Vancouver food events you can't miss this August

Jul 24 2018, 5:26 pm

If your summer has been anything like ours, then your calendar has likely been filled with the amazing food and beverage-centred events that are constantly happening in or around Vancouver.

And August is the last month to really make the most of a delicious summer.

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Which means it’s time to celebrate all the amazing food events and shindigs going down this month. Dinners, demos, festivals, and more – August might just be the most mouthwatering month of the year.


Richmond Night Market

Running from May 11 to October 8, this wildly popular event is gearing up for a 2018 season filled with epic eats and live entertainment. There will be over 100 food vendors and 200 retail stalls this year.

When: Fridays and Saturdays from May 11 to October 8 from 7 pm to midnight; Sundays and holiday Mondays 7 to 11 pm
Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond (nearby Bridgeport Station)
Price: $4.25 (regular admission)

North Vancouver’s Shipyards Night Market

Attendees can expect to chow down on grub from 40+ food trucks in “hot food alley” and enjoy live entertainment all summer long. The Friday Night Market will also feature a 19+ beer garden, serving local craft beer and cider as well as Betty’s Vodka Iced Tea.

When: Every Friday from May 4 to September 28 from 5 to 10 pm
Where: Shipbuilders’ Square – 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
Price: Free

The Great British Tea Party

The newest theme is a classic but cheeky one, The Great British Tea Party is available now through September 3, with seatings at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm daily. Selections at this tea include Fairmont’s LOT 35 Tea, the Eton Mess with berries, meringue, and whipped double cream, and raisin and butter scones served with Devonshire cream and strawberry jam to name a few.

Where: Notch8 – Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
When: Now through September 3 at 11 am, 1 pm, or 3 pm.
Price: $65 per person; book online

Latin style BBQ Sundays at Cacao

Every Sunday this summer Cacao Vancouver will be offering a drool-worthy Latin-style BBQ. This event will run from June 10 to August 26 and offers patrons traditional “Carne Asada” from different regions in Central and South America. Come to join the Cacao family for a classic neighbourhood Sunday gathering. Reservations are required.

When: Every Sunday until August 26
Where: Cacao – 1898 W 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Price: Single person platter $30; For two $50; For Four $95; Call 604-731-5370 to reserve.

Sunday Seafood Boil Series at Boulevard

Experience an epic East Coast-inspired Sunday Seafood Boil without leaving the West Coast at Vancouver’s celebrated Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar. Take a seat on the stunning downtown patio and tuck into a bounty of fresh-caught seafood – jumbo prawns, clams, mussels, crawfish and Dungeness crab –piled high on butcher’s paper and served with all the fixings, including Boulevard’s signature bacon cornbread and sweet Beignets for dessert.

When: Sundays from June 17 to August 26
Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Price: $65; buy online

Belle Provence Brunch at Market by Jean-Georges

Market by Jean-Georges’ new weekend brunch, Belle Provence, kicks off on June 17 and will run until mid-September. Guests can expect Provençale-inspired dishes on the new brunch menu, including eats like baguette tartines, lavender lemonade popsicles, madeleines, French toast, and of course, rosé!

When: Weekends from June 17 to mid-September
Where: Terrace at Market by Jean-Georges in the Shangri La – 1115 Alberni Street, Vancouver

Summer Seafood Boil Dining Series at YEW

The team at YEW seafood + bar is celebrating Summer by bringing back the ultra-popular family style- Dungeness Crab and Lobster Boil Dining Series. Guests will tie on a bib (yours to keep) and raise a complimentary glass of wine to begin the evening.

When: Sunday from July 15 to August 19 from 6:30 to 9 pm
Where: YEW seafood + bar – 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Price: $72.26; buy online

Summer Prix Fixe menu at West

This South Granville gem is offering a special season summer prix fixe for $39. The three-course menu will be available Sunday through Thursday and features dishes such as Sawmill Bay Oysters, Coho Salmon, and Guanaja Chocolate Souffle to name a few.

