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

Give a Foodie Gift from Vancouver Foodster

Perfect for the foodie on your holiday shopping list, Vancouver Foodster has a trio of great events coming in the New Year; 6th Annual Noodle Mania on January 16th, 7th Anniversary Tasting Plates Downtown  on February 6th, and Tasting Plates Mount Pleasant on February 27th.  Any or all of them will appeal to the friend or family member on your list who has great taste.

Noodle Mania – January 16, 2019 is a roaming tour in exploration of the city’s noodle dishes from Cambie Village, to Olympic Village, and Commercial Drive. Along the way, taste all sorts of noodles from chow mein to spaghetti to mac & cheese, pho, pad thai, ramen and more. Restaurants featured in Noodle Mania include; Mangia Cucina & Bar on Manitoba St, Hon’s Won Ton House on East 2nd, Viet House Restaurant on Cambie Str, Pami /Tseng Noodles, and more.

Tasting Plates Downtown – February 6, 2019 explores the neighbourhood restaurants in the downtown core of Vancouver including such locations as La Cantina Urban Taco Bar on Nelson St, Firecrust Neapolitan Pizzeria, and Mumbai Local on Davie St.


Tasting Plates Mount Pleasant – February 27, 2019 takes a tasting tour of the Mount Pleasant, Olympic Village, False Creek neighbourhoods to see what’s new and flavourful; like the new PappaRoti location on Columbia St. in Olympic Village.

On each of these Vancouver Foodster events, the participating restaurants will be serving up Tasting Bowls or Plates for guests to enjoy. Along the way the tasters will have a chance to visit many different types of restaurants across the events, meet some new food loving friends,  meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.

Find early-bird and advance tickets for all of these events on sale now. Visit for links to purchase from Eventbrite.

22nd Annual Eastside Culture Crawl is coming

From November 15 to 18, 2018 the 22nd Annual Eastside Culture Crawl brings art lovers from all around Metro Vancouver to East Vancouver.  For four days, studios will be opened, garages exposed, and artworks displayed for  Vancouver’s favourite celebration of visual arts, design, and crafts.

Credit: Grace Lee

An expected 35,000 art fans, cultural patrons, curious tourists and locals alike will marvel at more than 500 of Vancouver’s exceptionally talented art makers. The Eastside Culture Crawl invites visitors to immerse themselves in the neighbourhood from Columbia Street to Victoria Drive and from 1st Avenue to the Waterfront, with on-site visits, live demonstrations, probing presentations, and intriguing installations.

“More than just the home to Vancouver’s popular, four-day celebration of visual arts, the Eastside community contains the largest ratio of artists per capita in the country and serves as the nucleus for hundreds of visual artists and their studios,” says Esther Rausenberg, Executive Director of the Eastside Culture Crawl. “Unsurprisingly, the current economic climate in Vancouver is making it difficult for people to survive the rapid pace of development in this city, and many artists are struggling to retain their studio spaces.”

Credit: Desireé Patterson

Rausenberg continues, “Our mission is not only to celebrate our visual artists during the Crawl, but also support their growth and vibrancy all year long. We are committed to working together with the artistic community towards the goal of retaining a zero loss of studio space by coming up with sustainable creative solutions and assisting artists to find suitable studio replacements so they can continue to thrive.”

This year the Crawl is helping to increase artists’ profiles and enhance visitors’ experience with the launch of a brand new festival app. Available for free download on November 15, the Eastside Culture Crawl app will help festival goers better navigate the neighbourhood, favourite preferred artists, and locate nearby refreshments, bike parking, and car-sharing vehicles.
This year’s event will include a series of workshops and demonstrations for those passionate followers looking to learn about the inner workings of their favourite art form such as pottery, live chainsaw carving, natural textile dyeing, and glassblowing.

Credit: Judson Beaumont

The Eastside Culture Crawl gets underway November 15 – 18, 2018 but before the main event, check out

Spaces, Places, and Traces: Eastside Culture Crawl Preview Exhibit
A juried exhibition of works, featuring 70 artists from the 2018 Culture Crawl, on from October 27 – November 18, 2018, taking place at Arts Factory,  Firehall Arts Centre, The Cultch, Alternative Creations Gallery.

To learn more about the workshops and events offered throughout Eastside Culture Crawl, visit

Dine out, Walk, Run to Vancouver Foodster Brunch Crawls

It’s that most edible time of year as we move into mid-January and the 2017 Dine Out Vancouver Festival.  My favourite series of Dine Out Events are the neighbourhood Brunch Crawls in collaboration with Vancouver Foodster.  Brunch is a big thing in Vancouver so it makes sense to explore what the city has to offer for our leisurely weekend mornings.

