20 Vancouver food events worth checking out this August

Jul 12 2016, 1:41 am

Featuring food festivals, seafood boils, and the popular ticketed annual event Diner en Blanc, Vancouver’s food events calendar for August is sprinkled with a number of fun food-focused outings.

We’ve complied a list, which we will keep adding to, of upcoming food-related events happening in the city this August.

Latab Food/Fort Berens Wine Dinner

Latab Food and Fort Berens Winery are joining forces to host a winemakers dinner pairing the food created by Chef Kris Barnholden and the wines of Fort Berens Winery. Tickets are $115 and are inclusive of food, wine, gratuity, and tax.

When: Tuesday, 2 August from 7 to 10 pm
Where: Latab Food – 983 Helmcken Street, Vancouver
Price: $115 per person; tickets available online

Dinner on the Pier

Dinner on the Pier returns to the North Shore this year, offering diners the chance to enjoy a spectacular meal in a spectacular setting while raising funds for a terrific cause. In its sophomore year, Dinner on the Pier will place on Thursday, August 4, and once again find diners seated under the skies on the Burrard Dry Dock Pier in North Van’s Lower Lonsdale. With last year’s success of Dinner on the Pier, the event has doubled their capacity this year from 150 to 300 seats at the table.

When: Thursday, August 4 from 5:30 to 10:30 pm
Where: 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Price: $160 per person; tickets available online

Mixology Night on the Pier

The Harmony Arts Festival has introduced a terrific new event this year, the Mixology Night on the Pier. The fundraising event in West Vancouver will showcase Vancouver’s top bartenders and the growing cocktail culture. The evening will feature an exciting pop up beach lounge, a cocktail competition, catered food, and great music along the gorgeous Ambleside Pier. The goal of this event is to sell 250 tickets and raise $15,000 for local art programs.

When: Thursday, August 4 from 8 to 10 pm
Where: Ambleside Pier (foot of 14th Street in West Vancouver)
Price: $105 per person; tickets available online

Minimalist Baker Cookbook Signing

Minimalist Baker, Dana Shultz, is coming to Vancouver for the first time ever to promote her brand new cookbook. Although the cooking demo, which she is presenting with Erin Ireland, is sold out, Shultz will stay around for book signing at the tail end of the event, taking place on August 4 at Nourish Cafe.

When: Thursday, August 4 at 6:30 pm
Where: Nourish Cafe – 3742 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Price: N/A

YVR Food Fest

Food Cart Fest has rebranded to YVR Food Fest this year. Running from August 5 to August 7 YVR Food Fest will showcase international culinary talent collaborating on long table dinners, food talks, private dinners, and cocktail parties. The flagship event is the Street Food Showdown: a two-day gathering of 80 plus food carts, restaurants, wineries, and breweries in the Olympic Village. During this event participating food vendors will be offering up an unlimited tasting menu for a two-hour feeding frenzy.

When: August 5, 6, and 7
Where: Various locations (check website for details)
Price: Ticket prices vary (check website for details)

Truck Stop Concert Series

The third and final outdoor summer concert hosted by Red Truck Brewery will take place on August 6. Featuring musical acts such as Jon Pardi, The Washboard Union, JJ Shiplett, and Dan Davidson, as well as a variety of Red Truck Beer and food trucks, Red Truck’s August Truck Stop Concert is sure to be a great and lively event.

When: Saturday, August 6 from 4 to 10 pm
Where: Red Truck Brewery – 295 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Price: $35 person; tickets available online

Come Forage with Chef Christ Whittaker

On August 7 Come Forage with Chef Chris Whittaker on beautiful Fraser Common Farm, and Laurica Farm. Tour the two farms, all the while learning more about them, and foraging. Then enjoy dinner you helped to forage ingredients for. This event is an annual fundraiser for the ongoing educational programs of Fraser Common Farm.

When: Sunday, August 7 from 4 to 8 pm
Where: 1322 – 256th Street, Aldergrove
Price: $100 per person; tickets available online

Sunday Seafood Boils at Boulevard Kitchen

Photo courtesy Boulevard

Photo courtesy Boulevard

Join Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar for the return of their popular Sunday Seafood Boil Series. Taking place on the restaurant’s streetside patio, Boulevard’s talented chefs will once again serve up a fresh-caught bounty of jumbo prawns, clams, mussels, crawfish, and Dungeness crab with all the fixings for a series of classic, East Coast-inspired seafood boils served family-style on communal tables.

When: Every Sunday of August (7, 14, 21, and 28) from 6:30 pm
Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Price: $59 per person with a two-guest minimum (beverages, tax, and gratuity not included); tickets available online


CRAFT Beer Market is excited to announce the return of Caskapalooza this year with over 20 casks to be sampled. Tickets are $25 and judging from last year, they will move fast. Attendees to this event will get the opportunity to sample some great casks and help raise funds towards St. Vincent de Paul. Tickets sold will help sponsor a family in need for Christmas this year.

When: Tuesday, August 9 from 4 to 8 pm
Where: CRAFT Beer Market – 85 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Price: $25 per person; tickets available online

Les Dames Summerdine

This annual event prides itself as being one of the most fun and best value culinary fundraisers of the year. With dozens of participating restaurants, vineyards, gardens, and cooking schools from Vancouver Island to Metro Vancouver to the Okanagan, each donating one table for a concurrent dinner party, Les Dames Summerdine 2016 is guaranteed to be a delicious and memorable evening. Regardless of the location, all diners are treated to a specially-designed multiple-course menu, wines selected to complement that menu, a special table, and an opportunity to meet and chat with the chefs and restaurateurs.

