21 Vancouver food events worth checking out in August

Jul 22 2017, 12:07 am

Summer is in a full swing, and so are our appetites.

Let’s keep the good times rolling by checking out one of the many fabulous foodie events in Van that are centred around good food and beverages before the cold weather comes in and ruins it all.

Soak up that last month of summer Vancouver – here are 21 food events in and around the city worth checking out this August.

1. Fridays on Front

Kicking off on July 7, and running every Friday from 5 to 8 pm through August 25, the 600-block of Front Street will turn into a family-friendly market and hang-out zone, complete with artisan vendors from the New West Farmers Market and New West Craft, live music from the New Westminster Arts Council, and food trucks (which you may also catch at the Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest this July).

When: Every Friday through August 25, 2017)
Where: 600-block of Front Street in New Westminster
Cost: Admission is free

2. Sunday Seafood Dining Series at YEW seafood + bar

The latest family-style feast for YEW’s Sunday Seafood Dining Series includes house Summer Sangria and Lobster and Dungeness Crab. Enjoy a glass of CedarCreek’s Chardonnay while you crack into this unforgettable meal.

When: August 6, 13, 20, 27 at 6 pm
 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Cost: $75 per person; buy via Eventbrite

3. Blues and BBQ at Rusty Rail BBQ and Grill at Grouse Mountain

Every Monday night in July and August, head to Grouse Mountain at the Rusty Rail mountaintop patio to take in the smoky barbecue and the groove of blues all while enjoying the spectacular sunset views and a chill vibe brought to you by live music courtesy of artists like Wes Mackey, Brandon Issak, and Harris & Debray.

When: Mondays through August 28 from 5 to 8 pm
Where: Rusty Rail BBQ and Grill at Grouse Mountain, 
Cost: Contact for details

4. 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. At this price it is more than worth the drive.

When: Thursday, July 13; Thursdays through August 31
Where: SIDECUT ‚Äst4591 Blackcomb Way, Whistler
Cost: $34 for adults, $17 for kids (5-12) and $10 for kids under 5

5. Rosé All Day Brunch at Market by Jean-Georges

Aimed at those who like to savour and sip their way through the weekend midday meal, ‚ÄúRos√© All Day‚ÄĚ features a sexy new menu of contemporary riffs on brunch classics, along with oodles of ros√©.¬†Look for everything from a cool Ros√© Spritzer (Kim Crawford Rose, Simple Syrup, Strawberries, Lemon, Club Soda) to a very Instagrammable Ros√© Popsicle (House Made Popsicle with Ruffino Sparkling Ros√©).

When: Every Saturday and Sunday this summer from 11:30 am to 3 pm, through Sunday, September 3.
Where: Shangri-La Hotel ‚Äď 1115 Alberni Street, Vancouver

6. 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: Sunday, July 23, (and every Sunday from now through September 3) at 6 pm
Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Cost: $62; buy via Eventbrite

7. Canada 150 Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Zeroing in on July 1, and Canada‚Äôs big 150th birthday, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver‚Äôs¬†current afternoon tea is Canadian-themed, and features¬†cool vintage Canadian travel decor,¬†custom tea blends, a¬†tiered ‚Äútower‚ÄĚ of savoury nibbles inspired by different regions in our nation, and a delicious spread of Canadian desserts.

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]

8. 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)

9. BETA5’s Summer Ice Cream Socials

In addition to their regular Saturday Ice Cream socials every weekend this summer, in August, BETA5 will have pop-up socials in collaboration with The Juice Truck (August 10) and Four Winds Brewing (August 13). Follow BETA5 on Instagram for details about these, and more TBA events this summer. You’ll find a new sundae every week every Saturday through September 30 from 1 to 5 pm at BETA5’s Industrial Avenue storefront.

When: Saturdays this summer through September 30, from 1 to 5 pm; special pop-ups as noted
Where: BETA5 ‚Äď 413 Industrial Avenue, Vancouver

10. Wanderlust in Whistler

Head to Wanderlust to learn how to lead a healthy and inspired life. Wanderlust Whistler is set at Whistler Blackcomb and features a multi-level yoga and meditation sessions, mouthwatering local organic dinners, heart-pumping music, inspiring lectures and workshops, and outdoor activities from SUP to world-famous mountain biking.

When: Thursday, August 3 to Sunday, August 6
Where: Whistler, BC
Cost: $50 to $455; buy via Eventbrite

11. Brunch Affair Food Festival

The Brunch Affair Food Festival is happening on three days spread over two weekends, and each day is jam-packed with top-quality AM-eats from a variety of Vancouver restaurants, vendors, and treat-makers. Look for everything you need from Eggs Benny to bagels, arepas, coffee, pastries, paella, charcuterie, cider, beer, and craft spirits.

