19 best Vancouver food events to check out in February

Jan 30 2023, 7:36 pm

There’s something about February that gives us just a whiff of optimism.

Maybe it’s the fact that the month’s arrival feels hard-won (did anyone else feel like January had 178 days in it?) or that it inches us one step closer to spring, but February feels like the breath of fresh air we need after a long January.

This month, Valentine’s Day means plenty of romantic (and anti-romance) dinners are happening around the city, but there’s also an East Van beer fest and a community Japanese festival, plus a cocktail pop-up featuring a top-notch bar from Singapore.

Here are our picks for the best food events happening in Vancouver this February.

One-Time Events

Setsubun festival

Powell Street Festival Society is hosting the new Setsubun festival at Oppenheimer Park on Sunday, February 5. The free event will feature live performances, a community meal, and more. Setsubun, which translates to “seasonal division,” refers to the day just before the first day of spring in the traditional Japanese calendar. Celebrations on the eve of Risshun traditionally include throwing roasted soybeans to ward off evil spirits and eating roasted soybeans to bring good luck for the year. A shared community meal of Japanese Curry Rice and hot apple cider will also be served during the free event.

When: February 5, 2023
Time: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Where: Oppenheimer Park – 400 Powell Street, Vancouver
Cost: Free

Il Centro’s East Van Beer Tasting Event

This month, the Italian Cultural Centre is hosting a beer event highlighting brews from several local breweries. East Van Brewing, Luppolo Brew Company, Container Brewing, and Powell Brewery will be participating, allowing guests to try 16 different craft beers. The beers will also be paired with appetizers, including empanadas, fried chicken with cornbread, and panzerotti.

When: Thursday, February 9 from 7 pm to 10 pm
Where: Il Centro — 3075 Slocan Street Vancouver
Tickets: $62.55

Donut Date Night, A Red Velvet Affair


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On Saturday, February 11, Honey Dip Studios and Jelly Gallery by Lee’s Donuts is hosting a donut date night. This Valentine’s themed evening will feature food (donuts! duh!), drinks, and live music. Tickets will get you access to a bunch of curated snacks, beverages, one alcoholic drink, a red velvet donut (which you’ll be able to decorate), a Kasama Chocolate bar, and one small bloom bouquet.

When: Saturday, February 11 from 6 to 7:30 pm and again from 8 to 9:30 pm
Where: Honey Dip Studios, 109-1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $50 per person

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Ikea

On Valentine’s Day, ticket holders can head into participating IKEA locations across Canada and enjoy an affordable date night with two three-course meals for just $39.99. Each adult ticket includes a starter, main, dessert, and mocktail. Tickets are on sale now.

When: February 14
Where: Participating Ikea locations

Still Here Still Life Featuring Lee’s Donuts

If you enjoy donuts and drawing, then this event was basically made for you. For one night only, Honey Dip Studios will be offering a special guided drawing workshop open to all levels. The subject of the drawings will be donuts, which you’ll also get to much on during! Pretty sweet deal if you ask us.

When: Friday, February 17 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Honey Dip Studios, 109-1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $29.36

The Headroom at Sai Woo

Head to Chinatown’s Sai Woo on Tuesday, February 21 for the return of The Headroom, an epic 80’s-themed party taking place in the space under the restaurant. Featuring cocktails inspired by the era, as well as vintage decor, games, hologram projectors, plenty of neon, and 80’s jams, this party is not to be missed. Costumes are encouraged, and a special non-alcoholic beer by Strange Fellows will also be launched at the event.

When: Tuesday, February 21 from 7 pm to late
Where: Sai Woo, 158 East Pender Street, Vancouver

Anniversary Party at Studio Brewing


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On Saturday, February 25, head to Studio Brewing to celebrate the brewery’s second anniversary with a big bash. A bratwurst pop-up, live music, and street party will accompany Studio’s lager line-up for what is bound to be a great time.

When: Saturday, February 25
Where: Studio Brewing — 5792 Beresford Street, Burnaby

From Oysters to Orcas

Support the Georgia Strait Alliance by checking out its 6th annual fundraising event this year: a shellfish and seafood experience taking place at the Fanny Bay Oyster Bar and Shellfish Market in Yaletown. On February 27, guests will be able to take part in a seafood feast of four-courses in addition to beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets are $150 per person and partially tax deductible.

When: Monday, February 27 from 7 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Fanny Bay Oyster Bar, 762 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $150 per person

Recurring events

La Poutine Week

The annual celebration of all things fries, cheese, gravy, and more will take place in cities across Canada from February 1 to 14 this year – making the name a bit of a misnomer, as it will happen over two weeks instead of one. If this is the first time you’re hearing about La Poutine Week, here are the basics: restaurants across the country, from the West Coast to the East Coast, will participate in the festival by signing up and offering their best versions of the classic Canadian dish. The list of participating restaurants for this year have just been announced on the event’s website.

