Travel Classics Writers Conference October 2011 in Vancouver
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Travel Classics West 2011

Post-Conference Trip: "Vancouver Culinary Highlights"

Please confirm your attendance by September 5. Guests attending Travel Classics with you are permitted to join all meals and most activities.

Email Amber Sessions to join the wait list/for assistance.

Sunday, October 9

Travel Classics ends. Post tours begin.

2:00 pm: Ladies and gentleman, start your palates!
We know you'll love the vibrant, cosmopolitan and beautiful city of Vancouver. But not just for the spectacular scenery, for the food! Named one of Food and Wine magazine's top 10 dining cities in North America, Vancouver's got it all: the freshest seafood plucked straight from the ocean; committed local farmers growing a bounty of fresh, seasonal produce; a world-renowned wine region, and a wealth of ethnic culinary talent.

6:00 pm: Dine around Gastown - Vancouver's hottest dining district
Taste the best of BC's food culture on a culinary tour of Gastown--the current "it" spot for eating and drinking in Vancouver! Led by a passionate food writer/chefs, this informative culinary tour will showcase unique restaurant gems and local artisanal fare in Vancouver's tastiest neighbourhood. Over the course of the evening you'll dine in five or more hand-picked destinations, tasting your way through B.C.'s best wines, cheeses, seafood, artisanal meats, craft beer and cocktails.


Monday, October 10

9:00 am: To market for fresh coffee and brunch
No visit to Vancouver is complete without a visit to Granville Island. Start off your visit with a locavore breakfast at the island's most talked about new restaurant, Edible at the Market bistro.

10:00 am: Shop with a chef
Learn the ins and outs of Granville Island on a chef-guided tour that will have you touring and tasting the dozens of local food vendors.
    About Granville Island:
    The vibrant urban oasis of Granville Island buzzes with life from dawn to dusk and the centerpiece of the island is the Public Market, which houses diverse array of irresistible green grocers, butchers, bakers, fishmongers, cheese specialists, sweets stands, and casual eateries. Just outside the market are many local artisans as well as a micro roaster of organic coffee, the Netloft and Canada's only artisan Sake distillery.
12:00 pm: "Eat Your Cart Out" tour of Vancouver's street food vendors
Up until last year, street vendors in Vancouver were only allowed to sell popcorn, chestnuts, and hot dogs. When that ban was lifted the floodgates opened to the international community and the number of food carts on Vancouver streets skyrocketed. Now, Vancouver has almost 100 food vendors on city sidewalks. Experience the best of Vancouver street food culture on this fun, full of life tasting tour.

Optional afternoon activity options:
(Options subject to change based on availability. More options may be added.)
  • Vancouver's liquid culture cocktail class
    Vancouver is one of North America's foremost cocktail cities--a reputation that was solidified when Vancouver was selected as the first city to host an offshoot of the prestigious Tales of the Cocktail festival. You'll learn more about Vancouver's liquid culture, during this small-group session with one of the city's top barmen.

  • Vancouver's Asian influences and sake wine tasting experience
    According to the New York Times, "For Chinese food, there's nowhere on this continent like Vancouver." Experience some of Vancouver's most popular Asian restaurants and culinary styles. And also, learn about why Vancouver is Canada's leader in sake culture. With two sake distilleries in the province, local restaurants are encouraging diners to experiment with pairing sake with all sorts of different cuisines.

  • Chocolate making experience with Thierry Bussett of Thierry
    In this interactive class with Thierry Busett, you'll learn about his love of classic chocolates, pastries, cakes and that Parisian icon--the macaron. At the recently opened Thierry, all items are handcrafted daily using only premium ingredients: fresh seasonal fruits, artisanal dairy products and, of course, the world's finest chocolate.

  • Free time to find your own story

6:30 pm: Farewell dinner at one of Vancouver's top restaurants
Vancouver cuisine ranges from multi-course Chinese feasts to European- influenced tasting plates and perhaps the best sushi available outside Japan. West Coast cuisine--also called Pacific Northwest cuisine--has enjoyed a renaissance in the city in recent years, largely due to a rediscovery of the region's uniquely flavourful ingredients, including high-quality Fraser Valley meat and vegetables and distinctive Vancouver Island seafood. The province's Okanagan Valley is renowned for its wines, while several unique breweries dot Vancouver, Vancouver Island and the wider B.C. area.


Tuesday, October 11

Depart Vancouver.

Interested in a pre- or post-conference tour?

Contact Amber Sessions
Manager, Travel & Trade Media Relations
Phone: 604-631-2870
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