Dine Strathcona is On Now – Win $300 in Gift Cards

Comments 117 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Strathcona Business Improvement Association (“SBIA”) has brought back its popular Dine Strathcona culinary event from November 17 to 30, 2021 as nineteen of the neighbourhood’s beloved independent restaurants, cafés and breweries come together to raise money in support of vulnerable community members within Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. 

I also have $300 in gift cards to give away – details below!

Dine Strathcona 2021
Belgard Kitchen (top left & right), The Garden (bottom left & right)

Dine Strathcona

First launched in 2019, the two-week community festival invites locals and visitors to savour special promotional dishes at food and drink hotspots in the vibrant neighbourhood — including The Mackenzie RoomSuperfluxStrathcona Beer CompanyDosanko and The Garden Strathcona to name a few — with $5 from the sale of each Dine Strathcona menu feature donated directly to the festival’s 2021 community partner, HAVE Culinary Training Society.

Guided by a philosophy of Hope, Action, Values and Ethics, HAVE Culinary Training Society is a not-for-profit organization that provides accessible food service training and employment opportunities to members of the community who face barriers to employment such as poverty, homelessness, addiction, and mental health challenges. Over the past 14 years they have successfully trained 1,200 students with over 75% of them gaining steady employment in the tourism and hospitality industry. Since March 2020, the kitchen at HAVE’s on-site café has been utilized to prepare over 1,000 meals per day for at-risk individuals who have experienced food insecurity due to the pandemic.

“For the third year in a row, the Dine Strathcona festival gives diners the chance to support a worthy cause while discovering the incredible culinary talents and community spirit that make Strathcona such a unique and special neighbourhood,” says Johanna Lauyanto, Manager, Communications & Sustainability at the SBIA. “The money raised during this year’s event will provide funding to enroll new students in HAVE’s culinary training program and help secure job placements for new graduates in Metro Vancouver restaurants.”

Nineteen neighbourhood establishments will be taking part in the 2021 edition of Dine Strathcona. Participating restaurants, cafés and breweries are as follows:


  • Ask for Luigi
  • Axum Ethiopian Restaurant
  • Dosanko
  • LanaLou’s Restaurant
  • The Belgard Kitchen
  • The Heatley
  • The Mackenzie Room
  • VV Tapas Lounge


  • Container Brewing/Burdy
  • Luppolo Brewing Company
  • Strathcona Beer Company
  • Superflux Beer Company


  • Coastal Eden Cafe
  • Harken Coffee
  • Liquids & Solids
  • Pallet Coffee Roasters
  • Prototype Coffee
  • Railtown Cafe
  • The Garden

Enter to Win

I have a super gift card bundle to give away valued at $300 that includes $50 gift cards for: The Mackenzie Room, The Garden Strathcona, The Heatley Restaurant, Prototype Coffee, Axum Ethiopian Restaurant, and Superflux Beer Company!

Here’s how you can enter to win:

[clickToTweet tweet=”RT to enter to win a $300 gift card prize package from @StrathconaBIA! #DineStrathcona is on now until November 30th in support of @HaveCafe http://ow.ly/RFWN50GRriw” quote=” Click to enter via Twitter” theme=”style6″]

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, November 25, 2021. UPDATE the winner is Amanda!

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117 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. EvaThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 2:35pm PST

    I’d love to win this awesome prize!

  2. Sheila KnowlesThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 2:42pm PST

    My son lives in Strathcona so I am getting to know the neighbourhood! So many great places to try.

  3. Nisha ManhasThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 3:00pm PST

    Axums is delicious! Love to go back

  4. Jason BThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 3:32pm PST


  5. daneThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 3:37pm PST


  6. Glenn McIntyreThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 3:47pm PST

    Excited to try these restaurants!

  7. Amber olakThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 4:08pm PST

    Love this!

