While summer might have been the season for beer and other cold beverages on patios, we’re officially entering eating season if you ask us, and we couldn’t be more excited.
September was a warm-up, but we all know now that it’s officially fall, we will be knee deep in pumpkin spiced everything and some seriously killer food events in and around Vancouver.
Prepare your stomachs friends, this month is going to be a good one. Here are all the can’t-miss food events happening in Vancouver this October.
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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)
A magical new afternoon tea is coming to town next week, so get ready to step into a real-life fairytale at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The West Georgia Street hotel, known for their amazing themed afternoon tea services, just revealed their fall theme: Enchanted Forest Afternoon Tea.
Where: Notch8 at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
When: September 7 to November 18; sittings Wednesdays to Sundays at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm.
Price: $59 per person; book online
The crew at Bells and Whistles will continue raising their steins in honour of Oktoberfest with a bevy of German-inspired food and drink specials as the Fraserhood hotspot’s ‘Wünderbar’ Pop-Up continues until October 7. In addition to warm pretzels, currywurst, crispy pork schnitzel sandwiches, and apple strudel soft serve, the restaurant is tapping into a number of unique beers such as Dunkel, Hefeweizen and Pilsner from local and import brewers including some sourced straight from legendary Munich brewers Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr.
When: September 21 to October 7
Where: Bells & Whistles – 3296 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Disco Dumplings at Burdock & Co
This weekly series features a savoury dumpling menu, DJ Chris Allen spinning vinyl, and a flashy disco ball setting the mood. Plates are $10 and guests can choose from an assortment of decadent dumplings including nettle and ricotta with wild greens and pork and burdock with charred chili sauce.
When: Mondays at 8 pm (walk-ins only; reservations on Mondays will only be accepted until 6:30 pm)
Where: 2702 Main Street, Vancouver
Mid-Autumn Festival and Golden Week at H2 Rotisserie & Bar and H Tasting Lounge
As part of its daily breakfast buffet and Sunday brunch buffet, H2 Rotisserie & Bar is featuring the following special additions from October 1 to 8 including its weekday breakfast like congee with accompaniments, steamed dim sum, sticky rice wrapped with banana leaf, and more for its Sunday brunch like Chinese noodles, stir-fried vegetables, beef with gai lan, spring rolls, and mooncakes.
Each Saturday and Sunday until October 7, the traditional Afternoon Tea in H Tasting Lounge boasts an enhanced menu of Asian and European-influenced indulgences, including a mini-mooncake, green-pea cake, BBQ pork puff, Chinese pastry, pannacotta, prosciutto croissant sandwich, dim sum, charcoal bao, braised pork-belly bao, and an open-faced smoked-turkey sandwich. Additional guests can sip on the Golden Flower, a feature cocktail for the annual celebrations.
When: October 1 to 8; check dates online for specific offerings
Where: H2 Rotisserie & Bar and H Tasting Lounge, in the Westin Bayshore – 1601 Bayshore Dr, Vancouver
To celebrate its one-year anniversary Parq Vancouver has launched a ‘Passport To Play’ which gives guests the chance to enjoy a variety of discounts and promotions across the resort. The passport is your limited time access to culinary, wellness, gaming and hotel offers. Start collecting your stamps for a chance to win the ultimate grand prize. This celebration run from September 29 to October 31. The Passport To Play is available for ages 19+.
When: September 29 to October 31
Where: Parq Vancouver – 39 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Brunch destination Café Medina will light up the night and raise funds for a worthy cause when it hosts the latest chapter of its ‘Medina After Dark’ dinner series on October 4 at 7 pm. 100% of the proceeds from each $75 ticket to the event — which will see two of Medina’s chefs collaborate on a six-course ‘elements’-themed dinner — will be donated directly to the Vancouver-based Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC, which provides emotional and mental health support services for youth, adults and seniors in distress across the province.
When: October 4 from 7 pm till late
Where: Cafe Medina – 780 Richards Street, Vancouver
Price: $75; buy online
H Tasting Lounge, the Westin Bayshore’s sophisticated lobby-level dining destination, presents a special six-course French-inspired dinner, Santé à La Famille, featuring wines from BC’s Mission Hill Family Estate, on October 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. During the dinner, Graham Nordin, Director of Wine Experience at Mission Hill Family Estate, will share the story behind the world-renowned Okanagan winery.
When: October 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: H Tasting Lounge at the Westin Bayshore Vancouver – 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver
Price: $140; buy online
If there’s one Oktoberfest event you don’t want to miss this year, it’s the Vancouver Alpen Club’s shindig. Head to 4875 Victoria Drive for one of the many dates this party is going down. There will be German food, beer, and live music all night long.
When: October 5 and 6; October 12 and 13; October 19 and 20
Where: Vancouver Alpen Club (Ballroom) – 4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Price: $35; buy online
DarkLake Tarot and La petite cuillère are partnering to bring you Wednesday afternoon in-house tarot readings and 10% off all tea services. Come by from 1 to 4 pm to get a three-card reading for $10 from Lindsay at DarkLake Tarot and enjoy one of our tiered tea platters. Available every other week.
When: October 10 and 24 at 1 pm
Where: La Petite Cuillère – 55 Kingsway, Vancouver
Whisky lovers can take part in an ultra-exclusive showcase for single malts and journey through the Scottish highlands when the celebrated distillery takes centre stage during a whisky pairing dinner at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar on October 10. Tickets to the dinner, which pairs a custom menu created by Executive Chef Roger Ma with seven varieties of The Macallan’s world-renowned whiskies, are available for $149 per person plus tax and gratuity.
