Vancouver, BC: It's time to toss your New Year's resolutions (as if you needed a reason)! After months of anticipation, Tourism Vancouver has revealed the list of restaurants taking part in the 2014 Dine Out Vancouver Festival and posted their menus. Restaurants are now accepting bookings, so diners are encouraged to hightail it to a phone or computer and make reservations asap for their top picks.
For this year's festival, a record-setting 263 restaurants have cooked up set menus at prix fixe prices ($18, $28 and $38) with many featuring BC VQA wine pairings at an additional cost - and an impressive number are brand-new to Dine Out, including Bambudda, Pidgin, Twisted Fork and more.
Every story starts with a reservation, and diners can start building their own Dine Out stories by visiting dineoutvancouver.com, salivating over restaurant menus and making reservations at Vancouver's impressive array of luxe dining establishments, hideaway cafes and exotic eateries. And be sure to brush up on your Instagramming skills: through the newly revamped Dine Out For a Year contest, diners can submit pictures and videos of their festival experiences via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Every day of the festival, one entrant chosen by a panel of judges will win a gift certificate to a participating restaurant. At the end of the festival, a Grand Prize winner will be selected among all submitted entries to take home the Big Kahuna: 52 gift certificates to some of the city's top restaurants.
"Dine Out Vancouver Festival showcases our city's passion for food and contributes significantly to Vancouver's reputation as a world-class culinary destination," said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. "It brings families, friends and visitors together over the shared enjoyment of food, and its host restaurants, hotels and events will be an excellent showcase of Vancouver's vibrant character. I look forward to once again experiencing a taste of the festival firsthand!"
"Food, glorious food! Dine Out is the best time of year to taste the best of Vancouver - and this year is our biggest event ever," said Lucas Pavan, festival coordinator. "We have a record-setting 263 restaurants, celebrity chef speakers, city-spanning culinary adventures, affordable hotel rooms... the list goes on. I'm thrilled that we have this opportunity to share with the world and each other our city's amazing dining scene."
About Dine Out Vancouver Festival:
Produced by Tourism Vancouver and presented by American Express, 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 12th 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 pairings (available at an additional cost). Dine Out also features special hotel room rates and packages, plus a full menu of unique food-themed events, seminars and activities. Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2014 runs from January 17 to February 2. Wines of British Columbia is a festival partner, and supplier partners include All You Need is Cheese and OneCoffee. dineoutvancouver.com
High resolution Dine Out Vancouver Festival logo and images, as well as updated Fact Sheet, available here.