  8. Vera GibsonThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 5:08pm PST

    What a generous giveaway! I’m from North Van and I just started exploring Strathcona area eateries. My most recent stop was the Garden Strathcona Cafe – such a beautiful cafe with lots of yummy food options! PS – check out their awesome upstairs space that’s available for event rental.
    Following both on FB

  9. AnnieThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 5:52pm PST

    Thank you for this generous draw!

  10. JeffThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 6:18pm PST

    Love Superflux!

  11. BevThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 6:20pm PST

    Thank you for this AWESOME contest and chance to win this AMAZING GENEROUS PRIZE!❤❤❤

  12. WinnieThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 6:48pm PST

    Love to win and share 🙂

  13. VivianThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 6:56pm PST

    This sounds like an awesome holiday surprise!

  14. ShawnThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 7:34pm PST

    Amazing! This would be so fun to win.

  15. Katherine NaylorThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 7:55pm PST

    Such a great giveaway! 🙏🙏🙏

  16. Claudia AndrewsThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 8:01pm PST


  17. Claudia AndrewsThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 8:05pm PST

    FOLLOWED Strathcona BIA and Miss 604 on Facebook!

  18. Claudia AndrewsThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 8:06pm PST


  19. Claudia AndrewsThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 8:07pm PST

    FOLLOWED Strathcona BIA and Miss 604 on INSTAGRAM! @claudiandrews54

  20. ValerieThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 8:16pm PST

    So excited about this contest, in one of my fave neighborhoods!

  21. Catherine HercusThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 8:21pm PST

    Would be amazing for holiday get togethers!

  22. HeidiThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 8:26pm PST

    So many great places to try!

  23. BarbThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 8:40pm PST

    What a tasty prize ! 😉

  24. Sherry FraserThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 8:42pm PST

    I work in Strathcona & would love to win this prize.

  25. LindzThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 8:45pm PST

    So many great places to try!

  26. Sandi LairdThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 8:55pm PST

    It will be wonderful to try all the restaurants!

  27. KarenThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 9:06pm PST

    Oh, wow! I’d love to win this! A chance to try eateries in Strathcona. Yes, please!

  28. GregoryThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 9:08pm PST

    My wife and I love to try new places to dine. This would be an awesome prize to win. Thank you.

  29. Jamie F.Thursday, November 18th, 2021 — 9:34pm PST

    Would love to try some new restaurants!

  30. Sandra RankineThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 9:47pm PST

    Great prize, fabulous list of restaurants

  31. Tracy kThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 10:14pm PST

    Definitely gona check out some of these restaurants!

  32. Connie SThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 11:00pm PST

    Would love to win this and eat at some of my local favorites!!!

  33. AmilThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 11:16pm PST

    Looks great! Have liked/followed both on facebook and instagram as well as tweeted

  34. JocelynThursday, November 18th, 2021 — 11:27pm PST

    What an amazing giveaway!

  35. Paula ChanFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 12:12am PST

    Great restaurant and neighbourhood!!

  36. Kelli SmithFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 4:14am PST

    So many places I want to try

  37. BRENNEN MFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 5:38am PST

    I made my first visit to Strathcona this summer, I would love to go back. it was gorgeous.

  38. RobFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 7:27am PST

    Good to see the BIAs in action promoting local business

  39. Becky WernerFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 7:29am PST

    I’d love to be entered in the draw to win, thank you!

  40. Tabby72Friday, November 19th, 2021 — 7:38am PST

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  41. LarissaFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 8:13am PST

    This is an awesome prize!

  42. BonnieFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 8:39am PST

    What a great prize package!

  43. TEDFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 8:58am PST

    Would LOVE to try these restaurants !!!

  44. LyndaFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 9:00am PST

    Thank you miss604 for the opportunity to try the restaurants and explore the Strathcona area 🙂

  45. Lynsey JFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 9:03am PST

    What a great way to experience the neighborhood !! Thanks for the chance

  46. jane jamesFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 9:14am PST

    Liked and following on this contest

  47. MpurpleFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 9:31am PST


  48. TanFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 10:04am PST

    Great giveaway

  49. Cheryl GermainFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 10:35am PST

    I’d love to try these restaurants, next time I’m in Vancouver.

