VICTORIA, B.C. – For foodies in Victoria, forget Christmas; February is the most wonderful time of the year.


The ninth-annual Dine Around & Stay In Town event kicks off February 17 and runs in more than 50 restaurants around Greater Victoria through to March 16. Participating restaurants offer unique and mouth-watering choices from special three-course menus, with prices set at $20, $30, or $40 per person. There are even multiple celiac-friendly options on the menus this year.


“Dine Around & Stay in Town has become one of Victoria’s premier events and allows us to show locals and visitors alike that we are leaders in culinary excellence, providing world-class hospitality and food,” said Tourism Victoria’s Helen Welch.


Select performances are being offered as part of Bravo! Victoria and accommodation options will allow food lovers to pamper themselves with an overnight stay, priced at $69 $79, $99 and $129 at participating hotels, resorts and bed & breakfasts. An app to access all the choices is available at www.cornersign.co/dinearound.


“Dine Around is an interactive event,” said BCRFA’s Judith Barnaby. “You can preview menus withwww.tourismvictoria/dinearound and then ‘eat and tweet’ about your favourite experiences in the #yyjdinearound hashtag on Twitter for a chance at winning great prizes.”


Thursday, February 16 at the Harbour Towers Hotel and Suites is the kick-off night where the chefs preview their offerings at the Dine Around Menu Launch. From 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., samples of theDine Around menus will be paired with VQA wine tastings. Tickets for the Launch are $35 and are available at the Tourism Victoria Visitor Centre, as well as VQA wine stores.


Reservations for Dine Around & Stay in Town are recommended, and can be made by calling the restaurants and hotels directly. For a complete list of participating restaurants and hotels, as well as online menus visit www.tourismvictoria.com/dinearound.

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