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Dine Out Vancouver Festival Returns January 17 to February 2, 2020

30 Dec

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Dine Out Vancouver Festival returns January 17th to February 2, 2020. This festival brings together over 300 restaurants, wineries, craft breweries and suppliers for 17 days of dining and culinary events.   This festival evolves each year and provides a little something for all tastes.    The big reveal of which restaurants are participating happens Thursday, January 9th.  Once the list is revealed, you are invited to check out the price fix menus online and make your reservation for brunch, lunch or dinner.  Price fix menus are $15, $25, $35 and $45. Beverages, tax and tip not included.

Each year a number of special culinary events take place during Dine Out and we have to say there are some pretty great ones happening this year.  We’ve highlighted a few that caught our eye, but check them out for yourself. Note, if you like what you see, we recommend booking your space, these events do sell out. Here’s, a sampling of what’s available. For the full rundown of special culinary events during Dine Out Festival Vancouver, visit Special Events.

BBQ, Fried Chicken & Brewery Tours With Vancouver Brewery Tours 

  • January 17, 2020; January 18, 2020; January 24, 2020; January 25, 2020; January 31, 2020; February 1, 2020
  • 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM
  • $105.99*

Vancouver Brewery Tours invites to come and enjoy Vancouver’s best barbecue, fried chicken and craft beer. They’ve handpicked three of their favourite businesses in Vancouver for this tour. Your journey begins with some delicious free-range chicken at Juke Fried Chicken – voted #1 for Best Chicken in the Georgia Straight Golden Plates Awards 2019. Next on down the line is award winning pit stop at Memphis Blues for some messy, low and slow cooked barbecue. Finally, you will visit Vancouver’s newest craft brewery Container Brewing. For tickets, visit Dine Out Vancouver Festival.

Coffee, Brunch, Donuts & Beer Tour With Vancouver Brewery Tours 

  • January 18, 2020; January 19, 2020; January 25, 2020; January 26, 2020; February 1, 2020; February 2, 2020
  • 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • $105.99*

You’ll want to roll out of bed early for this tour.  Vancouver Brewery Tours is hosting an epic morning of coffee, brunch, donuts and beer. You will kick off your morning at Agro Roasters coffee shop which will include a behind the scenes coffee tasting and info about bean sourcing and roasting processes.   After that, you will make your way to  the Truck Stop (at Red Truck Beer Company) for a tasty brunch. Next you will land at   Brassneck Brewery for a tour and flight of beer and mere steps away you will end your tour on a sweet note at Cartems Donuts. For tickets, visit Dine Out Vancouver Festival.

Dim Sum ChinaTown Tour – January 18 – February 2, 2020

  • 50 East Pender Street
    January 18, 2020 – February 2, 2020
  • 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • $94.50

Did you know Dim Sum means “Point of the Heart”. We did not, but they say it lives up to its name in Vancouver’s Chinatown. It was originally a Cantonese family tradition (sometimes called Yum Cha (drink tea)) with small, shared dishes, often served in bamboo steamers, Dim Sum has become a staple for lovers of food worldwide.  You are invited to come learn more about Chinatown’s history and visit a couple of Dim Sum restaurants for tastings as well as a tea ceremony.  This tour is provided by Canadian Craft. For tickets, visit Dine Out Vancouver Festival.

What’s On East Van: August 16th Edition

16 Aug

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Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out some cool events for the upcoming weekend.  Beyond the weekend, we invite you to check out our Event Listing which is updated daily and features events for the month and beyond.

Kiwassa Outdoor Community Market – Kiwassa Neighbourhood House – August 16th

The Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, 2425 Oxford Street (near Nanaimo and Hastings) is hosting another Community Market Friday, August 16th  from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  You can expect to find fresh produce, preserves, snacks, seeds, popcorn, activities for the kids. There will be some local artisans along with fresh local produce at very reasonable prices. Lastly, post market, Kiwassa’s Youth Program will be featuring an outdoor climate change film screening.  For more info, visit Kiwassa.ca.

Outdoor Summer Movie – Grandview Park – August 16th

The Commercial Drive BIA Society is hosting an outdoor movie this Friday night in Grandview Park. They will be showing Back To The Future at dusk, a mighty fine choice.  You are invited to bring your lawn chairs and blankets.

The Fair At The PNE – August 17th to September 2nd

The Fair at the PNE kicks off this Saturday at 11:00 am and goes till 11:00 pm every evening until September 2nd. In case you hadn’t heard, there are lots of free events with admission once inside the gates. Kids under 5 are free with an adult and children aged 6 to 12.  If you are looking for free gate admission dates, they are August 20 & 27, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. There is also a free gate admission for seniors 65+ on August 22nd from 11:00 am to late.  For more ways to save, visit Ways To Save at The Fair.

