5 Things to Do in Vancouver This Week (January 30- February 5)

A celebration of poutine; a one-day-only, closed-loop fine-dining pop-up; and the final week of PuSh Festival

Your weekly roundup of the top events in the city, including art exhibitions, local theatre, restaurant openings, concerts, film, markets and other to-dos we think you’ll love. If you have a Vancouver event you’d like to submit for consideration, send an email to kdonaldson@canadawide.com.


Photo of Andy Doubrava and Tiffani Ortiz baking
Credit: Tony Deifell

1. Enjoy Closed-Loop Fine Dining at Slow Burn

January 30

Ever heard of closed-loop dining? If you haven’t, there’s a pop-up coming to Vancouver for one day only that celebrates the zero-waste cooking practice. Come enjoy a sustainable dining experience with renowned L.A.-based chefs Andy Doubrava and Tiffani Ortiz who bring their travelling restaurant residency to Vancouver with Slow Burn—the roaming restaurant experimenting with closed-loop, zero-waste cooking and featuring their combined talents in biodynamic farming, and food preservation while redefining fine dining. Expect broad experiences from casual concepts to 10- to 18-course tasting menus with the nomadic restaurateurs’ signature DIY flair. Tickets are available now via Tock.

When: January 30
Where: Vignette
Cost: $235
More Info: exploretock.com

Pink cookies and sliced strawberries
Credit: https://gotcraft.com/

2. Treat yourself this Valentine’s at the Foodie Virtual Market

February 2-5

I’m a big fan of eating your feelings and Valentine’s is all about the feels. Why not check out the Foodie Virtual Market which returns online from Thursday, February 2 to Sunday, February 5? It could make for a perfect Valentine’s treat for a loved one… or just for yourself. Featuring 40 local small businesses creating special small-batch food and drink orders, many of which are plant-based, gluten-free, and low-sugar to sweeten this notorious season of love. Pick from a wide range of goodies like chocolates and sweets, dumplings, jams, honey, ready meals, tamales, baked treats, and more. Attendees to this virtual event can shop online and choose flat rate shipping and free Vancouver curbside pick up.

When: February 2-5
Where: Online
Cost: Free to access
More Info: shop.gotcraft.com

Image of poutine with toppings
Credit: La Poutine Week / Stanley’s Bar and Grill

3. Enjoy Variations of Our (Unofficial) National Dish this Poutine Week

February 1-14

Poutine enthusiasts, this is for you! Canada’s favourite fries-gravy-and-cheese-as-a-meal is being celebrated for two weeks with La Poutine Week. In its 11th year, the poutine fest includes delicious poutines from over 500 restaurants across Canada. Discover new restaurants, creations and flavours of one-of-a-kind poutines all while supporting local restaurant communities across the country. You can even vote for your favourite at lapoutineweek.com and help promote the restaurants that made them.

When: February 1-14
Where: Participating restaurants
Cost: Varies
More Info: lapoutineweek.com


4 pictures of performers with logo at center

4. Celebrate the Ocean at This Free All-Ages Music Festival

February 3-4

Presented by the Fifth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5), Ocean Festival is coming to Metro Vancouver this Friday and Saturday for a free, two-day, all-ages festival celebrating the ocean featuring a stellar lineup that includes: Alan Doyle, The Beaches, Steven Page, Shad, Delhi 2 Dublin, Ruby Waters, The Boom Booms with Ta’Kaiya Blaney, Yves Lambert Quartet, the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy, Chinook SongCatchers and more. Worried about the possible snow? They got you covered… literally, because the event is covered and heated.

When: February 3-4
Where: Jack Poole Plaza 
Cost: Free
More Info: impac5.ca/ocean-festival


Dancer on the ground crawling, in all white
Credit: pushfestival.ca

5. Enjoy Some Experimental Dance Theater at PuSh Festival’s THIS & The Last Caribou

February 2-4

PuSh Festival continues into its last week (it ends this Sunday) so you only have a few days left to check out all the experimental and mind-bending performances taking place all over the city. One such performance is THIS & The Last Caribou: a series of three works that each explores our place in relation to history and nature. As a meditation on loss and recovery, the acclaimed Regina-based company, New Dance Horizons, brings a dance performance that pairs a caribou dancer and their shadow in an ode to love and loss in our tragic times. Not sure what to expect? Neither do we—but that’s what we love about PuSh.

When: February 2-4
Where: Annex
Cost: From $34
More Info: pushfestival.ca