On June 22, Firehall Arts Centre presents Eat.Drink.Play., the theatre’s annual signature fundraiser that pairs tastings from Gastown and East Vancouver’s hottest brewers, distillers and restaurants with local performance.

Created to celebrate the incredible food and drink happening in the Firehall’s backyard, the event brings together the area’s finest restaurateurs, craft brewers, small-batch distillers and performers for an eclectic summer evening of sampling and sharing.

Firehall Arts Centre

“For 35 years, the Firehall has been producing performing arts in this wonderful heritage building at the corner of Cordova and Gore. Our neighbourhood is so full of great places to eat and we wanted to let our audiences know about them,” explains Donna Spencer, Firehall Artistic Producer, “so we decided three years ago to create an event that would celebrate their contributions to the neighbourhood and invite these businesses to introduce themselves to our audiences by sharing their culinary expressions.”

Circle Game cast at Firehall Arts Centre
[Circle Game: Reimagining of the Music of Joni Mitchell cast; photo by Tyler Branston]

Attendees will discover a smorgasbord of delectable treats and enjoyable performances as they roam through the heritage building sampling food, enjoying libations and bidding on some amazing silent auction items. The cast of the Firehall’s recent hit Circle Game: Reimagining of the Music of Joni Mitchell will join the crowd to provide some great tunes.

“This event has quickly become an annual favourite with everyone who attends providing a perfect capstone to the end of our programming season and a refreshing way to start the summer.” – Donna Spencer, Firehall Artistic Producer

Some of the local restaurants contributing tastes of signature dishes include neighbourhood hot spots The Diamond, Deacon’s Corner, Clough Club, Tuc Craft Kitchen, Kofta Meatball Kitchen, Save On Meats, The Pint, and Cadeaux Bakery, among others.

Vancouver Brewery Tour/Brassneck Brewery

Local brewers Powell Brewery, Big Rock Brewery, Andina Brewing Company, Strange Fellows Brewing, Strathcona Beer Company and Steamworks will be serving up refreshing brews while Odd Society Spirits will serve samples of their signature vodka and gin.

New for this year, a select portion of the Eat. Drink. Play. auction will take place online (visit Firehall Arts Centre online for details, to be announced soon).

Eat.Drink.Play., a Fundraiser for the Firehall Arts Centre

Date: June 22, doors at 7 pm
Venue: Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $38 regular, $22 artists; available in advance online or via phoning 604.689.0926

About the Firehall Arts Centre

Located in a heritage 1906 fire station, the Firehall Arts Centre produces a season of eclectic theatre, dance and interdisciplinary performances, and acts as a host to visual arts exhibitions in its intimate gallery/lounge. Each year, FAC hosts over 200 performances bringing audiences into the heart of the city to enjoy artistic works, view art works in the gallery and sip a beverage in the enclosed courtyard.

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