If you’re anything like us, the hunger for unique and delicious food and beverage-centred events is as strong as ever. It’s a good thing Vancouver always delivers them in excess.
Here are food events, in or around Vancouver, to check out this week.
The newest theme is a classic but cheeky one, The Great British Tea Party is available now through September 3, with seatings at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm daily. Selections at this tea include Fairmont’s LOT 35 Tea, the Eton Mess with berries, meringue, and whipped double cream, and raisin and butter scones served with Devonshire cream and strawberry jam to name a few.
Where: Notch8 – Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 W Georgia St, Vancouver
When: Now through September 3 at 11 am, 1 pm, or 3 pm.
Price: $65 per person; book online
Attendees can expect to chow down on grub from 40+ food trucks in “hot food alley” and enjoy live entertainment all summer long. The Friday Night Market will also feature a 19+ beer garden, serving local craft beer and cider as well as Betty’s Vodka Iced Tea.
When: Every Friday until to September 28 from 5 to 10 pm
Where: Shipbuilders’ Square – 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
Running from May 11 to October 8, this wildly popular event is gearing up for a 2018 season filled with epic eats and live entertainment. There will be over 100 food vendors and 200 retail stalls this year.
When: Fridays and Saturdays from May 11 to October 8 from 7 pm to midnight; Sundays and holiday Mondays 7 to 11 pm
Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond (nearby Bridgeport Station)
Price: $4.25 (regular admission)
This insane food challenge consists of a humongous poké bowl full of crab salad, wakame, cucumber kimchi, edamame, pickled ginger, and masago served on a bed of white rice topped with fried garlic and shallots, and of course two pounds of fresh fish. This is a two-person eating challenge, so it costs $60 per person to enter, and you’ve got to inhale this thing back in under 30 minutes.
When: April 25 to May 31
Where: Riz Sushi – 2887 East Broadway, Vancouver
Price: $120 ($60 per person)
Wildebeest will usher in the fifth annual Top Drop Vancouver festival by hosting a “Pink Links” Sausage and Rosé Party in its private, lower-level “Underbelly” dining room on Wednesday, May 16 at 8 p.m. A laid-back stand-up-style mingler, the event will feature an assortment of sausages made in-house by Chef Ian McHale paired with boutique rosé wines from the Top Drop festival.
When: May 16 from 8 to 11 pm
Where: Wildebeest – 120 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
Price: $49; buy online
One Noodle Bistro in Vancouver is giving you the chance to flex those All-You-Can-Eat muscles next week because they are offering patrons the chance to try their signature noodles for $12.95.
When: May 16 to 19 from 11 am to 9:30 am
Where: 887 W Broadway, Vancouver
Price: $12.95 per person
Napa Valley will take centre stage at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar when the restaurant hosts a pair of celebrated California wineries for an exclusive “Napa: Past, Present, Future” wine dinner on Thursday, May 17. Presented as part of Top Drop Vancouver, the five-course feast will feature Boulevard’s signature West Coast-inspired cuisine paired with current and back vintages from Spottswoode Estate and Blackbird Vineyards. Tickets to the dinner are available for $160 per person plus tax and gratuity and may be purchased by calling the restaurant at 604-642-2900.
When: May 17
Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Price: $160; call 604-642-2900 to buy
Vancouver’s annual grand tasting featuring dozens of international, terroir-focused wineries, craft breweries, cideries, and the people behind them.
When: May 18 from 7 to 9:30 pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Price: $75; buy online
Celebrate and enjoy the best of the Fraser Valley with live music, craft breweries, local food vendors, and much more right outside the wooden walls of the Fort Langley National Historic Site.
When: May 19 from noon to 6 pm
Where: Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada – 23433 Mavis Avenue, Langley
Price: $35 – $120
On May 20 Bells and Whistles is inviting you to kick off their first official summer season by serving up drink features like ‘fishbowls’ of Pink Sangria (rosé, brandy, fresh citrus, and berries) and live entertainment on their brand new patio.
When: May 20 from 2 to 7 pm
Where: 3296 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Chicken Wing Fight is officially returning for its seventh annual year at the Lamplighter Pub. The Thursday before the actual competition, each team is given 20lbs of wings and a bottle of Hornitos Tequila to make some chicken-fuelled magic. The teams then arrive on the 20th ready to grill on the patio and eventually serve the wings to attendees for eating and judging.
When: Sunday, May 20 at 4 pm
Where: The Lamplighter – 92 Water Street, Vancouver