  50. KirstenFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 10:36am PST

    Sounds fabulous!

  51. NicoleFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 10:59am PST

    some great places that are on my list to try!

  52. WesFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 11:03am PST

    Great prize, hope to win!

  53. Michelle WFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 11:04am PST

    Awesome giveaway! I love Axum, their food is delicious!

  54. Michelle WFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 11:05am PST

    Following on instagram and facebook!

  55. GloriaFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 12:01pm PST

    I just discovered this amazing neighbourhood the last 2 years!!

  56. TaniaFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 12:23pm PST

    What a great Christmas gift!🎄🎄🎄

  57. RinoFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 12:27pm PST

    Great prize, thank you miss 604!

  58. SamanthaFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 12:52pm PST

    What an amazing prize!

  59. wenFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 1:53pm PST

    Awesome contest!

  60. AmandaFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 2:09pm PST

    Wow! Would love to win this for taking my wife out on the town after what’s been a rough year.

  61. MiretFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 2:17pm PST

    Loooove this partnership! Yay to local blogs, initiatives and businesses 🥳

  62. Sam StickneyFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 2:20pm PST

    I would be so stoked to win this! Fingers crossed, knock on wood, etc!

  63. Lynda Lou BamfordFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 2:33pm PST

    What a lovely prize.

  64. KarimaFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 3:04pm PST

    Great initiative Dine Strathcona & HAVE Culinary Training Society!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
    Can’t wait to try these restaurants!! 😋

  65. LindaFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 4:11pm PST

    This is amazing! These are such great restaurants.

  66. LindsayFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 4:55pm PST

    Awesome cause & gift

  67. mike gFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 5:29pm PST

    This would be an amazing prize!!!

  68. Angela GeeFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 5:29pm PST

    I would love to win this and give some cards to all my friends

  69. SusanFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 6:02pm PST

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  70. adFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 6:28pm PST

    thanks for having the giveaway!

  71. ReneeFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 7:42pm PST


  72. KelvinFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 9:16pm PST

    Great prize!

  73. StephanieFriday, November 19th, 2021 — 10:51pm PST

    Would love to win this YUMMY prize and check out all those places~

  74. Christine WiebeSaturday, November 20th, 2021 — 12:17am PST

    Me please!!! ❤️

  75. AriSaturday, November 20th, 2021 — 12:32am PST

    What a great prize! Some to enjoy, some to share 😊

  76. Karima SayaniSaturday, November 20th, 2021 — 12:39am PST

    So many fabulous restaurants I’d love to try! Fingers crossed 🤞

  77. mary ann guglickSaturday, November 20th, 2021 — 12:04pm PST

    would love to share this prize with my hubby…fingers crossed..

  78. GloriaSaturday, November 20th, 2021 — 2:57pm PST

    Great showcase of some great local restaurants

  79. Ming KSaturday, November 20th, 2021 — 4:38pm PST

    Great food & a good cause. Thanks for the chance to win such a great prize!

  80. KimSaturday, November 20th, 2021 — 6:20pm PST

    Would love to explore this neighbourhood.

  81. Sunshine HSaturday, November 20th, 2021 — 8:22pm PST

    This would be amazing, thank you for the chance!

  82. Sunshine HSaturday, November 20th, 2021 — 8:29pm PST

    follow both on IG @brighterdayssunshine

  83. Mariel JSaturday, November 20th, 2021 — 9:12pm PST

    I would love to be able to take my family out for Christmas this year. My partner will be with my side of the family for the first time and I’d love to be able to treat him (and my whole family).

  84. HelenSaturday, November 20th, 2021 — 9:18pm PST

    Thank you for the contest.

  85. RemySaturday, November 20th, 2021 — 11:37pm PST

    Would be nice to get out to Vancouver soon!

