusen Gardens without flowers? Winter isn’t kind to our usual friends but that isn’t stopping the team from making water bottle flowers. Creative and beautiful, this years Festival of Lights will not disappoint those young or old.

Buy tickets or for more information click here!

 

OPUS Hotel’s award-winning restaurant

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The holidays are in full swing at Yaletown’s La Pentola. Seasonal menus, spirited cocktails and a warm inviting atmosphere make for a fun and festive holiday dining experience.

“The holidays are a time for sharing and caring with family and friends, so what better way to celebrate than over an alla famiglia style meal,” says Chef Lucais Syme. “This year, we will be featuring fresh off the boat Dungeness crab, roast ribeye, and local heritage turkey with all of the fixings.”

This holiday season, the bar team at La Pentola is offering a variety of carefully crafted and eclectic cocktails. Head Bartender Martin Corriveau has been busy concocting house made syrups, ginger beer and tonic water, as well as liqueurs – apricot, cacao, limoncello, kummel and pimento to name a few – for some truly unique seasonal sippers.

Try the Applejack Sour with fresh cider and American applejack, a barrel-aged brandy made from apples. For a lighter drink featuring herbal flavours, sip on a Coppa d’Oro, named after the legendary motor race in the Dolomites and made of tequila, house-made limoncello and fresh basil. Celebrate the season Italian style with the Porta Nuova; La Pentola’s take on the classic Manhattan, made using American rye whiskey and Italian ingredients such as marsala wine and bittersweet herbal liqueurs Fernet Branca and Amaro Montenegro. Cocktail aficionados will enjoy the Marciano, a heavyweight that will reward the adventurous with a unique blend of grappa, Cocchi vermouth and house apricot liqueur.

Call 604-642-0557 or visit www.lapentola.ca for more information.

Take the elevator home to one of OPUS Hotel’s stylish guest suites, with New Year’s Eve sleep over rates from $299. To book you stay, call 604-642-6787 or visit www.vancouver.opushotel.com.

About La Pentola

Chef Lucais Syme delivers rustic Northern Italian inspired cuisine at La Pentola inside OPUS Hotel. Simple, handmade pasta and traditional nose-to-tail meat and fish dishes served family style are the focus of this award-winning Vancouver restaurant. Call 604-642-0557 or visit www.lapentola.ca for more information.

Holiday Brunches, New Year’s Resolutions and a new line of non-alcoholic Craft Sodas + Cocktails  

BRUNCH at Earls Kitchen + Bar for the holiday’s

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Caesar Croque Madame

Earlier this year Earls Kitchen + Bar introduced a brunch menu and guests have been loving it! Offered  Saturday, Sunday and holiday Mondays, Earls will also be offering brunch on Boxing Day (Dec 26) and New Year’s Day (Jan 1) this year. (Check website for individual location’s hours) Whether it’s a family gathering or the morning after a raucous New Year’s Eve, Earls offers a full brunch menu as well as their regular menu. Selections include a sourdough grilled Croque Madam with Virginia ham, Swiss cheese and roasted Serrano cream; traditional Eggs Benedict; fruit and berry topped French Toast and a Breakfast Hash that combines avocado, Chorizo sausage and field mushrooms with crispy fried potatoes topped with poached eggs. Earls signature Caesar; fresh squeezed juices, on their own or topped with sparkling wine, are perfect accompaniments, or choose from the full craft beer list.

 

WARM GINGERBREAD CAKE  

 

It’s a tradition at Earls but it’s only on the menu for a limited time, now until January. Baked daily in each kitchen, these big dense gingerbread cakes actually have to be turned in the oven, much like a New York style  baked cheesecake, to cook them evenly through. Earls serves it warm with brown sugar butter roasted granny smith apples, Mario’s vanilla gelato and a warm caramel toffee sauce. If you go to their Facebook page they’ve posted a little video and recipe for the toffee sauce.  Earls Facebook

 

Earls NON-ALCOHOLIC CRAFT SODAS

 

Beehave non alcoholic cocktail
Beehave non alcoholic cocktail

 

Earls new non-alcoholic Craft Sodas are made with simple, pure ingredients. A fresh way to start the new year with unprocessed, natural ingredients and a great option from sweet soda pop or alcohol for the designated driver in your party this holiday season.

