If you feel like the holidays passed by too quickly, here’s your chance to relive some of the tastiest parts. The 11th Annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival sponsored by American Express and presented by Tourism Vancouver is back with a vengeance (as we’ve mentioned here, here and here) for a grand celebration of dining out. Best known for showcasing Vancouver’s diverse collection of restaurants, this 17-day event is the largest restaurant festival in Canada, running January 18 to February 3.
Those of you who are new to Vancouver may know about this festival as the time of year where restaurants feature prix fixe menus in the $18, $28, $38 price categories. But with Dine Out Vancouver now passing their 10-year mark, they’ve stepped up their game to make things even more fun and interesting with a bevvy of events including food experiences, culinary tours and even debates as part of their tasty offerings, which ties in perfectly with their partnership with Amex as Amex loves to bring exciting dining experiences to life. All in all, the perfect excuse to reconnect with friends and loved ones over delicious food, wine, cocktails and desserts – everything and anything that your appetite may desire!
Here are some tips and ideas on how you can best eat your way through Canada’s largest restaurant festival:
If you’re a Dine Out greenhorn, here’s your first tip: make your reservations. The popular restaurants and events sell out quickly so you’ll want to cross this off your list ASAP!
But how to make your restaurant selections? With 241, participating restaurants (not including separate events) it can be a bit overwhelming. This is a great safe opportunity to try new restaurants that may have been on your radar. But also, be sure to tune into social media to hear what the other thousands of local and visiting foodies have to say about their experiences. Our second tip is to share and engage with fellow dinners on social media by following #DineWithAmex, #DOVF, @AmexCanada and , @DineOutVan.
Our last tip is to have the best tool to make your Dine Out experience event more rewarding, by using your American Express card. Presenting sponsor American Express is offering Cardmembers the chance to earn a $20 American Express Statement Credit.
Here’s what you got to do:
- Be one of 5,000 Canadian Cardmembers to register your eligible American Express Card from January 14 – 17, 2013
- Use your Card at 3 separate participating restaurants during Dine Out Vancouver (no minimum spend required)
- Enjoy your $20 statement credit – maybe for another $18 dining experience?
Not an American Express Cardmember? Well on on January 18, Amex is launching a fun contest on the American Express Canada Facebook page for everyone who loves to Instagram their food pics.
Here’s how it works:
- Take an Instagram photo of your meal at Dine Out Vancouver
- Upload your photo on Instagram and tag it #DineWithAmex
- Visit www.dinewithamex.ca to enter your Instagram photo’s URL for your chance to win
- You can enter up to three times between January 18th to February 3rd for a chance to win 1 of 10 $100 American Express Gift Cards. !
A great incentive for something many of us already do, so be sure to be social, and tag your updates accordingly. Goes to show that sharing on social does pay! Some of the Vancity Buzz team will be participating in our own Dine Out experience on January 18 at West Restaurant, so keep your eyes peeled for tasty food pictures and updates and join the #DineWithAmex conversation.
This post is sponsored by American Express Canada.