It’s time again for Dine-Out Vancouver, Canada’s largest food festival running Jan 20-Feb 05, 2017. Off The Eaten Track will be offering 3 unique and tasty events for the festival. Visit the Dine-Out website for more info and ticket sales:

1. Discover Railtown Culinary Tour
Never heard of Railtown before? Well you soon will. Once the industrial center of the city and the heart of historic Japantown, this neighbourhood just East of Gastown is quickly becoming a hot spot for small businesses, social enterprises, and great food!

We start the tour at the Uncommon Café, a new business that is part lunch cafe, part commissary kitchen, and part cooking school. Here we will learn how to make fool proof pizza dough and have a fun create-your-own pizza party.
Next, we head to Cadeaux bakery for some amazing baked treats. As we wander through one of the oldest areas in Vancouver we will point out century old architecture and tell stories of the Japanese families that once thrived in this area. We get a delicious meal at the very trendy Railtown Café, and we end the tour at The Settlement building, once an industrial steel factory, for 2 craft beer samples from Postmark Brewery and a wine sample from Vancouver Urban Winery to end the tour. 5% of ticket sales are donated to the HAVE Café, a culinary training society located in the neighbourhood.

2. Sip, Savour and Shop on Main
Main street is full of funky cafes, boutique shops, and cool street art. On this 3-hour guided tour we will sip, savour, and shop our way along Main Street at 8 local shops in the Riley Park neighbourhood. Once known as “Antique Way”, this section of Main is now teeming with delicious hidden gems and amazing small businesses.
Meet the owners, learn about the history, and sample delicious food & drinks with an opportunity to pick up some great local products!

We start the tour at The Honey Shoppe for a tasting of local and international honey. Next, we get a knife skills lesson from Knife Wear, a Canadian shop with an impressive collection of hand crafted Japanese knives. We then sample a hand blended tea at Balance Botanicals, a beautiful modern apothecary that carries spices, herbs, teas, and organic candies. Our next stop is at The Juicery Co for some healthy west coast juices and a locally sourced salad. Very Vancouver! Next, a quick stop at Windsor Quality Meats to sample some handmade smoked salami & pepperoni and then to August Market for some locally make kombucha and ginger beer (bring your growler for a fill up). After a quick button making lesson from The Regional Assembly of Text, we end the tour at The Fish Counter for a locally sourced fish taco.

3. Discover the East Village Culinary Tour
While the debate is still on as to the name of this neighbourhood (some still swear by Hastings Sunrise) what is not debatable is the quality and diversity of food that is located along East Hastings street. Wake up with us on a 2-hour journey along Hastings street where we will visit 5 local businesses and learn more about this historic and multi-cultural street.

We start the tour at Jackalope’s Neighbourhood Dive for a Southern-style eggs benny and a Caesar cocktail, the perfect way to wake up! We then head to Bianca Maria, an Italian deli that has been in the neighbourhood for over 30 years, for an espresso and biscotti. Next, we visit the decadent Black Rook Bakehouse for some quiche and salad. We then visit a local butcher shop for a charcuterie tasting and we end the tour with a modern tea tasting at Steam, Vancouver’s smallest tea shop!

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