This year Earls offers a selection of alcohol free cocktails. Artisanal, naturally flavored syrups made with  flowers, herbs, fruits, berries and fruit bitters. Starting with five new craft sodas – Elderberry Syrup adds a floral note to soda water while Ginger Syrup adds a bit of spice (Recipes available). Lemon Grass Syrup is mixed with fresh squeezed lemon juice, orange blossom bitters (non-alcoholic) & soda water for a fresh, bright citrus and rich orange taste; Passion Fruit offers a tropical note to sparkling water and  Raspberry Cordial with Lime Leaf Bitters is sweet, tangy & aromatic. Two creative non-alcoholic cocktails round out the selection (at Flagship locations) with a Passion Fruit Limeade and the “Bee Have” made with fresh squeezed lemon juice, house made honey syrup and a whimsical honey dipper stir stick.

 

Sodas
Sodas

 

RESOLUTION MENU

 

We know the New Year is a time for resolutions and eating right is usually part of that. For those dining out on business or getting together with friends, Earls makes it easy to stick to your resolutions with a selection of main plate salads, vegetarian dishes and options for modifying your dish to suit your needs. When you cook fresh and from scratch, as Earls does every dish, it’s easy to make choices (and changes) that suit your lifestyle. A Chicken Avocado Salad is made with baby iceberg, tomatoes, dry cured bacon, lemon grapeseed vinaigrette, croutons – a truffle aioli can be offered on the side; Albacore Tuna is coriander crusted and served with black jasmine rice, vegetable caponata and a artichoke basil puree and the Thai Vegetable Bowl offers a choice of vegetable only, tofu, prawn or chicken with quinoa, crispy onions, peanuts, coconut and lemongrass broth.

 

A NON-TRADITIONAL APPROACH to chain restaurant dining

 

With 64 restaurants in the locally owned (Vancouver, BC) restaurant group, it’s hard not to call them a chain, but with 57 different menus out of those 65 locations, use of local and regional ingredients and different design looks, Earls is definitely not your traditional chain restaurant. A new web site just launched highlights that, allowing guests to see the full menu in their local Earls. Guests can choose a flagship location for the newest dishes or their local restaurant for favourites. For those in Vancouver the Test Kitchen offers new dishes being tested for the restaurant chain as well as dishes only the downtown location will have such as the sustainable and organic Spring Creek Ranch beef; a Korean Bibimbap Rice Bowl (crispy jasmine rice, zucchini, oyster mushrooms and carrots, pickled vegetables, sesame chili sauce, poached egg); Vietnamese Steak Sandwich and Korean Fried Chicken are just some of the dishes being prepared at the Test Kitchen by the Earls Chef Collective (Hamid Salimian, Dawn Doucette, David Wong, Ryan Stone and Jeff McInnis (New York based) .

 

Beverage Director Cameron Bogue also takes a non-traditional approach to the chain’s beverage selection with each region, often each city, offering a completely different selection of craft beers. Many of the locations now offer only local craft beers on tap. Wine selections range from Ontario locations to Vancouver and US locations, while craft cocktails are made from scratch – exactly like any free standing bar would make them, at each location across the chain. Just like the food menu, there are no flavored products, pre-mixes or offsite prepared ingredients – even the slushy machine (they could never  remove that)  uses only fresh squeezed juices and ice to flavour.

 

About Earls Kitchen + Bar

 

Earls Kitchen + Bar is one of North America’s most successful independent restaurant groups, currently with 64 restaurants – 59 of those in Canada and 5 in the United States  (Denver, Colorado; Bellevue, Washington; Miami, Florida, Boston, Mass). 2015 will see new restaurants open in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, Illinois. Earls Restaurants Ltd. and the Fuller Group is a family owned operation started by Montana native Leroy Earl “Bus” Fuller in 1982, with their first restaurant in Edmonton, Alberta. Head office is located in Vancouver, BC.  Bus and his sons own Earls Kitchen + Bar (Earls is not a franchise), operated by eldest son Stan Earl Fuller, as well as other restaurants throughout Canada and the U.S.

 

Earls Test Kitchen

905 Hornby Street , Vancouver
(604) 682-6700

Earls Test Kitchen

Feature pic: Earls Chef Collective

 

 L’Abattoir Introduces Weekend Brunch

L’Abattoir is opening its doors to the weekend brunch crowd just as the holiday season kicks into full swing. Beginning Saturday December 6, the French-inspired Gastown establishment will add to the neighbourhood’s bustling breakfast scene with a menu mixing comforting staples with hearty, unique entrees.

