The holidays may be over, but the good times keep rolling with food and drink events in Metro Vancouver. Check ‘em out here.

Festival of Lights at VanDusen, until January 7

Savour tasty treats from a variety of food vendors as you wander through VanDusen Botanical Garden’s 15 acres adorned with over a million twinkling lights. The first week of January is your last chance to catch this dazzling display.

5251 Oak Street


Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival, January 13 – Feb 14

It’s still chilly out there, so why not treat yourself to a cup of hot cocoa? 

Last year, close to three dozen cafes, bakeries and chocolatiers throughout Metro Vancouver participated in the Hot Chocolate Festival, offering extra special gourmet cups of hot chocolate on their menus featuring ingredients like white chocolate, Belgian chocolate, and cookie crumbs. Watch out for the official list of participating businesses.

Various locations 

Metro Vancouver 

Dine Out Vancouver, January 17 – Feb 4

While the holidays are over, the biggest festival of the year for foodies in Vancouver is about to begin! Watch out for Dine Out this month, with hundreds of chefs, more than 300 restaurants, wineries, craft breweries, suppliers showcasing their best plates of food at a steal. Dine Out is a month of dining, food-forward virtual events and experiences for culinary enthusiasts. Mark your calendar to start making reservations, restaurant menus go live January 9, 2024.

Various locations 


East Van Dumpling Fest Crawl, January 17

Taste variations on the much-loved dumpling from a variety of cultures and East Van eateries, from Chinese dumplings, to Italian gnocchi, Nepalese momos to Mexican tamales, Japanese gyoza and more. Each participating restaurant serves up Tasting Plates for guests to enjoy. Part of Dine Out Vancouver, check event for locations.

Various locations in East Vancouver (Commercial Drive, East Village and beyond) 


Cabane à Sucre, January 17 – 27

Michelin-starred restaurant St. Lawrence’s classic Québécois dinner experience is back! The much-awaited Cabane à Sucre menu is inspired by the rustic, homespun habitant meals served at “Sugar Shacks” (Cabanes à Sucre), where sap is boiled and turned into the nation’s prized syrup.

Guests can expect the classic long-table communal Cabane seating and a seven-course family-style menu featuring Québécois favourites and carefully crafted beverage pairings. Check event for ticket and reservation details.

St. Lawrence Restaurant, 269 Powell Street


Street Food City 12, January 20 – 28

Vancouver’s original street food festival is back, celebrating its 12th year outside the Vancouver Art Gallery. Street Food City is giving you a delicious opportunity to sample from a collection of Vancouver’s Street Food carts all in one convenient location. 

Weekdays 11 AM to 2 PM and weekends 11 AM to 5 PM. Check event for details on participating vendors. 

šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square (outside the Vancouver Art Gallery), West Georgia Street


Dine Out East Van Brunch Crawl, January 21

Grab your brunch buddies and make your way through East Van! A Dine Out Fest event featuring multiple restaurants throughout the Commercial Drive and East Village neighbourhoods. Enjoy a variety of brunch dishes and beverages including smoothies, coffee, eggs benny, pancakes, french toast, omelettes, hash browns, brunch pizza, meats, seafood, baked goods, desserts, and more. Part of Dine Out Van Fest, check event for details on participating restaurants.

Various locations in East Vancouver (Commercial Drive and East Village)


Wines of BC Pairing Dinner, January 25

Celebrate the local flavours of BC wines in an elegant 4 course dinner with curated wine pairings. Limited tickets available, check event for pricing. 

The Buck & Ear Bar & Grill, 12111 3rd Avenue




There are many ways to get to these by transit. Visit TransLink’s Trip Planner to find your way.

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