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Food Is the Focus of EAT! VancouverThe 10th Annual EAT! Vancouver™ Food + Cooking Festival is coming to the newly refurbished BC Place stadium June 1-3, 2012.

British Columbia’s Premier Food Expo

The EAT! Vancouver event brings together many culinary elements, including the finest local restaurants, wineries, and culinary manufacturers, retailers and artisans and pairs them with celebrity chefs and cookbook authors for three days of celebration, demonstration, entertainment, shopping, competitions and exhibitions.

Highlights of this year’s festival include:

Food Network Celebrity Stage

As in previous years, the Food Network Celebrity Stage promises to be the crown jewel of this event.  Featured chefs & celebrities include:

Bob BlumerBob Blumer

The host of Food Network’s World’s Weirdest Restaurants & Glutton for Punishment will be signing his latest book, Glutton for Pleasure, on Friday only at EAT! Vancouver.

Rob FeenieChef Rob Feenie

The first Canadian winner of Iron Chef America is the food concept architect for Cactus Club Restaurants and host of New Classics With Chef Rob Feenie on Food Network Canada.

David Rocco

The host of Food Network’s David Rocco’s Dolce Vita will be signing copies of his new book of the same name, available for purchase at the show.

And Many More Celebrity Guests!

Bite of Vancouver Restaurant Pavilion

The owners, chefs and servers of some the most popular restaurants in Vancouver invite you to sample a wide variety of appetizer-sized menu offerings of local and international cuisine. Each of these “bites” listed on their menus runs from $1 to $4 each. Enjoy the opportunity to talk with restaurant experts and pose the questions you’ve always wanted to ask. It’s almost certain that if you come for lunch, you will want to stay for dinner!

Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, VancouverPop-Up Culinary Centre Offers Cooking Classes

Cooking classes are taken to a whole new level as internationally trained Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts Chef Instructors lead sessions on hands-on fundamental cooking techniques. Each session is limited to only 15 participants to ensure that, regardless of your culinary skills and experience, you will receive personalized instruction. Classes include deboning, knife skills and maintenance, plated desserts, omelet cookery, aromatics and seasonings, bread baking, shellfish shucking and peeling, emulsions and compound butters, and much more  Cooking class tickets are available online.

World Culinary Travel Expo

What pairs better than tourism and discovering regional cuisine?

Meet local and international vendors and uncover a world culinary offerings from destinations such as Antigua, China, Korea, India, Indonesia, Israel, Philippines and many more. Learn invaluable information from cruise & tour operators and lodging & tourism representatives. They’ll give you tips on how to both save money and enhance your vacation. Finally, taste the world with dishes prepared by international celebrity chefs.

Eat! Vancouver Wine TastingWine, Beer & Spirits Tasting Pavilion

Taste a wide variety of the finest British Columbia, Canadian and international wines, beers and spirits – direct from the vintners, brewers and distillers who are on hand to take your questions. Drop by the Grapes & Hops Presentation Stage adjacent to the Tasting Pavilion for presentations on food pairings and wine tastings with Daenna Van Mulligan, Vancouver’s Wine Diva, and many other wine, beer, culinary and mixology celebrity experts.

Plus Chef & Barista Competitions, Pets EAT! Too and Much, Much More!

Learn more about this event and buy tickets at the EAT! Vancouver website.

BC Place Stadium, VancouverA World Class Venue

The EAT! Vancouver event has moved from its previous home at the Vancouver Convention Centre to the recently upgraded BC Place Stadium, which features a new retractable roof and modernized access ramps, concourses, washrooms and concessions to provide enhanced comfort and better accessibility for everyone.

Choose Personalized Vancouver Lodging

Vancouver B&B B&Bs offer you the chance to enhance your culinary adventures at the EAT! Vancouver festival with the variety of breakfast options, luxury amenities and friendly and knowledgeable innkeepers of our member inns.

What’s Your EAT! Vancouver Expectation or Experience?

What are your plans for the 10th Annual festival and memories of past EAT! Vancouver events?  Please leave your comments!