The Experiential Christmas Gift Guide for Vancouver

This Christmas, instead of material items, why don’t you gift your loved ones with experiences? “Create memories, not garbage,” my wise mom once said.

Here’s my ‘experiential gift guide’ (as seen on CTV Morning Live – click here to view the segment) – enjoy and Merry Christmas!

1. Rowena’s Inn Getaway – $89 – $179/night

Just a two-hour drive from Vancouver, this family-owned establishment with cozy cottages overlooking Harrison River may be the perfect weekend getaway. Reservation info here.

Learn how to make dairy-free cheese, fermented coconut yogurt and coconut cheesecake in a two-hour session led by health enthusiast Lovena Galyide. It’s easier than it sounds – and fun. Gift certificates are available and the next class dates are January 5, 20, 27.

Sit back, relax and enjoy cooking demos by well-known local chefs and bakers. A visit to Abbotsford’s Lepp Farm Market is a treat in itself. Click here for the class schedule.

Join master chocolatier Greg Hook and scotch expert Andrew Starett for an evening of chocolate and scotch pairings. Classes run once a month. Expect next session details (end of January, early February) on their website soon.

5. Cooking with Preet at Galloway’s Foods – $500/person for four 4-hour classes
Vegan and raw food expert and educator Preet Marwaha (formerly of Organic Lives) has launched a series of interactive cooking classes – prepare to be enlightened! Click here to book.

Jan 26 – Fundamentals of Food, Juice & Smoothies
Feb 2 – Kitchen Bites, Condiments, Dressings, Sauces & Soups
Feb 9 – Entrees, Mains, Spices & Ethnic Cuisine
Feb 16 – Sweets & Treats

Tweet me with your questions: @erinireland

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