The annual festivities bring together more than 300 restaurants, plus wineries, craft breweries, suppliers and tens of thousands of diners to participate in not just dining, but 17 days of food-related events. This season’s culinary experiences include long table dinners, dim sum tours, oyster shucking classes, international guest chefs and more.
There are A LOT of events to choose from this year, so we’ve partnered with the festival to highlight a few standout selections to get you started. Let your salivary glands take it from here…
COFFEE, BRUNCH, DONUTS AND BEER TOUR
Rise and Shine! Roll out of bed and onto the Vancouver Brewery Tours bus for a morning of coffee, brunch, donuts, and beer. This morning tour includes coffee at Agro, full brunch (including vegetarian options) at Red Truck’s Truck Stop Diner, beer flights at Brassneck Brewery and a donut at Cartems. The tour includes full transportation so you can eat and drink to your heart’s content without having to roll yourself home. What a way to start your day!
DIM SUM CHINATOWN TOUR
Dim Sum, which means “Point of the Heart,” lives up to its name in Vancouver, BC’s historic Chinatown. Originally a Cantonese family tradition (sometimes called Yum Cha (drink tea), Dim Sum has become a staple for foodies in the lower mainland and all over the world. Learn a little more about Historic Chinatown while you walk from the Chinese Cultural Center to a couple of the city’s favorite Dim Sum restaurants. The tour also includes Chinese BBQ and a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony.
OYSTER SHUCKING CLASSES
Brush up on your shucking skills with Vancouver’s freshest oysters and Fanny Bay’s world-class shucking team. Farm fresh oysters will be accompanied by two craft cocktail pairing. Learn the history and techniques of each of the six varieties of oysters offered during this exclusive class. Get ready to ‘Shuck, Slurp, Repeat’ the night away at the Fanny Bay Oyster Bar.
BBQ, FRIED CHICKEN & BREWERY TOUR
What’s included on this tour? Lots of meat! The tour includes a meal and beer at Juke Fried Chicken, meal at Memphis Blues and a flight of beer at Container Brewing. Optional drinks can be purchased at each restaurant. Full transportation is included via the Vancouver Brewery Tours bus (including pick up and drop off), plus knowledgeable and fun beer facts courtesy of the guides at the Container Brewing brewery tour. With mountains of crispy chicken and low and slow-cooked barbecue in tow, you’ll want to pack some extra napkins for this ride.
THE GREAT BIG TASTE
Join DOVF as they kick off the 2020 Dine Out Vancouver Festival with a relaxed yet exciting grazing-style tasting event that celebrates Vancouver’s amazing local food and beverage scene. Featuring tastings from over 20 top Metro Vancouver restaurants, even more, British Columbia wineries and samples from BC craft breweries, distilleries, and cideries, this is the perfect way to kick off another season of feasting in the city.
Of course, that’s not all! There are dozens of culinary events taking place at this year’s Dine Out Vancouver in addition to the 300+ participating restaurants and specially priced menus. Make a weekend out of Dine Out with the festival’s Dine & Stay packages, featuring $99 hotel rooms in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Dine out, sleep in. It’s that easy.
Craving more? You can check out our online guide to Dine Out Vancouver Festival HERE.