 

Holiday shoppers can take refuge from the frosty temperatures and cozy up to L’Abattoir’s classic, clean flavours. Refuel before wrapping up the holiday gift list with a bevy of simple, savoury dishes including eggs benedict with smoked pork belly and a choice of cheddar sabayon or tomato fondue with basil and burrata cheese; hearty Dungeness crab cakes served with poached eggs and potato rosti; and classic crepes filled with fresh fruits and cheese topped with maple syrup.

 

Behind the bar, Shaun Layton has designed some new cocktail creations to complement brunch dining. This includes the House Aperol Spritz, which bottles charged white wine with Aperol, seltzer and orange, as well as their daily feature vermouth on the rocks served with a seasonal garnish. Warm up from the inside out with a Bourbon Cinnamon Toast Milk Punch, with cereal-infused cream, bourbon and cocoa bitters.

 

Or thirsty brunchers can sip on a Bloody Alley, the barkeep’s rendition of the classic Bloody Mary, featuring anchovy-infused vodka, caper berries and mini corn. Non-alcoholic options include daily bottled house made iced teas and the Passionfuit Smash with passionfruit, fresh lime, agave nectar and ginger beer.

 

L’Abattoir will serve weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m, beginning on Saturday December 6, 2014. 

 

About L’Abattoir

L’Abattoir is located in the heart of historic Gastown. Built in the 19th century it is the site of Vancouver’s first jail and originally buttressed the city’s main meat packing district. This history is reflected in the architecture, and the name L’Abattoir pays homage to the neighbourhood’s colourful past. Open seven days a week for dinner and now five days a week for lunch and weekend brunch, L’Abattoir specializes in French inspired West Coast fare in a refined and comfortable setting.

www.labattoir.ca

 Breakfast or Brunch CATALANO is The Place

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to travel to Victoria and experience the newly renovated Magnolia Hotel and the Catalano Restaurant.

The Magnolia Hotel & Spa and partner Catalano Restaurant & Cicchetti Bar have launched a new breakfast and brunch program, adding value and an enhanced experience for their guests. You can start your day with a “Weekend Crossword” at $14 consisting of free range eggs, creamed leeks, crispy prosciutto, truffled Hollandaise and potato rosti. Or a “Continental Divide” dish like the “French Connection” consisting of a warm croissant, fresh fruit and brie or try the “Mambo Italiano” with fresh melon, prosciutto and baguette with melted provolone cheese both at $10. including coffee and juice.

 

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the gina lola

 

Between myself and my companions I think we had almost every item on the menu and the best part, everything was absolutely delicious. I especially enjoyed the flight of bacon and who doesn’t love bacon?

 

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Everything was first rate and it was so hard to choose between one entree and another. The corn cakes were deemed exceptional and the tagine big enough to share. The Gina Lola was a very tasty omelette and makes a perfect breakfast for any size appetite. The Weekend Crossword not only looks fantastic it was a special dish. Really nothing here is ordinary it is all so tantalizing and delicious.

 

mambo italiano sans baguette

 

The Mambo Italiano was perfect and I topped it off with some fresh yogurt and a fruit cup. But we weren’t finished sampling all of what Catalano had to offer, there was a side of potato rosti pan fried in butter to tender crispness.

 

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A basket of house baked delights such as croissants, muffins and scrumptious banana bread. Be still my heart.

 

the basket case

 

Just when we thought it wouldn’t be possible to eat another bite Chef brought out the taste de resistance – Lemon Ricotta Fritters with caramel sauce. Heavenly delights.

 

lemon ricotta fritters with caramel sauce

 

So if you’re a guest or a local you absolutely must treat yourself to Catalano Restaurant & Cicchetti Bar in the Magnolia Hotel & Spa for the greatest breakfast or brunch that you could imagine.

 

drinks catalano

 

Oh yes should you wish to indulge your senses further you will find some lovely adult beverages to top off this fantastic fare. Brunch Saturday & Sunday 8 am – 2 pm.

 

Note: the photographer was me, no I didn’t eat all of this food so I will just have keep going back until I accomplish that goal.

