22 food events worth checking out in September

Dec 20 2017, 12:54 am

Featuring cultural events, BBQ cook-offs and the final Food Cart Fest of the season, Vancouver’s food events calendar for September is marked with a range of fun food-focused outings.

We’ve complied a list, which we’ll be adding to, of upcoming food-related events happening in the city this September.

Get Local Dinner with Ned Bell & The Little Locavore

Tickets are now on sale for the first Get Local Dinner, with Ned Bell (Executive Chef at the Four Seasons), and The Little Locavore. Held in the Allegro Café (located at the Whole Foods on Cambie), guests to this dinner with a purpose will receive a delicious four course meal with complementary wine pairings.

100% of ticket sales are going to benefit Chefs for Oceans, focusing on educating chefs about sustainable seafood practices and Growing Chefs, an organization dedicated to educating children, families, and community members about healthy eating and healthy food systems.

When: Tuesday, September 1, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Allegro Café, 510 West 8th Avenue
Price: Tickets are priced at $75 per person

Coast to Coast dinner series at Edible Canada

September 1 kicks off Quebec Month at Edible Canada, and as such the Granville Island bistro will host guest chef Derek Dammann, from Montreal’s Maison Publique. B.C. born chef extraordinaire and a leader in Montreal’s dining scene, Dammann will be making the trip back home to showcase his inspiring cuisine.

When: Tuesday, September 1, from 7 to 10 p.m.
Where: Edible Canada, 212 – 1551 Johnston Street
Price: Tickets are $99 per person and can be purchased online here.


TaiwanFest returns to Vancouver this September. Taking place over four consecutive days, this celebration of Taiwanese culture features live performances, folk music, workshops, a delicious street buffet (which should not be missed), Chinese medicine and much more.

When: Friday, September 4 through Monday, September 7, 2015
Where: Opening concert (September 4) will take place at The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts, 777 Homer Street, and festival days, September 5 to 7, will take place on Granville Street (Smithe to Dunsmuir)
Price: Free

Serbian Days 2015

Experience Serbian culture, dance, music, food and games at the 2015 Serbian Days festival, which is set to take place at the Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox Church. This unique festival will feature live performances, arts and crafts, a kid zone, and traditional fare, including kebabs, roasted meats, skewers, assorted cookies and more.

When: Saturday and Sunday, September 5 and 6
Where: 505 East 63rd Avenue
Admission is free

Food Cart Fest

Food Cart Fest 2014 Grounds

Food Cart Fest (Jess Fleming / Vancity Buzz)

Vancouverites who have not yet been to Food Cart Fest this year will have one more chance to do so, on Sunday, September 6, when the street food extravaganza hosts their final event of the season. Attendees to the final event can expect an array of delicious food truck fare. In fact, more than 20 of Vancouver’s most popular food carts will be in attendance.

Participating food vendors include: Mogu Japanese Street Eats, Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck, Roaming Dragon, Vij’s Railway Express, and many more.

When: Sunday, September 6, from Noon to 5 p.m.
Where: 215 West 1st Avenue, Olympic Village
Price: $2.50 admission/FREE for Vancity Bank members, and or those who bring a non-perishable food donation to the event for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

Sunday Seafood Boils at Boulevard Kitchen [SOLD OUT]

seafood boil

Photo courtesy of Boulevard Kitchen

Back by popular demand, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar Sunday Seafood Boil Series continues throughout September. Taking place on the restaurant’s wrap-around patio, Boulevard’s talented chefs will prepare and present a fresh-caught selection of crawfish, jumbo prawns, clams, mussels and Dungeness crab, served in a traditional East Coast-style seafood boil piled high on butcher’s paper. With a limit of 24 seats at each event, diners are encouraged to reserve their seats in advance.

When: Every Sunday in September (6,13,20,27), at 6 p.m.
Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, 845 Burrard Street
Price: Tickets are priced at $49 per person with two-guest minimum (beverages, tax and gratuity not included) and can be purchased here. [This event is SOLD OUT]

The Irish Heather’s Long Table Dinner Series

The Irish Heather, located in Gastown, will once again host it’s highly anticipated Long Table Dinner Series. Set along a 40-foot communal table, The Irish Heather ensures both a fun social dining experience, and a delicious spread of authentic and traditional Irish pub fare.

