February Celebration – Valentine’s and much more

      

 Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival will take place Feb 27 to March 4th at Vancouver Convention Centre and various locations.

Burrowing Owl Winery Special Package Sweet Deals

This spring Burrowing Owl Estate Winery is offering visitors three tempting specials. There’s never been a better time to plan your stay at this world-class wine country destination!

Valentine’s Day ‘Dine & Stay’ Package – Tuesday, February 14 2012 From $99 per person includes:

         A romantic dinner for two at the Sonora Room Restaurant

         One night’s accommodation at the Burrowing Owl Guest House

         Add $40 for the “Sweetheart Package”, which includes a bottle of Burrowing Owl wine, long-stemmed red rose, rose petals, and chocolates waiting in your private room

Winter Getaway Package – from $126 per person

(check the website for details – some date restrictions apply)

         A three-course dinner for two at the Sonora Room

         One night’s accommodation at the Burrowing Owl Guest House

         Our fabulous “wine country” breakfast

Spring Blossom Package – from $145 per person

(check the website for details – some date restrictions apply)

         A three-course dinner for two at the Sonora Room

         One night’s accommodation at the Burrowing Owl Guest House

         Our fabulous “wine country” breakfast

         Package available Monday – Wednesday

For more information, or to make your reservations, please call 1-877-498-0620 ext.3.   http://www.bovwine.ca 

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery: Recently named one of the Top 10 BC Wineries by Wine Access magazine the winery is devoted to producing world-class wines using creative viticultural and winemaking processes that are in harmony with the unique ecosystem where the grapes are grown, which includes the northernmost tip of the Sonora Desert. 

Burrowing Owl Guest House:  The winery guest house is nestled in the vineyard and has 10 tastefully-appointed rooms, each with a private deck and fireplace; There is also a 25 metre pool and all-season outdoor hot tub.  The Cellar Lounge is excellent for business meetings and special events.

Sonora Room Restaurant:  Opened in 2004, the winery restaurant overlooks 140 acres of picturesque vineyard from both the patio or inside the warm and inviting dining room. The philosophy of the culinary team is to showcase many of theSouth Okanagan’s local producers of local organic produce, fresh, seasonal fruits and artisan breads and cheeses. An exclusive wine list is changed regularly to include a selection of Burrowing Owl library wines that are no longer publicly available for sale. And, the wine selection is enhanced with alternate premium Okanagan wines chosen to complement the menu.

Burrowing Owl Winery Special Package Deals

This spring Burrowing Owl Estate Winery is offering visitors three tempting specials. There’s never been a better time to plan your stay at this world-class wine country destination!

Valentine’s Day ‘Dine & Stay’ Package – Tuesday, February 14 2012 From $99 per person includes:

         A romantic dinner for two at the Sonora Room Restaurant

         One night’s accommodation at the Burrowing Owl Guest House

         Add $40 for the “Sweetheart Package”, which includes a bottle of Burrowing Owl wine, long-stemmed red rose, rose petals, and chocolates waiting in your private room

Winter Getaway Package – from $126 per person

(check the website for details – some date restrictions apply)

         A three-course dinner for two at the Sonora Room

         One night’s accommodation at the Burrowing Owl Guest House

         Our fabulous “wine country” breakfast

Spring Blossom Package – from $145 per person

(check the website for details – some date restrictions apply)

         A three-course dinner for two at the Sonora Room

         One night’s accommodation at the Burrowing Owl Guest House

         Our fabulous “wine country” breakfast

         Package available Monday – Wednesday

For more information, or to make your reservations, please call 1-877-498-0620 ext.3.   http://www.bovwine.ca 

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery: Recently named one of the Top 10 BC Wineries by Wine Access magazine the winery is devoted to producing world-class wines using creative viticultural and winemaking processes that are in harmony with the unique ecosystem where the grapes are grown, which includes the northernmost tip of the Sonora Desert. 

Burrowing Owl Guest House:  The winery guest house is nestled in the vineyard and has 10 tastefully-appointed rooms, each with a private deck and fireplace; There is also a 25 metre pool and all-season outdoor hot tub.  The Cellar Lounge is excellent for business meetings and special events.

Sonora Room Restaurant:  Opened in 2004, the winery restaurant overlooks 140 acres of picturesque vineyard from both the patio or inside the warm and inviting dining room. The philosophy of the culinary team is to showcase many of theSouth Okanagan’s local producers of local organic produce, fresh, seasonal fruits and artisan breads and cheeses. An exclusive wine list is changed regularly to include a selection of Burrowing Owl library wines that are no longer publicly available for sale. And, the wine selection is enhanced with alternate premium Okanagan wines chosen to complement the menu.

Choucroute Festival – Feb 16 to 19th

Beat the mid-winter culinary blahs and visit GranvilleIslandbetween Feb 16th and Feb 19th for our Choucroute Festival. Join Vancouver’s premiere charcuterie, Oyama Sausage, and Granville Island Brewing and Liberty Wine Merchants to celebrate this time honored winter classic. Choose from an outstanding selection of smoked sausages, salt pork, smoked pork hocks and Oyama’s homemade sauerkraut.  Pair these with a wonderful array of Rieslings, Gewurztraminers and beers. Tips on preparation methods and food and wine pairing are always provided by these businesses.  Come and take advantage of their wealth of knowledge.