 

Café Medina Rolls Out New Private Evening Event Program

A NEW DAWN — AND DUSK — FOR CAFÉ MEDINA

Daytime Hotspot Rolls Out Expanded Service, Menus for Private Evening Events, Parties and Dinners

 

The new incarnation of Café Medina continues to evolve, as the breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch hotspot is now available to be booked for a variety of private evening functions in its new home at 780 Richards St. in Vancouver’s Library District.

Boasting high ceilings, up-cycled lighting fixtures, antique mirrors and traditional art deco panel moulding, Café Medina’s expansive dining room marries the romance of 1920s Paris and the utilitarian sensibilities of a working person’s café. It offers a truly unique and instantly memorable setting for celebrations, parties and gatherings for up to 60 guests seated or 100 guests reception-style.

Whether it’s a cocktail-and-canapé mingler or a sit-down dinner, Executive Chef Jonathan Chovancek has designed an array of seasonal evening menu options featuring Café Medina’s signature rustic, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Besides a variety of sumptuous canapés and appetizer platters, Café Medina offers a dinner buffet for $50 per person and three-, four- or six-course plated dinner menus at $35, $50 and $75 per person, respectively — all of which can also be paired with a variety of custom cocktail creations, wine or beer.

 

– MENU HIGHLIGHTS – 

Reception

mushroom duxelles, black garlic and aged cheese wrapped in

Lem-Marrakech spiced pastry

chorizo paella croquette with fire-roasted tomato aioli

Moroccan poutine, hand-cut fries, double smoked bacon gravy,

caramelized halloumi and za’atar

Seated

roasted squash and sesame soup with chermoula chicken confit

and crème fraîche

“turchetta” Sloping Hills pork belly-wrapped brined turkey, pumpkin

seed salsa verde and ‘stuffing’ gravy, double-smoked bacon brussels

sprouts, maple and rosemary roasted root vegetables, celeriac and

chive mashed potatoes

citrus cured polenta cake, burnt honey-poached pears and

ginger-spice crumble

 

“We’re excited to add a new component to Café Medina by opening our doors for select private nighttime events,” says owner Robbie Kane. “We’re so grateful for how well our new location and daytime menus have been received, and now it’s time to showcase what we’re able to offer once the sun goes down.”

Kane, who opened Café Medina at its original Crosstown location in 2008, has garnered rave reviews since moving the popular restaurant to its refurbished new location in August. Beyond the expanded seating, the new Café Medina features a number of improvements such as large, street-facing windows, an open kitchen, 10-seat cocktail bar and eight-seat coffee bar. The restaurant is also equipped with a full drop-down screen and multimedia capabilities ideal for presentations and corporate events.

For information, inquiries and pricing for private functions at Café Medina, please call 604-879-3114 or email Robbie Kane.

 

About Café Medina

Since it opened in 2008, Café Medina has been serving up its signature brand of Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, connoisseur-savvy coffee and sweet sustenance via the city’s best Belgian waffles. A quaint, bistro-styled restaurant replete with old-world charm and proprietor Robbie Kane’s determined philosophy of enlightened hospitality, Café Medina provides a full complement of fresh and eclectic breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch alternatives and a pioneering attitude towards café culture. Since moving to its new location in Vancouver’s Library District at 780 Richards St., the new Café Medina has garnered numerous rave reviews, cementing its longstanding reputation as the city’s leading brunch destination.

780 Richards Street, Vancouver, B.C. | 604 879 3114 | medinacafe.com

Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., weekends and holidays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Available to be booked for private evening events.

Facebook: /medinacafe | Twitter: @CafeMedina | Instagram: @medinacafe

 

SAVE THE DATE: VANCOUVER TURNS INTO CULINARY CENTRAL DURING DINE OUT VANCOUVER FESTIVAL 2015

Canada’s largest annual food and drink festival returns Jan 16 to Feb 1

Local chefs are cooking up mouthwatering menus, organizers are crafting out-of-the-box culinary events, and hotels are serving up special room rates and packages. Yes, it’s that time again: Tourism Vancouver’s Dine Out™ Vancouver Festival – Canada’s largest food and drink festival – returns for its 13th anniversary, January 16 to February 1.


