28 can't-miss Vancouver food events happening in August

Jul 23 2019, 8:28 pm

The month of August is going to be freaking delicious, at least, if you attend one of these epic shindigs (or a few) it surely will be.

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Whether you’re aiming to sip on stellar wines, hit up a food truck festival, or make it to a night market, July is going to be the month the get your summer eating and drinking in.

Here are some awesome food events happening in or around Vancouver in August.


Hip Hop Trivia Night at Juke Fried Chicken

Juke Fried Chicken is hosting a Hip Hop Trivia Night on the third Tuesday of every month kicking off at 7 pm. Teams of up to six are invited to take part in five rounds of questions on all things hip hop. There will be food and drink specials and prizes up for grabs too. Sign up as an individual or a team of up to six via email ([email protected]), Instagram or Facebook to guarantee a spot, or simply walk-in night-of.

When: Third Tuesday of every month
Where: Juke Fried Chicken – 182 Keefer Street, Vancouver

Disco Dumplings at Burdock & Co

This weekly series 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 chili sauce.

When: Mondays at 8 pm (walk-ins only; reservations on Mondays will only be accepted until 6:30 pm)
Where: Burdock & Co – 2702 Main Street, Vancouver

The Juice Truck X TMRW Foods Pop-up

Popular local juicery and cafe The Juice Truck will be teaming up with Vancouver’s TMRW Foods for a drool-worthy weekly event. The Juice Truck’s Main Street location will host a weekly pop-up on Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm.

When: Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm
Where: The Juice Truck – 4236 Main Street, Vancouver

North Vancouver’s Shipyards Night Market

Back at it again, North Vancouver’s Shipyards Night Market is returning for Spring and Summer 2019. Gathering some of Vancouver’s best food vendors, this free event will feature a full farmers’ and artisan marketplace along with local food trucks and live entertainment weekly until 10 pm.

Where: Shipbuilders’ Square – 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
When: May 3 to September 27, 2019, at 5 pm
Price: FREE entry

Richmond Night Market 2019

This market draws crowds from across the province, who travel to check out the rows on rows of vibrant cuisine along with the diverse line-up of nightly performances on the 50-foot entertainment stage.

When: May 10 to October 14, 2019
Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond (near Bridgeport Station)
Price: TBD

Sunday Seafood Boil Series at Boulevard

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar will officially be hosting its popular series of summer seafood boils for 2019. This epic feast is enjoyed outside at a communal table, and features fresh-caught lobster, jumbo prawns, clams, mussels, and Dungeness crab.

When: Sundays from June 30 to August 25
Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Price: $68; buy online

Sunday Night Movie Series at Bells and Whistles

Enjoy movies every Sunday night at Bells and Whistles. August screenings include The Goonies (August 4), Tommy Boy (August 11), Wayne’s World (August 18) and Dazed and Confused (July 28).

When: Sunday, August 4, 11, 18, 25 at 9 pm
Where: Bells and Whistles – 3296 Fraser Street, Vancouver

BBQlicious Festival Vancouver

This two-week celebration of BBQ and Bud features some well-known BBQ spots in Vancouver. Participating restaurants will offer special menu items that are, of course, served with a Budweiser.

When: July 26 to August 11
Where: Participating restaurants in Vancouver

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Josh Gale and Mak N Ming Italian Night

One August 1 head to Mak N Ming restaurant in Kitsilano for an Italian feast featuring Chef Josh Gale and eats like pizza and pasta.

When: August 1; two seatings at 6 and 8 pm
Where: Mak N Ming – 1629 Yew Street, Vancouver
Price: $70; buy online

Tacofino Pride Bingo Party at Taco Bar

On August 2 Tacofino’s Gastown location will be hosting four rounds of interactive Drag Bingo during Vancouver’s annual Pride Festival. Join local drag queens Mina Mercury and Carlotta Gurl at this event and enjoy an extended happy hour by sipping on the Pride-themed ’Te Amo’ cocktail. All proceeds from the Drag Bingo card donations and $2 from each cocktail sold throughout the weekend will be donated to Vancouver Friends for Life Society and Foundation of Hope. Reservations for the Drag Bingo Pride Party are available by emailing [email protected] The suggested cash donation is $10.

When: August 2 at 5 pm
Where: Tacofino Gastown – 15 W Cordova Street, Vancouver

43rd Annual Powell Street Festival

The annual Powell Street Festival is the largest Japanese Canadian festival in the country, which celebrates and promotes Japanese arts, culture, and heritage. It will feature live performances, martial arts demos, Japanese calligraphy, and most importantly, delicious food available for purchase.

When: August 3 and 4, 2019
Where: Oppenheimer Park (400 block of Powell Street, Vancouver) and the surrounding streets
Price: Free entry

Vin Van Brunch

Vin Van is throwing its first bubbly brunch pop-up on August 4. Enjoy a three-course spread of brunch delights created by Chef Dayna Rogers each paired with a glass of fizz. There will also be a breakfast margarita bar with additional beverages available for purchase.

When: August 4 at 11:30 am
Where: Fiore – 1485 W 12 Avenue, Vancouver
Price: $60; buy online

Dinner on the Pier 2019

On the pier, you’ll get to enjoy a four-course dinner by Chef Joel Green of the Pinnacle Hotelat the Pier, choosing from meat, fish, or vegan options. Of course, the meal is coupled with a decadent dessert, as well as wine and beer selections.

