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)
This is the sixteenth event in this Food Talks series. Come join us to meet and mingle with other foodies, and to hear some enlightening speakers from the food community.
When: May 8 from 6 to 9:30 pm
Where: Dockside Lounge – 1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Price: $18 – $21; buy online
Demonstration of four mini French desserts: Madeleine, palmiers, chocolate pot de creme, and mini Tarte Tatin. You get to share all the food and take home leftovers and recipes.
When: May 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Kensington Community Center – 5175 Dumfries Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $50; buy via Kensington Community Centre
On May 9 you can head to a dozen local restaurants in Vancouver who are participating in Tonight for Tomorrow, a special fundraiser event for Mealshare. For meal ordered at participating restaurants on May 9, as the money made will be donated to help grow Mealshare.
When: May 9
Where: Participating restaurants in Vancouver
This spot is celebrating a quarter century next week, and to take things up a notch for their loyal customers, Grounds is offering buy-one-get-one FREE cinnamon buns on May 10.
When: May 10
Where: Grounds For Coffee – 2565 Alma Street, Vancouver
The BC Hospitality Foundation hosts its seventh annual Dish N Dazzle fundraiser on Thursday, May 10. Taking place at the Vancouver Convention Centre from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., this year’s event pays homage to the theme ‘Argentina: Breaking New Ground’. Argentinean wines will be paired with canapés from some of Vancouver’s top restaurants, including Cibo Trattoria, Joe Fortes, Edible Canada, and Mamie Taylors. Tickets are available for $89 each (plus tax, gratuity and service charge).
When: May 10 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Price: $89; buy online
Seven of Vancouver’s master chocolatiers will go head-to-head on May 10 for the Gourmet Warehouse 6th annual Chocolate Challenge. The proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Vancouver Firefighter Charities Snacks for Kids program, Project Chef, and the Strathcona Backpack Program.
When: May 10 from 6:30 to 9 pm
Where: The Gourmet Warehouse – 1340 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Price: $79; buy online
On Thursday, May 10, the team at Tacofino will host a one-night-only Tacos & Tequila dinner at the restaurant’s Yaletown location. Chef Stefan Hartman will create a unique five-course menu designed to complement the tequila pairings. Representative Ryan Cheverie (of Brown Forman Canada) will also be at the event to chat with guests about the tequilas from el Jimador and Herradura. Tickets are available for $75.
When: May 10 from 7:30 to 10:30 pm
Where: Tacofino Yaletown – 1025 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Price: $75; buy online
2018 brings 11 drool-worthy events from the Fraser Valley Food Truck Association. This free event is uber popular for foodies in the Metro Vancouver/Fraser Valley area. Each fest will feature around a dozen trucks with food and beverage for purchase, live entertainment, and artisan market vendors.
When: May 12 from 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Chilliwack Heritage Park – 44140 Luckakuck Way, Chilliwack
Tickets to this event include a plate of three juicy BC spot prawns along with side dishes and fresh bread from Terra Breads. R&B Brewing and Evolve Cellars will be providing free beer and wine sampled in the 19+ tent of the festival.
During this event make a loaf of bread from scratch, receive an introduction to sourdough, and make an individual pizza to eat altogether with Mom and a glass of bubbly. Take home recipes, your loaf of bread, and a sample of sourdough starter.
When: May 13 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Where: The Uncommon Café – 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
Price: $69; buy via Eventbrite