Dine Out Vancouver 2014: West End Brunch Crawl


Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 — 9:56am PDT
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Everyone loves brunch! It follows a session of sleeping in, combines the best of breakfast and lunch, and can be accompanied by a bubbly beverage. For Dine Out Vancouver this year Richard Wolak of Vancouver Foodster and the West End BIA are hosting the West End Brunch Crawl to get you better acquainted with brunch spots in this downtown Vancouver neighbourhood.

West End Brunch Crawl
When: Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:00am

Where: Meet at Marquis Wine Cellars, 1034 Davie

Tickets: Available online now for $46.25.

Visit over 8 restaurants throughout the West End and taste a variety of dishes on this unique food crawl. Using your “passport” as your guide, you will enjoy everything from fresh juices, smoothies and coffees, to eggs benny, pancakes, French toast, omelettes, pulled port, bacon, seafood, desserts and much more.

Participating venues include some of the West End’s finest dining establishments including: Buckstop, 1789 Restaurant, WE Coffee, Le Parisien, Just Juice, Central Bistro, Milestones, De Dutch and others.

If you can’t make it on the 19th, there’s also the East Side Brunch Crawl on January 26th.

Women’s Drinking Club: Wines of Spain


Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 — 3:04pm PDT
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Doolin’s presents the Women’s Drinking Club this month featuring the Wines of Spain. On January 29th, Sommelier Lesley Saito will host an interactive wine tasting seminar giving local women the chance to sip and savour interesting wines from around the county.

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Women’s Drinking Club: Wines of Spain

Where: Doolin’s, 654 Nelson St at Granville in downtown Vancouver
When: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 6:30pm
What: Wines of Spain seminar featuring 5 wines paired with appetizers
Tickets: Available online for $20. For more information email info [at] doolins.ca or call (604) 605-4328.

I have a pair of tickets to give away for this event thanks to Doolin’s, here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Monday, January 20, 2013. Must be 19+ to enter, win, and attend the event. Please enjoy responsibly and plan a safe trip home. Note: The event and prize is for women only. A man can enter the contest but should his name be drawn, the prize must be gifted to a lucky woman in his life, supplying her name for the guest list. Follow Doolin’s on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Update The winner is Lynn Montes!

January Food Truck Festival


Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 — 1:44pm PDT
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The Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey is hosting a food truck festival during this month’s Saturday markets so that the public can vote on which truck should join the regular line up this summer. For all of January, they are hosting twice as many food trucks as usual including:

Blue Smoke BBQ
Le Tigre
JJ’s Trucketeria
Chilitank
Creperie La Boheme
Transylvania Fresh
Yolk’s Breakfast
Feastro – The Rolling Bistro
Eli’s Serious Sausage
West Best Coffee
Taser Grilled Cheese
Aussie Pie Guy
The Bean Buggy
Guanaco Salvadorian Cuisine
and New Recruits:
Culver City Salads
Mogu
Soho Road
Mangal Kiss
Chou Chou Crepes
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The January Food Truck Festival has covered seating, live music, and all of the greatness of Vancouver Farmers Markets. Cast your vote at the market every Saturday in January (there are two left at this point) between 10:00am and 2:00pm at the Winter Farmers Market located in the Nat Bailey Stadium parking lot (30th and Ontario in Vancouver). Vote for “Best Market Menu Item” and “Best of the New Recruits”.

Follow Vancouver Farmers Markets on Twitter and Facebook to learn more about the winter market and shopping locally and in-season.

Jerry Doucette and Bands in a Show of Hearts for Variety


Monday, January 13th, 2014 — 4:49pm PDT
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Just ahead of the 48th annual Variety Show of Hearts Telethon on Global BC, January 25th and 26th, legendary BC rocker Jerry Doucette is teaming up with four other local bands and putting on a concert on January 18th in New Westminster that will also benefit Variety.

Jerry Doucette and Bands in a Show of Hearts for Variety

doucetteshowofheartsThis is the second year in a row that Doucette and band mate Ken Boychuk have pulled together a group of musicians to show their hearts to children who have special needs.

Doucette, who shot to fame in 1977 with his platinum selling album Mama Let Him Play, has built a reputation for philanthropy throughout his career. Joining Doucette are the R&B Allstars, The Mojo Stars, The Simpson Brothers and Taylor Clarke.

Proceeds from the concert benefit Variety and go towards providing life-saving, life-changing and life-enriching support to families with children who have special needs in British Columbia.

The show will take place at the Columbia Theatre in New Westminster (530 Columbia St) on Saturday, January 18th, 2014 with doors at 6:00pm, showtime 7:00pm. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online or by calling (604) 522-4500.

If you would like to attend this rockin’ showcase for a fantastic cause, I have 4 tickets up for grabs. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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Variety – The Children’s Charity raises funds and distributes grants throughout British Columbia to inspire hope, enrich lives and build a better future for children who have special needs. Since 1965, Variety has raised over $170 million to provide life-saving, life-changing and life-enriching support.

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 10:00am on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Follow this year’s Variety Show of Hearts Telethon on Twitter using the tag #SOH2014 and tune in on Global BC.

Update The winner is Sherri!

WinterBites Music and Winter Festival Comox Valley


Monday, January 13th, 2014 — 9:43am PDT
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WinterBites Music and Winter Festival in the Comox Valley runs January 16th to January 31, 2014 with a series of activities and events that will warm your spirits and entertain the family this season.

WinterBites Music and Winter Festival

The Comox Valley is known for its farm-to-table restaurants and fresh seafood, outdoor adventures, its arts scene, family fun along with the popular Filberg Festival each summer, and much more.

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Barney Bentall & The Grand Cariboo Opry

During WinterBites there is a full two-week lineup of events, from face painting and ice skating to live music and dancing, ending with a film festival on the final day.

Concert Lineup

Tickets are available now for WinterBites concerts.

  • Rockin’ the Filberg with Chilliwack
    January 16 at the Florence Filberg Centre
  • West African Dance Night with Alpha Yaya Diallo
    January 17 at the Best Western Plus the Westerly Hotel & Convention Centre
  • Pianorama with Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne and David Vest
    January 18 at the Best Western Plus the Westerly Hotel & Convention Centre
  • An Intimate Evening with Barney Bentall
    January 22 at the Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community
  • Country, Blues ‘N’ Soul Night with Jim Byrnes and the Sojourners
    January 23 at the Best Western Plus The Westerly Hotel & Convention Centre
  • Rockin’ the Filberg with The Grapes Of Wrath and Odds
    January 24 at the Florence Filberg Centre
  • Ashley MacIsaac
    January 25 at Native Sons Hall
  • Acoustic Blues Double Header with Blind Boy Paxton and Suzie Vinnick
    January 29 at Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community
  • Rockabilly Boogie! Dance with Cousin Harley
    January 31 at the Best Western Plus The Westerly Hotel & Convention Centre

Enjoy the Winter Fun Zone and the Pond Hockey Jamboree, and if you’re visiting the area, take advantage of some great deals on Concert + Stay + Ski Packages that are available throughout the festival as well.

Comox and Courtenay are just over an hour north of the Departure Bay ferry terminal in Nanaimo. To find out more, follow the tag #CVWinterBites on Twitter along with the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre on Facebook and Twitter. You can also download the free Comox Valley app for iPhone.