When: August 7 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: The Pipe Shop at The Shipyards — 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Price: $158 general admission; $165 VIP; buy online

Vegan Harvest Dinner at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar will be hosting a Vegan Harvest Dinners on August 8. Boulevard’s Executive Chef, Alex Chen will showcase the creativity of his kitchen team as he redefines the levels of sophistication and flavour of vegan cuisine. Tickets to each edition of the Vegan Harvest Dinners are available for $85 per person.

When: August 8
Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Price: $85; buy online

Le Dîner en Blanc Vancouver 2019

The event was created 31 years ago in Paris, and still carries on a set of traditions and rules that must be followed: you have to wear white and you must bring a table, chairs, and a tablecloth (all white of course).

When: August 8, 2019
Where: TBA
Price: $43 (must be bought in pairs); register online

Windfall Cider Summer Bash 2019

Enjoy a special cider pop-up at The Garden Strathcona (868 East Hastings Street) from 6 to 11 pm. Try cider flights, cider slushies, tapas and get a chance to try seasonal cider batches available only at this free event.

When: August 10 from 6 to 11 pm
Where: The Garden Strathcona – 868 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

Ubuntu Canteen Hosts Sunday Supper Series at Zaklan Heritage Farm

The Ubuntu Canteen team will head out on the road August 11 as Chef/Owner David Gunawan joins forces with fellow locavore-minded Chef Kaylie Barfield (formerly of Vancouver’s Nuba Restaurant Group, currently of Portland, OR’s Tusk restaurant) to co-host an on-the-road edition of its popular Sunday Supper Series at Zaklan Heritage Farm in Surrey.

When: August 11
Where: Ubuntu Canteen – 4194 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Price: $125; buy online

The Morning AFTER Hip-Hop Brunch: The 3 Year Anniversary

Each $30 ticket includes three mimosas and from brunch item (from 12:30 to 2 pm) along with entry into the afternoon Hip-Hop Brunch mix down till 6:30 pm.

When: August 11 from noon to 6:30 pm
Where: The Charles Bar – 136 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Price: $10-$30; buy online

YES SHEF! Elevating Women in Food and Wine Dinner

On August 12, the Worth Association for the Women of Recreation, Tourism & Hospitality and award-winning Chambar Restaurant will co-host the YES SHEF! Elevating Women in Food and Wine fundraiser.

When: August 12 at 6 pm
Where: Chambar – 568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Price: $180; buy online

Summerdine 2019 – Les Dames Do Dinner

This event sees 22 separate dinner parties all at the same time on one night from Vancouver to the Okanagan, the Fraser Valley to Vancouver Island. This is Les Dames d’Escoffier – BC Chapter’s annual dining celebration called Summerdine. This year it will take place on August 14 (with on event on August 15), check out the participating restaurants and dinner online.

When: August 14 and 15
Where: Participating venues in BC

Burdock and Co. in the Country

Chef Andrea Carlson (Burdock & Co and Harvest Community Foods) is partnering up with Glorious Organics to host an alfresco plant-based multi-course dinner in support of Fraser Common Farm in Langley, BC.

When: August 18 from 4 to 8 pm
Where: 1322 256 Street, Langley
Price: $125; buy online

11th Annual Richmond Garlic Festival

The Garlic Fest this year will feature fresh local garlic, garlicky delights from local chefs, an expanded Farmers Market, a live ‘Bird of Prey’ flying demonstrations, and more.

When: August 18 from 10 am to 3 pm
Where: The Sharing Farm – 2771 Westminster Highway, Richmond

Railtown’s Tailgate BBQ

Attendees can expect 35-hour Texas-style beef brisket, applewood-smoked pork shoulder, beer-brined Maple Hill Farms chicken, D’Original Sausage Haus brats, corn on the cob, and jalapeño cornbread. Guest will also get a choice of two of these sides: Carolina coleslaw, creamy potato salad, classic Caesar salad, and farmers’ market field greens.

When: August 18 from 11 am to 8 pm
Where: Railtown Cafe – 397 Railway Street, Vancouver
Price: $27 per person ($17 vegetarian); buy online or in-person

Araki Longtable Dinner

British Columbia’s most compelling and ambitious al fresco dining experiences – the Araxi Longtable Dinner Series – continues in 2019. Thie event takes place at the base of Mount Currie where Executive Chef James Walt and Chef Jorge Muñoz-Santos will craft a four-course menu showcasing regional dishes.

When: August 18vat 3 pm
Where: North Arm Farm, Pemberton
Price: $265; buy online

Wild Salmon Celebration 2019

The Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia is back with the Wild Salmon Celebration for 2019. Enjoy six food stations and BC wines at this event.

When: August 24 from 6:30 pm to 9 pm
Where: False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf – 1505 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Price: $60; buy online

Steveston Beer Fest 2019

The seventh annual Steveston Beer Fest will take place in the historic Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston on August 25. Partial proceeds from this event will support the Richmond Christmas Fund and other local non-profit groups.

When: August 24 from 7 to 9:30 pm
Where: The Gulf of Georgia Cannery – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
Price: $55; buy online


Head to this summer craft beer sampling event and try 30 unique casks from your favourite local craft breweries. Event tickets are $25 and include 12 sample beer tokens. Partial proceeds will be donated to the YMCA Strong Kids campaign.

When: August 27 from 5 to 8 pm
Where: CRAFT Beer Market Vancouver – 85 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Price: $25; buy online

Long Table Dinner 2019

This event features local chefs creating a dinner using fresh, local Tri-Cities and BC produce. This year’s theme is “Denim and White” and the shindig will also boast raffle baskets, a cash bar, music, and a champagne toast. Proceeds from this dinner go towards supporting the Power of Produce Club, a youth agriculture program at the farmers market.

When: August 28 from 6 to 10 pm
Where: TBD
Price: $80; buy online