When: Wednesday, August 10 at 6:30 pm
Where: Various locations, check website for further details
Price: $79 per person; tickets available online

Seasonal Salmon Bakes

Throughout August a limited number of guests will be able to book a seat at YEW’s communal table for an over-the-top, interactive wild salmon bake. Raise a glass of YEW’s red or white Summer Sangria and make new friends as hands reach across the table to dig in to the generous family-style meal starring whole wild salmon, baked to perfection.

When: Sunday August 14, 21, and 28 at 6:30 pm
Where: Four Seasons Vancouver – 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Price: $86 per person; tickets available online

Greasy Spoon Supper Series

Save on Meats’ pop-up Greasy Spoon Diner Supper Series continues in August, challenging yet another notable Canadian chef (or rather chefs in this instance) to take over the kitchen and serve a dining room full of guests. Next in line to step into the Save on Meats kitchen are chefs Christie Peters and Kyle Michael of The Hollows. This event benefits programs that support the local community.

When: Monday, August 15 (two seatings at 5:30 pm and 8 pm)
Where: Save On Meats – 43 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Price: $95 per person; tickets available online

Colab at Latab

On August 15, Latab Food will host an installment of its monthly “Colab @ Latab” event. Presented by the restaurant’s chef and co-owner Kris Barnholden, along with local forager Camille Flanjak of Museum Eats, the August edition will focus on seeds, and will bring together Chef Andrea Carlson from Burdock and Co. and Bar Manager Peter Van Reep from Campagnolo.

When: Monday, August 18 at 6 pm
Where: Latab Food, 983 Helmcken Street, Vancouver
Price: $75 per person; tickets available online

Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2016

The popular ticketed annual event that brings together hundreds of strangers for an elegant outdoor all-white dinner party at a top-secret location will take place on Thursday, August 18. 2016 marks the fifth anniversary of Diner en Blanc Vancouver.

When: Thursday, August 18
Where: Location TBD

Vancouver Craft Brew Cruise

Step on board the Magic Spirt, for the third annual Vancouver Craft Brew Cruise. Setting sail from False Creek, Plaza of Nations, the Vancouver Craft Beer Cruise promises ticket holders a selection of BC’s finest craft beer, while taking in a scenic tour on the open water.

When: Friday, August 19 at 7 pm, Saturday, August 20 at 2 pm and 7 pm
Where: 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Price: $50 per person; tickets available online

Columbia StreEAT Food Truck Fest

Back for a fourth year, the Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest will bring together a whole lot of popular food carts and trucks to the streets of New Westminster for a day of food and fun. The food truck line up includes Tacofino, Vij’s Railway Express, Johnny’s Pops, The Reef Runner, El Cartel, and more.

When: Saturday, August 20 from 4 to 10 pm
Where: Columbia Street, Downtown New Westminster
Price: Free admission

Fair at the PNE

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It’s almost time to trade your summer swimsuit for your favourite stretchy pants. The Fair at the PNE gets going on August 20, and we’re already thinking about all the crazy new foods that will be there.

When: The Fair at the PNE runs Saturday, August 20 through Monday, September 5, 2016 (closed Monday, August 22 and Monday, August 29)
Where: 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Price: Fair Gates Pass $17

See also

8th Annual Garlic Festival

Calling all garlic lovers. Open to all ages, this event brings together organically grown artisan garlic and garlic goods. In addition to showcasing strong local flavours the 8th Annual Garlic Festival will feature live music, cooking demos, exhibitions, a kid zone, family friendly fare from 12 local restaurants, and an expanded farmers’ and garlic market.

When: Sunday, August 21 from 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Terra Nova Rural Park – 2771 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Price: Admission by donation

Eat Rich Food Truck Festival

Richmond gets its very own food truck festival this summer. Rolling into town on June 11, the Eat Rich Food Truck Festival will bring with it a smorgasbord of delicious eats. Running over a number of non-consecutive days throughout the summer Eat Rich will host 10 plus food trucks. Not only will attendees to this outdoor food fiesta be able to enjoy an array of street food fare, but also live entertainment, and activities, which are mostly aimed at kids.

When: Saturday, August 27 from 11 am to 7 pm
Where: South Arm United Church – 11051 No.3 Road, Richmond
Price: $2.50 admission or free admission with a non-perishable food item for the Richmond Food Bank (one item per person), free for kids under 10

A little further afield

Cultivate Longtable Dinner

Photo courtesy Cultivate

Photo courtesy Cultivate

Restaurant 62, the Fraser Valley’s premier destination for elegant urban dining and contemporary regional cuisine is pleased to partner with Cultivate & Co. for the second annual Cultivate long table dinner. Situated in a beautiful outdoor rural setting, this unique summer dining experience combines both restaurant 62 and Cultivate & Co.’s vision to gather communities through the celebration of local food and build awareness about the importance of the local farm-to-table movement.

When: Saturday, August 20
Where: Chilliwack Corn Maze – 41905 Yale Road West, Chilliwack
Price: $150 per person; tickets available online

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