20 best Vancouver food events to check out in February 

Jan 27 2020, 5:18 pm

We’ve made it through the first month of 2020, Vancouver.

The weather was less than satisfactory, but we survived and thankfully, the awesome selection of epic food and beverage events continues into February.

This month has some of the city’s favourite winter events like the Hot Chocolate Festival, La Poutine Week, and of course, all the Super Bowl parties and Valentine’s Day treats you could dream of.

Here are the best Vancouver food events to check out in February

Recurring Events

Dine Out Vancouver 2020

This annual festival boasts 17 days of culinary experiences, from guided dining adventures, brunch crawls, cocktail masterclasses, wine debates, guest chef dinners, BC VQA wine and craft beer tastings, to street food markets and more.

When: Now until February 2, 2020
Where: Restaurant around Vancouver

West Craft’s Sunday Service

West Craft (Hopwired Festival, Fruit Beer Fest) will be setting up shop at East Vancouver’s Prototype Coffee every Sunday until February 2. The temporary residency will offer patrons rare and hard-to-find craft beers alongside Prototypes coffee and snacks, and proceeds go towards supporting the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. West Craft will also be collecting non-perishable food items.

When: Sundays until February 2, 2020
Where: Prototype Coffee – 883 E Hastings Street, Vancouver

La Poutine Week Vancouver 2020

The fest takes place during the first week of February. The dining public can eat and vote on their favourites before a winner is announced at the end of the week. As always, February 1 will mark the kick-off of the self-proclaimed “biggest poutine festival in the world,” and it will run until February 7.

When: February 1 to 7
Where: Participating restaurants in cities across Canada

Street Food City 9

Now in its ninth year, the food truck extravaganza offers foodies a rotating selection of purveyors outside the Vancouver Art Gallery, in šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square, on the north side of the building. This year the festival will feature 25 awesome food trucks and carts, so it’s a good thing entry is FREE, leaving you more cash to spend on some epic eats.

When: January 31, February 1 to 6; 11 am to 3 pm on weekdays and noon to 6 pm on weekends
Where: šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square (in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery), Vancouver
Price: Free entry

Bells and Whistles’ Sunday Night Movie Series

This month Bells and Whistles is getting festive with screenings of Groundhog Day (February 2), The 2020 Academy Awards (February 9), Footloose (February 16), and Road House (February 23).

When: February 2, 9, 16, 25
Where: Bells and Whistles – 3296 Fraser Street, Vancouver

Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival 2020

The annual celebration of all things hot chocolate kicked off on January 18 and runs until February 14, 2020 – which means you have tons of time to try all 44 of the participating “chocstars” at this year’s fest, all of which are local purveyors.

When: Now through February 14, 2020
Where: Venues around Vancouver

Dinner With A View – Vancouver

Inside guests will find luxurious pillows, blankets, and decor as they enjoy a three-course meal prepared by a celebrity chef. Diners can choose between blind menus, which will accommodate several different dietary restrictions including meals that can be made meat, fish, and vegan-centric.

When: January 15 to February 16, 2020
Where: Ambleside Beach, West Vancouver
Price: $199.99 for dome reservations and $109.99 per dinner per person; tickets go on sale December 9 at 7 am when you can buy them online

Benny Bonanza at Joe Fortes

Benny Bonanza, an uber affordable mid-morning weekend promo at Joe Fortes, is officially returning to the Thurlow Street restaurant starting February 1. From February 1 through March 1 on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 3:30 pm, patrons can order three of Joe Fortes’ signature eggs Benedict for just $12.95 each.

When: Weekends starting February 1 through March 1 from 11 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House – 777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2020

This year the highly-anticipated event will take place from February 22 to March 1, 2020, and it will feature 164 wineries from 15 countries. Known as “one of the biggest and oldest wine events in the world,” the festival will feature a plethora of French wineries (43 of them), the showcase region for 2020.

When: February 22 to March 1, 2020
Where: Venues around Vancouver
Price: buy online

Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea at the Trump Champagne Lounge

Available daily from now until March 22, 2020, from noon to 4 pm, this festive tea is $65 per person or $118 per person for an additional box of macarons and a glass of bubbles. This spread boasts eats like a ruby chocolate lace lollipop, mont blanc cream puff, and a roasted spice duck slider, to name a few.

