2016 Holiday Season is here

Words: S. Yuen

Cover photo: Four Season Hotel

Christmas cookies and fruitcakes are just the beginning, besides enthralling buffets and festive meals at your favourite restaurants and hotels, there are tons of cheerful events and enticing fares for you and your loved ones this holiday.

Granville Island Giving Contest
Granville Island’s shops and market are open every day through December from 9 and 10am to 7pm, except on December 24th, when the Public Market and the Net Loft close at 5pm. The Island’s businesses are closed on Christmas Day.
This year, Granville Island lovers are also eligible to win $250 to spend at Granville Island shops, matched with a $250 donation from Granville Island to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Simply follow the Island on Instagram at @granville_island, then share an image of what giving means to you, however you define it – whether that’s volunteering, orchestrating a memorable outing for your family, or choosing the perfect gift. Post your photo using the hashtag #GIgiving and you could receive $250, as will the food bank. The contest runs December 1 - 16, 2016. To enter, visit: granvilleislandgiving.com/contest.

Mistletoe Tea At Fairmont Globe@YVR
Afternoon Tea, a celebrated Fairmont Hotels & Resorts tradition, is now available at Globe@YVR in Richmond to help you swing into for the festive mood. Chef Burslem is showcasing his love of local products by sharing his very own recipes using BC cranberries during this holiday season.

Chef Burslem cheering in a local cranberry field.

Mistletoe Tea menu
Exclusively blended Fairmont teas
Scones including Executive Chef Colin Burslem's Cranberry orange and sweet butter scones
Homemade fruit preserves and devonshire cream
Egg salad/Red wine stained egg, Frnch Crepe
English cucumber|Boursin Cheese, Caviar
Curried chicken salad | Branston pickle, grain bread
Honey ham | Brie, peppercress, dijonaisse
Single plantation chocolate rasberry limington
Peppermint Meringues
Cranberry white chocolate mousse gingerbread
Hazelnut shortbread cookies
**Additional portions of scones, sandwiches and desserts available for purchase for here or to go  $10 per serving
Monday to Sunday, seatings at 2:00 p.m; 2:30 p.m; 3:00 p.m; 3:30 p.m
$49 per person, JUNIOR TEA is available for guests 12 and under $25
Reservations required, please call (604) 248-3281 to reserve your table.

Forage on Robson - Family Style Four Course Lunch

1300 Robson Street, Vancouver. 604-661-1400 http://foragevancouver.com

For $40, enjoy a 4-course fun festive lunch prepared by Chef Whittaker and his brilliant team. There's one catch; reservations are absolutely required.
December 7th to December 23rd 11:30-1:00pm daily.

• grilled kale salad with caramelized apples, roasted hazelnuts,
Golden Ears brie and honey dressing
• charcuterie board with cured meats and salmon,
house-made pickles and IPA mustard
• roasted Fraser Valley turkey with all the festive trimmings
• smoked pork rack roast with maple apple chutney
• sticky toffee pudding, ginger eggnog ice cream, Forty Creek caramel

Holiday in Westbrook

The Balloon Winter Wonderland, housed in the 1,600 square foot Wesbrook Welcome Centre The exhibit features four familiar holiday scenes, made entirely from biodegradable, nitrogen-filled balloons. Created by balloon artist Angela Fraser of A-Star Art Parlour, the display uses over 2,500 balloons and takes around seven days to construct.

Balloon Contest Draw - Visitors can enter to win their own 4-foot balloon Snowman to take home. The prize will be drawn on December 19.

**A number of other local businesses will be staging additional holiday events, including brunch at BierCraft Restaurant, the area’s favourite watering hole, a tea sampling at Murchie’s Fine Tea, face-painting at Fido, and a kids’ craft and colouring station at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt. See list of times and additional activities at DiscoverWesbrook.com.

Opens daily from December 3 to 18, 10am to 8pm.

Entry is free and free parking is available across from Save-On-Foods and in the underground parkade.

Railtown Catering popular Turkey To-Go dinner package is back
Eliminate the hassle from the Christmas holiday with the latest edition of its popular, ready-made gourmet Turkey To-Go package, available for pick-up and delivery from Dec. 24 to 26.

Railtown’s Holiday Turkey To-Go feasts, priced at $299 plus tax, is for eight to 10 people and offered in both ready-to-eat (hot) or ready-to-bake (cold) formats. Orders are available for pick-up at Railtown Cafe on Dec. 24, 25 and 26, or for delivery within Greater Vancouver at an additional charge.

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**As always, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Mission Possible, a non-profit organization that provides street-level care for those with immediate and critical needs in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Railtown's Holiday Turkey To-Go Menu

16-lb Sage-Roasted Organic Turkey
Traditional Giblet Gravy
Dried Apricot, Chestnut & Brioche Bread Stuffing
Maple-Glazed Sweet Potatoes
Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes with Chives
Buttered Baby Carrots Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Almonds
Wild Flower Honey & Ginger Infused Cranberry Sauce
House-made Railtown Dinner Rolls & Focaccia Bread with Sweet Butter
Organic Mesclun Greens with Candied Walnuts, Citrus Segments, Aged Sherry Vinaigrette
Classic Pecan Pie with Chantilly Cream
$299 plus tax
Available Dec. 24, 25, 26                   
To order, visit www.railtowncatering.ca/holiday-turkey-to-go or call 604-568-8811. Orders must be received by 12 noon on Weds., Dec. 21. 397 Railway St., Vancouver, B.C. V6A 1A4 | Mon – Fri 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. | (604) 568-8811

New Year’s Eve Family Pizza Party at Rocky Mountain Flatbread
Rocky Mountain Flatbread has the perfect New Year’s Eve pizza party planned for Vancouver families. Join us for a relaxing evening where your kids are welcomed and entertained in a fun, friendly environment. The festivities will include dinner, balloon twisting, face painting, pizza making and an early New Year’s Eve count down.
New Year’s Eve Family Pizza Parties are being held at Rocky Mountain Flatbread Kitsilano and Rocky Mountain Flatbread Main Street on December 31, 2016.
Two-course dinner for adults includes: choice of your favorite house made soup or salad followed by an artisan pizza of your choice.
Kids dinner includes: Drink, pizza making (or pasta), and brownies for dessert.

Tickets: $20/per child & $25 per adult (includes kids aged one year & older). Tax and gratuity not included.

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Kitsilano
Reservations at 4 pm and 6:15 pm on December 31, 2016
Call 604-730-0321 or email info@rockymountainflatbread.ca
1876 W 1st Ave, Vancouver
Rocky Mountain Flatbread Main Street
Reservations accepted from 4 pm – 7:30 pm on December 31, 2016
Call 604-566 9779 or email info@rockymountainflatbread.ca
4186 Main Street, Vancouver