Vancouver British Columbia - For a lucky few, taking a seat in the iconic domed car of the Rocky Mountaineer just got a whole lot more affordable.
The high-end rail service is joining the Dine Out Vancouver Festival for the very first time when it pulls into its station for a two-day pop-up restaurant experience.
Media were invited to preview the experience on a rainy Thursday evening this past week.
After arriving at the station in East Vancouver, one member of our group was chosen to operate a foot-operated train whistle followed by the command, "All aboard."
After climbing aboard the Gold dome car our group was directed up a small circular staircase to the second floor where we were served a glass of bubbly and an opportunity to look around.
We then headed downstairs for a sample of the award-winning menu to be served to diners lucky enough to score a reservation for dinner.
And while the Rocky Mountaineer has not gone into the fine dining business, for the first time it is participating in the annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival.
The Rail Car Pop-Up, All Aboard Rocky Mountaineer dining event has proved so popular it almost immediately sold out.
In response the Rocky Mountaineer has added a second date, 1 Feb 2018 from 20:45 to 22:45.
The Dine Out festival began in 2001, when a group of food and wine enthusiasts got together with the team at Tourism Vancouver and pitched the idea of a fixed-price menu deal to get Vancouverites out and into restaurants during a normally slow time of the year.
At the time, 57 restaurants jumped on board and since then Dine Out Vancouver has grown into Canada's largest food and drink festival with more than 300 eateries taking part this year.
The festival runs from 19 Jan 2018 to 4 Feb 2018.
With so many restaurants to choose from, there is literally something for everybody and every budget.
OKthePK Joint Bar Editor: Article abridged - A list of 300 restaurants removed.