When: Now until March 22, 2020, from noon to 4 pm daily
Where: The Trump Champagne Lounge – 1161 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Price: $65 per person or $118 for an additional box of macarons and a glass of bubbles; reserve online

Raincouver Themed Afternoon Tea at Notch8

The W Georgia Street spot will welcome guests into its tea salon to enjoy the rain inside while keeping cozy from the real winter rain outside. The tea, which runs Wednesday through Sunday until April 12, features both sweet and savoury treats.

When: Wednesday through Sunday from January 11 to April 12, 2020; sittings at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm
Where: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Price: $65 per person; book online or call 604-662-1900

One-Time-Only Events

Super Bowl LIV Parties

The Christmas day of football games, the Super Bowl, is fast approaching, and do you know where you’ll be watching? Tons of Vancouver bars and restaurants will be showing the game, and many of them are offering food and drink specials so epic, you’ll feel like you scored the winning touchdown after devouring them.

When: February 2
Where: Various bars and restaurants around Vancouver

Bells and Whistles’ ‘A Big Night at the Oscars’

If you head to this Fraser Street spot to view the Oscars, a $10 entry fee will get you a popcorn, a “paparazzi-inspired photo shoot,” and a ballot to vote for your predictions. Whoever gets the most guesses correct will win half the ticket proceeds, the other half will be donated to the BC Hospitality Foundation.

When: February 9 at 4:30 pm
Where: Bells and Whistles – 3296 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Price: $10 per person

Savour the Sun: The Westin Bayshore

This dinner will be featuring a seasonally-influenced menu and wine from Kismet Estate Winery in Oliver Osoyoos. The reception starts at 6 pm and the dinner begins at 6:30 pm.

When: February 9 at 6 pm
Where: The Westin Bayshore — 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver
Price: $114 per person; book online

IKEA Canada Valentine’s Day Dinner

This one-of-a-kind three-course meal will offer diners a choice of soup or salad to start, followed by meatballs with bacon and herb-infused mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables and lingonberry sauce or glazed salmon, cauliflower puree, marinated vegetables or Nordic shrimp, or veggie balls with ratatouille, mixed vegetables topped with gremolata and parmesan crisps.

When: February 14 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm local time
Where: IKEA locations across Canada
Price: $34.99; purchase a Restaurant Check Out ahead of time

Special Valentine’s Day Dinners

Whether you’re heading out to a special Valentine’s Day dinner with your partner, your bestie, your mom, or your crew, make it a special one by going to a restaurant that’s going the extra mile on February 14. Check out the drool-worthy menus and make a reservation at one of these Vancouver restaurants for Valentine’s Day.

BeetBox’s Valentine’s Wine & “Cheese” Mingler

This event is brought to us in partnership with Blue Heron Creamery (Vancouver’s first-ever vegan cheese shop). Attendees can expect some welcome bubbly, amazing dairy-free cheeses, canapes, and Old-World all-vegan wine too.

When: February 14 at 7:30 pm
Beetbox — 1074 Davie Street, Vancouver
Price: $25; buy online

Mensch Jewish Delicatessen Brunch Pop-Up

On February 16, folks who head to Kafka’s Coffee (577 Great Northern Way) can enjoy a selection of special eats such as Hot Pastrami Shakshuka on a Latke, Eggs on Lox, Mensch’s Famous Reuben Sandwich, Egg Salad on a fresh Challah, Bubbe’s Sweet Cheesecake Blintzes with Fruit Confiture, and more.

When: February 16 at 11 am
Where: Kafka’s Coffee — 577 Great Northern Way, Vancouver

The Wizards Beer Festival — Vancouver

The Harry Potter-inspired beer festival will take place at Big Rock Vancouver Brewery & Eatery (310 W 4th Avenue) on February 16 from 11 am to 8:30 pm. Ticket holders can enjoy a 12 oz welcome beer along with five tokens that will give you access to various beer and activity stations.

When: February 16 from 11 am to 8:30 pm
Where: Big Rock Vancouver Brewery & Eatery — 310 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Price: $50; buy online

Ocean Wise Seafood Chowder Chowdown  – Vancouver

Now in its 12th year, Vancouver’s culinary heavyweights will go ladle-to-ladle in the soup-centric cook-off as attendees and a panel of judges sample the goods before casting their votes to name the 2020 champion.

When: February 20, 2020, from 7 to 11 pm
Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Price: $79; buy online

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