21 Vancouver food events to check out in July

Jun 20 2017, 5:42 am

Vancouver, it seems summer is finally here.

That means it’s time to celebrate, and what better way to do that than eat and drink the delicious offerings from bars and restaurants, food trucks, and festivals around the city and beyond?

Here are 21 Vancouver food events to check out in July.

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1. SIDECUT’s Summer BeerBQ

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.

When: Thursdays through August 31
Where: SIDECUT – 4591 Blackcomb Way, Whistler
Cost: $34 for adults, $17 for kids (5-12) and $10 for kids under 5

2. Canada 150 Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Canada 150 Afternoon Tea Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Seafood sandwich tier (Lindsay William-Ross/Daily Hive)

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]

3. Sunday Seafood Boil Series at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

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: Every Sunday from now through September 3 at 6 pm
Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Cost: $62; buy via Eventbrite

4. Black Bamboo Pop-Up Cocktail Bar

Black Bamboo_cocktails

Photo: Ella Sinclair

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
 1219 Granville Street, Vancouver (back alley entrance)

5. YVR Food Fest: Canada Day Cookout

Get ready for this Austin-style outdoor party with bands, DJs, and tons of food. The Canada Day Cookout will feature BBQ staples like hot dogs, burgers, brisket, and ribs with local craft beer.

When: Saturday, July 1 from noon to 8 pm
Where: Olympic Village, 215 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Cost: Early bird $10, slider $30, deluxe $59; buy online

6. RibFest 2017

Calling all BBQ fans! RibFest 2017, the eighth annual ribs competition, will heat things up on Canada Day  at Mamie Taylor’s in Chinatown. The BBQ competition, which began as an “industry and friends” backyard cook-off in East Van, will see BBQ greats from rib-forward restaurants across the city meet over the flames of competition. Look for ribs and eats from Dixie’s BBQ, Railtown Cafe, the Blueprint Group, Merchant’s Workshop, and Mamie Taylor’s. Only 100 Judging Tickets will be available to members of the public, who will also help choose the winning chef/restaurant. But you can still feast–just show up and buy one of Mamie Taylor’s Rib Platters for $15.

When: Saturday, July 1 at 2 pm
Where: Mamie Taylor’s – 251 East Georgia Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $10 Judging Tickets will be available for sale onsite at Mamie Taylor’s at 4pm on a first-come-first-served basis.

7. YVR Food Fest: Street Food Showdown

Street Food Showdown is an event that offers affordable tasting menu items from a variety of different restaurants. Enjoy beverage pairings from local BC breweries, wineries, and distilleries. At the end of the event, attendees will vote on their favourites and winners will be declared in multiple categories.

When: Sunday, July 2 from 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Olympic Village, 215 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Cost: Early bird $10, slider $30, deluxe $59; buy online

8. YVR Food Fest: The Big Brunch

This event is essentially a gigantic outdoor brunch that feature every conceivable type of delicious brunch fare from some of the Vancouver’s best restaurants and cafés. Patrons at this brunch event can expect a Caesar competition, a breakfast sandwich cook-off, and a cold-brew kegger featuring the city’s best coffee roasters.

When: Monday, July 3 from 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Olympic Village, 215 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Cost: Early bird $10, slider $30, deluxe $59; buy online

9. Fridays on Front

Kicking off on July 7, and running every Friday from 5 to 8 pm through August 25, the 600-block of Front Street will turn into a family-friendly market and hang-out zone, 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 (which you may also catch at the Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest this July).

When: Every Friday from July 7 through August 25, 2017
Where: 600-block of Front Street in New Westminster
Cost: Admission is free

10. Farmhouse Fest 2017

Back for its third year at UBC Farm, Farmhouse Fest 2017 is going down on July 8 from 11 am to 6 pm. Your ticket to this event gets you entry, a tasting glass, and five drink tokens (4oz per drink), if you purchase an early access ticket you’ll receive ten tokens. For food, festivalgoers will have their choice of grub served hot from stellar food trucks including Tacofino, Melt City, Fat DuckLe Tigre, and Via Tevere Pizzeria.

When: Saturday, July 8 from 11 am to 6 pm
Where: UBC Farm, 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver
$75 for early access, $55 for general admission; buy via Eventbrite

11. Squamish Beer Festival

Festivalgoers can expect 50 breweries, 200 + craft beers, food trucks, and music at this annual half-day event in Sea to Sky country. Of course, when you get 1,500 craft beer lovers together for a celebration you’re going to need some food in addition to the ciders and beers, so there’s going to be some food trucks on site – although they haven’t been announced just yet.

When: Saturday, July 8 from 2 to 8 pm
Where: O’Siyam Pavilion, Loggers Lane, Squamish
Cost: $35 per person; buy 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.