When: Sundays through Thursdays; Friday and Saturday until 6 pm
Where: 2881 Granville Street, Vancouver
Price: $39

Disco Dumplings at Burdock & Co

This weekly series that features a savoury dumpling menu, DJ Chris Allen spinning vinyl, and a flashy disco ball setting the mood. Plates are $10 and guests can choose from an assortment of decadent dumplings including nettle and ricotta with wild greens and pork and burdock with charred chilli sauce.

When: Mondays at 8 pm (walk-ins only; reservations on Mondays will only be accepted until 6:30 pm)
Where: 2702 Main Street, Vancouver
Price: $10 dumplings, $6 drinks

Fridays on Front

Fridays on Front takes place from 5 to 10 pm on the 600-block of Front Street, which is conveniently located just steps away from two Skytrain Stations (New Westminster, Columbia).

When: Fridays from July 6 to August 24, 2018, from 5 to 10 pm
Where: 600-block of Front Street, New Westminister
Price: Free

Railtown’s Tailgate Barbecues

Attendees can choose from August 18 or 25 and enjoy slow-smoked brisket and pork shoulder from a 12-foot smoker/barbecue barrel, beer-brined chicken and brats, as well as a choice of sides like Carolina coleslaw and creamy potato salad to name a few.

When: August 18 or 25 from 4 to 9 pm
Where: Railtown Cafe – 397 Railway Street, Vancouver
Price: $29, $19 for vegetarian; buy online or on site

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Last Supper Series at Merchants Workshop

Merchants will be closing its doors on August 16, but until then patrons can enjoy a special Last Supper Series. This string of dinners by Stephen, Mann, and returning chef David Jackman will be themed and put on regularly in August.

When: Multiple dates in August
Where: 590 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Infused Dining Series – Vancouver

The Infused Dining Series returns to Vancouver for the third time. Enjoy a five-course THC infused menu. The dinner is held at a private residence and each seating has space for 10 spots over the 90-minute experience. Come as a group or come solo and make new friends at their dinner table.

When: August 1 to 5 (multiple times available)
Where: TBD
Price: $85 – $107; buy online

Beast Free Supper Club

Delicious plant-based dinner hosted at Meet in Gastown. Expect an off-menu, specially crafted dining experience, includes two drink tickets. All attendees will walk away with gifts from some of our favourite local brands including Juice Truck, Homecoming Candles, Saje Wellness, Eastwood, Blume, Vega, and more.

When: August 2 from 6 to 10 pm
Where: Meet in Gastown – 12 Water Street (Inner Courtyard), Vancouver
Price: $60; buy online

Gastown Pride Party at Tacofino’s Taco Bar

Tacofino’s Gastown Taco Bar is hosting a Pride Party from 3 to 7 pm. DJ Gissala will drop the beats and four drag performers will strut their stuff during an event that features Happy Hour food specials until 7 pm and the Pride-themed RoSlay Sangria, which mingles rosé, fresh lime juice, El Jimador Blanco, agave nectar and soda with peaches, strawberries, blueberries and mint. From August 3 through 6, a dollar from each RoSlay ($8) and two dollars from each pitcher ($24) sold will be donated to QMUNITY, a local centre providing support and resources for the LGBTQ/2S community.

When: Friday, August 3
Where: 15 W Cordova Street, Vancouver

Storm Crow Drag Brunch!

This event has no cover but you’re recommended to purchase brunch. Doors at 11 am and the show starts at noon, seating is limited so get here early to secure your spot.

When: August 4; Doors at 11 am and the show starts at noon
Where: Storm Crow Alehouse – 1619 West Broadway, Vancouver

Drag Brunch at Fayuca

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On Pride Saturday head here for an extraordinary afternoon of international drag, brunch, and artisanal cocktails, all on a stunning Yaletown patio.

When: August 4 from 11 am to 2 pm
Where: Fayuca Restaurant – 1009 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Price: $10 at the door

Pride Parade Patio Brunch at Whole Foods Market Robson

Enjoy made-to-order omelettes, waffles, fresh fruit, mimosas, vegan options, a VIP gift bag, and much more. 100% of funds raised will go towards supporting QMUNITY programs and services. Each $75 ticket purchase will receive a $55 tax receipt.

