Hey, how’s it going? How are you doing on your resolutions to “eat clean” in 2017?
If you are among the many Vancouverites hungry for some fun ways to get out and eating this coming week (no matter what you resolved on December 31) here are 13 Vancouver food events happening from January 23 to 29.
1. Lime and Moon Pie fundraiser for Syrian relief
As part of their ongoing work to support children and families in need, Lime and Moon Pie Company is hosting a fundraiser for the month of January 2017 to benefit victims of conflict in Syria through Save the Children’s – Syrian relief efforts. 100% of the pie shop’s January sales will be donated to Save the Children–so every dollar spent counts.
Lime and Moon is also hosting a silent auction throughout the month of January 2017. Photographs and visual art by professionals in the Vancouver film and television industry will be on display and available for bidding in their Yaletown location. All proceeds from this auction will go directly to the Save the Children foundation.
When: January 2017
Where: Lime and Moon Pie Company – 1066 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Taking place from January 17 to February 14, 2017, the Hot Chocolate Festival once again makes for a delectable countdown to the sweetest day of the year, Valentine’s Day, when a lot of us are definitely thinking about chocolate. The month-long event finds cafes, sweet shops, and restaurants around Vancouver serving up special cocoa-y creations.
When: Now to February 14, 2017
Where: 29 participating locations
This annual festival is back with a full 17-day schedule of delicious events and unique culinary experiences for diners. Activities include brunch crawls, cocktail masterclasses, wine debates, guest chef dinners, BC VQA wine and craft beer tastings, street food markets, and guided dining adventures. Plus there are 284 participating restaurants offering special DOV prix-fixe menus.
When: Now to Sunday, February 5
Where: All around Vancouver
Tickets: Check out individual event ticket details and prices here.
Head to Abbotsford in the next couple of weeks to get to know one of their local culinary gems, Restaurant 62, courtesy their annual “Dine Around Abbotsford” promotion. Featuring a set three-course menu (sound familiar?) with your choice for each course, the specially priced option doubles as a fundraiser for the Abbotsford Food Bank.
When: Now through February 2
Where: Restaurant 62 – 2001 McCallum Road, Abbotsford
Vancouver’s very own Foodster is running his Signature Coffee Challenge now through February 5, which involves 10 local cafes and restaurants offering a special coffee drink. The public is invited to go out and order any or all of the coffee drink creations in this challenge, then cast your vote for the People’s Choice portion of the Challenge’s awards.
When: Now through Feb 5
Where: 10 cafes around Metro Vancouver
This monthly fundraiser dinner showcasing a different local culinary talent around town is one surefire way to liven up your Monday evening meal. On January 23, the spotlight is on Chef Mark Singson of FAM, whose got a menu of comfort driven eats in store for diners.
When: Monday, January 23 from 5:30 to 10:30 pm
Where: Save On Meats – 43 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $95; available online
7. St. Lawrence Pop Up Dinner #1
Want a taste of an exciting new restaurant opening soon in Vancouver? The team behind Ask For Luigi are opening St. Lawrence, a concept based on the flavours of Quebec and France, and they will be trying out some dishes during a four-course dinner with wine pairings and a few extra fun bites. This dinner is sold out, but if you’re super keen, you might want to see if there are any last-minute cancellations you can nab.
When: Monday, January 23 from 5:30 to 8 pm
Where: Ask for Luigi – 305 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $125; sold out
The sixth annual “food truck pod,” a vibrant pop-up starring local food trucks, will run from January 23 to 29 as part of Dine Out Vancouver’s expanded programming. This year, they’ll be grouped along Howe Street, between Georgia and Smithe Streets. Food carts, tables and seating will be available on the 800 Robson Street Plaza. More than 25 food trucks will rotate throughout the week-long festival.
When: January 23 to 29; Monday to Friday 11 am to 3pm, Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Howe Street, between Georgia and Smithe Streets
Tickets: Free entry, just buy your food
9. Five Days of Fortune at Heritage Asian Eatery
Get ready to ring in the Year of the Rooster at Heritage Asian Eatery where this week they’ll be wishing guests a happy Lunar New Year during a special ‘Five Days of Fortune’ promotion. From January 23 to 27, each vistior will receive a fortune cookie featuring a custom, tongue-in-cheek message from the Heritage team, as well as a chance to win prizes redeemable during future visits to the restaurant.
When: January 23 to 27
Where: Heritage Asian Eatery – 1108 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Celebrate whisky and Scotland’s favourite son, Robbie Burns, with a collaborative menu between YEW’s own Chef Weimar Gomez, Bittered Sling’s Chef Jonathan Chovancek and award-winning mixologists Lauren Mote and Chicago’s Charles Joly.Mote and Joly will face-off their cocktail pairings against Chefs’ Chovancek and Gomez’s dishes, for the ultimate Scottish celebration of spirits, cocktails and food. Guests will also enjoy a spirited masterclass of drams at the beginning of the evening, led by whisky experts, Mote and Joly. 19+ only.
When: Tuesday, January 24 at 6:30 pm
Where: YEW seafood + bar – 791 W Georgia Street
Tickets: $135; limited seats available. purchase tickets online
The Cascade Room is celebrating the life and poetry of Scottish poet Robert Burns with a delicious Scottish-inspired evening featuring bagpipes, whisky, haggis and other treats (including deep fried Mars bars!). Their 8th annual Burns’ Night event includes live Celtic music and a three-course menu. Seats are first come, first served. The merriment gets going at 6 pm with the “Piping of the Haggis” followed by music and dinner at 7 pm.
When: Wednesday, January 25 at 6 pm
Where: The Cascade Room – 2616 Main Street, Vancouver
Café Medina owner Robbie Kane is inviting guests to take a trip down under by hosting an exclusive Australia Day Wine Dinner (part of the Dine Out Vancouver fest). Sup on five courses paired with Aussie wines, curated by Café Medina Manager and Sommelier Jenna Briscoe along with well-known Vancouver wine personality Jason Yamasaki, sommelier for Joey Restaurants’ Group and 2015 Vancouver International Wine Festival Sommelier of the Year.
When: Thursday, January 26 at 7 pm
Where: Café Medina – 780 Richards Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $106.88 (inclusive of tax, gratuity, and ticketing fees); available online
13. Loco Ono Pop-Up
Check out the “Island-inspired street food” of the roving Loco Ono pop-up. Enjoy a four-course meal while DJ Marquee Plays you some tunes. Featuring a fresh new menu for the new year, the dinner promises pure Aloha vibes, big flavours, and a lot of fun.
When: Friday, January 27 at 7 pm
Where: The Refinery – 1115 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $50; available online