Here’s a look at what’s cooking:

Festival dates: January 16 to February 1, 2015

Events: Festival-goers can choose from 17 days of flash-in-the-pan events that will appeal to even the most discerning foodies. Returning this year are old favourites like Street Food City (a lunchtime gathering of the city’s popular food carts, now extended to a full week); The Grape Debate (a wine-centric debate where top industry experts spar with facts and humour); Six Course Discourse (a rapid-fire presentation by some of the city’s top chefs along with food and wine tastings); Brunch Crawl (a series of tasting tours showcasing Vancouver’s brunch hotspots, each taking place in a different neighbourhood); and Dinner at the Birdcage (a drag show with dinner in a swank cabaret space). Exciting new additions are still simmering in the kitchen – stay tuned! Event tickets go on sale December 1, 2014.

Hotels: More than 20 Vancouver hotels will offer rooms priced at $78, $108 and $138 per night, plus a number of swoon-worthy “Dine and Stay” packages. Hotels offers go on sale December 1, 2014.

Menus: Whether diners want to experience Vancouver’s newest eateries, old favourites or array of multicultural offerings, Dine Out is the perfect time to savour the city’s world-renowned food scene.  During the festival, diners can sample three-course, prix fixe menus at more than 230 restaurants throughout the city at $18, $28 and $38 price points (BC VQA wine pairings available at an additional cost). Restaurant menus will be revealed and reservations open on January 7, 2015.

Sponsors: Wines of British Columbia (festival partner); Dairy Farmers of Canada (supplier partner); Metro newspaper, Vancouver magazine, Where magazine, Western Living magazine and OpenTable (media partners); and Air Canada (official airline).

About Dine Out Vancouver Festival:

Produced by Tourism Vancouver, Dine Out Vancouver Festival is Canada’s largest annual celebration of food and drink. Attracting more than 100,000 locals and visitors, the festival takes over the city with 17 days of culinary events, prix fixe menus at 230-plus restaurants (at $18, $28 or $38 price points), as well as “Dine and Stay” packages and special hotel rates (starting at $78 per night). The festival promotes local and regional ingredients, the wines of British Columbia, and the city’s exceptional culinary talent. Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2015 runs from January 16 to February 1.

dineoutvancouver.com @DineOutVanFest #dovf

Tourism Vancouver’s focus is on building exceptional customer relationships with meeting planners, travel influencers, travel media and independent tourists. The organization’s brand essence is about “exceeding expectations”.

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 Tourism Vancouver Dine Out Festival and Vancouver Foodster presents Brunch Crawls

If you are a fan of our Tasting Plates events you are going to want to hear about the 6 events that Vancouver Foodster is presenting during the upcoming Dine Out Festival that kicks off next month. The Dine Out Festival always offers diners a chance to try restaurants they may not have tried before which is often for dinner, this year Tourism Vancouver has added many more food related events to get people out exploring and tasting even more. Earlier this year I produced two of the biggest Dine Out Van brunch crawls that Vancouver has ever seen, in 2015 I will be producing 6 Dine Out Brunch Crawls showcasing multiple restaurants in 6 different Vancouver neighbourhoods.

 

These are the 6 events that go on sale on Monday December 1st at Dine Out Festival

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Gastown Brunch Crawl

Date: Saturday January 17

Time: 10am – 2pm

Price: $40 Regular / $60 Club Amuse Bouche VIP

Visit 7+ restaurants through-out the Gastown area as you taste all sorts of dishes in this Brunch crawl. Enjoy the variety of dishes which may include juices, smoothies and coffees, to eggs bennys, pancakes, french toast, omelettes, pulled pork, hash browns, bacon, seafood, desserts and so much more.

Venues: Participants include some of Gastown’s finest restaurants including: Brioche Eatery Café, The Blarney Stone, Milano Coffee, Salida 7, Jamaican Blue Cold Brew and more to be announced soon.

Club Amuse Bouche VIP tickets include a VIP Gift Bag and Priority Check-in at 9:45am

Starting off at Milano Coffee at 36 Powell Street

Community Partner: Gastown BIA

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Kitsilano Brunch Crawl

Date: Sunday January 18

Time: 10am – 2pm

Price: $40 Regular / $60 Club Amuse Bouche VIP

Visit 7+ restaurants through-out Kitsilano as you taste all sorts of dishes in this Brunch crawl. Enjoy the variety of dishes which may include juices, smoothies and coffees, to eggs benny’s, pancakes, french toast, omelettes, pulled pork, hash browns, bacon, brunch pizza, desserts and so much more.

Venues: Participants include some of Kitsilano’s finest restaurants including: Krokodile Pear, Novo Pizzeria, Darby’s Public House, Momento Coffee House, Rain or Shine Ice Cream and more to be announced soon.