The Dude Is Back – Dude Chilling Park – August 17th

A bronze replica of “The Dude” has been created for Dude Chilling Park to replace the previous wood one that has seen better days.  There was quite a bit of work including fundraising by many to make this artistic endeavor happen. So this Saturday there will be a celebration from 12-4 pm to celebrate that the Dude Is Back. Expect hot dogs and bratwurst on the BBQ and live music by the Undercovers along with some Parks Board members on hand. You are invited to grab a blanket and come kick back and relax with The Dude.

Yeast Van Patio Party – 1216 Franklin Street – August 17th

The Yeast Van Brewery District Cooperative is hosting their first ever Patio Block Party at Container Brewing, 1216 Franklin Street this Saturday.  Tickets are $20 and include 2 drink tickets. Big Day BBQ will be on hand with eats and Dr. Alex will be spinning vinyl.  Lots of great local breweries will be participating in this event. To grab your ticket in advance, visit Eventbrite.

Outdoor Summer Movie – Riverfront Park – August 17th

The good folks at Collingwood Policing Centre are back at Riverfront Park in SE Vancouver near the Fraser River for an outdoor movie this Saturday night. They will be showing The Princess Bride at dusk.

Railtown Tailgate BBQ – Railtown Café – August 18th

If you love BBQ, this is the place to this Sunday. Railtown Café chefs and co-owners are hosting a big ass BBQ with loads of food between 11:00 am and 8:00 pm.  There also be some delish refreshments Lynchburg Lemonade and Railtown Ruby Sangri. Cost is $27 per person or $17 for the vegetarian option.  For tickets or more info, visit Eventbrite.

Biggest Dog Meet Up – Trout Lake – August 18th

The 7th Biggest Dog Meet Up happens at John Hendry Park at Trout Lake Beach this Sunday from Noon to 4:00 pm. This is a free event. Everyone is welcome to attend with a pup or not.  For those that don’t have a dog and are considering one, it’s a great opportunity to see a variety of breeds and chat with owners about what might be a good fit for you.

Comedy, Music & Entertainment & More 

Do you love cartoons? Miss those Saturday morning cartoons you used to watch as a kid. Do you know Storm Crow Tavern offers cartoons Saturday morning from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm whilst you enjoy breakfast/brunch?

Also 7 days a week, you will find live music at the Libra Room on The Drive. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday afternoons from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, no cover.

Looking to shop and support local? Be sure to check out one of the farmer markets happening this weekend. Saturday is Riley Park Farmers Market at 30th & Ontario from 10 am – 2 pm and Trout Lake Farmers Market from 9 am – 2 pm at John Hendry Park. Sunday, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is back in Dude Chilling Park from 10:00 am – 2 pm. To see more of What’s On in East Vancouver,  check our Event Listing.  We also have a separate listing of Free Events for those on a budget and in Vancouver, who isn’t.

Image Credit: June Hunter

Yeast Van Patio Party At Container Brewing August 17th

29 Jul

YeastVan2019The Yeast Van Brewery District Cooperative invites you to their first ever Patio Block Party at Container Brewing, 1216 Franklin Street, happening Saturday, August 17th. Tickets for the event are $20 and include 2 drink tickets.  Extra drink tickets are available for $5.00 each.  Big Day BBQ will be on hand with eats and Dr. Alex will be spinning vinyl.  Lots of great local breweries will be participating in this event including Bomber Brewing, Luppolo, East Van, Off The Rail, Callister, Container, Strathcona, Hastings Mill, Postmark, Coal Harbour, Storm, Parallel 49, Odd Society Spirits, Resurrection Spirits, Andina, Powell, Strange Fellows and Superflux. So grab a ticket now, or at the door. To grab your ticket in advance, visit Eventbrite.

Vancouver Greek Summerfest July 4th to July 14th, 2019

2 Jul

GreekSummerFest2019The Vancouver Greek Summerfest is back for its 33rd consecutive year at the edge of East Van, 4541 Boundary Road.  Vancouver Greek Summerfest kicks off Thursday, July 4th and runs till July 14th.  This is a free fun community event with great Greek food including BBQ Lamb, Loukoumade, souvalaki, gyros and more available for purchase. The event features dozen of live singers and dancers on the Performance Stage including belly dancing, folk dancing and Serbian dancing.  Organizers also have a great music line up including performances by bands Zougla, Urban Myth, Asi Somos, Dolphin Jazz and legendary Blues musician Jim Byrnes. If you love George Michael, you may wish to mark July 6th on your calendar, Gotta B George Michael will be performing that day kicking off the fun at 7:30 pm.  When there are not live performances, a DJ will be spinning tunes.   The event takes place in the parking lot behind the Greek Orthodox Community Church of East Vancouver at 4541 Boundary Road which is located on the border of Vancouver and Burnaby.  If you are coming from Vancouver, the intersection is 29th Avenue. If you are coming from Burnaby, it is Moscrop.  The event is free to attend. Note, as there is food and lots of moving bodies, pets are not permitted.  During the week, Monday to Wednesday, activities take place from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm and from Thursday to Sunday, things go from Noon to 11:00 pm. To learn more about the event, what’s available for food or which musician is playing on which date, check out Greek SummerFest. Opa! Live and eat like a Greek for a day.

