Internationally lauded chefs take over Vancouver kitchens, a winter beer hall dishes up a specially crafted brew, and a brand-new launch event kicks off 17 days of palate-tickling culinary experiences - this is Dine Out as you've never seen it!
Canada's largest food and drink festival will soon celebrate its 14th anniversary, so mark your calendars and get ready to sip and savour your way through Vancouver's culinary wonderland. Here's what you need to know:
Festival dates: January 15 to 31, 2016
Ticket sales: start December 1, 2015
Events: Festival-goers can choose from 17 days of flash-in the-pan events that appeal to all types of taste bud. New additions include the World Chef Exchange (renowned chefs from destinations like Sydney and New York take over local restaurants for a notable night of global culinary influences); a winter beer hall at Big Rock Urban Brewery & Eatery (featuring beer crafted exclusively for Dine Out - stay tuned!); and Baked and Buzzed, a bakeries-and-cafés tasting journey led by local food operator Off the Eaten Track. Returning by popular demand are old favourites like Street Food City (a lunchtime gathering of the city's top food carts); Secret Supper Soiree (a progressive dinner party whose theme this year is "The Roaring '20s"); and a series of Cocktail Masterclasses led by world-renowned local bartender Lauren Mote (now expanded to four themed classes exploring whiskies, bitters, agave spirits and beyond).
Hotels: Local hotels will feature rooms priced at $80, $110 and $140 per night, plus a number of swoon-worthy "Dine and Stay" packages and exclusive offers for members of Club Amuse-Bouche (enhanced experiences at an additional cost). Hotel offers go on sale early December 2015.
Menus: Whether diners want to experience Vancouver's newest eateries, classic favourites or array of exotic offerings, Dine Out is the perfect time to savour the city's distinctive food scene. During the festival, diners can sample three-course, prix fixe menus at more than 240 restaurants at $20, $30 and $40 price points (BC VQA wine pairings available at additional cost). Restaurant menus will be revealed and reservations open on January 6, 2016.
Sponsors: Wines of British Columbia and YPDine (festival partners); Dairy Farmers of Canada, Metro newspaper, Vancouver magazine, Where magazine, Western Living magazine, OpenTable, The Westin Bayshore and Air Canada (preferred partners).
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 240-plus restaurants (at $20, $30 or $40 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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