While the weather is getting colder, the food and beverage scene in Vancouver is getting hotter.
Foodies in the city are prepping their stomachs for the holiday season, and November is the perfect warm up for this. It’s definitely time to get in the groove of eating, drinking, and being merry.
With this incredible lineup of events all month long, how could we not be excited to gear up and take some seriously epic food down during one-of-a-kind experiences?
Here are 9 Vancouver food events, in or around the city, worth checking out this week.
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Game On Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
This themed tea offers a selection of goodies such as house made scones, along with cleverly-named offerings such at the savoury ‘Go Fish’ Niscoise Sandwich and Chess-nut Tart (Candied Chestnut, Duck Confit), and sweet treats like the Double Domino Lemon Tart, Red Velvet XO Macaron, and the Checkmate Battenberg Cake to name a few.
When: September 20 to November 26, 2017 from Wednesday to Sunday; sittings at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm
Where: Notch8 Restaurant + Bar -900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Cost: $59 per person, Kids 12 and under $29.50
The Holy Crab has concocted an event like no other – The Monster Roll Challenge. Running from October 31 to November 30, the eatery is inviting groups of two participants at a time to finish the Monster Roll as fast as they can and under five minutes. The 36-inch five pound roll will be sliced down the middle and each individual will be required to eat exactly half of the monster. Both contestants will need to eat everything on their half, meaning the table must be clean for the timer to stop.
When: Tuesday, October 31 to Thursday, November 30; Every day from Monday to Sunday during opening hours (Monday to Friday from 5 to 10 pm, weekends from 11:30 am to 11 pm)
Where: The Holy Crab – 1588 Robson Street, Vancouver
Cost: Free if you finish in under 5 minutes, $75 if you fail
Ancora’s Caviar Festival
For the third year in a row Ancora will be offering a special Caviar Festival menu for the month of November. The menu will feature an elegant ensemble of dishes that showcase several different varieties of caviar. Guests can also opt for a classic caviar tasting with blinis, crème fraiche, and chives. The caviar menu is a la carte. To reserve at Ancora head online or call 604-681-1164.
When: Tuesday, November 7 to Tuesday, November 28
Where: Ancora Waterfront Dining – 1600 Howe Street, Vancouver
Reflections: The Garden Terrace is located within the inner courtyard of the hotel’s fourth floor and will be open from November 16 until December 31, from 3:30 to 10:30 pm daily. The space has been transformed yet again to protect guests from any inclement weather, and overall it exudes a “Christmas in California” vibe, thanks to the coastal chic decor decked out in holiday style.
When: Thursday, November 16 to Sunday, December 31
Where: Rosewood Hotel Georgia – 801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Experience a five course meal created by some of Mexico’s most exciting culinary talents. This unforgettable dinner features pairings from the province’s top wineries. The dress code may be casual, but the meal will be a sumptuous 4-star delight. Attendees can come with a group or come alone and leave with new friends.
When: Tuesday, November 21 from 6:30 to 10 pm
Where: Fayuca, 1009 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Cost: $76 per person; buy via Eventbrite
Now in its 22nd year, Hopscotch Vancouver is back with six days of celebrating libations, including Scotch and other whiskies, craft and premium beer, craft and premium spirits, wine and food has been given a facelift. This year, the festival ditched its corporate vibes and will be offering the public the chance to try over 400 products. Get your tickets to a variety of events including master classes, satellite events, and the exclusive Hopscotch Dinner.
When: Monday, November 20 to Sunday, November 26
Where: Various locations around Vancouver
Cost: Prices vary; buy via Ticket Leader
The annual Ocean Wise Seafood Chowder Chowdown is on in Vancouver this November. Now in its tenth year, the event in support of Ocean Wise sustainable seafood programs, will see past winners compete for the title of “All-Star Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion.” In this All-Star edition, culinary heavyweights will go “ladle-to-ladle” in the soup-centric cook-off as attendees and a panel of judges sample the goods before casting their votes to name the 2017 champion.
When: November 22, 7 pm
Where: Vancouver Aquarium, 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Cost: $75 per person; buy online
In this class by Tartine & Maple learn to present cheese and wine at your parties like a pro. Enjoy a variety of cheese during the class with a glass of wine.
When: Wednesday, November 22 from 6 to 9 pm
Where: The Uncommon Cafe, 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
Cost: $65; buy via Eventbrite
Beanstock Coffee Festival is going down on Sunday, November 26 at 298 Alexander Street (a warehouse in Railtown) and if you love yourself a good cup of Joe, you’re going to want to check it out. Expect food and pastry venors, wine, beer, and of course, a hell of a lot of coffee. Attendees can enjoy checking out 25 micro roasters, an espresso bar, a coffee education centre, and much more.
When: Sunday, November 26, 2017 from 10 am to 5 pm
Where: 298 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Cost: $15-$45; buy online