Romance, renovation, food and wine. Find out why the French are painting Vancouver red. Discover what’s in vogue this season at the BC Home + Garden Show. Support the Vancouver International Wine Festival, and help raise funds for the Bard on the Beach Theatre Society.
Romance in France Kicks Off in Vancouver
The French are painting the city red with romance as Valentine approaches. It’s part of the Romance in France campaign launched by Atout France (France’s tourism development agency) in Montreal,Toronto and Vancouver. The campaign aims to highlight France’s romantic assets in Canada throughout the month of February.
Itching for a romantic getaway? Try your odds at winning a romantic trip to Paris for two valued at $5,590. The trip includes two round trip tickets with Air France from Montreal, Toronto or Vancouver to Paris; 3 nights/4 days stay with breakfast for two at Mercure Montmartre Sacré Coeur hotel, airport transfers and a half day VIP visits, all courtesy of Monograms. To enter, go to Contest Just the Two of Us in France. Discover romantic France by clicking on Romance in France.
BC Home + Garden Show
Need innovative ideas to fix or decorate your home, spruce up your garden or whip up some tasty recipes to satisfy your picky family? Let the experts help you at the 45th annual BC Home + Garden Show from February 17 – 25 at B.C. Place Stadium. Show presenters include two HGTV stars: Bryan Baeumler of House of Bryan and landscape designer and Carson Arthur of Home to Win. Presenting on stage is also lifestyle expert, Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault, and several of Vancouver’s top gardeners, design experts, respected chefs and bartenders. Adult ticket is $13 for online purchase and $16 at the door. Kids aged 12 and under are free. More details, click on BC Home + Garden Show.
Vancouver International Wine Festival
The wine world meets in Vancouver this February 20-28 for the 38th annual Vancouver International Wine Festival. The 8-day festival features 1450+ wines from 155 wineries in 14 countries. If you are a wine drinker, collector or trade professional, this is a must attend event. Your palate would have a heyday with over 700 wines to sample in the tasting room.
Italy is this year’s theme country. About 60 Italian wineries from different Italian regions will be showcasing their wines. Some of the best Italian DOC wines to be featured include Piedmont’s Barolo, Puglia’s Salice Salentino, Veneto’s Prosecco and Tuscany’s Brunello di Montalcino. Italy’s Showcase is organised in partnership with the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver.
The festival also features 54 events in 30 Vancouver venues. A noted event is the Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction with the theme: A Venetian Masquerade. The sumptuous gala promises a delicious five-course meal created paired with 10 top wines. The evening also includes an auction of rare, valuable wines. All proceeds benefit Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. To learn more, click on vanwinefest.ca