When: October 10 at 7 pm
Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Price: $149; call 604-642-2900 to reserve
The Infused Dining Series returns to Vancouver for a fourth time from October 11 to 14. Special Guest Chef Joe Sasto (Bravo’s Top Chef) joins Chef Travis in the 315 Kitchen collaborating on a beautiful six-course Pacific Northwest-inspired menu infused with THC and CBD. Each seating can fit 10 guests, every individual is dosed based on their own tolerance level. For more information please email [email protected].
When: October 11, 12, 13, 14 (several seatings on each date, times vary)
Where: Location is announced once you purchase your ticket
Price: $85 – $113; buy online
Put on your Dirndl and Lederhosen and engage with over 150 professionals from Vancouver’s marketing, media, and communications industry. Due to high demand, tickets are selling like soft pretzels, so make sure you get yours. Raise your glass to a night full of bier, brot and fun. By supporting nabs through events like Oktoberfest, you help support Canadian professionals in the marketing and communications industry facing personal, career and family challenges due to illness, injury, unemployment or financial difficulties.
When: October 11 from 5:30 to 11 pm
Where: Deutsches Haus (Vancouver Alpen Club) – 4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Price: $30-$35; buy online
Savour Fall Food Festival is Lonsdale Quay Market’s exciting food and beverage festival from October 12 to 14. Immerse yourself in the taste of Lonsdale Quay Market and explore an assortment of fine foods, from locally grown produce to imported delicacies to freshly made fare. You can watch a culinary showcase, take a delicious market taste tour, and learn more about beer and wine pairings with food. Tickets are just $5 – $10 and some events are free.
When: October 12 to 14
Where: Lonsdale Quay Market – 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Price: $5 – $10 entry
Join Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours as they celebrate Oktoberfest. Music, pub style menu. and drinks available for purchase in the theme of Oktoberfest of course. Bring your friends, co-workers or family and enjoy this event.
When: October 12 and 19 from 7 to 10 pm
Where: Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours – #150-810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
Price: $42; buy online
Vin Van will be running a Sunday Roast Series this autumn/winter, bringing the best of a British Sunday to Vancouver. The first pop-up is happening on October 14 at Cafe Lokal in Kitsilano. Attendees can expect a traditional roast dinner with all the trimmings along with a dessert and of course, wine pairings.
When: October 14 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: Cafe Lokal – 2610 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Price: $55; buy online
Origo Club ‘Champagne Barons De Rothschild’ Dinner
Guests will get a taste of Origo Club’s exclusive selection of Champagne Barons de Rothschild on October 17 at 6 pm when the restaurant hosts a very special evening of food and wine. Chef David Pan’s seven-course menu of huîtres, pétoncles, salade d’automne, morue charbonnière, canard, crémeux au chocolat and charcuteries et fromages will be paired with Champagne Barons de Rothschild Brut, Extra Brut, Blanc de Blancs, Rosé and 2008 Blanc de Blancs.
When: October 17 at 6 pm
Where: 6888 River Road, Richmond
Price: $250; buy online
Experience the best of the Okanagan fall harvest right here in Vancouver on Wednesday, October 17 as Haywire takes over the wine list at YEW seafood + bar. Meet the Haywire team and sip on pure, lively wines from one of BC’s finest wineries. Accompany your glass with our a la carte menu pairing suggestions, or book a special five-course tasting dinner, expertly designed to complement Haywire’s elegant wines and let the natural flavours of the Okanagan Valley shine through.
When: October 17 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: YEW seafood + bar – 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Price: $117; buy online
Sip and savour your way through the galleries of the Vancouver Aquarium as you go on a foodie journey with meaning – one that supports important ocean issues, like halting ocean plastic pollution. This is a stand-up, cocktail reception style event.
When: October 19 at 7:30 pm
Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Price: $150; buy online
The October edition of Vancouver Babes Who Brunch features local boss babe Leah Emmott, the Founder of Inner Fire, an eco-friendly yoga clothing company based out of Vancouver.
When: October 20 from 10 to noon
Where: Per Se Social Corner – 891 Homer Street, Vancouver
Price: $45; buy online
Top culinary talents from across the city will come together to represent their neighbourhoods during a collaborative dining event on October 20. The fall installment of Chefs in the Hood will feature an eight-course reception style dinner prepared by chefs from Vancouver’s diverse ‘hoods, including Felix Zhou (Heritage Asian Eatery), Alessandro Vianello (Wildebeest), Brian Luptak (The Acorn) and Warren Chow (Juniper).
When: October 20 from 7 to 11 pm
Where: The Law Courts Inn – 500-800 Smithe Street (4th floor), Vancouver
Price: $75; buy online
Yuwa Japanese Cuisine will celebrate its first year in fine style by hosting an exclusive one-night-only Anniversary Dinner on October 23. The event begins with a sparkling wine reception at 6 pm before Yuwa Executive Chef and Co-Owner Masahiro Omori demonstrates his signature take on the distinct regional cuisines of his home country of Japan with an eight-course dinner that will be paired with rare sake and wine selected by Yuwa Co-Owner and Sake Sommelier Iori Kataoka.
When: October 23 at 6 pm
Where: Yuwa Japanese Cuisine – 2775 W 16th Avenue, Vancouver
Price: $99; buy online