dining options and tips

So, you are attending the Creative Ink Festival. The festival is full of amazing panels, presentations, pitches, blue pencils, and red pencils. I can’t even name everything the festival has to offer the budding or professional writer. The only way that you can take everything in is to not eat, however, eating is a necessary part of human nature. If you want to make sure that you capture every single opportunity the festival creates, we suggest to you that you pack some fruits and veggies, or some protein bars, to help get you through the day. 

 

Sometimes though, you need to take a break from all that creative learning you are doing and have a bite to eat in a more relaxed way. Not only does sitting down to a meal help replenish your nutrients, it also helps your brain absorb all the information that you are learning.

If you’re staying in the hotel there is a small fridge and a coffee maker in each room, but no microwave.

 

Located in the Delta Burnaby Hotel & Grand Villa Casino, there are a number of food options available. For those that have brought a car to the event, there are also a number of other food options within a 5 minute drive.  

 

 

In the Hotel

 

Starbucks

For your daily coffee needs. 

This Starbucks location also has some pastries and breakfast sandwiches.

 

Hours:

Friday ~ 6:00am - 4:00pm

Saturday ~ 8:00am - 4:00pm

Sunday ~ 8:00am - 4:00pm

 

Villa Bistro

A good option for a simple sit-down breakfast or lunch.

Breakfast menu includes omelets, benedicts, breakfast entrees, and even a breakfast buffet.

Lunch menu includes salad, handhelds, and a couple of “all day breakfast options”.

 

Hours:

Friday ~ 6:30am - 3:00pm

Saturday ~ 7:00am - 3:00pm

Sunday ~ 7:00am - 3:00pm

 

Chow

Quick lunch or dinner.

Located inside the casino, Chow’s creations include wok-fried delights such as Chicken Chow Mein, BBQ Pork Wonton Noodle Soup, Chicken and Shrimp Pad Thai, and Potstickers.

 

Hours:

Friday ~ 11:00am - 11:00pm

Saturday ~ 11:00am - 11:00pm

Sunday ~ 11:00am - 11:00pm

 

Atlas

Relaxed sit-down dinner.

Burnaby’s newest steakhouse and seafood sensation. Atlas is your upscale solution to dinner. With a wide selection of food and wine, you’ll be sure to leave full and sated. For a little bit of fiery action, order the Baked Alaska for dessert, which is flambeed tableside. Dinner AND a show.

 

Hours:

Friday ~ 4:30pm - 1:00am

Saturday ~ 4:30pm - 1:00am

Sunday ~ 4:00pm - 10:30pm

 

Lounge opens at 3:00pm daily.

 

Personas

With salads, soups, handhelds, pasta, entrees, and a wide selection of cocktails, beer and wine, Personas has something to offer even the most picky eater.

 

Hours:

Friday ~ 11:00am - 3:00am

Saturday ~ 11:00am - 3:00am

Sunday ~ 11:00am - 11:00pm

 

Centro Bar

With some simple fare of salads, handhelds, appies and fries, Centro Bar is located in the middle of all the casino action. 

 

Hours:

Friday ~ 11:00am - 3:00am

Saturday ~ 11:00am - 3:00am

Sunday ~ 11:00am - 2:00am

 

Alpina Bar

With a selection of flatbreads, share plates, cocktails, wine and beer, Alpina Bar is the perfect place to grab a drink and a bite to eat with a few friends.

 

Hours:

Friday ~ 4:00pm - 1:00am

Saturday ~ 4:00pm - 1:00am

Sunday ~ 4:00pm - 11:00pm

 

The Buffet

Not sure what you want to eat? Why not head to The Buffet and get a little bit of everything. Pro Tip: Sign up for the free Encore Rewards in the casino, and save a little bit of extra money at The Buffet.

 

Hours:

Friday

●      Brunch ~ 11:00am - 2:30pm

●      Dinner ~  4:00pm - 10:00pm

Saturday

●      Brunch ~ 9:00am - 2:30pm

●      Dinner ~  4:00pm - 10:00pm

Sunday

●      Brunch ~ 9:00am - 2:30pm

●      Dinner ~  4:00pm - 9:00pm

 

Grand Dynasty Seafood Restaurant

This upscale Chinese restaurant is not technically located inside the Delta Burnaby Grand Villa Hotel and Casino, it's located just outside, adjacent to the hotel. Stretch your legs and go for a short 2-minute walk and check out the delicious Dim Sum and various Chinese fare.

 

Hours:

Open 7 days a week.

Morning ~ 9:30am - 3:00pm

Evening ~ 5:00pm - 10:30pm

 

Do you have a car? There are also a few quick and more cost-friendly options located near the hotel if you have a car with you. While a quick google search will lead you to discover even more options than I’ve supplied here for you, these are a few of the options located about a 5-minute drive away.

 

Subway

101-3790 Canada Way, Burnaby (2 minutes by car, 18-minute walk).

Sandwiches made fresh to order. How can you go wrong? Pro Tip: If you are staying in the hotel, order yourself an extra sandwich to eat for another meal. This trip will then be two-meals in one! 

 

Hours:

Friday ~ 7:00am - 3:00am

Saturday ~ 8:00am - 3:00am

Sunday ~ 8:00pm - 3:00am

 

Costco

4500 Still Creek Drive, Burnaby (5 minutes by car, 20-minute walk).

Hots Dogs, Wings, Burgers, Fries, Pizza, Ice Cream. Costco is a great place for decent food at ridiculously low prices. Best of all, you don’t even have to be a member to eat there. Bring cash as debit or credit cards are not accepted. Plus if you walk, you will not have to feel guilty about eating something that might be off your diet.

 

Hours:

Friday ~ 11:00am - 8:30pm

Saturday ~ 9:30am - 6:00pm

Sunday ~ 10:00am - 5:00pm

 

BCIT

3700 Willingdon Avenue (2 minutes by car, 10-minute walk).

A school may seem like an odd location to grab a bite to eat, but they have to provide sustenance to all those students and teachers somehow. 

Check out all their various dining options.

 

McDonalds

4400 Still Creek Drive, Burnaby (3 minutes by car, 15-minute walk).

Quick fast food, what more can I say. 

 

Hours:

Never closed, open 24/7.