When: Monday 7 and 21, September, beginning at 7 p.m.
Where: The Irish Heather, 210 Carrall Street
Price: Tickets are priced at $18 per person, plus taxes and gratuities). For reservations email [email protected]

The Blackbird to host bartender Luca Corradini

The Blackbird Public House is pleased to announce that Luca Corradini of The American Bar at The Savoy Hotel, in London, will be making a guest appearance and taking over their Scotch Bar from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Tuesday September 8, for one night of classic cocktail craft. Corradini will be preparing a selection of signature cocktails straight from the menu of The American Bar itself.

When: Tuesday, September 8, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Blackbird Public House
Price: The Blackbird will be offering feature drink prices throughout the night

CinCin 25th Anniversary Dinner

Executive Chef Andrew Richardson has crafted a four-course prix fixe tasting menu to honour CinCin’s 25th anniversary. Combining traditional Italian dishes with the freshest ingredients of the season and the firepower of their Grillworks Infierno, the menu is available for 25 days starting on Friday, September 11.

When: Friday, September 11
Where: CinCin Restaurant, 1154 Robson Street
Price: Tickets are priced at $79 per person and can be purchased online here.

Top Drop Vancouver

Showcasing international, terroir-focused wineries, craft breweries, cideries, and a variety of gastronomic delights, Top Drop returns to Vancouver this year. The Main Event will take place on September 11 and offer attendees the chance to sample a good handful of British Columbian craft breweries, cideries and food purveyours. Tickets for The Main Event are $59, with event proceeds going to the BC Hospitality Foundation, which provides financial support to individuals from the hospitality industry facing a major medical crisis.

When: Friday, September 11, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 pm.
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Yaletown
Price: Tickets are priced at $59 per person and can be purchased here.

In-N-Out Burger at the Langley Good Time Cruise-In

In-N-Out Burger will once again cross the border into Canada for a special appearance for one day only. A massive draw for the past six years, In-N-Out has brought their truck to the Langley Good Times Cruise In car event, and this year they’ll be flipping their delicious burgers and serving up their signature fries at the fest on Saturday, September 12.

When: Saturday, September 12
Where: Langley Good Times Cruise-In, Fraser Highway 206th to 208, Douglas Creccent and the Cascades Parking lot


Railtown Tailgate


Photo courtesy of Railtown Cafe

Railtown Café continues their streetside Tailgate Summer BBQ Series this September. Having kicked off in June, Railtown Café’ will host their next two Tailgate events on September 12 and 26, where they will once again offer ticket holders the chance to taste a range of expertly cooked grilled meats.

Railtown Café’s chefs and co-owners Dan Olson and Tyler Day will fire up their custom-built, 12-foot smoker/barbecue barrel from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m and dish up heaping plates of 35-hour Texas-style slow-smoked brisket, applewood pork shoulder, beer-brined Fraser Valley chicken, jalapeño cornbread, plus a choice of enticing side plates, which include creamy potato salad and Farmers’ Market field greens.

WhenSaturday, September 12 and 26, 4 to 10 p.m.
Where: Railtown Café, 397 Railway Street
Price: Tickets are priced at $16 for meat lovers and $10 for vegetarians, and can be bought here.

Parking Lot Series at Red Truck Brewery


Photo courtesy of Red Truck Brewery

The fourth of final outdoor summer concerts hosted by Red Truck Brewery will take place on September 12. Featuring live entertainment from Logan Mize, Me and Mae, Rob Black, Cash Crawford, Jaxon Hawks, and a variety of Red Truck Beer and food trucks, Red Truck Brewery’s final Parking Lot Series is sure to be a great and lively event. As the name of the event suggests the concert will take place in the Red Truck Brewery’s outdoor parking lot.

When: Saturday, September 12, from 4 to 10 p.m.
Where: 295 East 1st Avenue, Strathcona
Price: Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online here.

All Under Heaven

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Photo courtesy of O5 Tea (Sewari Campillo)

All Under Heaven is the latest pop-up dining experience from Chef Jefferson Alvarez, who on September 12 will team up with O5 Tea to bring guests a tea-inspired fine dining five course meal, which will be paired with complementary drinks. All courses will be created with freshly available ingredients, which have been locally foraged and farmed.

When: Saturday, September 12, at 7 p.m.
Where: O5 Tea, 2208 West 4th Avenue
Price: Tickets are priced at $100 per person. With limited seating it is advised to book in advance.

BBQ Off the Bypass

The 10th annual BBQ Off the Bypass will take place on Sunday, September 13. With free admission, attendees to this event can enjoy live music, unique displays, and array of food stalls and sizzling BBQ samples.

