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Foodie happenings to fall in love with all month long.
There’s no reason to limit your culinary revelry to February 14. From a magical beer festival to a pop-up at Whistler, there are great events happening all month long.
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Run Down: The 10th annual Hot Chocolate Festival is in full swing. Restaurants and cafes all over the city are getting adventurous with over 114 flavours at 44 locations. The results, which include ingredients like lavender, chili, peanut butter and rosemary, are downright decadent. Make a day of it or explore the map over the next two weeks. Plus, there’s an Instagram competition to win over $1,000 worth of gift certificates from participating stores.
When: January 18 to February 14Where: Locations across the cityCost: VariesMore Info: hotchocolatefest.com
Run Down: This family-friendly street food fair is back for it’s ninth year. 25 food trucks, offering everything from perogies to arepas, will be parked outside the Vancouver Art Gallery for this mid-winter picnic. Look for local favs like Chickpea and Tacofino as well as festival newcomers Shameless Buns, El Cartel and Salty’s Lobster Shack. When: January 31 to February 9, Monday – Friday 11:00 am to 3:00pm, Saturday-Sunday 12:00pm to 6:00pmWhere: Vancouver Art Gallery, šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk SquareCost: FreeMore Info: dineoutvancouver.com
Run Down: The Vancouver Community College Foundation’s annual fundraiser will feature wine tasting by Naramata Bench Wineries Association and bites from renowned chefs from Hawksworth, Longtail Kitchen, Ephemere Supper Club and more. Plus the evening promises entertainment from students and alumni in fashion arts, auto restoration and music. When: February 5 | 7 pmWhere: VCC Broadway CampusCost: $200More Info: vcc.ca
Run Down: Science World’s fifth annual fundraiser will feature over 30 stations with science-related libations from some of Vancouver’s top chefs and bartenders. Expect drinks like batter washed rum with malic acid-dusted popcorn and beeswax infused whiskey. There will also be demonstrations by Science World staff (involving fire and dry ice), a bartender showdown and competition for the best dish. All proceeds go to the Science World Class Field Trip Bursary program. When: February 6 | 8pm Where: Science WorldCost: $165 More Info: scienceworld.ca
Run Down: All-star chef David Hawksworth will bring his team to the top of Whistler for a fifth season of pop up events. The three-course lunch will be served overlooking incredible views. If you needed an excuse to plan a Whistler weekend, this is it.When: February 8 | 11 am (and March 14)Where: Steeps Bar & Grill, WhistlerCost: $68 per personMore Info: hawksworthrestaurant.com
Run Down: Don your robes, grab your brooms and get ready for a day full of wizard-themed debauchery. Expect wand and potion making classes, tarot card readings, a DJ and plenty of beer and magic. A ticket includes a welcome beer and five tokens for various beer and activity stations.When: February 16, 11 am – 8:30 pmWhere: Big Rock Vancouver Brewery and EateryCost: $45 More Info: eventbrite.ca
Run Down: Taste the action as 13 chefs compete for the title of Chowder Chowdown Champion at the Vancouver Aquarium. Guests will have the opportunity to taste the soups and vote for their favourite. There will also be beer, wine and spirits sampling. All proceeds of the event go to Ocean Wise sustainable seafood program When: February 20, 7-11 pmWhere: Vancouver Aquarium Cost: $79 More info: ocean.org
Run Down: One of the biggest and oldest wine festivals of the world is coming back to Vancouver for its 42nd year. There are over 50 events and 1,400 wines, so there’s something for everyone, from novice to sommelier. Don’t miss the Tasting Room at the Vancouver Convention Centre, where you can try over 700 wines. When: February 22 to March 1 Where: Vancouver Convention Centre/all over the cityCost: $55 -$225 (varies by event) More info: https://vanwinefest.ca/
Run Down: Grab a group of friends and head to Bells and Whistles on Oscars’ night. There will be a ballot for all 24 major categories — winner gets half the pot, the rest is donated to BC Hospitality Foundation. Bells and Whistles will provide free popcorn and a paparazzi-inspired photo shoot. Get ready for your close-up.When: February 9 | 4:30 pmWhere: Bells and WhistlesCost: $10More Info: bellsandwhistlesyvr.ca
Run Down: Pourhouse is running a yearlong celebration of the international cocktail scene that spread after the start of Prohibition 100 years ago. Each month will highlight a new location across the globe — February’s theme is Paris, with two new cocktails inspired by the City of Lights to try. When: Ongoing Where: PourhouseCost: $14 per cocktail More Info: pourhousevancouver.com