Where: The Pipe Shop at The Shipyards, 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
When:  Saturday, July 22, Saturday, August 12, and Sunday, August 13, from 10 am to 4 pm; after party Saturday July 22 and August 12 from 5 to 10 pm.
Cost: General admission at the door is $5. Early Bird food tokens purchased online include the price of general admission. Free admission for kids 12 and under.

12. Road 13 Dinner

This four-course dinner features Road 13 wines paired with the seasonal creations of Chef Chris Van Hooydonk of Backyard Farm. An optional shuttle is available for $20 (round-trip) from Oliver & Osoyoos.

When: Saturday, August 12 at 6:15 pm
Where: 799 Ponderosa Road, Road 13, Oliver
Cost: $135; buy online

13. Les Dames Summerdine

Presented by Les Dames d’Escoffier, Les Dames Summerdine is a must-hit one-night culinary event going down in Vancouver on August 16. Over 30 restaurants, wineries, cooking schools, and culinary venues across BC will be offering special $79 menus for Summerdine, and proceeds will go towards the Les Dames Scholarship and outreach programs that help women achieve success and leadership in culinary organizations.

When: Wednesday, August 16
Where: Restaurants, wineries, cooking schools, and culinary venues across BC
Cost: $79; buy online starting June 19

14. BC Pinot Noir Festival

The fourth annual BC Pinot Noir Celebration brings together 34 of the province’s best Pinot Noir producers to celebrate the varietal that is defining the region. More than 300 guests will sip, swirl, Pinot Noirs at Linden Gardens in Kaleden.

When: Saturday, August 19 from 3 to 10 pm
Linden Gardens, 315 Linden Avenue, Kaleden
Eventbrite$175; buy via

15. 9th Annual Metro Van Garlic Festival

Metro Vancouver’s only garlic festival, The 9th Annual Garlic Festival, is a celebration of the Stinking Rose. Enjoy culinary fare, fresh local garlic, farmers market, and family fun.

When: Sunday, August 20 from 10 am to 3 pm
Where: The Sharing Farm Society, 2771 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
Cost: Buy food and drink tickets on site

16. Long Table Dinner by Chef Jesse McMillan

Take a farm tour and forage some ingredients before your meal planned by Campagnolo Roma’s Chef Jesse McMillan, and dessert from The Pie Shoppe.

When: Sunday, August 20 from 4 to 8 pm
Where: 1322 – 256 Street, Aldergrove
Cost: $100; more info here

17.¬†Le D√ģner en Blanc ‚Äď Vancouver

This is the wildly popular annual event that finds hundreds of Vancouverites gathering at a location that is only revealed to them the day of the event for an epic and visually stunning ticketed picnic al fresco. Guests, who are required to dress head to toe in all-white garb, bring their chairs, tables, food, wine, and portable decor to the top-secret locale for an evening of fun and camaraderie.

When: Thursday, August 24
Where: Two secret locations
Cost: Available online in phases; see website for details

18. Inaugural Chef Meets BC Grape Okanagan Wine & Food Festival

This four-day wine and food festival features iconic BC wines, celebrity chefs, and interactive experiences. The Wines of British Columbia is launching the inaugural Chef Meets BC Grape Okanagan Wine and Food Experience weekend bringing as many as 60 BC wineries and 16 top chefs from western Canada to the Okanagan Valley August 24 through 27.

When: Thursday, August 24 to Sunday, August 27
Where: Multiple locations; details here
Cost: Ticket prices vary depending on the day; buy here

19. Campagnolo ROMA x Chef Nate Middleton

On August 25 head to Campagnolo Roma to see¬†Toronto’s celebrated Chef Nate Middleton collaborate with Chefs Nate and Jesse for a five course, family style dinner. Expect creative takes on classic American dishes.

When: Friday, August 25 from 7 to 10 pm
Where: Campagnolo Roma, 2297 East Hastings Streetl Vancouver
Cost: Eventbrite$100; buy via

20. Wild Salmon Celebration

Join the¬†Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia¬†and the¬†BC Salmon Marketing Council¬†for a celebration of an iconic BC product. This feast will feature dishes showcasing BC wild salmon prepared through the collaboration of well-known Canadian chefs.

When: August 26 from 6 to 9 pm
Where: False Creek Fisherman’s Wharf,¬†1505 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Cost: $49; buy via Eventbrite

21. Farm to Table Dinner Series

The event will be a five-course menu farm to table. All ingredients used for this feast is from Southlands Heritage Farms, which will be the location of the event as well. The menu will be paired with wine, all sourced through Poplar Grove Winery.

When: Sunday, August 27 from 6 to 8:30 pm
Where: Southland Heritage Farm Р6767 Balaclava Street, Vancouver
Cost: $90; Contact Food At Third Street on Facebook, or e-mail [email protected] for more info

With files from Lindsay William-Ross. 

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