10 Vancouver food events to check out this week, June 26 to July 2

Jun 25 2017, 8:38 pm

Things are heating up as summer kicks into gear and we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1. Take every chance you can to eat, drink, and be merry–if there was ever any week to grab some friends and get some grub…this is it!

Here are 10 Vancouver food events happening in (and near) the city this week.

1. Vancouver Foodster’s Chicken Wing Challenge

Restaurants from all over the city are showing off their Chicken Wing creations in this exciting challenge, including many who created a dish just for the event. Each restaurant will be featuring their Chicken Wings creation on their menu from June 8 through 29, and your job (such work!) is to taste as many as you can and cast your vote for the people’s choice.

When: Now through June 29, 2017
Where: Participating restaurants

2. Canada 150 Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Canada 150 Afternoon Tea Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

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For their limited time Canada 150 Afternoon Tea, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver has designed a menu that essentially allows you to travel Canada coast to coast in every single bite, from a creamy lobster roll inspired by Atlantic Canada to a Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwich, and even a chocolate-dipped Nanaimo Bar for dessert. It’s refined, but not fussy, and probably the most filling tea time you’ll ever experience.

When: Now through September 3; daily sittings at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm
Where: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Cost: $59 (Children 12 and under are $29.50); for reservations call 604-662-1900 or email [email protected]

3. SIDECUT’s Summer BeerBQ

Whistler’s favourite BBQ is back!  This summer, SIDECUT at the Four Seasons Whistler will be partnering with different BC craft breweries every week, weaving beer into classic recipes and offering guests interesting pours and a wide selection of barbequed proteins, bright salads and satisfying sides, plus live entertainment.

When: Thursdays through August 31
Where: SIDECUT – 4591 Blackcomb Way, Whistler
Tickets: $34 for adults, $17 for kids (5-12) and $10 for kids under 5.

4. Oak Bay Beach Hotel Long Table Dinner

Served in the seaside gardens of the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, located just six km outside of Victoria, the second in a series of winemaker longtable dinners will include a multi-course family-style dinner created by Executive Chef Kreg Graham and wines presented and poured by owner/winemaker Bob Ferguson of Kettle Valley Winery along the Naramata Bench in the Okanagan. If you’re already headed to the Island for some R&R this week, check it out.

When: Thursday, June 29 at 6:30 pm
Where: Oak Bay Beach Hotel – 1175 Beach Drive, Victoria
Tickets: $139 per person; please call 250-598-4556 to reserve your place

5. Eat Together Day

This one’s on you…Grab some friends, family members, neighbours, or strangers and have a meal together. President’s Choice is rallying Canadians to sit down and Eat Together, and have declared June 29 “Eat Together Day.” Studies show two thirds of Canadians eat dinner alone…don’t be a statistic!

When: Thursday, June 29
Where: Wherever you are

6. Black Bamboo Pop-Up Cocktail Bar

The Black Bamboo Pop-Up Cocktail Bar at 1219 Granville Street is officially open from now until September 30, running every Friday and Saturday from 8 pm to 11 pm. You can make reservations up to two weeks in advance for this intimate, tropical-themed room which comes complete with live music, entertainment, champagne, and fresh cold-pressed juice cocktails. Patrons can expect something different on any given night, including rotating music themes like funk, hip hop, disco, and 90s jams.

When: Every Friday and Saturday from now through September 30 from 8 to 11 pm
 1219 Granville Street, Vancouver (back alley entrance)

7. YVR Food Fest: Canada Day Cookout

Get ready for this Austin-style outdoor party with bands, DJs, and tons of food. The Canada Day Cookout will feature BBQ staples like hot dogs, burgers, brisket, and ribs with local craft beer.

When: Saturday, July 1 from noon to 8 pm
Where: Olympic Village, 215 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Cost: Early bird $10, slider $30, deluxe $59; buy online

8. RibFest 2017

Calling all BBQ fans! RibFest 2017, the eighth annual ribs competition, will heat things up on Canada Day  at Mamie Taylor’s in Chinatown. The BBQ competition, which began as an “industry and friends” backyard cook-off in East Van, will see BBQ greats from rib-forward restaurants across the city meet over the flames of competition. Look for ribs and eats from Dixie’s BBQ, Railtown Cafe, the Blueprint Group, Merchant’s Workshop, and Mamie Taylor’s. Only 100 Judging Tickets will be available to members of the public, who will also help choose the winning chef/restaurant. But you can still feast–just show up and buy one of Mamie Taylor’s Rib Platters for $15.

When: Saturday, July 1 at 2 pm
Where: Mamie Taylor’s – 251 East Georgia Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $10 Judging Tickets will be available for sale onsite at Mamie Taylor’s at 4pm on a first-come-first-served basis.

9. YVR Food Fest: Street Food Showdown

Photo courtesy YVR Food Fest

Street Food Showdown is an event that offers affordable tasting menu items from a variety of different restaurants. Enjoy beverage pairings from local BC breweries, wineries, and distilleries. At the end of the event, attendees will vote on their favourites and winners will be declared in multiple categories.

When: Sunday, July 2 from 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Olympic Village, 215 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Cost: Early bird $10, slider $30, deluxe $59; buy online

10. Sunday Seafood Boil Series at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar is brining back their annual Sunday Seafood Boil Series returns for a third consecutive year. Limited to just 24 seats at each event, enjoy best fresh-caught selections of crawfish, jumbo prawns, clams, mussels and Dungeness crab, served in a traditional East Coast-style seafood boil piled high on butcher’s paper.

When: Every Sunday from now through September 3 at 6 pm
Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $62; buy via Eventbrite

With files from Hanna McLean

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