I took a snowy ride on Amtrak Cascades to Vancouver in January 2012 for the opening night event of Tourism Vancouver's annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival. This year they're again kicking off the foodie festival with Plated & Paired at the Granville Island Public Market. The after-hours event is Friday, January 18 from 8-10 PM, and features chefs from four of Granville Island's restaurants (Bridges Restaurant, Sandbar Seafood Restaurant, The Keg on Granville Island, Edible Canada). There will also be a dozen food vendors from the Public Market, along with 34 BC wineries. You won't leave hungry!
Now in its 11th year, Dine Out Vancouver runs January 18-February 3, 2013. The 17-day festival offers three-course, prix fixe menus priced at $18-$28-$38. More than 200 restaurants (to be announced online January 7) are participating, along with "flash in the pan" foodie events. A number of Vancouver area hotels are offering special Dine Out Vancouver room rates and packages. I stayed at the Granville Island Hotel last year, so it was an easy trek for me to the Public Market event, with breakfast the next morning at Edible Canada.
Returning this year along with Plated & Paired are Street Food City; Secret Supper Soiree; and Act I, Eat 1. New additions include The Grape Debate (a lively wine debate followed by BC wine pairings); Tea Cocktails & tapas (tea-infused cocktail class paired with tasty tapas at The Urban Tea Merchant); and a experiential Speaker Series at Edible Canada on Granville Island where you'll taste cheese, wine, beer, bitters and more with the guidance of a local expert.