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Slow Food production features a strong contingent of New West residents

Buffets paired with uplifting comedy for Dine Out Vancouver festival 
Jeffrey Kim, Mark Vandenberg and Amanda Smith-Weston, from left, rehearse for Slow Food.

An upcoming event that’s part of Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2024 will have a bit of a New West flavour.

The Royal Canadian Theatre Company is partnering with the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel for the 2024 Dine Out Vancouver festival. It will present two performances of Slow Food in the hotel’s ballroom. 

A press release from the Royal Canadian Theatre Company said the event pairs a comedy about a couple on their first vacation as empty nesters with incredible food by the Sheraton’s award-winning chefs.

Slow Food tells the story of a vacationing couple who celebrate their anniversary at a Greek restaurant in Palm Springs—but will the marriage survive the service?” said a synopsis of thee play. “As a needy waiter insinuates his way into their meal — and their lives — the couple examines their past and their future together.”

The cast features Coquitlam resident Jeffrey Kim (Peter), Surrey resident Amanda Smith-Weston (Irene) and Langley’s Mark Vandenberg (Stephen). The crew includes several New West residents — artistic director Kerri Norris, technical director/sound designer Stephanie Bruce, lighting designer Nigel Brooke, and costume designer Aeron Elcheshen — as well as director Crystal Weltzin (Langley), stage manager Hope Evans (Delta) and production management/marketing Crystal Bunch (Langley).

You can check it out the evening performance on Saturday, Jan. 27 (doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.) or the brunch buffet on Sunday, Jan. 28 (buffet opens at 11:30 a.m. and the show starts at 1 p.m.)

Details about the buffet offerings and table seating, as well as tickets, are available at

Tickets are $101, which includes the meal and the show. There’s a 10 per cent savings for folks who purchase an entire table for $732 (eight tickets priced at $91 each). 

The Royal Canadian Theatre Company, founded in 2006, has presented theatrical events at venues across the Lower Mainland, including Anvil Centre and Massey Theatre.