More than 330 restaurants in this year's Dine Out Vancouver Festival, shattering previous record

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      This year's Dine Out Vancouver Festival is the longest-lasting in its 19-year history.

      Running from February 5 to March 7, Tourism Vancouver's annual fixed-price menu feast will have more than 330 participating restaurants.

      That shatters the previous record.

      Multicourse meals range in price from $15 to $54. This offers a tremendous bargain to diners and a fabulous opportunity to check out establishments that they've never tried before.

      "We are grateful and delighted to have a record number of restaurant partners participating in this year's Dine Out Vancouver Festival," Tourism Vancouver president and CEO Royce Chwin said in a news release. “Our restaurant and hospitality partners have implemented health and safety measures to ensure a comfortable experience and to protect both guests and their employees."

      The Dine Out Vancouver website enables people to search by restaurant, menu price, cuisine, and neighbourhood.

      It also makes it possible to search for menus for breakfast and brunch, lunch, and dinner, as well as for takeout, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.

      "We encourage residents to stay local and support local, so that these celebrated businesses and exceptional culinary talents are here for many years to come,” Chwin said. 

      In addition, Dine Out Vancouver will include virtual culinary experiences, talks, and exhibits, including an online Valentine's Day cooking class through Belgard Kitchen's Apron Club.

      The hotel industry is also participating by offering a $50 gift card for each night up to a maximum of five nights for those who book rooms. 

      This means diners can drink as much wine or craft beer as they like without having to worry about finding transportation home to the suburbs.

      The festival's charitable partner is the B.C. Hospitality Foundation, which supports industry workers in crisis due to health reasons.