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DINE OUT VANCOUVER FESTIVAL: THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS

Vancouver, BC: Dine Out Vancouver Festival is just a few months away, and the kitchen's already cookin'. Local chefs are dreaming up tantalizing prix fixe menus, hotels are crafting culinary-themed packages and festival organizers are working madly on an events roster that's guaranteed to be the best in Dine Out history. 

Info to whet your appetite:

Festival dates: January 18 to February 3, 2013.

Menus: Three-course, prix fixe menus priced at $18, $28 and $38 (suggested BC VQA wine pairings courtesy of Wines of British Columbia available at additional cost). Restaurant menus will be revealed and reservations open on January 7 (advance reservations for American Express cardholders open on January 3).

Hotels: Participating hotels will offer rooms priced at $78, $108 and $138 per night. Keep an eye out for special Dine Out packages, too.

Key Events: A blend of old favourites (such as Street Food City; Plated & Paired at the Public Market; Secret Supper Soirée; and Act I, Eat 1) and new additions like The Grape Debate (a lively wine debate with B.C. wine tastings); Tea Cocktails & Tapas (tea-infused cocktail class paired with tasty tapas at the Urban Tea Merchant); and an experiential Speaker Series at Edible Canada on Granville Island (taste cheese, wine, beer, bitters and more under the guidance of a local expert). Tourism Vancouver is excited to work on these inventive accoutrements with an array of local partners, including Vancouver FanClub, the Urban Tea Merchant, Vancouver Urban Winery, Edible Canada, Swallow Tail Tours, UBC Alumni Affairs and others.
 
Sponsors: American Express Canada (premier sponsor); Wines of British Columbia (festival partner); Metro newspaper, Vancouver magazine, Where magazine and OpenTable (media partners)

Website: www.tourismvancouver.com (new website launching in December).

About Dine Out Vancouver Festival:
Presented by Tourism Vancouver, Dine Out Vancouver Festival is a city-wide celebration of eating out, attracting tens of thousands of local and visiting foodies to Vancouver's exceptionally diverse collection of restaurants for 17 days. Now in its 11th year, Canada's largest restaurant festival allows diners to sample menus from hundreds of restaurants around the city, all for a prix fixe cost (price points are $18, $28 and $38 per person) and many with suggested BC VQA wine pairings (available at an additional cost). Dine Out also offers special hotel room rates and packages, plus a full menu of unique food-themed events and activities, including culinary tours, cooking lessons and special dining experiences. Throughout the festival, diners can take part in the Best Bite Awards by voting for their favourite festival experiences and be automatically entered to win the Dine Out for a Year contest. Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2013 runs from January 18 to February 3. Full festival information will be available on the new Dine Out website (www.tourismvancouver.com), launching in December.