Now that you’ve had a couple weeks to get over your Holiday indulgences, Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2018 is here to serve you mouth watering events and set menus.
The 2018 line up of food events has been selling fast already and now the set menus have been released for participating restaurants to start taking reservations. Three hundred + restaurants, wineries, breweries, and suppliers from Abbotsford to the North Shore, are featuring set lunch and dinner menus at $20, $30, and $40 for the 17 day Dine Out Vancouver Festival.
In addition to the set menus, check out over 40 unique food and drink events ranging from food tours, and food trucks to specialist tastings, to international chef collaborations, secret suppers and VQA wine tastings.
Happy New Year! While we are already into 2018, the lead up to the Holidays is sometime so busy we don’t have time to take in all the festive events. Here’s a few seasonal winter events that you can still catch for a few more weeks:
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – The Arts Club Theatre Company presents a brilliant adaptation of Disney’s ‘tale as old as time’. Fun for the whole family as Belle and The Beast are supported by Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs Potts and others at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until January 13th – Tickets online at artsclub.com
Lights at Lafarge – Coquitlam’s Winter Light Festival is the largest free light display in the Lower Mainland, Town Centre Park is illuminated with hundreds of thousands of lights, with roving performers, hot chocolate & cookies all just steps from Lafarge Lake – Douglas Skytrain Station, making this one of the most easily accessible winter events. Continuing until January 21st, 2018 – Free Admission
Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival – the PNE features the largest festival of its kind in Canada. One of the most beautiful and culturally significant festivals lights up the night with dozens of spectacular gossamer lanterns, some reaching nearly 200 feet in length, transforming the 14 acres of Hastings Park, running until January 21, 2018. – Admission $19 online
Canyon Lights Winter Festival at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park continues until January 28th, 2018. Thousands of lights spread throughout the Park, the bridge, Treetops Adventures, with 8 of the tallest living Christmas Tree. – All-day Adult park admission is $42.95, includes the holiday activities, crafts and entertainment beginning at 4pm each day.
Robson Square Ice Rink – hit the ice for some old-fashioned outdoor winter fun, all-ages can lace up and enjoy the free skating experience at Robson Square. Until February 28, 2018, open from 9am to 9pm Sunday – Thursday and 9am to 11pm Friday – Saturday. Skating is free, skate rentals are $4 (last rental, 30 minutes prior to closing)
The Vancouver International Writer’s Festival (VIWF) opened this week for the 30th edition of the renowned festival of the written word. In this age of quick and instant media the full house at Performance Works on opening night proved that readers and writers are still going strong.
While the Writer’s Festival holds events all year around, the marquis program runs from October 16th to 22nd, 2017, when more than 110 authors takepart in over 95 events. all over Granville Island. The Festival has events for all walks of life and all ages. Non-Fiction, Fiction, Poetry, Children, Youth literature and more all take the leap from the page to the stage.
Past writers in attendance have included; Martin Amis, Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley, John Irving, Robbie Robertson, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Rohinton Mistry, Alice Munro, Ian Rankin, J.K. Rowling, Salman Rushdie, Frank McCourt. Every year readers find new discoveries to add to their libraries and share with their book clubs, families and friends. Who will you find this year? Find out which events still have tickets online at writersfest.bc.ca
Beyond the festival special events continue through the fall, including Waiting For First Light, an Evening with Romeo Dallaire on November 16th, and A Newfoundlander in Canada, musician and writer Alan Doyle discusses his new book on November 20th.
As The Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre reaches middle age, the landmark has partnered with Vancouver Heritage Foundation for a collaboration series; Perspectives.
In conjunction with its 40th anniversary, Perspectives, is a series of talks that explores Vancouver’s thought-provoking history that has shaped the city’s present. Inspired by the rich history surrounding the Vancouver Lookout, Vancouver Heritage Foundation planned five unique speakers to present on the diverse history of Vancouver. From the unique vantagepoint offered by the Lookout, guests will enjoy fascinating talks on Indigenous stories and context, South Asian history and immigration, architectural development and change, Vancouver music scene and nightlife, and the city’s seedy criminal history.
