If you’re anything like us, the hunger for unique and delicious food-and-beverage-centred events is as strong as ever. It’s a good thing Vancouver always delivers them in excess.
Here are the best food events happening in or around Vancouver this week.
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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
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 9; 11 am to 3 pm on weekdays and 11 am to 5 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
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
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 are available online
Benny Bonanza, an uber affordable mid-morning weekend promo at Joe Fortes, is officially returning to the Thurlow Street restaurant. From now until 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 now until March 1 from 11 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House — 777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
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
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
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