Tiki Nights At Odd Society Spirits July 4th & August 1st

24 Jun

TikiNightsSummer is officially here and should you feel like you need a bit of a tropical vibe in your life, you may wish to mark a couple dates on your calendar.  Local distiller, Odd Society Spirits, 1725 Powell Street, is hosting Tiki Nights this summer on Thursday, July 4th and Thursday, August 1st.  You are invited to join them for a BBQ, music and refreshing Tiki drinks made by Barman Chad Rivard.  We hear some special Tiki recipes will be available using their spirits. No ticket purchase required, just put on your best tropical dress or Hawaiian shirt and come down between 6:00 pm and 11:00 pm to take a little break from the everyday that’s not very far away.

Croatia Days Festival At The Croatian Cultural Centre June 15 & 16

13 Jun

CroatiaDays2018It’s cultural festival season in Vancouver and what a privilege it is to live in a community that encompasses so many different ethnic and cultural enclaves. This weekend, come down to the Croatian Cultural Centre for some food, beer, folk dancing and of course, soccer!

Croatia Days Festival begins Friday, June 15th starting at 5:00 p.m. There will be a men’s futsal tournament and an outdoor barbeque with local and Croatian beers available for purchase. At 9:00 p.m. the bar will open for a pub night with live music and entertainment! For the main event on Saturday, June 16th, starting at 10:00 a.m. there will be cultural displays and food offerings from the various regions of Croatia, vendor stands from local Croatian businesses as well as a petting zoo and face painting station for kids. Up until 4:00 p.m. there will also be a lineup of Croatian dance groups who will be showcasing traditional Croatian folk dancing for festival attendees!

For all FIFA fans, head down to the Croatian Cultural Centre at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday for the pre-game party including food and beverages available for purchase where fans will be getting revved up for the Croatia vs. Nigeria game at 12:00 p.m. Wear your red and white checks and join the electric atmosphere while watching the game on nine jumbo projection screens and enjoying specialty imported beer from Croatia!

By Contributing Writer: Nicole Alivojvodic

What’s On East Van: September 15, 2017

15 Sep

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Lots happening in East Van this next week.  Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out cool events for the upcoming week. Beyond the week, we invite you to check out our Event Listing which is updated daily and features events for the month and beyond.

Tango Lessons – Italian Cultural Centre – September 15, 2017

Looking for a perfect date night?  We suggest trying out a tango lesson at the Italian Cultural Centre. This is currently a weekly event happening on Friday nights until the end of October. Classes run from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Cost is $20 per person per class, or you can register by the month at a cost of $60.

Vancouver Fringe Festival – September 7-17, 2017

This is the last weekend to catch the Vancouver Fringe Festival.  In East Van, you find shows at The Cultch and Firehall Arts Centre. To see a full listing, visit Vancouver Fringe Festival.

First Pick Handmade – Heritage Hall – September 16 & 17, 2017

First Pick Handmade brings together 27 Canadian men’s and women’s fashion accessory designers. The Heritage Hall will be transformed into a 3,300 square foot pop up boutique with a variety of items for men and women. Event runs Saturday (11:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday (10:00 am – 6:00 pm). Admission is $3 at the door.

Drive-In Movie – River District – September 16, 2017

After a false start last weekend with a last minute cancellation, Drive-In Movies are back at River District. The evening starts off this Saturday with a showing of Wonder Woman at 7:30 pm, followed by The Transformers The Last Knight at 10:00 pm.  Cost is $20 per carload for one movie and $30 per carload for 2 movies.  Gates open at 6:45 pm and is first come first serve

Tailgate Party – Whisky Six BBQ  – September 17, 2017

Whisky Six BBQ at 826 Renfrew Street invites you for a Tailgate Party with BBQ, beer and cocktails. We hear the good folks at Bomber Brewing and Odd Society Spirits will be on hand.  Event runs from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Yoga In The Park – Grandview Park – September 17, 2017

Ocean and Crow Yoga will be hosting free yoga in the park this Sunday, September 17th. Bring your own towel and yoga mat and you are set.

Story Story Lie – Rio Theatre – September 21, 2017

Can you spot a liar? Story Story Lie is an interactive, live and laughter filled show with one simple premise: Vancouver’s best share intimate, hilarious and often embarrassing stories that seem too strange to be true. The catch? Someone’s lying. The audience takes part in an interrogation to reveal who it is. The Westender calls this show “One of the most inventive events on the Vancouver arts calendar” Story Story Lie now moves to a bigger space at The Rio Theatre for its first show in this venue on Thursday, September 21st.  Tickets are available in advance for $10 online or $12 at the door.

Entertainment, Comedy + Live Theatre

If you are looking to listen to music, Columbian group Breaking Boundaries will be performing at Café Deux Soleils on Friday night. Cover is $5-10. If it’s saucy and sexy you are wanting, you may wish to check out Dan Savage’s Hump Festival Tour 2017 happening at the Rio Theatre all weekend.  To see more of what’s on, check our Events Listing. 

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