12 Vancouver food events worth checking out this July

Jun 10 2016, 12:40 am

Featuring food festivals, seafood boils, and an inaugural all-canned craft beer festival, Vancouver’s food events calendar for July 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 July.

The Muses Dinner at Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver

Photo courtesy Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver

Photo courtesy Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver

Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver is celebrating Picasso’s bold innovations, and similar to the exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery is looking beyond the artist to the six women who influenced his life and art. The hotel is presenting a series of artfully inspired dinner tasting menus at MARKET by Jean-Georges, titled The Muses Dinner. The second tasting menu in this dinner series (running from June 30 to July 20) is influenced by Olga Khokhlova.

When: 30 June to 20 July, available daily from 5:30 to 10 pm
Where: Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver – 1128 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Price: Tickets are priced at $110 per person. To reserve call 604-695-1115

RibFest 2016 at Mamie Taylor’s

Photo courtesy Mamie Taylor's

Photo courtesy Mamie Taylor’s

This annual BBQ competition began as a humble East Van backyard holiday cook-off in 2009, and now brings together BBQ masters from restaurants across the city. On Canada Day Tobias Grignon of Mamie Talyor’s will fire up the outdoor grills at 251 East Georgia Street and welcome fellow RibFest competitors: Sarah Stewart of Juniper, Jeff MacIntosh of Dixie’s BBQ, Devin Blaney of Peckinpah (winner of RibFest 2015), and Michael Kaisaris from Re-Up BBQ.

When: Friday, July 1 / Doors open at 2 pm
Where: Mamie Taylor’s – 251 EastGeorgia Street, Vancouver
Price: Tickets are $10 and are available on-site from 4 pm on a first-come-first-served basis

Khatsahlano Street Party 2016

Khatsahlano Street Party is Vancouver’s largest free music and art festival. Expect to see performances by more than 50 artists including Hannah Georgas, Mounties, We Are The City, and Jordan Klassen. The ten-block street festival also features a wide variety of food options, bustling patios, giveaways, special activities, and licensed outdoor beer gardens.

When: Saturday, July 9 from 11 am to 9 pm
Where: West 4th from Burrard to MacDonald, Vancouver
Price: Free admission

Special Edition Caesar Sunday at VFC

Photo courtesy Vancouver Fish Company

Photo courtesy The Vancouver Fish Company

The Vancouver Fish Company (VFC) will host a Special Edition Caesar Sunday on July 10 in collaboration with Walter Craft Caesar Mix. Every Sunday, the VFC’s classic Caesar is on special, but on July 10 they’re featuring an extended Caesar menu with three unique Caesars.

When: Sunday, July 10 from 11 am to 11 pm
Where: The Vancouver Fish Company – 1517 Anderson Street (Granville Island), Vancouver
Price: TBA

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 July (10, 17, 24, and 31) from 6:30 pm
Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Price: Tickets are priced at $59 per person with two-guest minimum (beverages, tax, and gratuity not included) and can be purchased online here

Crab & Lobster Fest at YEW seafood + bar

Photo courtesy YEW seafood + bar

Photo courtesy YEW seafood + bar

Throughout July a limited number of guests will be able to book a seat at YEW’s communal table for an over-the-top, interactive crab and lobster feast. Raise a glass of YEW’s Summer Sangria and make new friends as hands reach across the table to dig in to the generous family-style meal starring Dungeness crab and lobster.

When: Four Sunday’s in July (10, 17, and 24) from 6 pm
Where: Four Seasons Vancouver – 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Price: Tickets are priced at $89 per person and can be purchased online here

Cooking Skills Series: Making Brioche

If you’re looking to expand your cooking repertoire make sure you register for Tartine & Maple’s Cooking Class Series this July. Led by the talented Valentine Kitamura, owner of Tartine & Maple and baker at The Uncommon Café, this class has been designed to enhance participant’s skills in the kitchen with demonstrations of how to make stocks, dough, puff pastry, and a whole lot more.

When: Wednesday, July 13 from 6 to 9 pm
Where: The Uncommon Café – 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
Price: Tickets are priced at $65 per person and can be purchased online here

Taco Fest 2016

Taco Fest is back for a second year, bringing with it a host of food carts selling tacos for all tastebuds. Attendees can enter the Ring of Fire taco-eating competition and enjoy a gigantic taco piñata filled with swag and prizes. Much more than just an excuse for a feast, Taco Fest is also a musical extravaganza, offering 20 local bands on two stages.

When: Saturday, July 16 from noon to 10 pm
Swangard Stadium – 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Price: Tickets are priced $15 each and can be purchased in advance from Taco Fest or $20 on the door

The Deighton Cup

The annual Deighton Cup returns to the city for its 8th year, bringing with it horse racing, gorgeous summer fashion, and copious amounts of food and drink. Not only will ticketholders be able to enjoy (and bet on) eight adrenaline-pumping horseraces, but also a delicious lunch of sandwiches and salad.

When: Saturday, July 16 from 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Hastings Park – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Price: Early Bird $65, Regular $75, Last Chance $85, plus various upgrade and VIP box options

Brewery and the Beast

Photo courtesy Brewery and the Beast

Photo courtesy Brewery and the Beast

Brewery and the Beast is back for 2016. This outdoor, meat-focused event will take place rain or shine on July 24 and feature a line-up of local chefs from around the city, preparing and cooking the highest quality meats. In addition to serving a range of roasted, barbecued, and smoked edible delights, Victoria’s own Phillips Brewing Company will offer a varied selection of their award winning beers. Tickets are sold out, but stay tuned there could be some last-minute chances to get a hold of some passes from the event.

When: Sunday, July 24 from 1 to 4 pm
Where: Concord Pacific Lot – 88 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Price: Tickets are priced at $99.75 (plus GST)

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 family-oriented activities.

When: Saturday, July 30 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


Vancouver will host yet another beer festival this summer, when the inaugural CANcity, an all-craft, all-canned beer and cider tasting event, comes to Downtown Vancouver. Attendees to this unique beer fest can enjoy 4oz samples of BC’s best canned craft beer and cider, outdoor games, can art installments, a can label art gallery, and much more.

When: Saturday, July 30 from 2 to 8 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 649 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Price: Tickets are priced at $25 and can be online here

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