Vancouver Winter Farmers Market Saturdays from 10am – 2pm all through February, East Parking Lot of Nat Bailey Stadium, 30th and Ontario, Vancouver. For more info Eat Local – Vancouver Farmers Market
Victoria Public Market February 4 & 18th, 2012, Market Square, 560 Johnson Street, Victoria, BC. Free. Create new relationships, enjoy food at its freshest and most flavorful, taste something new and get in tune with the seasons. Victoria Public Market
Burnaby Food Swap February 21, 2012 7:00-9:00pm, Willingdon Community Centre 1491 Carleton Ave Burnaby. Free Trade your homemade, homegrown, and foraged creations with other participants. Taste. Talk. Have fun! We welcome everyone, as long as you bring something you made, grew, or foraged yourself. You must pre-register to attend. If you plan to bring a family member or friend who will be swapping their own foods, please register them separately. Register at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2849696519/efbevent or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Food & Beverage Events
Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival runs through February 14th at various chocolate purveyors around the city. 15 chocolate wizards, 32 days and 50+ crazy flavours. More Information
Act I, Eat 1 February 3rd, 2012, Salt Tasting Room, Vancouver. $50 The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival pairs El Pasado es un Animal Grotesco (Buenos Aires, Argentina) with a three-course long-table dining experience at Salt Tasting Room. * Includes three-course dinner at Salt Tasting Room, performance, HST, gratuity and ticket fee. Beverages not included. http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2849696519/efbevent for tickets.
Big Leaf Maple Syrup Festival February 4, 2012 10:00am – 4:00pm 2892 Drinkwater Road, Duncan. Free. Visitors are invited to participate in mini-workshops facilitated by experienced maple syrup producers, including tapping demonstrations, presentations, and displays. This year’s event features cooking with local maple syrup and maple foods will be available. The festival features a maple syrup competition with judging by celebrity chefs from Vancouver Island. The evaporator will be running all day so visitors can savour the warm maple aroma of sap and see how syrup is made. Feb 4, 10am – 4.30pm at the BC Discovery Centre in Duncan. (www.bcforestmuseum.com)
East Van Wine Academy – Find the best Wine Bargains, Feb 7, 6:30pm, $40, Waldorf Hotel, 1489 East Hastings. Join Kurtis Kolt and James Nevison as they look for the best wine bargains on the shelves. 16 wines will be presented and voted on tournament style to find the best “Under $20″ White and Red. More info
Big Night – A Celebration of Food and Wine February 10, 2012 6:00 – 8:00pm The Vancouver Club 915 West Hastings Vancouver. $120.88. Join us as the top chefs in the city serve dishes specifically created to match award-winning wines from the 2012 International Wine Competition. Tickets are now available through Tickets Tonight.
Tales of the Cocktail 2012 February12 -14, 2012 The Fairmont Pacific Rim, 1038 Canada Place Way, Vancouver. $30. Tales of the Cocktail® is taking its show on the road once again for Tales of the Cocktail® on Tour Vancouver. This February we’ll return to our home away from home for three days of seminars, tastings, special events and more, each featuring some of the biggest names in mixology from around the world. http://www.talesofthecocktail.com/tickets/ To buy tickets.
Tasting Plates Vancouver February 15, 2012 6:00 -9:00pm Various Venues $25 Tantalize your taste buds at over a dozen fabulous downtown Vancouver restaurants! This evening tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 9 PM and is presented by Vancouver Foodster & Taste and Sip Magazine. Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different restaurants throughout the evening, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants. http://tastingplatesvancouver.eventbrite.ca/
Dine Around & Stay In Town Victoria 2012! February 17 Through March 16 Tourism Victoria and the BC Restaurant & Foodservices Association (BCRFA), Victoria Branch, are once again teaming up to organize the popular Dine Around & Stay in Town Victoria event. Due to overwhelming feedback from participants we have extended the 2012 event to run for a full month. Restaurants will offer three course menus costing $20, $30 or $40 per person. Accommodations offer one night room rates of $69, $79, $99 and $129 Bravo! Victoria sees ProArt Alliance members offer great deals on tickets for productions during Dine Around & Stay in Town 2012. Dine Around Victoria
Victoria Tea Festival February 18,19, 2012, Crystal Garden, Victoria BC. $25. The largest public tea exhibition in North America! Whether you are a tea newbie or a tea aficionado, you will not be disappointed at this weekend event. Discover a world of tea from the traditional to the trendy as you sample hundreds of teas or learn about such topics as “cooking with tea” at one of the complimentary presentations. Taste black, green, white, oolong, or herbal teas uniquely and exquisitely prepared by local, national, and international exhibitors, noting how the flavours may differ depending upon origin, soil type, style of tea, processing techniques, and preparation. Shop for all your favourite teas, tea wares, tea-related products, and silent auction or raffle items. Experience the event to the fullest by attending both days, engaging with the exhibitors, and learning about the benefits of tea in your diet. Buy tickets here http://emmabell.ca/victoriateafestival/tickets/buy-tix/
Vancouver International Wine Festival February 27 – March 4, 2012, Various Venues, Different price points. This is a rare opportunity to meet owners, winemakers and senior representatives from wineries around the globe. For either the experienced wine lover or the novice, the festival has something to please every palate and pocketbook. Buy tickets here http://tickets.vancouverplayhouse.com/winefest/calendar.aspx
Vancouver Island Brewery Hidden Flavours February 4, 2012, 2:00-6:00pm Signature Tasting Bar 39th and Cambie. Free. Join the Hidden Tasting Bar and Vancouver Island Brewery for the best quality craft beer paired with the most flavourful food in Vancouver. Don’t miss the chef cooking live on-site at the Cambie Kitchen!
Cooking Classes and Seminars
Gyoza & Sushi Cones – A Japanese Finger-Food Workshop, Feb 4, 11am – 1:30pm, $95/person Dirty Apron Cooking School 540 Beatty Street, Vancouver. Learn to make Gyoza and sushi cones with Chef Takashi. Sushi & Gyoza
Serve Yourself – Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One, Feb 14, 6:30pm, $99/person (includes a copy of Serve Yourself by Joe Yonan), Barbara-Jo’s Books To Cooks, 1740 West 2nd Ave, Vancouver. Learn inventive, easy to make recipes just for one with Chef Lawren Moneta. Books to Cooks
Serious Foodies – Breads, Feb 18 & 19th, 9am – 2pm both days, $240/person ($195 if registering before Feb 4th) Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver. Learn the fundamentals of breads, including whole grain, seed bread, baguettes, German Rye, Italian Focaccia. Coffee, tea, snacks and lunch provided and baked goods to take home on Sunday. NWCAV – Breads
Sausage Crafting – February 24, 5:30 – 9:30pm, $150/person, Dirty Apron Cooking School, 540 Beatty Street, Vancouver. Join master butcher Sebastian Cortez of Sebastian & Co. Fine Organic Meats to learn all about the craft of sausage making. More Info
Thanks to Mary Sheridan from Mary In Vancity for putting together the event listings for BC.