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Foodies, mark your calendars: these food and wine events are can't-miss.
The days are getting longer, the desire to leave the house is getting stronger. What to do? Eat, of course. From a chocolate-making class to Lunar New Year menu highlights, we’ve got you covered in 3, 2, 1…
Burgundy is known for its silky pinot noirs and complex chardonnays; you can expect award-winning Published on Main to pour all that and more during its inaugural Burgundy Week. Executive Chef Gus Stieffenhofer-Brandson has created a special menu to pair with wines (rare bottles included) from the region famous for its unique terroir and winemaking techniques.
WHEN: February 16–25
WHERE: 3593 Main St.
Valentine’s Day celebrants, this one’s for you. Learn how to temper, mould, and decorate handmade truffles and chocolate paste roses during this four-hour PICA workshop. Feeling daunted? Don’t be. This sweet session is led by a master chocolatier, and you’ll leave with the perfect VDay gift in a heart-shaped box.
WHEN: February 10
WHERE: 101–1505 West 2nd Ave.
Ever go to the beach and wonder, “Can I eat that?” Get all the answers during Swallow Tail’s two-hour forage for seaweed, fish, crab, clams, scallops, and more—no boat required. After the harvest, dine on hot chowder on the seashore. Partial proceeds benefit the non-profit Pacific Salmon Society.
WHEN: February 3 & 4
WHERE: Belcarra Picnic Area, 4500 Tum Tumay Whueton Dr., Belcarra (about an hour’s drive from downtown Vancouver)
For one night only, Smitty’s Chef Alan Older will turn out a seafood-centric four-course feast inspired by Mexican and Latin American cuisines. The decadent Lobster Risotto with poblano peppers, guajillo chilies, and Grana Padano definitely has us saying, in all caps, “YES, CHEF!”
WHEN: February 1
WHERE: 3124 Main St.
Never been to high-end Mott 32 in the Paradox Hotel Vancouver? Now’s the time. The eight-dish Year of the Dragon menu includes showstoppers like Whole Lobster & Abalone Salad and Bird’s Nest in Supreme Soup, with each dish representing aspects of good fortune, health, luck, and prosperity for the year ahead. Craving more Mott? The Fairmont Pacific Rim Lobby Lounge is serving a Mott 32 Lunar New Year Dim Sum until February 25—think King Prawn Har Gow, BBQ Iberico Pork Buns, and more.
WHEN: February 10–24
WHEN: 1161 W Georgia St.
If barbeque and motorcycles are two of your fave things, listen up. This year, Ace Moto Show—the only Vancouver event of its kind dedicated to custom-built and modified motorcycles—is teaming up with Rosie’s BBQ. Expect revving engines, slow-smoked meats (grass-fed beef brisket sliders, anyone?), and Powell Brewery beer.
WHEN: February 24 & 25
WHERE: 236 Clark Dr.
Grapes are food, right? Vancouver International Wine Festival is back for its 45th (!) year. The theme country is Italy, so 2024 is set to be a great vintage. Fill your glass with chianti, prosecco, and super Tuscans galore during the nine-day extravaganza at popular events like the Bacchanalia Gala & Auction and International Festival Tastings, along with winemaker dinners and vino-focused seminars throughout the city.
WHEN: February 24—March 3
WHERE: Multiple locations
The always-busy Vietnamese hotspot is marking Lunar New Year with a special 10-day menu of shareable “Tết” dishes in celebration of coming together as a family on the new moon. These include Bánh Chưng (sticky rice, mung beans, and pork belly hand-wrapped in banana leaves) which symbolise the grounding nature of earth, and Chè Bột Báng (pandan-infused tapioca and mung bean balls) which symbolise family unity. (If you plan on dining out around VDay, Anh and Chi also offers a four-course set menu for two which sells out every year.)
WHEN: February 9–13
WHERE: 3388 Main St.
Support St. Paul’s Hospital and taste signature dishes from five different Chinese Restaurant Award-winning chefs at charity gala Feast of Fortune. The Feast of Fortune directly supports St. Paul’s Foundation and the new St. Paul’s Clinical Support and Research Centre on the Jim Pattison Medical Campus. After dinner, keep the celebration going with a cocktail at Parq’s Lobby Lounge and a try at roulette, slots, or poker.
WHEN: February 24
WHERE: 39 Smithe St.
Dine Out Vancouver is on until February 4 (check out our story, here) and the Greater Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival runs through February 14.