For a short month, February is packed with foodie events and adventures


As we all start to emerge form our winter's hibernation, it's time to restore our energy deposits. February seems to be dominated by cooking classes, workshops and fun outings to experience a whole lot of different tastes around Vancouver.


Food events coming up in January

Jan 24–Feb 6 – Dine Out Vancouver

Jan 15–Feb 14 – Hot Chocolate Festival

Jan 1–Feb 28 – Unsung Heroes

Feb 3 – Fair Trade Vancouver Tea

Feb 3 – Sustainability Community Breakfast: Food Scraps Recycling

Feb 4–5 – Secret Supper Soiree

Feb 5 – Winter Farmers' Market

Feb 6 – Vegan Meet-Up

Feb 9 – Vancouver Food Policy Council Meeting

Feb 10 – Be a Celebrity Chef for Valentine's Day

Feb 12 – Winter Farmers' Market

Feb 19 – Social Bites

Feb 19 – Asian Fusion Cooking

Feb 19 – Winter Farmers' Market

Feb 19–20 – Filo Pastry Workshop

Feb 22 – Taste the World

Feb 24 – Asian Fusion Cooking

Feb 26 – Winter Farmers' Market

Winter farmers' market

Still going strong, you'll find the Winter Farmers Markets every weekend by Nat Bailey Stadium [map]. Check out this list of market vendors.


Asian fusion cooking

Dust up your Asian Fusion skills with Chef Karen Barnaby of The Fish House in Stanley Park. Learn to cook six delcious dishes, including how to plate them. For details and reservations call 604-681-7275. Saturday, February 19 (noon to 2:30 p.m.) & Thursday, February 24 (6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.).


Filo pastry workshops

Sign up for one, or both, of these workshops with Poppy Siormanolakis. Over the two days he'll teach you how to work with store bought filo (Workshop 1, $98) to make spanakopita and other goodies and the traditional methods of making filo pastry (Workshop 2, $50). Registration is open call 604 298 7252 and ask for Poppy. Class held at Romana Pizza, 4660 Hastings Street in Burnaby. February 19 & 20.


Unsung Heroes

Frank Pabst Unsung Heroes is in its seventh year at Blue Water Cafe. Head there to try some delicious dishes made from highly sustainable but more rarely encountered seafood from the Unsung Heroes menu. February 1–28.


Vegan meet-up

This month the Veg meet–up is hiiting up the Whole Vegetarian Restaurant on Main Street. $17* per person for the Vegan set menu. February 6, 6 p.m.

*includes tip, HST, and “meet­–up fee”. Cash only and exact change is preferred.


Taste the world

Travelling can be a drag; having to wait in line to be groped by a TSA agent. Let your tastebuds tour the world at Vancouver Foodster’s “Taste the World”. Six Vancouver restaurants will be representing tastes and flavours from around the world. Featuring Atithi, Calabash Bistro, Doña Cata, Fresh Local Wild, Charm Modern Thai & Bentons Cheese. February 22, 6 p.m. at the Venue on Granville St.


Dine-out Vancouver

In its ninth year, Dine Out Vancouver is Tourism Vancouver's a citywide celebration of food and BC wine. It's a fabulous opportunity to check out Vancouver's hot restaurants, new eateries and neighbourhood favourites for an easy to swallow prix-fixe. January 24–February 6.


Hot chocolate festival

Seven of Vancouver’s top chocolatiers (Bella Gelateria, Campagnolo Cafe, Cocoa Nymph, Mink Chocolates, Chocolaterie de la Nouvelle France, Schokolade, & Thomas Haas) will be spicing up their hot chocolates for a month. Check out City Food’s ‘Calendar of Flavours’ for the daily creations. January 15–February 14.


Be a celebrity chef for Valentine's day

Learn how to create a fantasmagorically romatic 4-course meal to wow your sweetheart. Executive Chef, Robert LeCrom sets you up with a chef apron, recipes, hot tips and the entire ingredient list inclusive of a bottle or two of wine. $500CAD per person, inclusive of tax. Register by Monday, February 7th by contacting Manager, Richenette Sioson at 604-662-1900 or email More details at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Thursday, February 10.


Social Bites

Not a large scale food event like the others but 16 lucky vegans will be guests for the inaugural Vegan Social Bites. Four hobby chefs will welcome two "sittings" of four diners and share with them their favourite vegan dishes. Tickets, while available, are on sale through the Social Bites website. Febrtuary 19, 6 p.m.

Restaurants opening soon

If you're constantly on the lookout for the newest place to eat, you can either stalk me or check out Vancouver Foodster's blackboard of upcoming restaurant openings.