When: August 5 from 10 to 1 pm
Where: Whole Foods Market on Robson – 1675 Robson Street, Vancouver
Price: $79; buy online

Dinner on the Pier

Dinner on the Pier celebrates the community of North Vancouver on August 9. Enjoy a beautiful evening of music, amazing food, drinks and sunset dancing with the collaboration and support from local businesses and fundraising for Growing Chefs.

When: August 9 from 5:30 to 10:30 pm
Where: The Pipe Shop Venue – 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Price: $158 – $168; buy online

Saturday Mornings Cereal Pop Up

The Saturday Mornings Cereal Pop Up is happening on August 11 from 10 am to 6 pm at 434 Columbia Street. Organizers have curated five signature bowls as well (and one dog-friendly treat) from “a mix of local favourites and hard to find overseas brands.”

When: Saturday, August 11 from 10 am to 6 pm (or until supplies last)
Where: 434 Columbia Street, Vancouver
Price: $5 per bowl

Clover Valley Beer Festival 2018

Clover Valley Beer Festival will take place on Saturday, August 11 from noon to 5 pm for its inaugural celebration of food, music, and, of course, lots and lots of beer.

When: August 11 from noon to 5 pm
Where: Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre – 17728 64 Avenue, Surrey
Price: $35–$50; buy online

Vancouver Craft Brew Cruise

This mini-fest invites attendees aboard the Magic Spirit (a part of Magic Charter Yachts) to enjoy a three-hour boat cruise celebrating BC craft beer.

When: August 11 from 2 to 5 pm or 7 to 10 pm
Where: Aboard the Magic Spirit at Magic Yacht Charters (Plaza of Nations) – 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Price: $50; buy online

1st Hump Day Paella Party at Cabrito

The event will see the christening of the eatery’s brand new and gigantic paella pan, which was shipped all the way from the port city in Spain. Attendees can dine in or take it to go if they wish, but either way if you show you’ll be faced with a whole lot of seafood.

When: August 15 from 4 to 10 pm
Where: Cabrito – 2270 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Richmond Garlic Fest 2018

The 10th Annual Richmond Garlic Fest will take place August 19. Garlic Fest is The Sharing Farm’s largest fundraiser of the year and supports the farm in its work to provide fresh local produce to low-income families. Expect fresh local garlic, garlicky delights from local chefs, and an expanded Farmers’ Market.

When: August 19 from 10 am to 3 pm
Where: The Sharing Farm – 2771 Westminster Highway, Richmond

Tacofino Yaletown 2nd Anniversary Patio Party

Join the Tacofino family on Sunday, August 19 as the beloved Baja-by-way-of-West-Coast spot marks the 2nd anniversary of its Yaletown location at 1025 Mainland Street with an afternoon Patio Party. From 2 to 6 pm, Tacofino staff will fire up the grill on the deck and serve up celebratory feature tacos al fresco-style while Moody Ales takes over the draught taps and DJ Dana D of Black Hemlock Music takes command of the turntable. The Tacofino outpost will also feature extended Happy Hour food and drink specials from 2 pm until closing including $4 sleeves.

When: Sunday, August 19 from 2 to 6 pm
Where: Tacofino Yaletown – 1025 Mainland Street, Vancouver

Mamie’s 5-Year Anniversary Party

To celebrate their milestone fifth year, Mamie Taylor’s is inviting all their guests, past and present, to join them for a down-home style Mamie’s summer anniversary party on Sunday, August 19 from 3 to 10 pm. There will be specially-priced Margaritas, pints of Strangefellows Talisman, and snacks.

When: Sunday, August 19 from 3 to 10 pm
Where: Mamie Taylor’s – 251 E Georgia Street, Vancouver

Araxi Longtable Dinner Series

On August 19, at the base of Mount Currie on breathtaking North Arm Farm, award-winning Executive Chefs James Walt and Quang Dang craft an exclusive four-course menu showcasing superlative farm-to-table dishes with renowned Restaurant Director Neil Henderson orchestrating all aspects of service for the event.

