Make a Dash for Dine Out 2019 Tickets

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.

Grand Tasting
photo: Carly Whetter

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 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.

Street Food City
photo: Carly Whetter

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

Christmas Gift Ideas 2013 – Fun for Foodies.

Almost everyone has a food lover on their shopping list, Vancouver’s renowned food scene offers so many gift options it’s hard to choose.

There’s the great options of food baskets and gift hampers from gourmet shops like The Gourmet Warehouse or Urban Fare.

noodlemania_1_aFor something more one of a kind perhaps a food experience is what you’re looking for?  Next month, especially, is loaded with food fun, check out for some terrific food-fun events. On January 12th get the New Year off to the right bite with NoodleMania, a travelling food tour all across Vancouver in search of all types of noodles: ramen, pasta, udon, mein and more. Every culture has its own form of noodle so take a tour around the world while touring the city.


Also in January is Tourism Vancouver’s Dine Out Vancouver Festival  from January 17 – February 2, 2014 restaurants all around Vancouver take part in Canada’s largest restaurant festival with many, many unique food events included during the fortnight.  VanFoodster and Dine Out have combined for a few of them; West End Brunch Crawl on January 19 and then a week later, East Side Brunch Crawl – January 26. Each Brunch Crawl is an eight restaurant food crawl through the hot brunch spots in their respective neighbourhoods.  Then follow it all up, February 1st with Palate Promenades – Granville Island Discoveries, a visit to 10+ of the Island’s merchants including restaurants, breweries, Canada’s only Sake distillery, butchers, bakers and much more.

Whether you choose these events or any of the other tasty treats available to you in this great food town, your food lover is sure the appreciate the great gift and experience they get from you.

Victoria Public Market at The Hudson

The recently opened Victoria Public Market at The Hudson represents the long dream of the Victoria Downtown Public Market Society.  With a goal of a year-round public market the VDPMS finally found the perfect location with the help of Townline Ventures, the redevelopers of the historic Hudson’s Bay Company store. The Hudson has been redeveloped into condos on the upper floors and the main floor is the new permanent home of the Victoria Public Market.

The large open hall, is lined with long-term vendors; Salt Spring Island Cheese, Silk Road Tea, La Cocina de Mama Oli, Sutra, Roast, Island Spice Trade, Victoria Pie Co, Damn Fine Cake Co, Olive the Senses, Cowichan Bay Seafood and Il Dolce Gelato. Wednesdays come alive as the Farmer’s Market fills the centre court with fresh, local fare.

The Market is also home to The Community Kitchen, supported by VanCity’s EnviroFund, the kitchen is the place for the vendors to do public demonstrations or visiting chefs to put on a cooking class. The Community Kitchen is also available for rentals with a sliding pay scale that aims to support local, food-related non-profits, social enterprises, and community initiatives.
With a few more vendors yet to come to fill all the locations, a greengrocer, butcher and florist are coming soon, the vibrant Victoria Public Market has brought new life to this end of downtown Victoria.

The Victoria Public Market at The Hudson is open Tuesday – Saturday 0930-1830, Sunday 0930-1700.
Find the Market at 1701 Douglas Street, Victoria.  Online at , on Twitter @VicPubMark and

Tasting Plates Mount Pleasant

tastingplates_mtpleasantThe next edition of Tasting Plates YVR is ready to roll this Wednesday September 18th in Vancouver’s Mt Pleasant neighbourhood.  There’s still time to grab a ticket and have a taste as each restaurant invites participants to sample what makes them a local favourite. Tickets are on sale for $35 until midnight, Sept 15, then regular tickets are $45 on Eventbrite

The Mt Pleasant restaurants included in this edition are:

Registration & Check-in –
Milano Coffee Roasters
156 West 8th Avenue
Cuisine: cafe and coffee roastery

Chicha Restaurant
136 East Broadway. Vancouver
Twitter: @ChichaVancouver
Cuisine: Peruvian

Baylor’s Groceteria
367 E Broadway, Vancouver
Twitter: @ChefTims
Cuisine: Soups

Bonchaz Bakery Café
189 East Broadway
Twitter: @bonchaz
Cuisine: café

Urban Fare (False Creek)
1688 Salt Street, Vancouver
Twitter: @urbanfare
Cuisine: Restaurant in super market where food is their passion

Flip Top Fusion Food Truck
NW Corner of West 8th Avenue & Manitoba Street
Twitter: @FliptopTruck
Cuisine: Filipino

Le Tigre Cuisine Food Truck
NW Corner of West 8th Avenue on Manitoba Street
Twitter: @LeTigreTruck
Cuisine: Modern Chinese

Van Foodster Pizza Challenge

vf_pancake_web_1_aEveryone loves Pizza, so it seems like a natural choice for the next Van Foodster Food Challenge.  The Pizza Challenge features 14 participating restaurants in Vancouver, Burnaby, and Maple Ridge that runs until July 14, 2013.
Participating restaurants have created a new unique pizza creation (challenge guidelines require this pizza can-not be on their menu currently) to enter in this Best Pizza challenge.  Each Pizza creation can be simple to fancy, using unique and innovative ingredients, any type, as nutritious or indulgent as they wanted, perhaps with seafood, meats or vegetarian, “I told them to be imaginative” says Challenge creator Richard Wolak.

