Since 2002 Vancouverites have been filling their winters and bellies with Dine Out Vancouver Festival’s prix fixe menu deals. What started with just 57 restaurants has grown to become Canada’s largest food and drink festival, with 300+ restaurants, breweries, wineries, events and more to indulge.
From January 18 to February 3, 2019 restaurants from South Surrey to North Vancouver welcome guests with $15, $25, $35 and $45 fixed price brunch, lunch and dinner menus. The restaurant menus are revealed and reservations are open to the public today, January 10th, visit dineoutvancouver.com to start your Dine Out planning.
In addition to a restaurant menus, a series of spectacular tasting events fill the days and evenings. The events start off with The Grand Tasting, a preview launch event January 17th at Rocky Mountaineer Station. The World Chef Exchange brings chefs from San Diego, London, Sydney, Montreal and Dusseldorf to work with local chefs in their restaurants. Street Food City, the food truck fest is back for its eighth year.
Secret Supper Soirees are are back for mysterious dinners. Food & Drink Tours of all kinds fill the festival dates. Many events are already sold out, so if you haven’t check out the Events listings and book soon.
Coming from out of town, or even if you’re local, why not make a night of it and book a night at the Dine Out Special Room Rates or a Dine & Stay package with one of the participating Dine Out Hotel Partners.
Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2019 runs January 18 – February 3, 2019. For menu information, restaurant and hotel reservations and event tickets visit dineoutvancouver.com
In one week , the Richmond World Festival returns to Minoru Park in Richmond, running August 31-Sept 1, 2018. The fourth annual, free pubic festival brings two days of arts, culture, entertainment and food from around the globe to the family-friendly outdoor event.
Richmond World Festival has something for everyone. The spectacular line-up on the festival’s nine live stages includes a wide array of musical performers from near and far. The Main Stage features internationally known Canadian pop acts, like Lights, Magic!, and Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine plus other musicians from all corners of the world.
While on the Global Village Stages find multicultural acts from the world of dance, spoken word and more. Bamboo Theatre features the Vancouver Cantonese Opera Society. Your Kontinent Digital Carnival, features a collaboration between interdisciplinary artist Terrance Houle and award-winning video artist Lisa Birke.
The Culinary Stage and Food Truck Zone introduces flavours and taste experiences from everywhere to your palate. Kids World makes sure that sure everyone in the family is entertained. Between eating, dancing and listening to some great music, do a bit of shopping for unique and handmade wares in the Artisan Market.
Entry to Richmond World Festival is free of charge, with all activities taking place at Minoru Park and the adjacent Richmond Cultural Centre Plaza. The site is open Friday, August 31 from 4:00pm to 10:00pm and Saturday, September 1from 11:00am to 10:00pm.
As it enters its 28th year, Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver keeps going from strength to strength. Surrounding the Ambleside Waterfront from Ambleside Pier to John Lawson Park, the festival fills the calendar from August 3rd to 12th with over 150 music, arts, film and food events, much of it free!
Highlights of the festival events include;
Indigenous Exhibition: A new feature in the festival, the Indigenous Exhibition, celebrates Indigenous artists and communities, while honouring the tradition of gathering and sharing. The exhibition is inspired by West Vancouver’s origins on the traditional and unceded territories of the Coast Salish People, in particular, the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam First Nations. Opening at Ambleside Landing August 3rd, with a traditional welcome ceremony, the program invites visitors to learn about Indigenous culture through an exploration of 30 artists in an authentic marketplace and art exhibition. Indigenous Exhibition runs August 2 – 12, daily until 9pm ArtSpeaks: Expand your knowledge with over 20 artist talks, demonstrations, workshops, hands-on classes and more. Offered in two waterfront tents near the Ferry Building Gallery. Select artists will also showcase their works as part of the Harmony Showcase Exhibition, held in the Silk Purse Arts Centre. For fashion enthusiasts, the Slow Clothes Fashion Show, takes place on Wednesday, August 8 at 2 p.m. on the John Lawson Stage. Art Speaks opens August 3–12: 12 – 9p.m.
Art Beat: Discover more than 40 artists showcasing their works on the Ambleside and Dundarave beat as you local shops and restaurants together with West Vancouver’s vibrant waterfront. A street celebration takes place on August 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ?Art Beat opens August 3–12, store hours
Fresh St. Market Art Market: Argyle Street is filled with a diverse array of juried products including ceramics, glass, jewellery, leather, painting, photography, textiles and wood, the Fresh St. Market Art Market is the place to find incredible gifts and one-of-a-kind artistic treasures. Meet artists and artisans who display awe-inspiring works in a row of white tents. Fresh St. Market Art Market runs August 3–6 and August 10–12, times vary
A complete list of participating vendors can be found at harmonyarts.ca/art/art-market
MUSIC: Four Stages to choose from to suit your musical tastes.
ONNI Group Sunset Concerts evenings at John Lawson Park features Buckman Coe, Sara Jane Scouten, Jane Mortiffee & Friends, The Paperboys and more
Parc Retirement Living Garden Concerts at Millennium Park, feature Jim Byrnes, The Adam Woodall Band, Coco Jafro, plus tribute bands The Hip Show, and Eagle Eyes, to name just a few. Seniors’ Series, finds Dal Richards Orchestra (August 5), The Bruce James Orchestra – Vancouver’s Big Band (August 6) and The Beauty Shop Dolls (August 12) playing afternoons at John Lawson Park Live Music at The Silk Purse has live jazz and classic sounds in the afternoons August 8, 9 & 10
Following the ONNI Group Sunset Concerts John Lawson Park becomes an outdoor cinema, with free nightly screenings of award-winning films starting at 9pm. This year’s line-up includes award-winning films like The Greatest Showman, Coco, Beatlejuice, My Fair Lady, Rocky, Wonder Woman and more.
