Who says you can only eat, drink and be merry at Christmas? Extend the seasonal cheer and start 2016 off with a palate-sparking bang on a winter getaway to Vancouver, Canada, for the 14th annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival. Thanks to festival-exclusive hotel rates and packages, paired with discounted airfare aboard Air Canada (and the favourable Canadian dollar doesn't hurt, either), you can holiday in style without blowing your budget.

This year, more than 10 hotels in and around downtown Vancouver are offering special room rates (priced at $80, $110 and $140 CAD) for guests who book a room during Dine Out. Travellers can further enhance their visit with a Dine and Stay package at one of seven participating hotels, all of which combine overnight accommodation with Dine Out dinners and perks (think welcome amenities, breakfast and complimentary valet parking). And guests who want to splash out on a headliner luxury vacation can select from a tailored suite of Amuse-bouche Collection packages: accommodation at The Listel Hotel (includes private preserving workshop with Forage Executive Chef Chris Whittaker; rainforest edible food tour led by Robin Kort of Swallow Tail Tours; 10-course West Coast tasting menu; foraging basket; and more) or Rosellen Suites at Stanley Park (includes two-night stay in the sprawling Katharine Hepburn Penthouse Suite; Dine Out lunch or dinner for two; breakfast for two; complimentary parking; and welcome bottle of bubbly). All rooms and packages are bookable now via the Dine Out website.

Of course, accommodation and activities are just one piece of the pie, which is why diners travelling to Vancouver from all Canadian and select U.S. cities will receive Air Canada's 15 percent discount (use promo code DINEOUT2016). The offer is valid for round-trip bookings to Vancouver from anywhere in Canada as well as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Palm Springs, Phoenix and New York's Newark Airport (travel dates between January 14 and February 1, 2016). Bookings must be made before December 21, 2015.

Still hungry? Extend your culinary vacation beyond Dine Out to food-focused experiences in and around the Lower Mainland using WestCoastFood.ca as your guide. The newly launched website highlights venues, activities, ingredients and chefs in Vancouver and neighbouring regions, acting as the ultimate maître'd in your hunt for authentic local food experiences. Let the salivation begin at http://westcoastfood.ca/.

About Dine Out Vancouver Festival:
Produced by Tourism Vancouver, Dine Out Vancouver Festival is Canada's largest annual celebration of food and drink. Attracting more than 100,000 locals and visitors, the festival takes over the city with 17 days of culinary events, prix fixe menus at 200-plus restaurants (at $20, $30 or $40 CAD price points), as well as "Dine and Stay" packages and special hotel rates. The festival promotes local and regional ingredients, the wines of British Columbia, and the city's exceptional culinary talent. Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2016 runs from January 15 to 31.
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