Events & Celebrations

A “Hootenanny” at VanDusen

Like the summer tradition of watching the fireworks display down by English Bay, autumn has its share of spectacles, too. If you are ever looking for an easy date idea, a family-friendly event to attend, or a place to simply take-in the setting and go for a stroll, I would highly recommend the Glow in the Garden event at VanDusen. This annual Halloween-themed event features a number of treats, crafts, pumpkin carvings, and the ever-so-popular light show.

Photo Credit: Lindsay William-Ross

A Big “Hootenanny”

Every year, the Glow in the Garden event features a different theme. In the past, adventure seekers have been graced with the classical tale of Hänsel and Gretel, the hijinks of Alice-in-Wonderland (under the watchful presence of the Queen of Hearts, of course), and even spooked by a ghoulish-themed walk filled with creepy creatures and ominous music as one ventured through the garden. This year, however, we learn that an “old barred owl has played a Halloween trick by casting a ‘hootenanny’ spell and making it glow”. Those who decide to undertake the walk are asked to assist the hummingbird, Anna, and her friends to lift the Halloween spell. Are you up for the challenge?

Delectables Await

The garden walk can take adventurers up to an hour (or more) to explore, and during this time of year, it could be very cold and wet. What better way to prepare and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or tea, and some tasty sweet and savoury treats? As an annual ritual for myself and some friends, we always find time to stop by the Truffles Fine Foods located at the VanDusen Garden Visitor Centre. Here, we are in a well-lit, enclosed space that overlooks the garden – the ideal place to plan our walk and prepare ourselves for the spectacles that await. The garden itself does have its share of food vendors scattered throughout various pockets as well, but neither are sheltered and typically have longer queues. 

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With all this in mind, I am truly excited about meandering through the walk again this year because it is always a treat to see what the creative team at VanDusen are able to conjure. It is also that time of year for adults to reflect and remember the simpler times when we were once curious and unsuspecting of all the spooks and sprites that Halloween had to offer. If you have a chance, do visit Glow in the Garden and help Anna lift the spell!

For more information about Glow, or to purchase tickets, visit them here.

Events & Celebrations

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS HOLIDAY EVENT PACKAGE

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Create a memorable experience with the Festival of Lights Holiday Event Package

Capture the magic of the holiday season amongst the twinkle and glow of VanDusen Gardens’ Festival of Lights. This holiday event package allows you to create a memorable experience for your guests at one of Vancouver’s most spectacular events of the holiday season. With an exclusively-designed menu, an event space that’s tastefully decorated inside VanDusen Gardens’ Visitor Centre, and entry tickets to the Festival of Lights event, our team looks forward to welcoming your guests for an unforgettable celebration.

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VENUE

This holiday event package starts at $3,500 and includes the decorated venue space, tables, chairs, 100 entry tickets into VanDusen Festival of Lights, SOCAN fee and liaison staff. The venue is yours from 2:00 pm until midnight.

CATERING

Truffles Fine Foods’ catering team has designed an inventive seasonal menu. You can choose between four catering packages:

Cocktail Reception

Make the evening merry and bright as canapés are warmly served throughout the room, the perfect choice for a casual come-and-go event allowing your guests to mingle. The Cocktail Reception option is available for up to 150 guests and starts at $40 per person* including food, rentals, table décor, and staffing. This package features some of the following items:

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[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Olive Tapenade and Charred Cherry Tomato Crostini, topped with crumbled feta and balsamic reduction[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Sesame Crusted Albacore Tuna served on a skewer and drizzled with wasabi mayo[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Mini Christmas Dinners featuring slices of turkey topped with cranberry chutney on crisp pieces of stuffing[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Fire Cracker Chicken Satays with chopped Jalapeno, cilantro, served with spicy chili sauce[/list_item]
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Cocktail Dinner Party

The best of both worlds, this sophisticated combination of passed canapés and wholesome platters replaces a traditional sit-down dinner. The Cocktail Dinner Party option is available for up to 150 guests and starts at $60 per person* including food, rentals, table décor, and staffing. This package features some of the following items:

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[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Smoked Salmon Platter with thinly sliced smoked salmon, red onion, dill, capers, cream cheese, served with a selection of breads[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Local Artisan Meat and Cheese Platter four types of charcuterie and local B.C. Valleys cheeses, accompanied with house made sweet preserves, pickled components and artisan crackers[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Sesame Crusted Albacore Tuna, served on a skewer and drizzled with wasabi mayo[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Mini Christmas Dinners featuring slices of turkey topped with cranberry chutney on crisp pieces of stuffing[/list_item]
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Gourmet Buffet Dinner

A traditional choice that captures the cordial character of a family-style dinner, this menu features something for all tastes and preferences. The Gourmet Buffet Dinner option is available for up to 150 guests and starts at $70 per person* including food, rentals, table décor, and staffing. This package features some of the following items:

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[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Fraser Valley Chicken Breast with bacon sherry vinaigrette, sautéed peas, gnocchi, rosemary jus[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Roasted Root Vegetables[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Truffles Caesar with roasted garlic dressing[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Chocolate Ganache Cake with a crème anglaise, lime, and raspberries[/list_item]
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Elegant Plated Dinner

This exceptional formal dinner choice beautifully showcases our chef’s expertise in fine dining. The Elegant Plated Dinner option is available for up to 120 guests and starts at $120 per person* including food, rentals, table décor, and staffing. This package features some of the following items:

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[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Albacore Tuna Tartare with avocado, salmon caviar and wasabi cream[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Grilled New York Steak with herbed fingerling potatoes and green beans[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Cheese Cake with local blueberry purée[/list_item]
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*Catering packages do not include alcohol, taxes or gratuity. Menu items may be customized.

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Liquor Service

Truffles Fine Foods is a fully-licensed catering company. Our price guide starts at:

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[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Beer – $6[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Highballs – $6[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Wine bottle – $28[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Bartender $30/hour (minimum 4 hours)[/list_item]
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Contact Information

Availability for this Holiday Event Package is limited from December 2 – 15, 2016, so book early to secure your date.
Please contact VanDusen Gardens first for booking inquiries.

Booking Inquiries:
Jennifer Cooper
Facility Rentals
VanDusen Botanical Garden
604-257-8661
VanDusenRentals@vancouver.ca

Catering Inquiries:
Fanny Dufour
Sales Manager
Truffles Fine Foods Catering
604-505-4961 ext. 7
fanny@trufflesfinefoods.com

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