Vancouver International Wine Festival (until March 2, Vancouver Convention Centre)
If you are reading this, it might be too late to secure tickets to one of this year’s assortment of amazing tasting and culinary events in celebration of the 36th annual festival. The city has been abuzz and that buzz continues through the weekend with a few tickets to be found for several sought-after events. Don’t delay, whet your palate and learn more here.
Wish You Were Here! Miniature Landscapes (opening reception on February 28, Gam Gallery)
Squeeze some culture into the mix and head to 110 E Hastings Street to check out Jessie McNeil’s new installation featuring miniaturized landscapes showcasing places found around Vancouver. The show aims to capture the city’s rapidly changing landscape. The works examine reconstructed spaces and examine civic identity, the relationship between tourist and local, as well as that between nature and culture. Catch the show from Friday through until March 21st. Learn more here.
25th Annual Festival du Bois (February 28 to March 2nd, 1046 Brunette Avenue)
Channel your inner Quebecois and dig out your best plaid shirt for a weekend of French-inspired festivities in the spirit of La Belle Province. This French-Canadian festival features an opening night concert, boisterous entertainment, tasty treats (poutine, maple taffy, tourtière) as well as music by Canadian, Quebecois, French, Celtic and folk musicians. Learn more here.
See: Rio Theatre Presents ‘Donnie Darko’ (February 28, 1660 East Broadway)
Friday, make your way down to catch a cult favourite that happens to star drool-worthy actor Jake Gyllenhaal, who pretty much got his acting career started playing the title character, Donnie Darko, a troubled teen plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit. Donnie Darko has since grown to become a huge cult favourite and features strong performances from supporting actors. As always, the Rio offers it all: a cool setting, all the theatre fixings, and beer to make it all better. Come in costume for the flick and get $2 off your ticket. For more info, click here.
Now Open: Rosemary Rocksalt (2515 Main Street)
Bagel fiends and those of you not watching your carb intake can rejoice at the opening of Rosemary Rocksalt’s second location on Main Street. The little sister restaurant to Seigel’s Bagels, it is the place to head to when craving souped-up Montreal-style bagels. Try their tasty breakfast bagels, Montreal smoked meat sandwich bagels, jalapeno melt for a little kick, and more. The bright, airy space welcomes guests, as does their friendly, knowledgeable staff. Read more about their new location and menu of offerings here.
Coming up: The Curry Cup (March 4, 3102 Main Street)
It’ll be a spicy night at the Heritage Hall next Tuesday with the inaugural Curry Cup, a fundraiser for the Chefs’ Table Society of B.C. With man-about-town Fred Lee as host for the event, a handful of the city’s top Chef’s will compete for the winning curry dish (scored by Vancouver’s top food writers, critics and industry professionals). Tickets are $59 and include a sampling of eight international curries with samples of wines and craft beer. Proceeds will benefit Growing Chefs. Learn more here.
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