The designer boutiques at Holt Renfrew on Dunsmuir Street are the setting for an intimate dinner prepared by Hawksworth Restaurant, named by Maclean's magazine last fall as Canada's restaurant of the year. Models will show off spring 2013 menswear and womenswear collections throughout the meal.
And at the Bar None nightclub in Yaletown, tapas will be served during fashion shows presented by two local designers highlighting their latest collections.
The 11th annual festival, running Jan. 18 to Feb. 3, features prix fixe meals at 240 restaurants across the city, the most ever.
Other special events include culinary walking tours of the East Village and Railtown, an evening of ravioli and wine, dinner at a drag queen cabaret, and a speaker series with such topics as Asian-inspired cocktails, Canadian whiskies and "Wine versus beer: which is better with cheese."