As we get ready to say so long to August, there are still lots of ways to celebrate the season and experience some excellent food and drink. From the most photogenic picnic of the year (and its darker unofficial counterpart) to more long table feasts, wine parties, BBQs, seafood, and heaps more, there are plenty of thing for food lovers to do these days.
Here are 16 Vancouver food events happening in or around the city the week of August 21 to 27, 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 21 from 5 to 8 pm
Where: Rusty Rail BBQ and Grill at Grouse Mountain, 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Cost: Contact for details
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
3. Ce Soir Noir
Ce Soir Noir is back for its third annual picnic of darkness in Crab Park on August 24. This event is pretty much the opposite of Dîner en Blanc, as guests are asked to show up to this free public event dressed head to toe in black, and come equipped with a blanket and all the food and beverage they can handle.
Where: Crab Park, 101 East Waterfront Road, Vancouver
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.
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 24 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
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: $100; buy via Eventbrite
Wrapping up its inaugural summer-long run, the 600-block of Front Street will turn into a family-friendly market and hang-out zone this Friday, 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 25, 2017 from 5 to 8 pm
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)
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
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: Saturday, August 26 from 6 to 9 pm
Where: False Creek Fisherman’s Wharf, 1505 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Cost: $49; buy via Eventbrite
If you love the power couple of beer and brunch, Sundays at the PNE is where you need to be. That’s because for 2017 Craft Beer Fest is adding a Sunday long-table brunch with beer pairings for thirsty fans. Called Beer-unch (obvs), the $49 ticket includes a Fair gate pass, a four-course brunch with craft beer pairings at reserved seats. Yes, there will be fried chicken and waffles.
When: Sunday August 20; doors at 11:30, brunch at noon
Where: Italian Gardens – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver (PNE)
Cost: $49; tickets available online
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. It’s the last one of the run!
When: August 27 at 6 pm
Where: 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Cost: $75 per person; buy via Eventbrite
13. Incredible Pie Championship
Get ready for the Incredible Pie Championship. On August 27, people are invited to head to 6th Avenue – between Ontario and Manitoba in Mount Pleasant – to taste and vote for the best creations submitted based on pre-set categories and criteria. Arrive and pay a suggested $5-$10 donation, enter the tasting arena, receive a ballot to vote, and go forth to experience all the epic pies in this delicious competition.
When: Sunday, August 27 from 2:30 to 10 pm
Where: 6th Avenue between Ontario and Manitoba
Cost: $5-$10 donation
14. 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 – 6767 Balaclava Street, Vancouver
Cost: $90; Contact Food At Third Street on Facebook, or e-mail [email protected] for more info
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 27 (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
16. 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