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Dishcrawl set to hit downtown
It’s one part dinner, one part pub crawl and one part foodie mystery.
Over the course of a Wednesday evening, about 40 diners will hit four restaurants for a three-hour taste of downtown Kamloops.
Along the way, they will taste 10 dishes encompassing six different cuisines, chat with chefs and owners and, local organizer Anita Lyapina hopes, make a few new friends along the way.
“We want to gather people from the same community and we want them to socialize together offline,” said Lyapina, who represents the California-based Dishcrawl in the Tournament Capital.
“There are so many interesting people here in Kamloops and so many interesting stories.
“And it’s going to be not only the community, but the owners of these restaurants engaging with them,” she said.
“So everyone will be involved and they all have the same interest that is food.”
Dishcrawl runs a variety of food-based events, focusing on beer, tacos, food trucks and other specialities, but the restaurant crawl is its signature.
The company has run similar events across North America, including Nanaimo and Vancouver.
In Kamloops, the crawl will take place downtown, with all restaurants within a 10 minute walk of each other.
“I think it’s the most charming area in Kamloops to feature,” Lyapina said.
“It has lots of different places and we want to support local businesses. We don’t work with chains.”
While Lyapina will confirm all the restaurants are locally owned and highly ranked on UrbanSpoon, Yelp and other social media sites, there’s little else she or the company is giving away about where Dishcrawlers will dine on their night out.
Diners won’t find out where they’re headed until 48 hours before the event, when they will learn where they need to meet up.
Lyapina said diners can expect some variety in their night.
“We try not to do, for example, only Italian restaurants or only French restaurants,” she said.
“We want the community to taste a many cuisines as possible.”
Besides giving participants a chance to try some new eats, Lyapina said the mystery aspect of the crawl means diners can visit restaurants they may have eaten at dozens of times — but with new eyes.
The first Kamloops Dishcrawl will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 18, with tickets priced at $60 each.
For more information or to reserve a spot, go online to dishcrawl.com/kamloops.