We made it through the first month of 2018 y’all – it’s time to celebrate. And what better way to do that than get into some seriously awesome food and beverage-focused events?
Dinners, demos, festivals and more – February’s in no shortage of delicious destinations.
Here are 25 food events, in or around Vancouver, worth checking out this month.
The Silver Screen Hollywood Afternoon Tea celebrates all the glitz of Old Hollywood, think Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and John Wayne. Black and white flicks are projected on a screen at the centre of the room, but the real star of the show is the food.
When: Wednesday through Sunday from January 10 to April 1, 2018; seatings at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm
Where: Notch8 Restaurant & Bar at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Price: $65 per person
Dine Out Vancouver is back for its 16th year, bringing with it a crowded calendar of food events, with almost 300 restaurants participating in this year’s exciting event. Taking place from January 19 through February 4, 2018, the popular annual fest features hundreds of restaurants, each offering multi-course dinners at $20, $30 or $40 (plus tax, gratuity and beverages).
When: Friday, January 19 through Sunday, February 4, 2018
Where: Multiple restaurants around Vancouver
Price: $20 to $40
Blue Water Cafe has been concocting weird and wonderful culinary creations from the sea for their annual Unsung Heroes Festival for 14 years, and this year’s selection is no different. This year, Executive Chef Frank Pabst has created an array of delights, integrating sustainable seafood not commonly found on many menus into familiar and much-loved dishes.
When: February 1 to February 27, 2018
Where: Blue Water Cafe – 1095 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Price: A la carte, most items range from $13 to $16
The annual celebration of all things hot chocolate is kicking off on January 20 and runs until February 14 – which means you have 22 days to try all 35 of the participating ‘chocstars’ at this year’s fest, all of which are local purveyors.
When: January 20 to February 14, 2018
Where: Multiple venues around Vancouver
Price: Prices vary
To get one of these bad boys in your hands, you can order the Torch’d Devil through the foodora app and pick it up at their Denman location (the Broadway cafe isn’t participating in this one).
When: January 31 to February 6
Where: 866 Denman Street, Vancouver
Benny Bonanza, a joyful and uber affordable brunch deal at the legendary Joe Fortes restaurant officially kicks off February 3 and runs every Saturday and Sunday until February 25. This mid-morning event gives patrons a choice of Joe Fortes signature Eggs Benedict in three flavours – each only ringing in at $9.95.
When: Weekends from February 3 to 25
Where: Joe Fortes Seafood and Steakhouse – 777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Perfectly timed for all the carb cravings caused by winter in Canada, the great French-Canadian classic is cause for celebration when La Poutine Week kicks off in Vancouver the first week of February.
When: February 1 to 7, 2018
Where: Participating restaurants in Vancouver
To impress your Valentine, learn some decadent chocolate desserts. Enjoy the Lava cake on site. Bring home Chocolate Mousse, Truffles, and recipes.
When: Thursday, February 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Kensington Community Center – 5175 Dumfries Street, Vancouver
Price: $50; buy via Kensington Community Ctr
OneCoffee, a maker of compostable single-serve coffee pods, wants to celebrate its launch with you over brunch at Medina. Guests will enjoy a two-course brunch and guided tasting of OneCoffee’s organic and fair trade single-serve coffees — at no charge! A limited number of free tickets are available, max two tickets per person.
When: Saturday, February 3 at 9:30 am
Where: Medina Café – 780 Richards Street
Price: Free; get tickets via Eventbrite
Available on Saturday and Sunday, Beta5’s new mid-morning service will offer four rotating pastries for eight weekends only. Starts January 20 and 21 and runs until March 10 and 11.
When: 10 am Saturdays and Sundays until treats run out
Where: 413 Industrial Avenue, Vancouver
Choux Pastry is the trendy dessert from France, and you can learn how easy it is. Take your pastries home and printed recipes.
When: Sunday, February 4 from 2 to 4 pm
Where: Trout Lake Community Center – 3350 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Price: $57.14; buy via Trout Lake CC
Get ready, Vancouver, it’s almost time to watch the biggest game of the year. Super Bowl LII is happening on Sunday, February 4, and that means it’s time to cozy up in your favourite sports bars, old and new, and watch the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots battle for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
When: Sunday, February 4
Where: Multiple venues in Vancouver
You’ll find two chefs in the kitchen at this event: Deniz Tarakioglu from Cafe Medina and Brad Miller from Red Wagon Café and Bistro Wagon Rouge. This is a sit-down dinner that will be served family-style, and you should definitely bring some cash for breakfast-inspired cocktails.