  86. JanetSunday, November 21st, 2021 — 6:08am PST

    I love dining in Strathcona!!

  87. KathleenSunday, November 21st, 2021 — 8:01am PST

    Sounds awesome!

  88. RaySunday, November 21st, 2021 — 9:27am PST

    This would be wonderful.

  89. Jeff SSunday, November 21st, 2021 — 9:39am PST

    Great giveaway! I would love to try out these places! Thanks for the chance to win.

  90. ChrisSunday, November 21st, 2021 — 12:30pm PST

    Pick me!

  91. FranSunday, November 21st, 2021 — 2:20pm PST

    Love the idea of supporting independent local businesses who are in turn donating and raising funds! Thanks for the opportunity!

  92. CarolSunday, November 21st, 2021 — 5:27pm PST

    Been to some of these places already. Would love to experience some of the new places listed.

  93. LindaSunday, November 21st, 2021 — 6:59pm PST

    I like gift cards a lot so this is an awesome giveaway

  94. Katherine ClarkSunday, November 21st, 2021 — 7:00pm PST

    I posted this on the FB page but decided to add this here as well.
    I grew up in the Strathcona neighbourhood. That was many years ago. It was maybe 15 years ago along with old friends I visited the area for a reunion picnic. We were truly surprised at how trendy the hood had become.
    Thanks for a great contest

  95. AmandaSunday, November 21st, 2021 — 10:52pm PST

    I would love to take my husband on a a few date nights to try these restaurants!

  96. Tabitha TsaoSunday, November 21st, 2021 — 11:16pm PST

    I’d love to win !! I havent eaten out at a restaurant since 2019!

  97. david bertaudMonday, November 22nd, 2021 — 12:04am PST

    want to win thks

  98. Nicole SherlockMonday, November 22nd, 2021 — 8:09am PST

    This would be great!

  99. Frank LMonday, November 22nd, 2021 — 8:16am PST

    What a great Idea : ) waiting to try many of those places

  100. Lucie BMonday, November 22nd, 2021 — 9:14am PST

    Great contest, thank you1

  101. NicolleMonday, November 22nd, 2021 — 10:20am PST

    Yes, please!!! 😀

  102. Jill KMonday, November 22nd, 2021 — 12:39pm PST

    Lovely local businesses <3

  103. MarkMonday, November 22nd, 2021 — 1:09pm PST

    So many fun places to check out!

  104. BrentMonday, November 22nd, 2021 — 4:54pm PST

    Good idea!

  105. EileenMonday, November 22nd, 2021 — 5:08pm PST


  106. EileenMonday, November 22nd, 2021 — 5:09pm PST

    Following both FB accounts

  107. EileenMonday, November 22nd, 2021 — 5:10pm PST

    Liked & commented on FB post

  108. Albert N.Monday, November 22nd, 2021 — 5:10pm PST

    Awesome, what a magnificent prize!

  109. EileenMonday, November 22nd, 2021 — 5:10pm PST

    Following both IG accounts

  110. EileenMonday, November 22nd, 2021 — 5:11pm PST

    Love trying out new restaurants!

  111. TiffTuesday, November 23rd, 2021 — 12:01am PST

    Would love to try these restaurants!

  112. Sunshine GTuesday, November 23rd, 2021 — 9:26am PST

    Followed both on IG as sgprinz

  113. Carol W.Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021 — 12:24pm PST

    What a great contest. So many places to try.

  114. Amanda ScottWednesday, November 24th, 2021 — 1:36am PST

    I just moved to BC and am excited to explore! This would be a great opportunity and treat to spend time with my family

  115. ChloeWednesday, November 24th, 2021 — 8:14pm PST

    Love gifts that gift back. Thanks!!

  116. SeanThursday, November 25th, 2021 — 7:17am PST

    This would be fun

  117. Rossana WyattThursday, November 25th, 2021 — 8:49am PST

    Heading to Vancouver in Dec, looking forward to checking some of these restaurants out although this will be over by then, But I will still be able to explore!

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