It’s mid-August, and that means we should all be doing our best to soak up every ray of sunshine while we’ve got it. And of course, that usually means adding something tasty to eat and drink into the mix.
If you need some food-spiration for this week, fear not: Here are 14 Vancouver food events to check out, all taking place in or near the city this week, August 14 to 29, 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, August 14 from 5 to 8 pm
Where: Rusty Rail BBQ and Grill at Grouse Mountain, 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Cost: Contact for details
2. H2 Long Table Dinner with Syncromesh Wines
Once a month, the warm and lively restaurant, which overlooks Coal Harbour, sets up a 30-seat long table on its expansive garden terrace, and Executive Sous Chef Mike Reid, along with H2’s culinary team, prepare a five-course dinner paired with select BC wines. On Wednesday, August 16, the Long Table Dinner will feature wines from Okanagan Falls’ Synchromesh, which specializes in Riesling, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc varietals.
When: Wednesday, August 16 at 6:30 pm
Where: H2 – Westin Bayshore, 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver
Cost: $150 per person, including taxes and gratuity; available online
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
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 17
Where: SIDECUT – 4591 Blackcomb Way, Whistler
Cost: $34 for adults, $17 for kids (5-12) and $10 for kids under 5
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: Friday, August 18, and every Friday through August 25, 2017
Where: 600-block of Front Street in New Westminster
Cost: Admission is free
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
Where 1219 Granville Street, Vancouver (back alley entrance)
7. BETA5’s Summer Ice Cream Socials
Cool off with BETA5’s popular Saturday Ice Cream socials every weekend 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
Where: BETA5 – 413 Industrial Avenue, Vancouver
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
Where: Linden Gardens, 315 Linden Avenue, Kaleden
Cost: $175; buy via Eventbrite
9. 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
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
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
12. 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 20 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 20, (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
14. 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