When: February 1 to 14
Where: Various restaurants

Manhattan Bar Collaboration Pop-Up at Botanist

The award-winning Singapore cocktail bar, Manhattan, will be joining the Fairmont Pacific Rim’s Botanist team for two nights of sensory cocktail-paired dinners. Chef Hector Laguna of Botanist will pair a six-course tasting menu with three feature Manhattan cocktails and three by Jeff Savage, also of Botanist. Those who miss this experience can head to the hotel’s Lobby Lounge and RawBar the following night on February 9 to try out some special Manhattan-created cocktails.

When: February 7 and 8
Where: Botanist, Fairmont Pacific Rim — 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver

Lunar New Year Chef’s Omakase at The Lobby Lounge and RawBar

Celebrate Lunar New Year at the Fairmont Pacific Rim’s Lobby Lounge and RawBar with a special omakase experience. For two dates in February, acclaimed sushi chef Masayoshi Baba will be offering a selection of nigiri, sashimi, local uni don, and more. Tickets are $95 per person, with several time slots available.

When: Wednesday, February 1, and Thursday, February 2
Where: The Lobby Lounge and RawBar — 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver
Tickets: $95 per person

Foodie Virtual Market

A market featuring tons of local food and drink vendors is set to take place this month, and you can shop from it completely online. The Foodie Virtual Market, hosted by Got Craft Market, will highlight dozens of local food and drink vendors for a special Valentine’s Day edition. The market will be open to shop 24/7 during the specific market dates, and anything bought can then either be shipped for a flat rate or picked up curbside for free.

When: Thursday, February 2 to Sunday, February 5
Where: Online

The BC Ale Trail’s new Tasting Passports

The BC Ale Trail, in collaboration with Translink’s Dine the Line, is launching five tasting passports throughout Metro Vancouver. Starting this month, folks can head to 64 different participating spots for a stamp and a chance to win some great prize packages by embarking on five self-guided adventures. This initiative runs all through February and encourages patrons to roll car-free and support local businesses we know and love and discover new spots we haven’t tried yet by using TransLink to get around.

When: Through February
Where: Various locations

Nights at the Aquarium

One of the city’s most unique date experiences is back, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Nights at the Aquarium, the exclusive dining experience at the Vancouver Aquarium, is happening on Saturday, February 11, and Tuesday, February 14. The popular event offers guests a chance to dine among the over 65,000 animals at the aquarium. Guests will be able to enjoy a three-course meal (which includes Aburi albacore, braised beef short rib, or cast iron seared sablefish) prepared by the aquarium’s culinary team.

When: February 11 and 14, 2023
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Tickets: From $150 per person ($120 for members), purchase online

Greater Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

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The Greater Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival (formerly known as the Hot Chocolate Fest) is running until February 14, 2023. The 2022 festival featured makers outside of Vancouver located in North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Surrey, Richmond, White Rock, and even Whistler.

When: January 14 to February 14, 2023 (check specific vendors as dates may vary)
Where: Locations in and around Vancouver

Delta Hot Chocolate Festival

Fittingly starting on February 14, the Delta Hot Chocolate Festival will run until March 14 and will feature several local businesses with their own sweet creations. Organized as a way to keep the “community warm in the most delicious way,” according to the event website, the Delta Hot Chocolate Festival has yet to announce participating vendors, but last year included spots like Prado, Stir Coffee House, and Little B Confectionary, to name a few.

When: February 14 to March 14
Where: Various locations

Dine Out Vancouver 2023

The city’s biggest dining festival officially kicked off on January 20, but the city’s biggest dining festival continues through this week. Until February 5, Vancouverites will be able to dine at hundreds of restaurants offering multi-course dinners at affordable, fixed-price points.

When: January 20 to February 5, 2023
Where: Participating restaurants in Vancouver

Kawaii Japan Market

The Kawaii Japan Market is hosted by the same organizers behind previous Japan Markets, which took place over the holidays, in the fall, and during the summer last year. This iteration of the festival will take place over two days, on February 25 and 26, and will highlight “kawaii” pop culture and food vendors.

When: Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26 from 10 am to 5 pm
Where: UBC Robson Square — 800 Robson Street, Vancouver

Burger Bender

Match Eatery & Public House is running its annual Burger Bender event until February 26. Seven limited-time burgers are on the special menu, including a French Onion Dipper and veggie, fish, and chicken options. Burger Bender will be offered at all locations in the Lower Mainland.

When: Until February 26
Where: Match Eatery & Public House, various locations

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