Produced by Tourism Vancouver, Dine Out Vancouver Festival is Canada’s largest annual celebration of food and drink.
In addition to prix fixe menus at a recordbreaking number of participating restaurants across the city, foodies can choose from a range of unique culinary events happening between January 17 and February 2, 2020.
Kicking off the festival is The Great Big Taste at the Rocky Mountaineer Station, on Thursday, January 16. This grazing-style tasting event celebrates the local culinary and beverage scene featuring top Metro Vancouver restaurants, BC craft breweries, distilleries, cideries and BC VQA wines. Proceeds will benefit the BC Hospitality Foundation, Dine Out Vancouver’s official charitable partner.
Brand new in 2020 is The Punch Brunch, presented by The Alchemist magazine. A multi-course gourmet brunch at Botanist paired with cocktails created by Vancouver’s most celebrated bartenders, it’s an event unlike any other in the city. Expect lively cocktail demonstrations, jazzy live music and an exclusive sneak peek at 2021’s Vancouver Cocktail Week.
Also new is the Chinatown Dumpling Masterclass, presented by Historical Chinatown Tours daily from January 19 to February 2. Learn the secrets to making perfect authentic Chinese dumplings with creative ingredients and leave with a recipe to make at home. The class will include a 1-hour educational tour of Chinatown while shopping for fresh local ingredients, followed by 2-hours of hands-on preparation.
Learn more about sustainable seafood from the experts while visiting some of the most delicious and sustainable seafood restaurants in downtown Vancouver, on the Sustainable Seafood Walking Tour, presented by Oceanwise. At each of the 4-5 Oceanwise partner restaurants, guests will sample a seafood dish while the chef shares their story and talks about their own commitment to sustainability.
Throw on a cowboy hat and boots for a fun themed pop up, Farm in the City: BC Farm to Table, presented by Gaia Kitchen and Sweetery Café. Taste some of the finest produce that B.C. has to offer including organic grass-fed beef, duck raised without antibiotics, Fraser Valley pork, wild caught salmon, organic vegetables and BC berries, all served up family style.
Returning favourites include Taste of the Market at Lonsdale Quay, a tasting tour through North Vancouver’s public market including craft beer, fresh salmon, artisan cheese and more; Fanny Bay Oyster Bar’s Shucking Class, where guests will learn to shuck oysters from the experts; Medina Down Under: An Australia Day Wine Dinner, featuring Mediterranean-inspired, multi-course dinner, complete with wine pairings from Australia’s most famous wine-producing regions; and back by popular demand, don’t miss the opportunity to grab tickets for the Hawksworth Long Table Dinner Series in the luxurious private dining space, The York Room. Be sure to check the Culinary Events calendar for even more exciting events, including a range of unique culinary tours, and the return of Street Food City, for a 9th annual run, from January 17-19 and January 31 to February 6, 2020.
Not to be missed is the ever-popular Vancouver World Chef Exchange, welcoming star chefs from international culinary hubs for a series of four collaborative dinners. This year’s chefs hail from Monterrey, Auckland, Edmonton, Toronto, and Cork. During each event, the visiting and local chefs will join forces to produce an incredible multi-course dinner at the Vancouver chef’s restaurant, taking inspiration from their respective restaurants’ most popular dishes; their own cultural influences and favourite fare; and local and seasonal ingredients.
prix fixe menus at 300-plus restaurants at various Price points.
Special Events: Varies — Free and Ticketed
November 21, 2019 – Event tickets on sale at dineoutvancouver.com
January 9, 2020 – Reservations open and menus available at dineoutvancouver.com
January 16, 2020 – Preview festival offerings at the Great Big Taste at the Rocky Mountaineer Station, open to the public.
Early-bird tickets are $89.00.
How to get tickets?
At Participating Restaurants
WHEN & WHERE
January 17 to February 02, 2020. – Schedule
Participating Restaurants: Here
Vancouver World Chef Exchange Events
Toronto’s Chef Charlotte Langley and Vancouver’s Chef Shelome Bouvette
Where: Chicha Restaurant
When: January 21 at 7:00 PM
Details: An all female, all star east coast meets west coast seafood dinner and wine pairings. Chef Charlotte Langley (East Coast) and Chef Shelome Bouvette combine forces to bring a multi-course seafood journey paired with wines from West Coast winemaker Heidi Noble (Joie Farms Winery, Naramata).
Cork’s Chef Ahmet Dede and Vancouver’s Chef Ian McHale
When: January 27 at 7:00 PM
Details: Michelin star chef of Ireland’s Mews Restaurant reunites with Wildebeest’s Chef Ian McHale for an intimate one-night only dinner not to be missed! Chef Ahmet and Chef Ian met while working at Dublin’s Michelin Star restaurant Chapter One. Both chefs place great emphasis on using local and seasonal ingredients. Prepare yourself for a culinary adventure guided by two like-minded chefs with a passion for all that local!
Monterrey’s Chef Guillermo González Beristáin and Vancouver’s Chef Francisco Higareda Where: WildTale Yaletown
When: January 30 at 7:00 PM
Details: Named one of Vancouver’s best locally owned restaurants, WildTale, and it’s Executive Chef Francisco Higareda, are excited to welcome famed Chef Guillermo González Beristáin from Monterrey, Mexico, winner of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants. This once-in-a-lifetime collaboration dinner will include a multi-course menu that celebrates the bounty of land and sea, with a twist. Each perfectly prepared course will be paired alongside tequilas, mezcals, and local & international wines. This dinner is not to be missed.
Auckland’s Maori Chef Rewi Spraggon, Edmonton’s Chef Shane Chartrand and Vancouver’s all-Indigenous team at Salmon n’ Bannock
Where: Salmon n’ Bannock Bistro
When: February 2 at 6:00 PM
Details: Join us at Salmon n’ Bannock while we take you on a culinary journey featuring our contemporary Indigenous cuisine. Taste our indigenous flavours and let us take you to new waters. A wonderful night of collaboration between three distinct indigenous cultures. Waters may separate us by distance but our culture and love of food unite us together. This very exciting evening featuring the cuisines of Salmon n’ Bannock Bistro along with acclaimed chefs Shane Chartrand from Edmonton and Maori Chef Rewi Spraggon from Auckland, New Zealand. Join us for a magical evening of wonderous food showcasing the jewels of the ocean. At Salmon n’ Bannock, not only do we have game but this meal is going to be off the hook.