Eating meets Theatre for families as the Push Festival takes family entertainment to another level.

Taking place in Vancouver January 25 – February 4, 2012

At various restaurants in Gastown and surrounding neighbourhoods

Costs: The price of whatever you’re feeling fly enough to order!

See below for a complete list of participating restaurants and dates, and be sure to stop by to meet the kids and grab a bite to eat.

Fine dining the way it was meant to be—with children.

Mammalian Diving Reflex, the company behind Haircuts by Children, is at it again with a whimsical work of contemporary performance that yanks power and authority from the clutches of adults and places it in the deserving hands of children. Following a culinary session with a professional chef, grades five and six students from Bridgeview Elementary in Surrey will make stops at several of the city’s most notable eateries in Gastown and surrounding neighbourhoods. They will be feted and fed throughout the three weeks of the Festival, charged with offering their brutally honest, uncensored opinions on the food, the service, the décor, the state of the washrooms and the charm of the dishwasher.

For the mere cost of a meal, the public is invited to sit amongst the kids for a front-row view of the youthful connoisseurs in action. It will be the most fun meal you’ve had since you, yourself, sat at the kids table. Check back for a complete list of restaurants and dates, or follow the shenanigans at Then join the panel of pre-adolescent adjudicators for an uproarious awards ceremony where awards are bestowed for everything from “Most Delicious” and “Coolest Chef” to “Least Graffiti in the Washroom.”

Produced by Mammalian Diving Reflex

Supported by The Roundhouse Arts and Recreation Centre and TELUS Vancouver Community Board.

Special thanks to the Gastown Business Improvement Association.



Irish Heather GastroPub– January 25, 6pm

210 Carrall Street

Mains range from $13-24, email for reservations.

Calabash Bistro – January 26, 6pm

428 Carrall Street   604.568.5882

Mains range from $12-21, reservations recommended.

Nuba @ The Waldorf – January 27, 6pm

1489 E Hastings Street   604.253.7141

Appies and mains range from $6-19, reservations recommended.

Subeez – January 28, 6pm

891 Homer Street   604.687.6107

Share plates and mains range from $7-18, reservations recommended.

La Casita – January 29, 6pm

101 West Cordova Street   604.646.2444

Mains range from $11-23, reservations recommended.

Chambar – January 30, 6pm

562 Beatty Street   604.879.7119

Appies range from $12-16, Mains range from $22-33. Reservations recommended.

Chill Winston – January 31, 6pm

3 Alexander Street

Nothing on the menu over $20. No reservations, arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Nicli Antica Pizzeria – February 1, 5pm

62 East Cordova Street

Pizzas range from $9-20. No reservations, arrive early to avoid disappointment.

The Old Spaghetti Factory – February 2, 6pm

53 Water Street

Mains range from $9.50-17.95, reservations recommended.

For the mere cost of a meal, join the youthful connoisseurs for a front-row view of the action!


1. Choose a restaurant

2. Make a reservation, or show up at the appointed date and time.

(Make sure to tell them you’re coming for Eat the Street.)

3. Join the fun!

Then to top off the week, they are inviting everyone back for the

Eat the Street Awards Ceremonies

February 4, 2pm at The Roundhouse, 181 Roundhouse Mews.


More details here