-Eight 1/2 restaurant lounge – 151 East 8th Avenue
-Grain Tasting Bar – 655 Burrard Street
-Lombardo’s Pizzeria – 1641 Commercial Drive
-Nicli Antica Pizzeria – 62 East Cordova Street
-Novo Pizzeria – 2118 Burrard Street
-Q4 al Centro – 780 Richards Street
-Ragazzi Pizza – 2996 E 22nd Avenue
-Rocky Mountain Flatbread – 1876 W 1st Avenue & 4186 Main Street
-The Bibo – 1835 W 4th Avenue
-The Parlour Yaletown – 1011 Hamilton Street
-Urban Fare – 1133 Alberni Street
-Via Tevere Pizzeria – 1190 Victoria Drive

-Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria – 6011 Hastings Street

Maple Ridge
-Chameleon Cafe – 11965 224 Street

Wolak has made some changes to the voting procedures to this Food Challenge.
This time around once people have ordered and tried the Pizza creations in this challenge at the participating restaurants, if they love that pizza, they can vote on their mobile phones or ipads from their table in the restaurants or later in the day. People can cast their vote once a day, so if they are visiting the other participating restaurants daily or during the promotion they can vote for their other favourites as well.

While voting, the public is urged to keep these criteria in mind; originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste. Then once they’ve decided which is their favourite, they are encouraged to VOTE at
The winning restaurant and their Pizza creations will be announced on July 16, 2013.

Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2013

DineOutVancouverWarm up your taste buds Canada’s largest restaurant festival is coming soon! Since its beginnings in 2002, Dine Out Vancouver Festival has enticed tens of thousands of food enthusiasts to step out of the house and experience the city’s fine array of restaurants.

Over 200 restaurants participate in the festival, offering custom tailored prix-fix 3 course menus at $18, $28 or $38. As the festival has grown, now 17 days January 18-February 3, 2013, more and more restaurants have joined in and the line up of activities has expanded year after year.

Hundreds of culinary events are scheduled that offer diners unique experiences not usually offered to the public; including guided dining adventures, food and cocktail tours, BC wine and BC craft beer tastings, cooking classes and demonstrations, debates and lectures, street food markets and much more.

In addition to the restaurant participants, hotels are offering prix-fix room rates at $78, $108 or $138 per room per night and adding on dining packages to allow visitors at great taste of Vancouver and allow locals to have a night on the town without worrying about driving home.

Participating restaurants and menus will be announced on Monday January 7th and reservations will book up quickly so be sure to visit right away to book your table and events.


Noodle Mania 2013

Noodle ManiaLooking for a great last minute gift for the Foodie on your list? Can’t face braving the crowds in the Mall, why not give them a ticket to Van Foodster’s next food event, the first of 2013, Noodle Mania.

A new event concept, similar to Van Foodster’s already popular Tasting Plates Vancouver events, which engaged foodies and promoted participating restaurants extensively. Guests at Noodle Mania will have a chance to taste all types of noodles from chow mein to spaghetti to ramen, udon, pad thai and more. Touring many ethnic eateries and tasting noodle dishes from American, Chinese, Hong Kong, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Malaysian, Singaporean, Taiwanese, Thai, Vietnamese, and more.
To showcase their restaurant and promoting their food and chefs, participating restaurants will each offer tasting bowls and plates of their noodle dishes to the guests.  Like Tasting Plates, the event is a roving tour that will start off at an yet to be determined location, from there guests can take off on their own and visit any or all of the participating restaurants.  The restaurants are all located Vancouver, and all are accessible by moped, bike, driving, transit, or carpooling.
Announced participating restaurants:
Urban Thai Bistro (Thai)
Chau Veggie Express (Vietnamese)
Bob Likes Thai Food (Thai)
Hai Phong (Vietnamese)
Soho Tea Room (Hong Kong & Taiwanese)
More restaurants to be announced soon.

Tickets for Noodle Mania are available now at January 10th, advance Tickets are just $35 per person (eventbrite fee extra) including a tasting bowl or plate at each participating restaurant. Bring a group along and save, a 4 pack of tickets is $100 or $135 for 6 pack of tickets (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pack or a 6 pack. After January 10th, tickets increase to $45 per person (eventbrite fee extra).  A donation of $3 from each ticket purchased will go to support Project Limelight Society.