When: Sunday, September 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 117-20353-64 Avenue, Langley
Price: Admission is free

21st Annual Metro Vancouver Feast of Fields

Now in it’s 21st year, the Metro Vancouver Feast of Fields is a one-of-a-kind gourmet harvest festival that highlights the connections between farmers and chefs, field and table, and farm folks and city folks. Attendees to this annual fundraiser event are encouraged to enjoy a glass of wine as they wander across a farmers field, travelling from tent to tent (sometimes through the barn, past the tractor or around the chicken coup), listening to live music, and tasting gourmet creations from B.C.’s top chefs, farmers, fishers, ranchers, food artisans, vintners, brewers, distillers and other beverage producers.

When: Sunday, September 13, from 1 to 5 p.m.
Where: UBC Farm, 3461 Ross Drive
Price: Tickets are $95 (plus service fee) and can be purchased online here.

6th Annual Autumn Shift Festival and BBQ CookOff

Celebrating a shift in seasons, and a shift towards urban gardening, sustainability and eating locally, The Autumn Shift Festival brings live entertainment, shopping, food and fun to the streets of Mount Pleasant. In addition to offering festival-goers the chance to wander around car-free streets, the festival is also host to the Smoking Sausage BBQ Cook Off Fundraiser – a friendly competition between neighbourhood restaurants, local culinary schools and food shops.

When: Sunday, September 13, Noon to 6 p.m.
Where: Main Street (between Broadway and East 7th Ave)
Admission is free

Taste of the States dinner series at Mamie Taylor’s

Get your knife and fork ready. Mamie Taylor’s has just announced Taste of the States, a series of monthly, regional longtable dinners, which will be held on the third Wednesday of each month. Beginning Wednesday, September 16, Mamie Taylor’s will introduce 30 guests to the traditional flavours of a different American culinary region with a native welcome cocktail and a four-course menu. Diners who attend the first sit-down meal will be rewarded with a feast prepared by chef Tobias Grignon and inspired by the cuisine of New Orleans, Louisiana.

When: Wednesday, September 16, at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Mamie Taylor’s, 251 East Georgia Street
Price: Tickets are priced at $45 per person. Reservations are a must and can be made online at www.mamietaylors.ca.

4th Annual Joy of Feeding Event at UBC Farm

Sixteen home cooks of different cultural backgrounds – from Peru to Iran to Rwanda – will offer a taste of their favourite recipes at the fourth annual Joy of Feeding event on September 19. This celebration of whole foods, culture and cooking will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the UBC Farm. The outdoor, family-friendly event features children’s activities, multi-cultural beats and dishes from countries such as Peru, Iran, Greece, Hong Kong, Ukraine, Rwanda and more.

When: Saturday, September 19, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: UBC Farm, 3461 Ross Drive
Price: Tickets are $50 and include a recipe book with each cook’s story and family recipe. Children 12 and under are free with their parent or guardian’s ticket purchase. Event proceeds support the learning, research, and community programs at UBC Farm.

Monogram Dinner by Design

Fine design and fine dining come together at the third annual Monogram Dinner by Design. After a cocktail reception, guests will be treated to an elegant dinner with multiple courses, in an extraordinary dining environment, which has been decorated by both internationally renowned designers and local talent.

When: Monday, September 21, 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Where: Studio 40, 700 Hamilton Street
Price: Tickets are priced at $300 per person and can be purchased online here.

Greek Food Festival

Priding itself on being the “Original Greek Food Festival” this free annual event will feature live entertainment, dancing, a kids zone, a market place with artisan crafts, and last but not least, authentic Greek food. A range of enticing food vendors will be on site this year, offering an array of culinary delights, including an authentic Gyros Stand, a Loukoumades Station where deep fried honey dumplings will be made fresh-to-order, and a Greek Café (Kafeneio) offering homemade pastries, authentic Greek coffee and iced coffee, just like they make in Greece.

When: September 25 to 27, from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: 4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
Price: Admission in free

Slow Fish Canada Dinner

Learn about sustainability and enjoy delectable dishes prepared by eight well-renowned chefs at Slow Fish, an event organized by The Chef’s Table Society of B.C. Stepping into the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts’ kitchens are Ned Bell (YEW seafood + bar at the Four Seasons), Andrea Carlson (Burdock & Co.), Robert Clark (The Fish Counter), Scott Jaeger (The Pear Tree), Greg McCallum (L’Abattoir), Alana Peckham (Alligga), Dino Renaerts (Bon Vivant), and Chris Whittaker (Forage).

When: Sunday, September 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, 101 – 1505 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
Price: Tickets are priced at $89 per person and be bought here.

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