Vancouver Adventures: Our Picks for January 10 to 16

This week: Experience art with the whole family, bite into the finest artisan offerings in town, plunge into contemporary music with the VSO, and more

Hawksworth Lunch on Whistler Mountain – January 10

Local celebrity chef David Hawksworth is taking his culinary creations to the next level with a special lunch served at the top of Whistler Mountain this weekend. The one-time event takes place at Steeps Restaurant located in the Roundhouse Lodge. The three-course prix fixe menu includes mouth-watering dishes like Dungeness crab cakes, a yellow fin tuna burger, winter squash ravioli and much more. Call 604-905-2379 to make reservations, and get more information online.

Geronimo Stilton Party – January 10

The whole family can have a day of fun at the Vancouver Public Library at the Geronimo Stilton party. The popular Geronimo Stilton series follows the adventures of Geronimo Stilton, a talking mouse who serves as a journalist for The Rodents Gazette. Whether your kids are already fans of the books or you’re looking to inspire some literary love, this is the place to be. They’ll be hosting a bevy of fun games and crafts all inspired by characters in the books. 

Cultured at Graze Restaurant – January 11

For a foodie experience you won’t find anywhere else, stop by Cultured at Graze Restaurant. Graze has made a name for itself as the go-to place for gourmet vegetarian fare in Vancouver, and now it’s taking that a step further with a night of vegan cheeses. They’ve cooked up a selection of nut-based cheeses for you to try, as well as some wine and canapés to accompany the tasting. 

Golden Globes Broadcast Party – January 11

Whether it’s the big football game or the hottest award show, it’s always more fun to watch with other people. You can hit up the best Golden Globes broadcast party in town at the Rio Theatre this Sunday and watch the stars on the big screen. The event is free to attend and doors open at 3:30 p.m. to catch the pre-show. They’ll be offering up fun contests during commercial breaks and a licensed bar to keep the party going even when the speeches start to drag. 

Family Day at Place des Arts – January 11

Bring out your inner Van Gogh with a trip to Family Day at Place des Arts. You’ll explore a world of art that will enthrall kids and adults alike with three different exhibits and interactive activities inspired by them. Activities include contributing to the painting of a giant mountain range, making your own Japanese fan, and working directly with some of the artists on hand.

The Grand Tasting on Granville Island – January 15

Shop the Granville Island Market like never before with a Grand Tasting of all the market’s most delicious foods. Sample seafood, cheese, wine, pastries and so much more, fresh from the kitchen. For something really special, buy their Amuse-bouche ticket and gain priority entrance, access to a Liberty Distillery tour and cocktail, a shopping bag, and even a cookbook. 

Craft Beer and Artisan Food Tour of Vancouver – January 16 and more

Dineout Vancouver and Vancouver Brewery Tours are teaming up to offer a taste of the finest bites and brews that the city has to offer with their Craft Beer and Artisan Food Tour. You’ll sample craft beer from Strange Fellows Brewing as well as Bomber Brewing, and then visit a selection of eateries serving up meat, cheese, baked goods, pizza and more. You can check out the dates and reserve your tickets online. 

VSO New Music Festival – January 15 to 18

If you think that the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra only performs dusty old classics, then their New Music Festival will make you think again. They’ll be celebrating contemporary music from around the world, bringing in an abundance of special guests to help perform some of today’s freshest music. Tickets can be purchased for individual concerts, or you can get a festival pass so that you don’t have to miss a moment. 

Pop Up Wedding Shoppe – January 15 to February 28

Every bride-to-be can find what she needs, without the stress, at Gastown’s Pop Up Wedding Shoppe presented by Pure Magnolia. They’ve brought together local vendors to show off their finest, from elegant fashion to favours to flowers. You can book private consultations complete with professional expertise, champagne and treats, or even have a fully catered lunch to make it an experience you’ll never forget. 

Shen Yun Vancouver – January 16 to 18

Immerse yourself in the world of ancient China with Shen Yun, a stunning display of culture, art, and athleticism. For three days only this performance is coming to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre to showcase the Middle Kingdom of China through the storytelling magic of dance. With handmade costumes, a full orchestra, and colourful animated backdrops, this is an experience not to be missed.