If you are among the many Vancouverites hungry for some fun ways to get out and eating this coming week, here are 10 food events in (and out) of Vancouver to check out this week, April 17 to 23, 2017.
1. BETA5 Spring Pop-Up
Get ready to welcome in the sweetness of spring as local chocolatier and treat-maker BETA5 opens up their Cambie Village pop-up shop once again (just in time for Easter shopping). Look for goodies like Easter eggs, and chocolate rain clouds filled with peanut butter raindrops. They’ve added three new tea-infused flavours to their cream puff family: Mango Bubble Tea, Strawberry Jasmine, and Matcha. The pop-up shop will also soon have ice cream, ice cream sammies, and their ice cream socials.
When: Now through May 15
Where: 3345 Cambie Street, Vancouver
2. Railtown Cafe opens Olympic Village location
April 17 is a day to note if you live in or work in or have a habit of passing through Olympic Village, as Railtown Cafe will be opening to the public that day for the first time. Look for the new Railtown Cafe in the Onni Group’s new Block 100 building bordering Main Street and Railspur Lane, and for their always-tantalizing selection of pastries, sandwiches, salads, drinks, and more.
Address: 1691 Main Street, Vancouver
Notch8’s setup in their Private Dining room for their special Brothers Grimm Afternoon Tea covers all the bases, from Red Riding Hood’s basket of breads and treats to the main event: Tiers of wooden log rounds are used to hold all the delectable goodies you love at a fancy tea-time, nestled on a “dirt” floor.
When: Now through April 30, 2017; Wednesday to Sunday at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm
Where: Notch 8 at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Cost: Adults $59; Children $29.5 (ages 12 and under); For reservations or more information, please call 604-662-1900 or email [email protected]
4. Poisson d’Avril menu at Provence Marinaside
For the ninth year, Provence Marinaside is celebrating all things fish, but have expanded it into a month-long opportunity to try some delicious fish dishes. The Yaletown restaurant has a prix fixe Poisson d’Avril Menu ($57) with two optional wine pairings – Canadian Wines for $30 ($18 for smaller pour) and Old World for $35 ($20 for smaller pour).
When: All April
Where: 1177 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver
When it comes to tasting a few creative mac and cheese creations, are you up for the challenge? Then Vancouver Foodster’s Mac & Cheese Challenge was made for you. Head to participating restaurants around the lower mainland to try their creations, and vote for your favourites. You’ll find some serious contenders, like Mosaic Grille’s entry, made with Canadian lobster, cavatappi, olive oil cured sundried tomato, havarti-gouda mornay sauce, and truffle essence.
When: Now through April 30
Where: Locations around Metro Vancouver
6. El Santo‘s feature menu in support of Autism Awareness Month
New Westminster’s buzzy El Santo will be supporting Autism Awareness Month all April via a feature menu, from which proceeds will go to Canucks Autism Network (CAN). Guests can look forward to items such as BC foraged mushrooms, local octopus with a squid ink mole, Fraser Valley duck, with coffee baked beets and sesame Pipián, and heirloom blue corn sope with Johnstone Farms pork belly and local kale.
When: All April
Where: 680 Columbia Street, New Westminster
7. Good Catch: A Sustainable Seafood Soiree
Nomad Restaurant and The Vancouver Aquarium‘s Oceanwise program come together to celebrate the best seafood of the Pacific Northwest and beyond, and discuss sustainable seafood in today’s fragile ecosystem. The evening will feature seafood and cocktails with chefs Ryan Reed and Scott Swanson of Main Street’s edgy Nomad, and Ned Bell of the Vancouver Aquarium.
When: Wednesday, April 19
Where: Nomad Restaurant – 3950 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $65; available via Eventbrite
The sixth annual Osoyoos Oyster Festival returns to the South Okanagan from April 19 to 23. Featuring South Okanagan wines, ciders, beers, and spirits and of course an outstanding selection of oysters from across Canada. The five-day celebration of all things oysters consists of three big parties and a series of partner events. Check out the festival lineup and get planning!
When: Wednesday, April 19 to Sunday, April 23
Where: A variety of venues in Osoyoos
Tickets: Individual event tickets and festival packages can all be purchased via Destination Osoyoos
9. The Chosen Food: My Darling Dumpling
Part of the ongoing exploration of Jewish food through the global diaspora, My Darling Dumpling will showcase the worlds of traditional Jewish as well as Chinese dumplings, with guest chef Kevin Huang and special guests. Ticket price includes food, a hands-on dumpling making experience, and stories about the foods.
When: Sunday, April 23
Where: The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC – 6184 Ash Street, Second Floor, Vancouver
Tickets: $40; available via Eventbrite
10. Dashing Date Boozy Brunch Mixer
This one is for the 30-somethings. Dashing Date is holding their third annual Boozy Brunch Mixer for single professionals. It’s happening at Yaletown’s lovely La Pentola. There’s an entrance fee of $20, and you’ll have to purchase your own food and drink, but it’s a great chance to meet up with like-minded singles in your age range.
When: Sunday, April 23 at 11:30 am
Where: La Pentola – 350 Davie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $20 (does not include food/drink); available via Eventbrite
11. Nourish Seminar: Nutrition for Your Active Life, Part 1
Looking to improve your overall fitness and health? Take a deep dive into why good digestion is crucial to good energy and vitality, what to eat pre, during and post exercise to not only get the most out of your workouts but to recover faster so you can do it all over again at this special Nourish seminar event. This is part one of a four-part series.
With files from Hanna McLean