Brunch Crawls take patrons on a tour around 6 different Vancouver ‘hoods to find out what the restaurants and chefs have to offer. Here’s the line up of neighbourhoods and a few of the participating restaurants;

Gastown Brunch CrawlJanuary 21 – Gastown Brunch Crawl – Milano Coffee, ZeroZero Pizza, Darby’s Pub Gastown, La Mezcaleria, Wishing Treats Caramel Studio

January 22 – Kitsilano Brunch Crawl – Silk Road Tea, Be Fresh Market Cafe, Kahve, Rain or Shine Ice Cream

January 28 – East Village Brunch Crawl – Nonna’s Table, Di Olivia,  The Gourmet Warehouse, Italia Bakery, Platform 7 Coffee

January 29 – Yaletown Brunch Crawl – Rocanini Coffee, House Special, Ganache Patisserie

February 4 – Robson Street & West End Brunch Crawl – Papparoti, De Dutch Pannekoek House, Styo Dessert

Commercial Drive Brunch CrawlFebruary 5 – Commercial Drive Brunch Crawl – Federico’s Supper Club, Cabrito Tapas, Eternal Abundance, Fratelli Bakery, The Drive Coffee Bar

Brunch Crawl tickets are on sale now through Dine Out Vancouver Festival
Individual Brunch Crawl tickets: $45, or choose three Brunch Crawls to buy a 3-pack of tickets for $120. (plus fees from Tickets Tonight)

Grab your fork and see you out there!



12 Days of Christmas Present Ideas – Day 8

After all the work and that goes into planning and preparing the Holidays baking, meals and snacks today’s 12 Days of Christmas gift idea is a great option for the food lover on your list.

January is for food lovers with loads of tasty dining events so wrap up some tickets to put under the tree.

Vancouver Foodster starts off the month with the 4th Annual Noodle Mania.  The roving food tour, seeks out bowls and plates of noodle dishes showcasing Vancouver restaurants and Chefs all around the city.  Noodle Mania Early Bird Tickets are on sale now for $35 until December 22nd.

Food lovers, cooking novices or someone looking to step up their skills will love a Cooking Class from Cook Culture Cooking School in North Vancouver. January classes include a 3-part Cooking Bootcamp, Soups of the World, Plant Based Cooking, Rustic Italian, and many more.

Dine Out Vancouver Festival closes out the month with 17 days of dining events, set menus and tastings.  Restaurants announce their menus on January 9th but Dine Out Event tickets are on sale now, check out weekend Neighbourhood Brunch Crawls, Cocktail Masterclasses, Food tours, Chef classes and dozens more.

Whatever food events you choose you’ll know it’ll be the tastiest gift under the tree!

Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2017 Announced

DineOut-logo-no-datesChristmas comes early for Vancouver foodies as the highly anticipated launch of Dine Out Vancouver Festival events are announced.

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.


PNE Hot Summer Night Concerts 2015

summer-night-concerts-145It’s almost summer and the Pacific National Exhibition is gearing up for another great Fair.
One of the big attractions of every Fair at the PNE is the amazing line-up of entertainment and this year is no exception.
The PNE Hot Summer Night Concerts line-up is packed with star-power including great acts from country, pop, rock and R&B.
Free concerts take place every night* of The Fair, the Hot Summer Night Concert series take place at PNE Amphitheatre starting at 8pm.
*Sept 6, Mad Decent Block Party is a ticketed day-long multi artist EDM festival

This year’s Hot Summer Night Concerts are:

Sat, August 22 – Colin James
Sun, August 23 – Clint Black
Tue, August 25 – Sloan
Wed, August 26 – The Beach Boys
Thu, August 27 – Daughtry
Fri, August 28 – The New Pornographers
Sat, August 29 – Tom Cochrane & Red Rider
Sun, August 30 – Colbie Callait & Christina Perri
Tue, September 1 – Lee Brice
Wed, September 2 – Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo – 35th Anniversary Tour cancelled replaced by Dennis Deyoung & the music of Styx
Thu, September 3 – Boyz II Men
Fri, September 4 – Daryl Hall & John Oates
Sat, September 5 – Brett Kissel
Sun, September 6 – Mad Decent Block Party (ticketed)
Mon, September 7 – Loverboy

All shows are included free with Admission to The Fair but a limited number of reserved seats for each show are on sale now.

The Fair at The PNE opens August 22nd and runs until September 7th at Hastings Park.