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13 Vancouver food events to check out this April

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Hanna McLean Mar 21, 2017 5:29 am 2,031

It’s time to celebrate spring the best way we know how – eating and drinking!

With so many amazing events to choose from, your calendar is sure to fill up quickly. From Jewish dumplings to oysters in Osoyoos – here are 13 food events to check out this April.

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1. Sunday Paella Series at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar will once again conjure up the rustic flavours of Spain’s national dish with the return of the Sunday Paella Series. Taking place each Sunday through March and April, Executive Chef Alex Chen and team will serve up a three-course menu featuring Paella as the centrepiece of each communal, family-style feast. Other dishes featured during this meal include Young Beet Salad and Orange Crema Catalana.

When: Every Sunday in April from 6 pm to 10 pm
Where: 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $49 plus beverages; buy via Eventbrite

2. Brothers Grimm Afternoon Tea at Notch8

If you’ve ever wanted to be transported right into a fairy tale, you can do so by booking a table at Notch8 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, where they are doing a special Brothers Grimm Afternoon Tea. Notch8’s setup in their Private Dining room has Red Riding Hood’s basket of breads and tiers of wooden log rounds are used to hold delectable goodies.

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
Tickets: Adults $59; Children $29.5 (ages 12 and under); For reservations or more information, please call 604-662-1900 or email [email protected]

3. Salary-men & Women Sake Party at B-Bin

In Japan, April is a time when young men and women start their school year or begin full-time jobs. This is an important cultural time synonymous with ceremonies or parties. To celebrate this time here in Vancouver, local Japanese restaurant B-Bin is throwing a Salary-men & Women Sake Party which includes a six-course meal (with dishes like a Japanese yam shooter) paired with four premium sakes. This celebration is hosted by Sake Lovers and sponsored by Vancouver-based sake brewers YK3, Axis Planning, and That’s Life Gourmet. Formal dress is required.

When: Sunday, April 2 from 1:30 to 3 pm
Where: B-Bin, 3093 Oak Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $58; purchase via Picatic

4. Tartine & Maple’s Cooking Series: “Freezer Dinner” #2

Learn how to make Easy Chili (including kid and vegetarian options), Phyllo Dough Mini Quiches, and Homemade Granola. Guests will get to taste everything made during the class along with a savoury welcome snack and a glass of white wine. Recipes and take-home food will also be provided.

When: Sunday, April 2 from 2 to 5 pm
Where: The Uncommon Cafe, 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $55 -$65; purchase via Eventbrite

5. The Chosen Food: Mantι, Börek, Baklava: Shabbat Dinner & Fresh Challah

The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC’s The Chosen Food dinner series was created so guests could eat their way through the traditional meals of BC’s multicultural Jewish Community. Each event in this series will showcase a regional style of Jewish cuisine, this one is all about Mantι, Börek, Baklava: Shabbat Dinner & Fresh Challah, and each dish will be presented by Vancouver-based artist Derya Akay in addition to female elders who will share an oral history of the memory and symbolism associated with each item.

When: Sunday, April 2 from 5 to 8 pm
Where: The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC, 6184 Ash Street, Second Floor, Vancouver
Tickets: $40; purchase via Eventbrite

6. Tartine & Maple’s Petits Gateaux; Madeleines, Canneles, and Palmiers

Learn how to make three French pastries including Madeleines – small génoise (or sponge cake) – Cannelés, and Palmiers. Guests will get to taste everything made during the class along with a savoury welcome snack and a glass of white wine. Recipes and take-home food will also be provided.

When: Wednesday, April 5 from 2 to 5 pm
Where: The Uncommon Cafe, 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $65; purchase via Eventbrite

7. BC Distilled

BC Distilled is back for its 4th annual festival celebrating regional, small batch, and local micro-distilleries. This year the event will feature samples from 32 distilleries based out of Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and West Coast, the Okanagan, Kootenays, and the Interior. Some new additions to the BC Distilled lineup this year include Central City Brewing and DistillingShelter Point DistilleryMonashee SpiritsCrow’s Nest Distillery, and Stealth Distilleries.

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017, Trade Tasting: 2:30 to 5:30 pm, Public Tasting: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Tickets: Early bird tickets go on sale Wednesday, February 15 and can be purchased online

8. Tartine & Maple’s Dinner & Demo: Easy Vegan for Everyone!

Learn how to make Avocado Hummus, Parsnip & Squash, Vegetable Tagine(slow-cooked root vegetables in Moroccan spices) along with your own Ras El Hanout spice blend, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes. Guests will get to taste everything made during the class along with a savoury welcome snack and a glass of white wine. Recipes and take-home food will also be provided.

When: Wednesday, April 12 from 6 to 9 pm
Where: The Uncommon Cafe, 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $69; purchase via Eventbrite

9. Passover Feast at Mensch Jewish Delicatessen

This is the first of a series of ticketed “Dinner Services” at Mensch’s and it’s a can’t-miss. Guests at this dinner will enjoy a menu with Chicken Matzo Ball Soup, Borscht, Chopped Liver, Gefilte Fish, Tzimmes, Cabbage Rolls, Braised Brisket, Roasted Chicken and more. Wine is promised to “run like water” and beer will be provided by Faculty Brewing Co.

When: Wednesday, April 12 at 7 pm
Where: Mensch Jewish Delicatessen, 212 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $95; purchase via Eventbrite

10. The Chosen Food: My Darling Dumpling: Traditional Jewish & Chinese Dumpling

The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC has partnered with the HUA Foundation to present this second evening in the The Chosen Food supper club series. Each event in this series will showcase a regional style of Jewish cuisine, this one is all about traditional Jewish and Chinese dumplings.

When: Sunday, April 23 from 5 to 8 pm
Where: The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC, 6184 Ash Street, Second Floor, Vancouver
Tickets: $40; purchase via Eventbrite

11. Osoyoos Oyster Festival

The sixth annual Osoyoos Oyster Festival returns to the South Okanagan from April 19 to 23. Featuring South Okanagan wines, ciders, beers, and spirits and of course an outstanding selection of oysters from across Canada. The five-day celebration of all things oysters consists of three big parties and a series of partner events. Check out the festival lineup and get planning!

When: Wednesday, April 19 to Sunday, April 23
Where: A variety of venues in Osoyoos
Tickets: Individual event tickets and festival packages can all be purchased via Destination Osoyoos

12. Wine for Waves at the Four Season Vancouver

The annual Wine for Waves event will feature over two dozen wineries from the Naramata Bench Wineries Association. Fourth time partner the Naramata Bench Wineries Association has partnered with the Ocean Wise program to offer guests a taste of delicious wines and small bites along with the chance to meets some of B.C.’s top winemakers. All proceeds from the event support Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program.

When: Friday, April 28 at 7 pm
Where: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $110; purchase online

13. Tartine & Maple’s Eclairs & Cream Puffs – Choux Pastry basics

Learn how to make Choux a la crème (cream puff), Profiteroles, Chouquettes, and Eclairs. Guests will get to taste everything made during the class along with a savoury welcome snack and a glass of white wine. Recipes and take-home food will also be provided.

When: Sunday, April 30 from 2 to 4 pm
Where:Trout Lake Community Centre, 3360 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: $57.14; purchase via Eventbrite

With files from Lindsay William-Ross


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Hanna McLean
Hanna is a Staff Food Writer at Daily Hive. She's lived on both coasts and has concluded that pizza tastes great no matter where you're eating it. She loves rap music, craft beer, and she probably has crumbs on her keyboard right now.

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