2012 Dine Out Vancouver

From January 20 to February 5, our city celebrates the tenth year of the Dine Out Vancouver event. In-the-know foodies have already spent a fair amount of time on the Tourism Vancouver website sifting through menus and booking the best dining rooms in town the minute the reservation system opened earlier this month. Numerous tables and events remain available, though, so don’t miss the opportunity to try something new.

During the 17 days of Dine Out Vancouver restaurants offer three-course, prix fixe menus priced at either $18, $28 or $38.  This is their chance to give you a break on pricing and showcase their talent in the hopes that you’ll return again. What it means for you is a great deal on food and a chance to visit a restaurant at much-reduced prices. Check them out at www.tourismvancouver.com/dov where you’ll be conveniently rerouted to Open Table to book.

For $18 you could pop into Sanafir for some pan-seared tandoori prawns, butter chicken and zelbias (Middle Eastern mini-donuts) with chocolate bark, or Society for a sweet potato and pulled-pork croquette, some veal piccata and a chocolate s’more crème brûlée. Lay down $28 at The Smoking Dog, and a flank steak with ratatouille, braised lamb shank and candied bacon chocolate fudge could be yours. For one of the best views in the city, head to West Vancouver’s Fraîche and sample the $38 menu, which includes bison carpaccio ash-crusted ostrich and sticky toffee pudding. Other menu options are available, and wine or beer pairings can be had for an extra charge.

For those who don’t reside in the Vancouver, or those wanting to make a night of it, many local hotels are offering rooms priced at $78, $108 and $138 per night. There are also Dine Out packages, such as North Vancouver’s Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier, offering one-night accommodation and dinner for two in their Lobby Restaurant at $169, and the Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver with their spectacular Dine Out menu in Market by Jean-Georges, a luxury overnight stay, valet parking and breakfast for two.

Seventy special Dine Out Events are included in this year’s festival. The Hamilton Street Grill is offering a Wine Country Luncheon with Township 7 Winery of February 2 for $45, including all wine pairings.  Street Food City is a full three days where eight different food carts park on the north plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery and offer specials from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on January 24, 25 and 26, and Edible Canada offers daily Granville Island Culinary Market Tours for $25 at 9 a.m. from January 20 to February 5.

Image courtesy of Glowbal Group.

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