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Tuesday 7 February 2017

New gourmet experiences in a magical city

Vancouver is one of the most spectacular cities on the planet.

The West Coast Canadian city is not only brilliantly situated so you can surf in the morning and ski in the afternoon; it is also a clean, green destination with a buzzing gourmet scene.

Here are four new experiences recommended by the local tourism types; who have some of the easiest jobs on the planet. Much like Sydney, Vancouver sells itself.

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
  • Off the Eaten Track’s Sip, Savour, Shop on Main Street three-hour tour (starting February 2017) combines the best of this edgy neighbourhood’s food, apothecary shops and kitschy stores. The adventure starts at the Honey Shoppe for a local honey tasting, then continues on to a sampling of gluten-free Brazilian pastries; a knife-cutting lesson at a neighbourhood knife store featuring the largest collection of Japanese knives in Canada; samplings of cold-pressed juice, kombucha and ginger beer; a button-making lesson at a paper shop; and a taste of mind-blowing fish tacos with a sustainability message co-delivered by a local biologist and Iron Chef.

  • Harvest Community Foods, located in trendy Chinatown-Strathcona, started as a community project and has flourished into a hub for urban produce and small-batch vegan foods. At lunch, lines quickly build for the fresh noodle bowls packed with organic greens. Harvest also offers community-supported agriculture shares intended to cultivate a closer connection between people and their food.

  • Timber Restaurant’s Long Table Canadian Supper is the perfect way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Intended for groups, the experience features a family-style dinner with cribbage boards, a Canadian themed “photo booth” and make-‘em-yourself s’mores (marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of crackers) at the Timber campfire. All guests depart with a small gift.
  • Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s new afternoon tea takes a page from the classic Brothers Grimm stories to transform Notch8 Restaurant into a fairytale wonderland. Guests can enjoy treats that include Red Riding Hood’s basket of savoury and sweet scones, as well as an enchanted forest tier of tea sandwiches.

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