If November was the appetizer, December is the main, and we can’t wait to dig in.
December is here, and that means it’s the unofficial month of eating and drinking, and we’re totally A-okay with that.
Clearly, Vancouver bars and restaurants are prepared to feed us well for the next 31 days, because this lineup of dinners, festivals, and food-centric events is pretty epic.
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Make the last month of 2019 a delicious one. Here are all the can’t-miss food events happening in December.
Big Day BBQ at The American
The Big Day BBQ at The American tailgate launched in September and has been running every Sunday since until the end of the year. Enjoy Texas-style brisket, ribs, pulled pork, Tex-Mex pasta salad, smokey slaw, and pit beans too.
When: Every Sunday until the end of 2019 at 10 am
Where: The American – 926 Main Street, Vancouver
Prices: Start at $20
Trump Champagne Lounge’s School of Magic Afternoon Tea will start on September 16 and run through December 1. The service begins with an assortment of artisanal scones, followed by savoury selections like a Pretzel & Cheese Broomstick, Mrs. Sprout’s Pasty, and Ron’s Chicken Leg to name a few.
When: Now until December 1 from noon to 4 pm
Where: Trump Champagne Lounge – 1161 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Price: $65-$118; reserve online
We did some digging and painstaking taste-testing to bring you this list of the best epic eats to enjoy at the Vancouver Christmas Market for 2019.
When: Now until December 24
Time: Daily, from 11:30 am to 9:30 pm (November 20 to December 23), and 11:30 am to 6 pm on December 24
Where: Jack Poole Plaza – 1055 Canada Place
Price: Adult, $12.99; seniors, $10.99; youth $6.99 (online); adult, $15; seniors, $13; youth, $9 (gate admission)
Held in the eatery’s Private Dining Room, this new tea service will be offered from now until December 31, 2019, (excluding December 24 and 25). There will be daily sittings at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. Adult tickets cost $79 and children $39.50 (ages 12 and under).
When: Now until December 31, 2019 (excluding December 24 and 25), seatings at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm
Where: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Price: Adults, $79; children, $39.50 (ages 12 and under); reserve online
Bells and Whistles’ Sunday Night Movie Series: Christmas Edition
This month Bells and Whistles is getting festive with screenings of Die Hard (December 1), Planes, Trains and Automobiles (December 8), Home Alone (December 15), Elf (December 22), and The Apartment (December 29).
When: December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at 9 pm
Where: Bells and Whistles – 3296 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Taco Tuesday Fundraiser for Growing Chefs! at Ocho
Tacofino Ocho will be hosting a Growing Chefs! Taco Tuesday Fundraiser from 6 to 9 pm on December 3. Guestlist is available by donation online.
When: December 3 from 6 to 9 pm
Where: Tacofino Ocho – 8 E 5th Avenue, Vancouver
Krampus Market at Strange Fellows Brewing
The second annual KRAMPUSMARKT at Strange Fellows Brewing returns this season. The market will feature goods from over 30 artisans including jewellery, baked goods, leather, wall art, and more alongside beer tastings.
When: December 6, 7, and 8
Time: December 6 (opening reception) from 6 to 10 pm; December 7 from noon to 8 pm; December 8 from noon to 4 pm
Location: Strange Fellows Brewing – 1345 Clark Drive, Vancouver
Admission: Opening reception tickets are $15; general admission, $2 online and $3 at the door (under 18 free)
The 12th annual Kensington Holiday Craft Fair features holiday gifts and stocking stuffers crafted by local artisans. In addition to free parking, the event hosts a raffle and door prizes for attendees.
When: December 7, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Location: Kensington Community Centre – 5175 Dumfries Street, Vancouver
Got Craft? works to create a community supporting handmade and do-it-yourself culture. Since being founded in 2007, their bi-annual fairs bring together more than 75 designers and craft workshops, tasty treats, music, free bags, and a collective attendance of more than 5,500 per year.
