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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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
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 go on sale December 9 at 7 am when you can buy them online
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
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
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
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