FOOD: Every good festival offers good food and Harmony Arts Festival doesn’t disappoint with a hearty selection of its own. Artisan Eats, a collection of food trucks at John Lawson Park. The Park Royal Beachside Patio finds a pop-up version of Feast The Neighbourhood Table to Argyle Street. The RE/MAX Waterfront Lounge features a pop-up Salt & Earth Oyster Bar offering dining alongside the Parc Retirement Living Garden Stage.
Harmony Arts Festival also offers three special ticketed events:
?Indigenous Feast: at Ambleside Landing August 7th, 6pm is a brand new event with a traditional indigenous menu from Salmon & Bannock, accompanied by a performance by Murray Porter. 8th Annual Best of the West: on Ambleside Pier August 8th, 7-9pm is a tasty curated evening featuring a dozen local restaurants paired with wineries celebrating the best of BC. 3rd Annual Mixology Night on the Pier: on the Ambleside Pier August 9, 7:30-9:30pm welcomes eight of Metro Vancouver’s top mixologists competing to create the best cocktail as voted by the attendees.
With so much to keep young and old entertained from day time to evening, it’s not surprising to see why Harmony Arts Festival has kept visitors returning year after year. ?There’s sure to be something for your whole family to enjoy at Harmony Arts Festival. Visit harmonyarts.ca for a full list of events and times.
Atomique Productions and Phillips Brewery have once again teamed up for the Phillips Backyard Weekender, three great days of music. While the loading dock and parking lot of a brewery doesn’t seem like the first place one would think of for a concert venue but the Phillips Brewery backlot in Victoria it is a great location.
The Phillips Backyard Weekender, expanded to 3 days this year, packs each evening with entertaining music and food. Friday and Saturday the fun runs 5pm – 10pm then on Sunday, start your funday at 3pm until 8pm. Food Trucks; Tacofino Victoria, Pizzeria Prima Strada, L’Authentique Poutine and Burger and Smokey Joe’s will be on site to handle your sustenance while the Phillips Brewery Beer on Tap Truck will be serving up the fresh suds.
The Weekender line-up is
Friday, July 25th The Original Wailers with special guests Marcia Griffiths & Judy Mowatt, Five Alarm Funk, Mindil Beach and Kim Churchill
Saturday, July 26th HOLY F**K • The Funk Hunters, Delhi 2 Dublin and Pigeon Hole
Sunday, July 27th Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Shad, The Budos Band and Jay Malinowski & the Deadcoast
To enjoy the great music, food and beer, grab a flight or ferry and head over to Victoria this weekend for the Phillips Backyard Weekend
Single Day Tickets for the Phillips Backyard Weekender are $34.75 & Three-Day passes are $89.50, available online at TicketWeb
It’s nearly time to warm up your taste buds and experience another Vancouver Foodster Food Talks. This edition, Food Talks: Volume 7, tackles the theme Food Trucks – The Business & The Movement. If you have ever thought of starting your own food truck, or maybe you’re just curious why food trucks are all the rage in Vancouver and across North America. Food Talks:Volume 7 is your opportunity to meet, mix and mingle with other foodies, and to hear some enlightening speakers from the food community. This edition of Food Talks features speakers;
Jory Simkin and Jason Apple of Roaming Dragon and Gourmet Syndicate Inc
Roaming Dragon came to life as two lifelong friends identified a major void in Vancouver’s food scene…the absence of restaurant quality food being served via Food Trucks!
Sarb Mund of Soho Road Truck & Food Truck Incubator
Birmingham, UK born, Sarb Mund is a Certified Management Accountant, who has been in the food cart business for the past year and owns Soho Road Naan Kebab. As well, he has recently founded Food Cart Inc (BC’s first Food Cart Incubator) and CommissaryConnect.com, an Online Commissary Billing software.
Councillor Heather Deal – City of Vancouver
First elected to Vancouver City Council in 2005, Ms Deal was re-elected in 2008 and 2011. At City Hall, she has brought forward initiatives that support artists, expand creative spaces in the city, created the food cart program, improve accessibility throughout the city, retain heritage and increase pedestrian safety.
Clement Chan and Steve Kuan – Le Tigre Truck Clement Chan is competitor on Top Chef Canada 3rd season. In 2012 he and Steve Kuan, co-founded Le Tigre Cuisine operating the Le Tigre Food Truck.
A fifth speaker will be added closer to the date.
After the speakers, Vancouver Foodster’s Richard Wolak will lead a Q & A session allowing the audience the opportunity to interact and learn more from the great panel. Stay around for the prize draw and continue to mingle over wine, beer or cocktails (available for purchase).
As usual, Growing Chefs is the designated charity, a portion of proceeds from Food Talks is donated to support this wonderful organization that educates children on the food community in the public schools.
Food Talks: Volume 7 takes place April 2nd from 6:30pm-9:30pm at Electric Owl Social Club at 926 Main Street. Tickets are required and in limited quantity so purchase early, $15 per person before March 29. * $21 per person after March 29 at 11pm and at the door (eventbrite fee extra).