In its sixth year, the promotion boasts record number of participating restaurants and new awards program.

Vancouver, BC: Come in from the cold this January and take a bite out of Vancouver’s top food and wine event! Presented by Visa®, Tourism Vancouver’s Dine Out Vancouver 2008 will take place over 19 days, from Wednesday, January 16 to Sunday, February 3. The promotion offers a number of ways for diners to do something a little different and spice up their January.

* Sample Vancouver’s renowned culinary scene – you have over 180 restaurants to choose from!

Dine Out Vancouver offers visitors the opportunity to sample some of those restaurants that they’re always reading about. “Vancouver is so lucky to have an international culinary scene that is recognized by visitors from around the world,” said Rick Antonson, Tourism Vancouver’s president and CEO. “With a record 180 restaurants offering menus at $15, $25 and $35 price points, Dine Out Vancouveris a great way to visit the city and try those restaurants for yourself.”

* Experiment with a new cuisine – take your tastebuds on a trip around the world

Winter is no time for bland food. Warm up by trying some new dishes that reflect Vancouver’s multi-cultural roots. Dine Out Vancouverboasts flavours that span the globe – everything from African favourites to Spanish tapas, Mandarin cuisine to our own West Coast bounty of seafood. “With its commitment to culinary diversity and innovation, the Vancouver restaurant community has evolved into a world-class dining destination,” said Marina Chernyak, director, Merchant Partnerships and Market Development, Visa Canada. “Visa is proud to help showcase the city’s vibrant culinary scene to both locals and those outside of Vancouver.”

* Give food and wine pairing a try – good food deserves good wine

Trying exciting new food is the perfect opportunity to find your new favourite BC VQA wines as well. Dine Out Vancouver presents a great opportunity to sample British Columbia’s award-winning VQA wines, with appropriate wine pairings suggested to complement the menus at an additional cost.

* Make a weekend of it and “stay where you play”

Make Dine Out Vancouver the ultimate indulgence by treating yourself to a gourmet Vancouver getaway. A selection of hotels are offering one night Dine Out Vancouver packages featuring a three-course dinner in the hotel restaurant, one night’s accommodation and other value-added amenities for as low as $129 CAD, double occupancy. Specials and packages can be found and booked online now at tourismvancouver.com/dineout.

ALL THE DINE OUT VANCOUVER DETAILS YOU NEED TO KNOW:

From January 16 to February 3, consumers can enjoy a special three-course dinner at many Greater Vancouver restaurants for $15, $25 or $35 per person, complemented by fabulous BC VQA wine pairing suggestions. The promotion is now in its sixth year, and the culinary extravaganza has been extended from 17 days to 19 days due to consumer demand. The list of participating restaurants, menus and reservation information will be posted online at tourismvancouver.com on January 2, and many participating restaurants can be booked through the site.

Wines of British Columbia is a proud sponsor of Dine Out Vancouver. Media sponsors of the event include CHMB AM1320, Channel M, Mehfil Magazines, Ming Pao Newspaper, 96.9 JACK FM, RJ 1200, Tourism Vancouver Television, Vancouver Magazine and WHERE Vancouver Magazine.

Tourism Vancouver’s focus is on building exceptional customer relationships with meeting planners, travel influencers, travel media and independent tourists. The organization’s brand essence is about “exceeding expectations”.

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