A celebration of Chinese cuisine (Mount Saint Joseph Hospital)

The number eight is considered highly auspicious in Chinese culture. That’s because the spoken word for ‘eight’ (baat) sounds like the word meaning ‘good fortune,’ and 2016 marks lucky year eight for the Chinese Restaurant Awards (CRA). Through seven years, more than 130,000 votes cast, innumerable dishes devoured and judged; the CRA has raised awareness of the excellent Chinese cuisine available in Metro Vancouver and celebrates its important influence on Vancouver’s much-lauded dining scene.

Starting in 2008, with a small group of dedicated food critics, the event has grown in size and stature attracting world-wide media attention and capturing the votes and palates of thousands of Lower Mainlanders. In addition to key features such as the very popular Diners’ Choice Awards, Social Media Awards and Critics’ Choice Signature Dish Awards, this year’s celebration also includes fundraising events and culinary star power – two exclusive East Meets West Dinners at The Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver with Michelin-starred chefs from Paris and the annual Scotiabank Feast of Fortune Charity Gala with local award winning Chinese chefs. Both will raise funds for Mount Saint Joseph Hospital. This year, CRA will boast a new, mobile-friendly website that will make voting even easier and, as in past years, all voting will be audited by certified auditor.

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