DINER: The 1st Annual “FeastVan” Dining Fest Gearing Up To Help Local Kids In Need

Here’s an early heads-up on FeastVan, a brand new, 17 day dining event involving many of the best restaurants of East Vancouver. Help us spread the word far and wide, because from January 20th to February 5th, local foodies and visitors will be invited to enjoy a selection of specially priced three-course meals from Au Petit Chavignol, Red Wagon, Campagnolo Roma, Cafeteria, El Barrio, Les Faux Bourgeois, Two Chefs & A Table, Founders’ Lounge at The Cultch, Fray, and The Waldorf Hotel. We haven’t seen the menus yet, but that sure looks like a tasty line-up!

The participating restaurants will donate $1 to the Vancouver Inner-City Backpack Food Program for every special meal sold. The awesome organisation, which serves the children of Strathcona and the DTES, aims to “bridge the weekend gaps when school food programs are not running” (and is pretty much a breeding ground for saints). Also signed on are the good folks at R&B Brewing, who will be donating a percentage of every delicious keg of East Side Bitter sold during the event. Les Amis du Fromage will do the same for every sale of its kickass macaroni and cheese.

If you own or run a restaurant in East Van and would like to get on board to help out, email Joe Chaput at joe [at] buycheese and he’ll tell you everything that you need to know. Scout will be keeping you abreast of all things FeastVan in the run up to January 2oth, but in the short term, we kindly ask that you spread this initial good word and click after the jump for the rapid-fire FAQ…

When is FeastVan?

FeastVan takes place over two and a half consecutive weeks between: January 20 and February 05, 2012

What is the cost?

Participating restaurants will opt into one of three dining categories and present a specially priced three-course meal for lunch and/or dinner. Diners will be able to choose from three choices for each course including appetizer, entrée and dessert. These FeastVan menus will be viewable online at FeastVan.com. Prices and meal periods vary by restaurant and exclude beverages, tax and gratuity.


Standard Menu: $20*
Deluxe Menu: $25*


Standard Menu: $30*
Deluxe Menu: $35*

*Prices and meal periods vary by restaurant and exclude beverages, tax and gratuity.

What restaurants are involved in FeastVan?

A wide variety of restaurants throughout East Vancouver are participating in FeastVan. A complete list of participating restaurants is available online at FeastVan.com

How does a customer participate in FeastVan?

No passes, tickets or coupons are required. Diners may simply visit their favourite participating restaurants throughout the 17 days to enjoy the specially priced prix fixe menus. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are appreciated. There is no guarantee that walk-in guests will be accommodated. To make a lunch or dinner reservation, please contact the restaurant directly.

What’s the idea behind FeastVan?

FeastVan was created with two goals in mind—driving business for our local restaurant community; and to raise funds and build awareness for the Vancouver Inner City Back Pack Food Program. Funds raised will be split jointly between Raycam and Strathcona Community Centre.

How can I register my restaurant for FeastVan?

Contact Joe Chaput

There are 4 comments

  1. I really like the idea and cause. I hope they raise lots of money!

    My only comment is that $1 seems a bit low in relation to the $20-30 meals. For instance, Dining Out for Life participants provide 25% of sales towards their cause. Granted Dining Out is only a 1 day event, depending on how things go this year, I’m guessing that participating restaurants would contribute more to the cause.

  2. A similar concept was going on in Melbourne when we were there a couple months back, http://streetsmartaustralia.org/ , and $2 per bill ended up being $160K+ so while it sound low, it can add up to a decent amount.

    Seems odd to do it during Dine Out Vancouver when their much-larger marketing machine and the public’s strong awareness of the promotion will dilute/distract the market from this type of brand new grass-roots event.

  3. …ooh, I should add to my last post that I do indeed think it’s noble and will certainly support it (more than a few times), I just hope it doesn’t get buried under all the DOV noise…