When: February 5 and 6 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: The Red Wagon Café – 2296 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Price: $55; buy online
In honour of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s spring exhibition, Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, Market is launching a five-course tasting menu inspired by Murakami’s work. This will be available from February 5 to 28.
When: Daily from February 5 to 28
Where: 1115 Alberni Street, Vancouver
A mouthwatering survey of culinary history, famous restaurants, and specialty ingredients, this film makes a compelling case for finding Japan’s heart through its stomach.
There’s a new all-vegan food and beverage event coming to Vancouver and it’s called The Main Affair. A one-night-only food fest and dinner hybrid, this shindig will feature vegan food and beverage entrepreneurs, along with local plant-based Chef Karen McAthy, who will be creating some delectable vegan tapas.
When: Friday, February 9 at 6 or 9 pm (two seatings)
Where: Heritage Hall – 3102 Main Street, Vancouver
Price: $75-85; buy via Eventbrite
The Eastside Flea is a modern-day flea market that occurs every weekend in Vancouver. Each event hosts over 50 local vendors selling diverse goods from handmade craftsmen items to vintage clothing, antiques and collectibles, plants, artisan eats and more. You’ll also find food trucks, deejays, pinball machines, a pool table, outdoor courtyard, and other fun things to check out.
When: February 10 and 11; 25 and 25 from 11 am to 5 pm
Where: The Ellis Building – 1024 Main Street, Vancouver
Price: $3 for a single day, or $5 for all weekend
Enjoy a full menu demonstration and seat in our candlelight restaurant room to enjoy the three-course dinner with a glass of wine. Menu: French Onion Soup, Filo Wrapped Salmon, and Creme Brulee.
When: Saturday, February 10 from 6 to 9 pm
Where: The Uncommon Café – 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
Price: $85; buy via Eventbrite
The annual Valentine’s Chocolate Cave Buffet takes place at Notch8 inside the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on February 14, and it’s one sweet event. Tickets are $70 per couple and they will guarantee your spot in the restaurant’s private dining room, which will be transformed with floor-to-ceiling custom built chocolate covered walls and a selection of over 25 different AYCE chocolate desserts created by the talented in-house pastry team.
When: Wednesday, February 14 from 8:30 to 11 pm
Where: Notch8 Restaurant & Bar – 900 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $70 per couple; for reservations email or call 604-662-1900
At the 3rd annual Pizza Palooza you’ll get the chance to taste many types of pizza from Neapolitan to Roman to NY style, South Indian, Lebanese and more. Each participating restaurant will be serving up grub for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different types of restaurants throughout the event, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.
When: Wednesday, February 21 from 6 to 10 pm
Where: Multiple restaurants in Vancouver
Price: $35 to $60; buy online
After the unreal success of their beer dinner with 33 Acres last fall, Tacofino has decided to make their craft beer dinner parties a regular thing, and we couldn’t be more pleased. Vancouver’s favourite family of taco restaurants is teaming up with six local craft breweries to host a monthly series of five-course Beer Dinners at their Hastings location (2327 E. Hastings Street).
The “largest collaboration event in Canada” and inaugural tasting celebration is taking place on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Croatian Cultural Centre, where attendees can find 40 vendors, 15 unique craft beer and coffee roaster collaborations, all-inclusive filtered/drip coffee, all-inclusive espresso, and experience tastings and live interviews from industry experts.
When: Saturday, February 24 from 1 to 6 pm
Where: Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Cost: $52 per person; buy online
By baking cupcakes and giving them away in exchange for a donation, participants can improve the lives of abused, abandoned and neglected animals in our communities.
National Cupcake Day is cross-country event presented by the BC SPCA, the Ontario SPCA, and participating humane societies. Register and start planning your Cupcake Day party. Simply plan to supply some delicious treats, and then invite co-workers, friends, and family to attend in exchange for a donation.
When: Monday, February 26
Liuyishou Hotpot Week celebrates Chinese New Year cross Canada. With locations in Vancouver, Richmond, and Burnaby, Liuyishou Hotpot is the perfect place to warm up your Chinese New Year celebrations. What better way to treat your taste buds starting the year of The Dog? A Red Truck Brewery beer pairing is included in the holiday hotpot dinner set menus in all the locations in BC.
We can show you how to cook fish and seafood like a true French cook. Mussels, Bisque and Salt Crust Sea Bass will be demonstrated. Enjoy the recipes during the class with a glass of wine. Take home recipes and samples.
When: Wednesday, February 28 from 6 to 9 pm
Where: The Uncommon Café – 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
Price: $69; buy via Eventbrite