Well, fam, we’ve come to the end of July. It’s time to head into the August BC Day long weekend, and there’s no better way to keep the summer fun rolling than to keep on eating and drinking.
Here are 11 Vancouver food events taking place in and around the city this week, July 31 to August 6, 2017.
1. 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: Monday, July 31, from 5 to 8 pm
Where: Rusty Rail BBQ and Grill at Grouse Mountain, 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Cost: Contact for details
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
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, August 3 from 5 to 10 pm
Where: SIDECUT – 4591 Blackcomb Way, Whistler
Cost: $34 for adults, $17 for kids (5-12) and $10 for kids under 5
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.
When: Friday, August 4, 2017 from 5 to 8 pm
Where: 600-block of Front Street in New Westminster
Cost: Admission is free
The festival will celebrate Japanese culture, arts, and heritage at both indoor and outdoor venues along Powell Street. The two day event will include martial arts demonstrations, an amateur sumo tournament, children’s activities, walking tours of the historic neighbourhood, Japanese food, and more.
When: Saturday, August 5 to Sunday, August 6 from 11:30 am to 7 pm
Where: Oppenheimer Park (400 block of Powell St), Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova St), Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall (475 Alexander St), Vancouver Buddhist Temple (220 Jackson Ave)
6. 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 – 413 Industrial Avenue, Vancouver
7. World Oyster Day at Fanny Bay Oyster Bar
For World Oyster Day, the Fanny Bay Oyster Bar & Shellfish Market is going to be doing $2 Fanny Bay Oysters and $12 grilled oysters all day to ‘shellabrate’! They will also have their regular Happy Hour from 3 to 6 pm where they will have a featured oyster for $1.50 each, $5 draft beer special, $6.50 house wines, and a lot more shellfish fun (aka some shellfish trivia for prizes).
When: Saturday, August 5
Where: Fanny Bay Oyster Bar & Shellfish Market – 762 Cambie Street, Vancouver
8. 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, “Rosé All Day” features a sexy new menu of contemporary riffs on brunch classics, along with oodles of rosé. Look for everything from a cool Rosé Spritzer (Kim Crawford Rose, Simple Syrup, Strawberries, Lemon, Club Soda) to a very Instagrammable Rosé Popsicle (House Made Popsicle with Ruffino Sparkling Rosé).
When: Every Saturday and Sunday this summer from 11:30 am to 3 pm, through Sunday, September 3.
Where: Shangri-La Hotel – 1115 Alberni Street, Vancouver
9. 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: Sunday, August 6 at 6 pm
Where: 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Cost: $75 per person; buy via Eventbrite
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, August 6 at 6 pm
Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Cost: $62; buy via Eventbrite
11. Canada 150 Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Zeroing in on July 1, and Canada’s big 150th birthday, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s current afternoon tea is Canadian-themed, and features cool vintage Canadian travel decor, custom tea blends, a tiered “tower” 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]
With files from Hanna McLean and Chandler Walter