Ah February, the month of love. And there’s nothing we love around here more than food. So may we present February, the month of food-love, and all the ways to celebrate it around Metro Vancouver.
Hot Chocolate Festival, now to February 14th
Greater Vancouver’s “sweetest” celebration returns for its 13th year, larger and more creative than ever, in support of small businesses, local charity organizations and of course, all things hot and chocolate. The region’s best chocolatiers, pastry shops, bakeries, cafes, and ice cream makers are joining forces to elevate the humble hot chocolate into something like drinkable art. Check out the interactive map and see how many you can sip before they’re gone!
BC Ale Trail x Dine the Line Tasting Passports, February 1st-28th
Grab a Tasting Passport and collect stamps at breweries across Metro Vancouver for your chance to win one of five getaway packages from the BC Ale Trail! Go car-free with Dine the Line maps and ride transit to collect an extra stamp.
Dine Out Vancouver Festival presents this very special dinner from two of Vancouver’s top chefs, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar’s Alex Chen and Lee Cooper at his home restaurant, L’Abattoir. It is as much a culinary experience as a social event where guests are seated at communal tables with wine pairings from L’Abattoir’s Head Sommelier, Andrew Forsyth.
Introduction to Dim Sum, February 4th & 5th
At Jade Dynasty Restaurant, Thomas Robson, chef, author, and host of the Emmy-nominated cooking series, ”Entrée to Asia” (not to mention a long-time resident of Vancouver’s Chinatown) guides eaters through a tour of Dim Sum that is sure to leave no question unanswered and take one’s enjoyment of Dim Sum to a deeper level. Presented by DOVF and Wok Around Chinatown.
Bevies & Bites, February 4th
The Rotary Club of New Westminster brings back its popular evening of tasty bites from local restaurants paired with tastings from some of the lower mainland’s best craft breweries, wineries and distilleries. You’ll take home a souvenir tasting glass as well as support Rotary programs such as Don’t Go Hungry Food Support and Domestic Abuse Services.
Vancouver Italian Pizza Making Class, February 6th
What could be more romantic than cooking your true love’s favourite meal for them? Statistics show that more than likely that favourite meal is pizza, so learn from the best at Il Centro with pizzaiolo Irene Mazzucato. She’ll bring her Italian heritage and lifetime of pizza-making to the kitchen right alongside you to help you up your pizza game at home.
Make Potstickers from Scratch, February 11th – 14th
Or maybe your little dumpling prefers potstickers? Learn to make these delicious bites for your special someone for Valentine’s Day with True NOSH at their café and marketplace. Chef Renee will cover everything from mixing the dough, to rolling it out, to stuffing them with yummy goodness. Gluten-free and vegan techniques will also be included.
Love is Blind Wine Tasting, February 11th & 12th
Take your sweetheart on a tour through Township 7’s award winning wine at their stunning vineyard and tasting room in Langley. This fun, interactive experience is tailor made for couples where they promise to reveal whether love truly is blind.
Sip Around the World, February 23rd
An exclusive whiskey tasting is happening at the Pipe Shop in North Vancouver to raise funds for men’s mental health. You’ll taste over 30 whiskeys from around the world, enjoy appetizers, participate in silent and live auctions, and maybe even win some door prizes. Special guests will also be on hand to further discussion around this important issue.
Beer Yoga, February 25th
Is it really exercising without a beer to quench your thirst? Join the folks from East Van Yoga at Container Brewing for an afternoon of sipping suds and slow stretches. A ticket gets you a 12oz or flight to set down beside your mat where you’ll be guided through an hour-long gentle flow.
Bevies & Bites: Royal City Centre is a short walk from the 123 Bus Stop at 8th St & 6 Ave.
Alex Chan & Lee Cooper: L’Abattoir is a 5 minute walk from the 19 Bus Stop at Pender St & Carrall St.
Introduction to Dim Sum: Jade Dynasty Restaurant is at the 19 Bus Stop at Pender St & Main St.
Vancouver Italian Pizza Making Class: Il Centro is an 8 minute walk from the Renfrew Skytrain Station.
Make Potstickers from Scratch: True NOSH Café is at the 16 Bus Stop at Granville St & 7th Ave
Sip Around the World: The Pipe Shop is steps away from the Lonsdale Quay SeaBus Station
Beer Yoga: Container Brewing is a block from the 4 Bus Stop at Powell St & Glen Dr.