It’s time to enjoy everything that we can eat and drink in May. Summer is right around the corner, spot prawns are spot-able every where, and patio season is ON.
Here are 11 Vancouver food events to check out in and around the city this week, May 22 to 28, 2017.
1. May Tasting Menu at AnnaLena
The celebrated AnnaLena is offering a $69 set tasting menu, with optional wine pairings, for the month of May. This multi-course meal is a feast of springtime, and features star ingredients like Halibut, oysters, foie gras, their buttermilk fried chicken, and much more.
When: May 2017
Where: AnnaLena – 1809 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Cost: $69, wine pairings available for $39/$54
2. Vancouver Foodster Taco Challenge
Running now through June 4, Vancouver Foodster’s Taco Challenge finds special taco creations battling it out at food trucks and restaurants around Metro Vancouver. Eat as many as you can, then vote for your favourites. Check out things like a Burmese Fish Taco from Mandalay Burmese Kitchen, or tacos from the newly re-opened Hugos’ Churros at McArthur Glen in Richmond, and more.
When: Now through June 4
Where: Participating restaurants
Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with a special afternoon tea at the historic Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Along with your tea enjoy scones with Saskatoon berry compote, and Canadian tea sandwiches including Montreal Smoked Meat and Lobster Rolls, plus in-house baked sweets. Children’s Tea set available, too.
When: Now through September 3, 2017; daily sittings at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm
Where: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Cost: $59; Children $29.5 (ages 12 and under), reservations strongly suggested. Call 604-662-1900 or book online.
Taking place May 22, 23, and 24 this year, Vancouver’s coolest wine fest, Top Drop, kicks off with a keynote speaker event on night one, includes an evening of exclusive dinners on the second night at five terrific Vancouver restaurants, and the Main Event tasting on the third evening.
When: May 22, 23 and 24
Where: Various locations around Vancouver
Tickets: $25 to $160; Available for each event online via Top Drop site
5. Tartine & Maple’s Dinner & Demo: Mediterranean Inspired
Learn how to make Lebanese Tabbouleh, Preserved Lemons Chicken Tagine, and Pistachio Baklava. Guests will get to taste everything made during the class along with a savoury welcome snack and a glass of white wine. Recipes and take-home food will also be provided.
When: Wednesday, May 24 from 6 to 9 pm
Where: The Uncommon Cafe, 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $69; buy via Eventbrite.
6. A Strategic Pairing: CheckMate Artisinal Winery and Bauhaus
Head to Gastown’s award-winning Bauhaus on May 24 for a one-night only wine pairing dinner with selections from Oliver, BC’s CheckMate Artisanal Winery. The wine will be paired with a bespoke five-course Chef’s Menu by Executive Chefs Tim Schulte and David Mueller.
When: Wednesday, May 24
Where: Bauhaus – 1 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $100 per person including wine, excluding taxes and gratuity; email kimberley
7. Bubbles and Spot Prawns dinner at Edible Canada
It’s time to “Celebrate: Seafood,” and the seafood we’re seeing right now in BC are beautiful fresh spot prawns. Join Edible Canada’s Chef Tobias Grignon and sustainable seafood maven Meighan Makarchuk of Ocean Wise for a seasonal feast paired with bubbles from Bella, Tantalus, and Okanagan Crush Pad. This seafood boil will let you gets hands on with the delicious spot prawns and southern-inspired sides.
When: Wednesday, May 24
Where: Edible Canada – 1596 Johnston Street, Vancouver (Granville Island)
Tickets: $139 + tax and tip; available online
Find out who is the city’s best latte artist at Espresstec’s Latte Art Throwdown, sponsored by Caffe D’arté Coffee Roasters. aristas will compete in a fight-to- the-finish exhibition of latte artistry for the favour of judges and spectators. Snacks will be provided by Silver Chef and Small Victory Bakery.
When: Thursday, May 25 at 5:30 pm
Where: Esspressotec – 1015 Clark Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: Spectator entrance is by donation, with all proceeds going to Turning Point Recovery Society.
Head to the second annual Ridge Meadows Craft Beer Festival to relax in the newly renovated club house at the Pitt Meadows Golf Club. Guests can sip on over 60 vendors offering samples of beers, and food will be provided at this stand-up walk around tasting.
When: Saturday, May 27 from 7 to 9 pm
Where: Pitt Meadows Golf Club, 13615 Harris Road, Pitt Meadows
Tickets: $45; buy here.
10. Mangia Famiglia Sunday Supper at Cibo
With menus that feature an ever-changing roast meat entrée and a selection of seasonal side dishes, the Sunday Suppers give guests the opportunity to raise a glass and say ‘Salute!’ while tucking into a feast that showcases Cibo’s hearty, Italian-inspired cuisine. This family-style dinner is offered at $27 per person (two person minimum) with optional wine pairings also available.
When: Sunday, May 28
Where: Cibo Trattoria – 900 Seymour Street, Vancouver
11. Veg Expo 2017
Get ready to enjoy one of the biggest natural food events of the year as the Veg Expo is coming to Vancouver’s Convention Centre. Returning to Vancouver for its fourth year, the expo is set to feature more than 200 local and international exhibitors. This means you’ll be able to snap up some of the most original plant-based edible and innovative lifestyle products on the market.
When: Sunday, May 28, from 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Convention Centre West
Price: $5 for children/$15 for general admission/$13 for seniors/$35 for a family pass – all available through Veg Expo online
With files from Hanna McLean