Spring is in the air, and that means fresh new ingredients popping up on menus all over town, new bottles of wine to try, and of course a weekend of Easter treating and feasting.
If you’re among the Vancouverites hungry for fun this week, here are nine food and drink events worth checking out.
For the ninth year, Provence Marinaside is celebrating all things fish, but have expanded it into a month-long opportunity to try some delicious fish dishes. The Yaletown restaurant has a prix fixe Poisson d’Avril Menu ($57) with two optional wine pairings – Canadian Wines for $30 ($18 for smaller pour) and Old World for $35 ($20 for smaller pour).
When: All April
Where: 1177 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver
New Westminster’s buzzy El Santo will be supporting Autism Awareness Month all April via a feature menu, from which proceeds will go to Canucks Autism Network (CAN). Guests can look forward to items such as BC foraged mushrooms, local octopus with a squid ink mole, Fraser Valley duck, with coffee baked beets and sesame Pipián, and heirloom blue corn sope with Johnstone Farms pork belly and local kale.
When: All April
Where: 680 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Get ready to welcome in the sweetness of spring as local chocolatier and treat-maker BETA5 opens up their Cambie Village pop-up shop once again (just in time for Easter shopping). Look for goodies like Easter eggs, and chocolate rain clouds filled with peanut butter raindrops. They’ve added three new tea-infused flavours to their cream puff family: Mango Bubble Tea, Strawberry Jasmine, and Matcha. The pop-up shop will also soon have ice cream, ice cream sammies, and their ice cream socials.
When: April 4 through May 15
Where: 3345 Cambie Street, Vancouver
When it comes to tasting a few creative mac and cheese creations, are you up for the challenge? Then Vancouver Foodster’s Mac & Cheese Challenge was made for you. Head to participating restaurants around the lower mainland to try their creations, and vote for your favourites. You’ll find some serious contenders, like Mosaic Grille’s entry, made with Canadian lobster, cavatappi, olive oil cured sundried tomato, havarti-gouda mornay sauce, and truffle essence.
When: April 6 to 30
Where: Locations around Metro Vancouver
Feast on the creative and inspired fare of chefs Hector Laguna of Botanist (soon to open at the Fairmont Pacific Rim) and David Gunawan of Farmer’s Apprentice. This six-course dinner hosted at Farmer’s Apprentice will highlight the talent of two harmonious chefs co-creating a unique dining experience featuring the best of local, sustainable and regionally-inspired ingredients.
When: Monday, April 10 at 8:30 pm (6 pm is sold out)
Where: Farmer’s Apprentice – 1535 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: $147.44, available online
Spring is here, so say hello to the sweet new season with food and wine at Wildebeest. The restaurant welcomes winemaker Tyler Harlton, who will show off hand-picked TH Wines with a six-course spring-centric meal by Chef Alessandro Vianello. Look for the freshest flavours of the season, like spring peas, ramps, wild foraged greens, sprouted fresh chickpeas, seared elk loin, and more.
When: Tuesday, April 11 at 7 pm
Where: Wildebeest – 120 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: are $140 per person, including tax and gratuity. To book, please purchase online.
When: Thursday, April 13 from 4 to 7 pm
Where: New District – 5650 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Notch8’s setup in their Private Dining room for their special Brothers Grimm Afternoon Tea covers all the bases, from Red Riding Hood’s basket of breads and treats to the main event: Tiers of wooden log rounds are used to hold all the delectable goodies you love at a fancy tea-time, nestled on a “dirt” floor.
When: Now through April 30, 2017; Wednesday to Sunday at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm
Where: Notch 8 at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Cost: Adults $59; Children $29.5 (ages 12 and under); For reservations or more information, please call 604-662-1900 or email [email protected]
If you’re looking to learn from the masters of chocolate, check out Purdys Chocolatier’s truffle-making class. You’ll find out how to make your indulgent truffles with your choice of flavourings, liqueur and toppings–plus you can take home 20 or more truffles.
When: Saturday, April 15 from 1 to 3 pm
Where: Purdys South Granville – 2705 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $50 to $110, available online