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Dine Out Vancouver preview whets people’s appetites

Sarah Rowland

By Sarah Rowland, 24 hours


Prepare to feast. The big Dine Out Vancouver Festival is approaching fast and we are spoiled for choices this year. From Jan. 17 to Feb. 2, more than 200 restaurants will be offering three-course (or more) fixed-price specials for $18, $28 or $38 per person. To create buzz and get people salivating about this 17-day culinary extravaganza, Tourism Vancouver hosted its annual preview party. Foodies of all shapes and sizes convened at Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre for a lively wine reception. The fun didn’t stop there. Partygoers were divided into eight uniquely themed groups, loaded into vans and chauffeured around to various restaurants to sample some of the festival’s food and wine offerings. The “Posh Nosh” group, for instance, sampled Oru, West and PiDGiN, while the “It’s a Date” tour stopped at the Shangri-La, La Pentola and Raw Canvas. If the purpose was to whet our appetites for the upcoming foodie fiesta, mission accomplished. Bon appetite, fellow Vancouverites! For more event information, visit dineoutvancouver.com.

Concert with a cause

Some of this country’s premier indie acts came together last Thursday for the annual #SingItFwd benefit concert at the Vogue Theatre. Hosted by the Peak’s Tamara Stanners and Cory Ashworth, the evening played out like a beautiful showcase of our city’s thriving music scene – think Mother Mother, Said the Whale and local rapper Shad, who was also this year’s highly secretive “surprise” guest. Proceeds from the event go to Saint James Music Academy, which offers free music lessons to children living in low-income urban areas. For more info, visit sjma.ca.

Cinema paradiso

Cinephiles rejoice! Vancouver officially has its own Italian Film Festival. To kick off the momentous occasion, Vancity Theatre hosted a party that paid homage to none other than Federico Fellini. In addition to the opening night screenings, guests were treated to an exhibition of Fellini drawings as well as wine and appies. The fest runs until Jan. 16 with a mix of old classics and new movies by various Italian filmmakers. For more info, visit viff.org.

Party On — upcoming events in and around Vancouver 

  • PuSh 10, Vancouver’s international performing arts festival, gets underway Jan. 14 and runs until Feb. 2. Visit pushfestival.ca.
  • The KnowShow, a lifestyle and street wear trade show, is at the Vancouver Convention Centre West from Jan. 15-17. More info: knowshow.ca.
  • Electro Swing Circus is Jan. 18 at the Imperial (319 Main St.) Doors open at 9 p.m. Early bird tix are $15, $20 in advance and $25 at door.




Are you doing Dine Out Vancouver this year?

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