What’s Good This Week – January 24th Edition

What To Do In Vancouver This Week

We’re in the midst of Dine Out Vancouver (we had some pics last week here), the arts scene is buzzing, and there’s much focus on getting healthy, spending their time at the gym, focusing on self-care and rejuvenation.  Where’s your focus this year? Have you found one yet? It’s never too late to start! I just launched into my newest fitness journey last week on January 15 with the Fit Body Boot Camp and am loving it now, although at times I feel it’s going killing me! If you want to try a free class, check them out at Fit Body Boot Camp for three free classes, and maybe I’ll see you there.  There’s also a few other reasons to throw on your rain-boots and get out there that don’t involve near death experience, and here’s our suggestions.

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Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival Until February 14

Why this has to take place while I’m eating light, I don’t know, but perhaps I’ll just sample a few as there’s some pretty healthy chocies out there too! With 35 contributing “chocstars” and over 75 flavours to choose from, the Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival returns this bigger and better than ever. It’s a truly local celebration, as no commercial chocolate manufacturers or national coffee chains dominate the program. For its fans from around the world or anyone who just loves chocolate, the Festival shines as a showcase for our city’s most talented artisan food producers, chefs and locally based, independent businesses.  

NEW VENDORS for 2018 Read their story in Vendor Profiles:  http://hotchocolatefest.com/participants/

– In the former Bella Gelateria location in Yaletown.
-Under new management by the original partners.
– A pop-up from James Coleridge, formerly of Bella Gelateria.

Topdog Underdog

TopDog Underdog – Arts Club Theatre Until February 11

We’re off to the opening tonight! Billed us “A MODERN FABLE OF BATTLING BROTHERS”, this performance features African-American brothers Lincoln and Booth—birth names given as a joke that sets up an intense rivalry— who share a seedy, one-room apartment and are looking for easy money in cards. Things are tight and only get tighter when their competition grows and their lies exceed their truths. When there isn’t room for both to succeed, who will come out on top? We’ll find out tonight.

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Butcher at the Butcher to offer a full evening of craft beer and meaty delights on January 24

If we could be two places at once, we’d be at the Butcher & Bullock tonight. The Donnelly Group is partnering with Two Rivers Meats and Postmark Brewing for “Butcher at the Butcher” a very special Dine Out Vancouver event matching local craft beer and a dizzying range of locally-sourced meat dishes and being held at The Butcher & Bullock in the heart of Downtown.

Donnelly Group Executive Chef Alvin Pillay has put together a menu which include stations for Brisket Sliders, Fried Chicken and Sausage Plates along with a spread of canapés ranging from lamb belly and Duck Wings to Pork Ribs, Bresaola, and Candied Bacon, all to be paired with beers from Postmark Brewing chosen by Bar & Beverage Director Trevor Kallies.

The event will take place on Wednesday, January 24th at The Butcher & Bullock at 911 Pender St. West. With over 24 draft taps, The Butcher & Bullock is the Financial District’s destination for craft beer, warm pub welcomes, and the best Happy Hour in the neighbourhood. Tickets are $69 (plus tax and service charge) each and include all food and paired beers for the evening. To purchase tickets, visit www.dineoutvancouver.com.

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The Fraser Valley Distillery Festival is back, with more spirits and liqueurs than ever! January 26th at 7:00 pm

It’s a bit far out for us here in Vancouver, but if you are further out in the Valley or have a designated driver, head to the the Chilliwack Academy of Music for craft spirits and liqueurs, paired with delectable appies and live entertainment on Friday. Twenty plus distilleries are represented from BC’s best craft and micro distilleries, with craft vodkas, gins, single malt whiskeys, fruit liqueurs, flavoured liqueurs and more.  There’s something for everyone – whether that be one of the moonshines or after dark burner vodka from After Dark Distillery, or the jackknife gin or vital vodka from Roots and Wings Distillery, or the sunshine liqueur from Shelter Point Distillery. A selection of Chilliwack’s best restaurants and caterers will add even more delectability to this event. Roll n’ Coal BBQ Catering, The Clean Plate Catering, and more will further tantalize taste-buds.  There will also be incredible live entertainment to take in too! Tickets here.


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Red Truck Beer at Tacofino January 25 – Check out our post on that one here.

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Robbie Burns Day January 25 – Check out our post on that one here.