Club Amuse Bouche VIP tickets include a VIP Gift Bag and Priority Check-in at 9:45am

Starting off at Novo Pizzeria at 2118 Burrard Street

Community Partner: Shop West 4th BIA

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Main Street Brunch Crawl

Date: Saturday January 24

Time: 10am – 2pm

Price: $40 Regular / $60 Club Amuse Bouche VIP

Visit 7+ restaurants through-out Mount Pleasant and area as you taste all sorts of dishes in this Brunch crawl. Enjoy the variety of dishes which may include juices, smoothies, coffees, and chai to eggs benny’s, pancakes, french toast, omelettes, pulled pork, hash browns, bacon, meats, desserts and so much more.

Venues: Participants include some of Main Street’s finest restaurants including: Rosemary Rocksalt, Miura Waffles, Radicle Juice, Nirvana, East End Chai and more to be announced soon.

Club Amuse Bouche VIP tickets include a VIP Gift Bag and Priority Check-in at 9:45am

Starting off at Best Western Plus Uptown at 205 Kingsway

Community Partner: Mount Pleasant BIA

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Downtown Vancouver Brunch Crawl

Date: Sunday January 25

Time: 10am – 2pm

Price: $40 Regular / $60 Club Amuse Bouche VIP

Visit 7+ restaurants through-out downtown as you taste all sorts of dishes in this Brunch crawl. Enjoy the variety of dishes which may include juices, smoothies and coffees, to eggs benny’s, pancakes, french toast, omelettes, pulled pork, hash browns, bacon, baked goods, desserts and so much more.

Venues: Participants include some of downtown Vancouver’s finest restaurants including: Frankie’s Italian Kitchen, Kingston Taphouse & Grille, The Copper Chimney, Small Victory Bread & Coffee, Bella Gelateria Yaletown, and more to be announced soon.

Club Amuse Bouche VIP tickets include a VIP Gift Bag and Priority Check-in at 9:45am

Starting off at the Kingston Taphouse & Grille at 755 Richards Street

Community Partner: Downtown Vancouver BIA

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West End Brunch Crawl

Date: Saturday January 31

Time: 10am – 2pm

Price: $40 Regular / $60 Club Amuse Bouche VIP

A repeat event for 2015. Visit 7+ restaurants through-out the West End as you taste all sorts of dishes in this Brunch crawl. Enjoy the variety of dishes which may include juices, smoothies and coffees, to eggs benny’s, pancakes, french toast, omelettes, pulled pork, hash browns, bacon, seafood, desserts, mimosas and so much more.

Venues: Participants include some of the Westend’s finest restaurants including: Papparoti, Morocco West, Just juice, Marquis Wine Cellars, De Dutch Pannekoek House and more to be announced soon.

Club Amuse Bouche VIP tickets include a VIP Gift Bag and Priority Check-in at 9:45am

Starting off at Marquis Wine Cellars at 1034 Davie Street

Community Partner: West End BIA

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Commercial Drive Brunch Crawl

Date: Sunday February 1

Time: 10am – 2pm

Price: $40 Regular / $60 Club Amuse Bouche VIP

Visit 7+ restaurants through-out Commercial Drive and area as you taste all sorts of dishes in this Brunch crawl. Enjoy the variety of dishes which may include juices, smoothies coffees and beer, to eggs benny’s, pancakes, french toast, omelettes, hash browns, brunch pizza, desserts, and so much more.

Venues: Participants include some of East Van’s finest restaurants including: Famoso Pizzeria, Federico’s Supper Club, Bakery Sate, Stateside Craft and more to be announced soon.

Club Amuse Bouche VIP tickets include a VIP Gift Bag and Priority Check-in at 9:45am

Starting off at Famoso Pizzeria at 1380 Commercial Drive

Community Partner: The Drive BIA

 

About Vancouver Foodster

Founded in 2009 by Richard Wolak, Vancouver Foodster is Vancouver’s premier online “Essential Food & Drink Intelligence” guide. The site offers expert advice on the hottest restaurants, parties, and openings this city has to offer, as well as the most interesting dining trends and newest cuisines and food around the region. Vancouver Foodster also runs a series of food and drink challenges with restaurants and chefs throughout the year!

 

Feature pic: courtesy of Dockside Restaurant/Granville Island Hotel

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