New year, same big appetite.
Kick off 2017 by heading to one (or all) of these nine food and drink events happening this week in Vancouver.
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. Free coffee all week at Railtown Cafe on Howe Street
In celebration of their new space at 968 Howe Street, Railtown Cafe is offering free coffee for an entire week. Head to the downtown Vancouver location Monday, January 16 through Friday, January 20 between 7 and 9 am and receive a free 12oz cup of Moja drip coffee. The fun continues into the weekend, with a free cup of Joe available on Saturday, January 21 from 9 to 10 am as well.
When: January 16 to 22, 2017
Where: Railtown Cafe – 968 Howe Street, Vancouver
3. 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
4. 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
Where: My Shanti, 15869 Croydon Drive (Morgan Crossing), Surrey
Tickets: $99; book by emailing: [email protected] with the subject line: “Bau-llywood”
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
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.
When: Wednesday, January 18 from 6 to 9pm
Where: The Uncommon Cafe, 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $65; purchase via Eventbrite.
7. 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
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: Friday, January 20 to Sunday, February 5
Where: All around Vancouver
Tickets: Check out individual event ticket details and prices here.
9. 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 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 22 (games take place in the afternoon/evening)
Where: Sportsbar LIVE! at Rogers Arena – 99 West Georgia Street, Vancouver