When: August 19; 3 pm cocktail reception, 4:15 pm dinner
Where: North Arm Farm, Pemberton
Price: $250; buy online

Southern BBQ with Merchants Workshop and DL Chicken Shack

This Southern BBQ with Merchants Workshop and DL Chicken Shack is brought to us from Fraser Common Farm Co-op.

When: August 19 from 4 to 8 pm
Where: Fraser Common Farm – 1322 256 Street, Langley
Price: $110; buy online

RibFest Langley

This August, RibFest Langley looks to take a bite out of Metro Vancouver’s barbecue scene by hosting top ‘ribbers’ from Prairie Smoke, Boss Hogs and more. The event is free and open to families of all ages. There will also be live music and family entertainment throughout the day.

When: August 17 to August 19 from 11 am to 9 pm
Where: McLeod Athletic Park – 56th Avenue and 216th Street, Langley
Price: Free

CRAFT Caskapalooza 2018

Caskapalooza is back for another year, so head here for a night of fun, socialising, and sampling – featuring over 30 unique casks. Tickets are $25 and include 12 sample tokens and entertainment.

When: August 21 from 4 to 8 pm
Where: Craft Beer Market – 85 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Price: $28; buy online

The 2nd Annual East Van Cider Fest

The evening will feature cider, mead, and spirits from all over BC along with tasty bites from local businesses. Going down on August 22 from 7 to 9 pm at The WISE Hall located at 1882 Adanac Street, just off of Commercial Drive.

When: August 22 from 7 to 9 pm
Where: The Wise Hall & Lounge – 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver
Price: $29.99 plus a non-perishable food donation, proceeds will benefit the GVFBS and tickets are available at all Liberty Wine Merchants locations

Le Dîner en Blanc Vancouver 2018

Le Dîner en Blanc Vancouver has announced it will return for its 7th annual run on August 23. The all-white-everything pop-up dinner party is an elegant event that has white-clad diners enjoying eats el fresco.

When: August 23
Where: TBA
Price: $40; register online

The Acorn, Klippers Organics, and Orofino Vineyards Dinner

The Acorn presents an exclusive limited seating long table dinner at Klippers Organics Farm in Cawston, BC, with wine pairings by neighbouring Orofino Winery.

When: August 23 at 6 pm
Where: Klippers Organics Farm – 2200 Ferko Road, Cawston
Price: $120; buy online

A Taste of France at H Tasting Lounge

H Tasting Lounge (located lobby-level at the Westin Bayshore) presents a special spirits-paired dinner, “A Taste of France, featuring Grey Goose Vodka” on Saturday, August 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The culinary event is part of H Tasting Lounge’s newly-launched wine and spirits-paired dinner series featuring a line-up of intimate multi-course tastings that showcase the culinary imagination of executive chef Alex Mok, alongside exceptional beverages that fully complement each dish’s thoughtfully-composed flavours.

When: August 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: H Tasting Lounge at the Westin Bayshore – 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver
Price: $90; buy online

Wild Salmon Celebration

On August 25 join the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia and the BC Salmon Marketing Council for a celebration of an iconic BC product, Wild Salmon. Enjoy tasting dishes featuring BC wild salmon will be prepared by sic well-known BC chefs sharing a love of the ocean.

When: August 25 from 6:30 to 9 pm
Where: False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf – 1505 W 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Price: $49-$59; buy online

Tacofino Beer Dinner Series: Strathcona Beer Company

On Thursday, August 30, Strathcona Beer Company and Tacofino will team up for a 5-course dinner at our Hastings Sunrise location.

When: August 30 from 6 to 11 pm
Where: Tacofino Hastings – 2327 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Price: $50; buy online

Richmond World Festival 2018

The multicultural festival will attract thousands of people over the Labor Day long weekend looking to take part in watching the live music, cultural performances, dance troupes, buskers, and chefs. You can go around the world with the food from this FEASTival, so don’t miss your chance to live it up.

When: August 31 from 4 to 10 pm and September 1 from 11 to 10 pm
Where: Minoru Park & Richmond Cultural Centre Plaza – 7191 Granville Avenue, Richmond
Price: Free admission