We’re finally at that time Vancouver, the time when we can eat, drink, and be merry in and around the great outdoors without freezing to death or needing five heat lamps for one person. Spring has sprung and summer is comin’ in hot.
It’s time to celebrate May and all the amazing food events and shindigs going down this month. Dinners, demos, festivals, and more – May might just be the most delicious month of 2018 yet.
Here are some awesome food events to check out in or around Vancouver in May.
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)
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 from May 4 to September 28 from 5 to 10 pm
Where: Shipbuilders’ Square – 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
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
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)
The team at YEW seafood + bar is celebrating Spring by bringing back the ultra-popular family style-Spot Prawn Boil Dining Series. Guests will tie on a bib (yours to keep) and raise a complimentary glass of CedarCreek Chardonnay to begin the evening.
When: May 20 and 27; June 3
Where: YEW at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver – 791 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Price: $72.76; buy online
Au Comptoir Executive Chef Daniel McGee will welcome not one but two dynamic culinary minds to the line at the Parisian-inspired bistro in Kitsilano when he hosts Chambar’s Nico Schuermans and The Mackenzie Room’s Sean Reeve for a four-course collaborative Guest Chefs’ Dinner on Tuesday, May 1 at 7 pm. Tickets to the Collaborative Guest Chefs’ Dinner at Au Comptoir are available for $85 per person plus tax and gratuity and may be purchased by calling the restaurant at 604-569-2278.
When: May 1 at 7 pm
Where: Au Comptoir – 2278 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
Price: $85; call 604-569-2278 to buy
As part of BC Cider Week, Fraserhood beer hall Bells and Whistles will be hosting a number of local and international cideries for a one-day-only tap takeover on Sunday, May 6. The event will feature handcrafted ciders from B.C.’s own Bricker Cider Co. in West Sechelt, Naramata Cider and Nomad Cider in Summerland as well as three special, new-to-BC pours from Graft Cider based in Hudson Valley, New York. The all-day event is free to attend and ciders are available on a first come, first poured basis.
When: May 6
Where: Bells and Whistles – 3296 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Demonstration of some Bistro classic desserts: chocolate mousse, Tarte Tatin, and creme brulee, just in time to practice for Mother’s day. You get to share all the desserts and take home leftovers and recipes.
When: May 6 from 2 to 4 pm
Where: Trout Lake Community Center – 3350 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Price: $57.14; buy via Trout Lake Community Centre
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, one dollar will be donated to help grow Mealshare.
When: May 9
Where: Participating restaurants in 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
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
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
Join Masterchef Canada Champion Trevor Connie for a five-course dinner on Wednesday, May 23 at The Compound on Granville Street.
When: May 23 from 6 to 9 pm
Where: The Compound – 1026 Granville Street, Vancouver
Price: $80.94; buy online
Sticky’s 3rd Annual Root Beer Festival is going down on Saturday, May 26 at the Sticky’s Candy store in Langley from 11 am to 3 pm, and it sounds like it’s going to be pretty sweet. The third annual fest of all things root beer will feature over 50 premium varieties of this carbonated beverage, along with fudge, candy, ice cream, and root beer floats.
When: Saturday, May 26 from 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Sticky’s Candy Langley – 20464 Fraser Highway, Langley
This demonstration is guaranteed to reconcile you with fish. Easy and delicious recipes to cook seafood easily every day. Includes a glass of wine and samples of all the dishes. Take home printed recipes.
When: May 30 from 6 to 9 pm
Where: The Uncommon Café – 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
Price: $69; buy via Eventbrite