About Oyama Sausage: For five generations the family has been dicing, grinding and spicing to make the best sausages, hams and pates inVancouver. Their passion is endless and their belief is that good food balances body and soul.  Locally sourced meats and organic options are always available.

About Granville Island Brewing: In 1984 something happened that forever changed the local beer industry:  Granville Island Brewing opened the doors toCanada’s first microbrewery.

No chemicals or preservatives are used in making their beer.  Granville Island Brewing is constantly creating new local flavours and improving their craft.

About Liberty Wine Merchants: Libertystrives to give customers the best wine experience in theVancouverarea. Often recognized as the most popular wine retailer in the Lower Mainland,Libertyis dedicated to evolving its selection for wine lovers to enjoy.

Choucroute Festival takes place the weekend of February 16th to 19th at these three retailers on Granville Island. For more information please contact Oyama Sausage at (604) 327-7407.

Tasting Plates Vancouver, 2012 – Tantalize your taste buds at over a dozen fabulous downtown Vancouver restaurants!

February 15th from 6-9pm at restaurants downtown Vancouver

$2 from each ticket purchased will go to the Food Bank

Participating restaurants will be offering tasting plates created by their chefs to guests. This evening tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 9 PM and is presented by Vancouver Foodster & Taste and Sip Magazine.

Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different restaurants throughout the evening, meet and greet the chefs and other food loving friends! Learn about each of the participating restaurants.

  • Vegetarian options will be available at most of the participating restaurants.
  • Prize draws will be held at the after party with some great tasty prizes.
  • Participating restaurants include: Phat Deli Yaletown, Notturno Paninoteca, Juice Truck, Bonchaz, Footo Delights, Cosca Restaurant,Soho Road, W2 Media Café and more to come. The event is a roving tour that will start off at a location in the Gastown area (details will be emailed to guests at before the event with the starting location), from there you can Pvisit any or all of the participating restaurants that are located all over downtown including Gastown, Yaletown and the West End by driving, transit or walking.

For further details please log onto:

http://vancouverfoodster.com/2012/01/03/tasting-plates-vancouver-february-15/

Advance Tickets are available for purchase online only at http://tastingplatesvancouver.eventbrite.ca   

Pardon the Winterruption: Celebrate of West Coast and International Arts Scene and Heard on Granville Island

February 24 to 26

Winterruption on GranvilleIslandis celebrating its seventh annual, truly unique Vancouverwinter festival, February 24 – 26. The magic is in the mix as the Islandonce again hosts a celebration of local and international artists of all disciplines.

From kid-friendly theatre to jazzy tunes, enlightening foodie tours to inspirational artisan open studios — the all-ages appeal ofGranvilleIsland’s Winterruption Festival cannot be beat!

Playful
There is no shortage of family-friendly activities on offer over the three-day festival. Bring the kids to Carousel Theatre`s classic tale of Aesop’s Fables or visit the Kids Zone where Vancouver International Children`s Festival presents the rhythmic soul of Kutapira; Arts Umbrella showcases their theatre program with Theatre Fix; and the internationally renowned Indigenous company, Red Sky, returns with The Great Mountain. Or, have a go on the T-Shirt Spin Bike Art by creativity-driven Make; a great activity for all ages, participants human power the bike to create one-of-a-kind artwork with paint for their t-shirts. It’s affordable too! $10 includes a t-shirt, paint, and a ‘spin’ on the bike.

A Walk on the Artsy Side
Artists and artisans fill the galleries, nooks and crannies ofGranvilleIsland. There are exhibitions and open studios around every corner! ReVision at the Creekhouse is exhibiting recycled, salvaged, or found materials transformed into amazing art. Dalbergia Wood + Fine Objects Studio in Railspur Alley is presenting Woodenough, a wood exhibition, sharing techniques and exploring new frontiers in the world of wood. Continuing Studies at Emily Carr University of Art and Design is offering a behind-the-scenes tour of the University as well as a Drop-In Life Drawing workshop.

Musical Notes
Coastal Jazz and Blues Society presents a diverse line-up of musical acts, with shows at Performance Works at various times during Winterruption. Expect easy listening from a variety of musicians including Michael Bernard Fitzgerald with special guests Acres of Lions; Aidan Knight with special guests The Belle Game; Celso Machado; and Aeroplane Trio.

Theatrics
Visit the Granville Island Stage where the Arts Club Theatre Company is presenting Intimate Apparel, a richly textured love story by Lynn Nottage. Or, expect the unexpected as some ofVancouver’s favourite dancers pop up in unusual spaces all over theIsland.

Locavore Movement
On Saturday and Sunday during Winterruption, Edible Canada presents a Guided Culinary Market Tour, a Canadian Beer/Wine Tasting, and a three-course dinner. Experience the flavours of Granville Island Market with a guided two-hour tour for $30. Then enjoy a tasting of Canadian beer and wine prior to a market inspired three-course dinner at Edible Canada Bistro. Buy tickets separately or buy as a package for $70 per person plus tax.

For more information about GranvilleIslandmerchants and events, visit granvilleisland.com.

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