15 Vancouver food events to check out in January

Dec 21 2016, 1:20 am

New year, same big appetite.

YVR is never lacking new food and beverage experiences to participate in, and this month is no different. Kick off 2017 by heading to one (or all) of these 10 January food events in Vancouver.

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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

2. Best Sommelier of BC 2017

The third annual Best Sommelier of BC competition is happening on January 9 and 16 competitors are going head to head to see who’s the best in the BC wine world. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or not, this is one competition you don’t want to miss.

When: Monday, January 9 from 1 to 5 pm
Where: Centre Ice Club, Rogers Arena (enter Gate 10)

3. After Party: Best Sommelier of BC 2017

After the competition head to Cibo Trattoria where The Best Sommelier of BC 2017 will be announced followed by a big celebration. Wine and canapes will be served at this after party.

When: Monday, January 9 from 5:30 to 8:30pm
Cibo Trattoria, 900 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $25; purchase via Eventbrite.

4. Noodle Mania #4

This is the fourth time Noodle Mania will be taking over Vancouver for a night filled with more carbs than you can imagine. Several restaurants in East Vancouver and Yaletown will be participating noodle tasting extravaganza presented by Vancouver FoodsterThis event is a roving tour which will start at a TBA-destination where you’ll pick up your Noodle Mania Map Cards and menus. After that you’re free to visit the restaurants, meet other foodies and chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.

When: Wednesday, January 11 from 6 to 10pm
Where: Starting location TBD; tour will be throughout East Vancouver and Yaletown.
Tickets: $35 for early bird, $45 for advanced, $60 for regular; purchase via Eventbrite.

5. Demon & Dinner: Cook The New Light

Lighten things up in 2017 with some new exciting dishes from Tartine and Maple Cuisine. Learn how to make roasted peppers soup, white fish in papillote, ratatouille, and crème caramel. All of these dishes will be cooked in front of participants, then get the opportunity to enjoy the meal with some wine afterwards. Guests will be greeted with welcome snacks and all the recipes that are made will be provided.

When: Wednesday, January 11 from 6 to 9pm
Where: The Uncommon Cafe, 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $69; purchase via Eventbrite.

6. Campagnolo ROMA x Odd Society Spirits Dinner

Campagnolo ROMA  and Odd Society Spirits are joining forces to bring you a six-course of Roman-inspired food featuring winter produce, house preserves, and bespoke cocktails (made with OSS, of course). The menu at this dinner will feature oysters, winter squash salad, charred cabbage, squab, goat’s milk custard, and a baked apple dessert.

When: Wednesday, January 11 at 7pm
Where: Campagnolo Roma, 2297 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $90; purchase by calling 604-569-0456 or via Eventbrite.

7. Gluten Free & Specialty Food Expo

This two-day expo encompasses two stages and two halls that will feature hundreds of products like beer, pasta, pizza, breads, perogies and more for those who are gluten free, dairy free, soy free, diabetic friendly, and low FODMAP diets. The expo will have registered dietitians, doctors, and chefs for info and advice, along with exclusive deals and giveaways.

When: Saturday, January 14 at 10am to Sunday, January 15 at 4pm
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre East, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Tickets: $12 for one-day ticket, $20 for weekend pass, $39 for VIP pass; purchase online.

8. NFL at Sportsbar LIVE! at Rogers Arena

Vancouver’s newest immersive sports-themed bar and restaurant may be cozy with Canucks action at Rogers Arena, but they’re also kicking off NFL viewing events this month. Join them on Sunday January 15 for the games, and Sunday, January 22 for the Conference Championships. Watch the NFL on their over 100 TV screens and their epic 16-foot big projector screen, and enjoy delicious food and drinks.

When: Sunday, January 15 and Sunday, January 22
Where: Sportsbar LIVE! at Rogers Arena – 99 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

9. Bau-llywood Dinner at My Shanti

So a German chef walks into a kitchen at an Indian restaurant…and gets together with the chef there to create an exciting dinner. It’s not punchline fodder, it’s the premise for a January 16, 2017 event that will find Chef Stefan Hartmann of Gastown’s Bauhaus teaming up with Vikram Vij at his South Surrey restaurant My Shanti for an Indian-German feast. The event will be ticket-only, and for $99, guests will enjoy a four course dinner, complete with wine pairings from local wineries.

When: Monday, January 16
 My Shanti, 15869 Croydon Drive (Morgan Crossing), Surrey
Tickets: $99; book by emailing: [email protected] with the subject line: “Bau-llywood”

10. Bartender at Large screening + after party

Join Lot 40 and the Canadian Professional Bartenders Association in welcoming US bartending legend Erick Castro to Vancouver for the Canadian Premier of the smash hit documentary Bartender at Large at the Rio. Complimentary Lot 40 cocktails created and poured by the CPBA will be served before and after the screening and the film will be followed by a Q&A session with Erick Castro and Dave Mitton. This is the first time the film will be shown anywhere in Canada and the only night it will show in Vancouver. An after party will take place at the Clough Club (subject to capacity). 19+ only.

When: Monday, January 16. Doors at 7 pm, film at 7:30 pm. Q&A follows film. After party is at Clough Club.
Where: Rio on Broadway – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
Tickets: Free; register via Eventbrite

11. Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

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: January 17 to February 14, 2017
Where: Participating locations TBA

12. Cooking Class: Stock, Soup & Stew

Get some lesson from Tartine and Maple Cuisine on how to make hearty meals for cheap at home. Learn how to make chicken stock, lentils and smoked ham soup, chicken coq au vin. All of these dishes will be cooked in front of participants, then get the opportunity to enjoy the meal with some wine afterwards. Guests will be greeted with welcome snacks and all the recipes that are made will be provided.

Wednesday, January 18 from 6 to 9pm
Where: The Uncommon Cafe, 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $65; purchase via Eventbrite.

13. Craft Beer 101 class

Sample eight styles of brews, and build a base of knowledge about the world of craft beer. Taught by CAMRA Vancouver‘s Education Liaison, Kai Miller, this is a great way to up your savvy and appreciation of beer.

When: Thursday, January 19 from 6:30 to 8 pm
Where: Big Rock Urban Brewery & Eatery –  310 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: $15 (CAMRA members) $20 (non-members); available online

14. Dine Out Vancouver

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.

When: Friday, January 20 to Sunday, February 5
Where: All around Vancouver
 Check out individual event ticket details and prices here.

15. Cuisine & Confessions

Vancouver Playhouse will house Montreal-based theatre company Les 7 Doigts for Cuisine & Confessions, a blend of theatre, dance, and food. With only six scheduled performances, you have only a few chances to witness the show which takes place in a gigantic kitchen and features nine acrobats creating a meal by throwing ingredients and sharing childhood recipes and memories.

When: Wednesday, January 25 at 8pm to Sunday, January 29 at 2pm.
Where: Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $45-$65; purchase online.

Stay tuned…we’ll be adding more delicious events in the coming weeks.

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