Four Perspective events in the series remain;
Cultural Landscapes: Vancouver’s South Asian Community – Saturday October 7th 9:45 – 11:30am
Historic Crime: Early Forensic Investigations – Thursday October 19th 6:15 – 8pm
Heritage From Up High – Sunday October 29th 9:45 – 11:30am
Vancouver After Dark: History of the Entertainment Scene Thursday November 16th 6:15 – 8pm
Ce Soir Noir (This Black Night) descends on CRAB Park at Portside for the third year next Thursday, August 24th.
What began as a local counter-event to the brighter and whiter, Dîner en Blanc has evolved into it’s own east side annual event. Dîner en Blanc, part of a well organized, ticketed, global phenomenon, offers patrons a chance to glam it up and enjoy an evening of gourmet food, high-end entertainment and experiences, whereas Ce Soir Noir is a free, casual local, dress-down event. Whichever floats your boat will be a good time for all.
Organizers of Ce Soir Noir invite people to just show up anytime between 5pm and 10pm on August 24th. More than just a picnic, Ce Soir Noir becomes a picnic based art installation, with everyone a brushstroke in the artwork. If you’re hungry, pack your own picnic food to share amongst friends, bring something to sit on or just park your butts on the grass then join in the camaraderie of other picnickers. The only caveat is that the organizers hope everyone wears black from head to toe.
This year’s event has a city permit to take over CRAB Park, but still maintains it’s free community event status. To be good neighbours in one of East Vancouver’s few waterfront parks, visitors are asked to be mindful of what they bring and take it out with them, leaving the park as clean or cleaner to the following day.
Whether you choose the white event or this black night, both gathering of diverse communities on August 24 might be just what the world needs a little more of in these divisive times.
Ce Soir Noir takes place August 24th between 5pm and 10pm at CRAB Park at Portside, 101 E Waterfront Road at Main Street.
Dîner en Blanc also takes place August 24th at a to be announced location.
As we move into the first long weekend of 2017, here’s 5 Family Day Weekend activities;
1: Align Entertainment’s The Little Mermaid : Michael J Fox Theatre, Burnaby – Until February 18, 2017 With most family theatre productions taking place around the Christmas holidays, this is a welcome opportunity to introduce your little ones to live theatre.
3: Odysseo by Cavalia : Under the White Big Top at Olympic Village – Until March 5, 2017 No horsing around, while not inexpensive, the whole family will enjoy the amazing 150 minute show.
4: Free Skating At Robson Square : Ice Rink at Robson Square – Until February 14, 2017 It’s your last weekend to take in free skating at the covered ice rink at Robson Square. Bring your own skates or rent a pair for $4
5: Family Day at the Peak of Vancouver : Grouse Mountain – February 13, 2017 only. 50% off Gondola access plus a full day of special activities including pancake breakfast, Global BC Family Puck Shoot Out, Family Day Lunch Specials, Candy Station as well as the usual snow activities
We’ll have to wait a bit longer to find out the participating restaurants and menus but now’s the time to start planning which events to attend. Over the last few years the Dine Out Vancouver Festival events have developed into a flavourful and fun program all of the own.
Robbie Burn Celebration, Secret Supper Soiree, The Grape Debate, are just some of the educational and tasty events in the program, there’s so many Dine Out Festival events to choose from there’s something for everyone.
Some of the series events include:
Cocktail Masterclass with award-winning bartender Lauren Mote as she takes you around the world to learn about cocktails of France, Scotland, Latin America and Bitters 101
Get Crafty with Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co in Kits or on Main as you make your own pizza and pair it with local craft beers
Brunch Crawls from Vancouver Foodster are once again pairing neighbourhoods with Dine Out Vancouver Festival for morning brunch tours around; Gastown, Kitsilano, East Village, Yaletown, West End, and Commercial Drive. Vancouver Foodster also hosts Art, Eat & Sip on Granville Island.
Check out all the Dine Out Vancouver Festival events scheduled today to start planning your festival fun.