When: December 7 and 8, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Location: Croatian Cultural Centre – 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tacofino X Bingo Babes at Hastings Commissary
Tacofino Hastings Commissary will be hosting a welcome Bingo Babes for a Bingo fundraiser on December 9. Partial proceeds will go towards the Environmental Youth Alliance.
When: December 9 at 7 pm
Where: Tacofino Hastings Commissary – 2327 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
The Make It! Holiday Show is a fun, upbeat shopping experience that hosts a number of artists, crafters, and makers from all across Canada. Each year, in addition to more than 250 exhibitors, the holiday show features a beer garden, live music, and food trucks.
When: December 11 to 15, 2019
Time: December 11 from 5 to 9 pm; December 12 from 11 am to 9 pm; December 13 from 11 am to 9 pm; December 14 from 10 am to 6 pm; December 15 from 11 am to 5 pm
Location: The PNE Forum – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Admission: $10 at the door, (kids 12 and under are free)
Last year, this event was licensed and featured Steel & Oak Brewing Co. and Pacific Breeze Winery beverages too, along with an artisan market and live music. This is a can’t-miss holiday event, so be sure to mark your calendar and get in on the festive fun at this special edition of Friday on Front.
When: December 13 from 5 to 9 pm
Where: Under the parkade on Front Street in New West
Price: Free entry
Mensch will be popping up on select dates at Kafka’s Coffee (577 Great Northern Way), where a selection of eats like its signature slow-brined, smoked, hand-cut New York-style hot pastrami sandwich on fresh rye bread will be available.
Where: Kafka’s Coffee – 577 Great Northern Way, Vancouver
When: December 14 at 6 pm
In addition to finding crafts, spices, wines, and vinegar, visitors to the market will also have a chance to find freshly-picked, local produce.
When: December 14, 2019
Time: December 14 from 9 am to 4 pm
Location: Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex – 633 Poirier Street, Coquitlam
The Crafty Affaire Holiday Market promotes a unique mix of modern, handmade items as well as vintage treasures. This fair will be popping up in Vancouver at the Croatian Cultural Centre on December 14 and 15.
When: December 14 and 15, 2019
Time: December 14 and 15 from 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Croatian Cultural Centre – 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Admission: By Donation
Established in 2003, Shiny Fuzzy Muddy features all kinds of handmade goods and products for the holiday season. In addition, the market constantly aims to discover and develop new artists and connect guests with gifted artisans in their community. This 2019 shows will be Shiny Fuzzy Muddy’s last, so be sure to stop by.
When: December 14 and 15, 2019
Time: December 14 from 11 am to 6 pm; December 15 from 10 am to 6 pm
Location: Heritage Hall – 3102 Main Street, Vancouver
Admission: $4 admission
The Alba White Truffles Dinner will definitely be one to remember. Hosted at Richmond’s Origo Club, this six-course dinner (plus wine pairing) will highlight the aromatic trifola d’Alba Madonna (“Truffle of the White Madonna”). Both chef Pino Posteraro and chef David Pan will be serving three dishes each.
When: December 15 at 6 pm
Where: Origo Club – 6888 River Road #110, Richmond
Price: $500; buy online
It’s time for the holiday version of our favourite vegan market. This festive party will feature 30+ plant-based food, beverage, and clothing vendors. There will also be DJ sets and a zero-waste wrapping station. Cash donations go to P.E.A.C.E. Everywhere.
When: December 19 from 5 to 10 pm
Where: The Waldorf – 1489 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Price: Minimum $5 donation or clothing, canned food, pet food, or toiletries donation for WISH Drop-In Centre Society
Feast of the Seven Fishes at Cibo Trattoria
Cibo is back with its annual Feast of the Seven Fishes dinners this year. Guests will enjoy a seven-course menu showcasing fresh, local seafood.
When: December 23 and 24
Where: Cibo – 900 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Price: $89 per person ($59 per person with wine pairings)