When: July 9, 16, 23, 30 and August 6, 13, 20, 27 at 6 pm
 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Cost: $75 per person’ buy via Eventbrite

13. Tasting Plates Vancouver Stadium District

At this event presented by Vancouver Foodster, attendees will explore the Stadium District area and stop into several restaurants and cafes. This tasting will be focusing on the Robson/Cambie, Expo Boulevard, to Abbott Street areas.

When: Wednesday, July 12 from 6 to 9 pm
Where: Papparoti, 193 Keefer Place, Vancouver
Cost: Eventbrite$35-65; buy via

14. Guest Chef Dinner Series: Jonathan Tam, Relæ at The Farmer’s Apprentice

Welcome chef Jonathan Tam of Denmark’s famed 
Relæ restaurant to co-host a guest chef dinner at The Farmer’s Apprentice. There will be two seatings at 6 and 8:30 pm for this multi-course menu with wine pairings selected by Farmer’s Apprentice and Grapes & Soda wine director Kieran Fanning.

When: Wednesday, July 19 at either 6 or 8:30 pm
 The Farmer’s Apprentice, 1535 W 6th Avenue, Vancouver
Cost: buy online$150 per person;

The Fourth Annual UBC Chef Challenge is back on July 20th. This challenge sees five chefs compete to create the tastiest bites and will feature Land & Food Systems Aggies, a special team of your fellow faculty/students. Challenge attendees can also enjoy three live bands, lawn games, and craft beer.

When: Thursday, July 20 from 5 to 7.30 pm
Where: Amphitheatre on Main Mall and Thunderbird Boulevard
Cost: $20 students; $25 staff, faculty, Alumni, UNA residents; $35 general public; $10 Children over 2 years; buy online

16. Urban Vineyard Long Table Dinner

This will be the first ever, public event on the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver pool deck. The hidden outdoor oasis will be the backdrop for a long table dinner which will feature an urban vineyard theme. The three-course seasonal menu will be paired with wines from Le Vieux Pin and La Stella wineries in the South Okanagan.

When: Friday, July 21 from 6:30 to 11 pm
Where: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver – 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Cost: 150 per person; buy via Eventbrite

17. The Deighton Cup

The Deighton Cup is back for its 9th anniversary at Hasting Racetrack, and that means it’s time to get pretty and primped for this annual day-long event of the summer. Patrons will enjoy a day full of derby action, food, and champagne at Hastings Racetrack with 5,000 other well-dressed attendees.

When: Saturday, July 22 from 11 am to 6 pm
Hastings Racetrack
$65 early bird, $75 regular price; buy online

18. Brewery & The Beast Vancouver

This one of a kind, ultra-meaty outdoor culinary experience features chefs cooking up locally-sourced products and ingredients, and aims to educate guests about becoming a conscientious consumer and buying local – all while filling their stomachs with a ton of high quality grub. Guests will have the opportunity to sip on beers and craft sodas from Victoria’s Phillips Brewing Company, cider from Left Field Cider, and premium BC wines as well.

When: Sunday, July 23 from 1 to 4 pm
Where: Concord Pacific Lot, 88 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Cost: $99.95 (2 tickets per person purchase limit); buy via TicketRocket

19. Tasting Plates Burnaby Metrotown

At this event presented by Vancouver Foodster, attendees will explore the Stadium District area and stop into several restaurants and cafes. This tasting will be focusing on the Burnaby Metrotown area.

When: Wednesday, July 26 from 6to 10 pm
Where: Burnaby, meeting place TBD
Cost: $29 -$60; buy via Eventbrite

20. Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Festival

Columbia Streat Food Truck Fest

Photo courtesy Downtown New West BIA

Get your tummies ready to rumble: New Westminster’s 5th Annual Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest is rolling into town this summer on Saturday, July 29, 2017. Presented by Save-On-Foods and organized by the Downtown New West BIA, this popular event brings together some of the region’s most beloved food trucks along with scores of other vendors, and this year Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest will once again be the biggest one-day food truck fest Canada-wide.

When: Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 4 to 10 pm
Where: Columbia Street in Downtown New Westminster
Cost: Admission is free

21. The Chosen Food: Pastrami & Rye: Authentic New York Deli

The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC’s The Chosen Food dinner series was created so guests could eat their way through the traditional meals of BC’s multicultural Jewish Community. Each event in this series will showcase a regional style of Jewish cuisine, this one is all about the differences between pastrami and its brisket cousins: Montreal smoked meat, New England corned beef, Southern US barbecue brisket, as well as Hong Kong and Korean traditional dishes. Patrons will discuss how this relatively cheap cut of meat came to hold cultural significance.

When: Sunday, July 30 from 5 to 8 pm
Where: The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC, 6184 Ash Street, Second Floor, Vancouver
Tickets: $40; purchase via Eventbrite

With files from Lindsay-William Ross. 

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