We're almost in the clear. We have survived one of the worst winters in Vancouver's history, with a polar vortex and more snowfall than this city has seen in 70 years. But spring is finally around the corner. To celebrate, we've rounded up a few events you can get psyched for in the coming months, as we get reacquainted with blue skies and that warm, glowing orb known as the sun.


The Curry Cup

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Whether it's served over fries like they do in the UK, alongside bratwursts in Germany or on its own, curry is a dish beloved worldwide. Which is why we’re so excited for the upcoming Curry Cup, in which eight of the city’s leading chefs will whip up their own recipes, drawing on international flavours and ingredients, before submitting their creations to a panel of judges. Only one chef can secure the coveted Best Curry crown, so expect some heated competition — and lots of mouthwatering dishes that you get to sample. Part of the proceeds will go to Project Chef, so your ticket (hurry, it sells out fast) gives you good food while doing some good, too.

When: Mar. 6, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Heritage Hall, 3102 Main St., Mount Pleasant
More info: Eventbrite


After Hours at the Vancouver Aquarium

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Learn a thing or two about love under the sea at the Vancouver Aquarium’s grown-ups-only After Hours event on March 16, which is all about the sex lives of aquatic animals. Learn how animals reproduce underwater as a veterinarian presents on everything from coral sex to otter love. You'll listen to a hissing cockroach’s mating call and find out how sharks can reproduce four different ways (impressive). The event includes access to the entire aquarium, a screening in the 4-D theatre and some hands-on learning with marine invertebrates in the Wet Lab. Did we mention there will also be nibbles and drinks? Buy tickets early — they usually sell out.

When: Mar. 16, 6:30-10 p.m.
Where: 845 Avison Way, Stanley Park
More info: vanaqua.org


Long Table Canadian Supper

Courtesy of Timber. Photo by Nelson Mouellic


2017 marks Canada’s 150th birthday, and Timber Restaurant is celebrating in full force with its Long Table Canadian Supper. This experience is quintessential Canadiana, with a family-style menu full of national classics (poutine, anyone?) and cribbage boards for some pre- or post-dinner entertainment. With a Canada-themed photo booth and fixings to make your own s’mores over the outdoor campfire, it doesn’t get much better than this. Gather a big crew for a night of patriotic noshing. Email sarah@timbervancouver.com or call 604-661-2166 to book. Sounds good, eh?

When: By reservation. Restaurant hours, Mon.-Weds., noon-midnight; Thurs. & Fri., noon-1 a.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-midnight
Where: 1300 Robson St., Coal Harbour
More info: 604-661-2166; timbervancouver.com


Capture Photography Festival

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The Capture Photography Festival returns this April for its annual celebration of all things photography. With more than 100 free exhibitions, public art projects and events throughout the Vancouver area, the fest has something for everyone. Join a neighbourhood walking tour, catch a film or two, hear an artist talk about their craft, or swing by one of the 50-plus galleries that will have works on display. And don't miss the first-ever Vancouver Photo Book Fair (April 21-23) — we're talking glossy coffee-table books galore!

When: Apr. 1-28
Where: Various venues
More info: capturephotofest.com


Bloom, The Abbotsford Tulip Festival

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Put those nightmares about snowplows (or the lack thereof) and Arctic temperatures behind you with a jaunt in the country at the Bloom, The Abbotsford Tulip Festival. It's the perfect excuse for a road trip out to the Fraser Valley, where you can immerse yourself in 10 acres' worth of spring blooms in every shade imaginable. With Mount Baker's snowcapped peaks in the distance, Instagram-worthy photo opportunities will abound, while food trucks, live music, games and races round out a stellar spring afternoon. Tickets are limited and go on sale online in March.

When: Apr. 10-May 7, 9 a.m.-dusk
Where: 36737 North Parallel Rd., Abbotsford
More info: abbotsfordtulipfestival.ca


By Serena Matter

Serena Matter is a writer, trendspotter and founder of the lifestyle magazine The Wanderlust Report. When she's not uncovering the newest hotspots as Savoteur's Canadian editor, you can find her posting her escapades on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat (serenamatter).