One of the best parts of summer is getting together with friends and enjoying delicious food and drink. Need some ideas for things to do? We got you covered.
Here are 14 Vancouver food events happening in and near the city this week, July 24 to 30, 2017.
1. Modern Matcha Ceremony & Fine Matcha Tasting
This 90-minute fine matcha tasting from Whisky Premium Matcha offers a one of a kind, luxurious matcha experience. Explore a variety of interesting matcha-related topics and facts, then experience a presentation of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony style. You will have the opportunity to practice tea ceremony etiquette, prepare a bowl for yourself and others, taste world-class matcha from different plant varieties and matcha growing regions in Japan, note down each flavour profile, and pair with delicate matcha sweets.
When: Monday, July 24 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm
Where: Creme de la Crumb Bakeshop & Catering – 200 Granville St #10, Vancouver
Cost: $65; buy via Eventbrite
2. Blues and BBQ at Rusty Rail BBQ and Grill at Grouse Mountain
Every Monday night in July and August, head to Grouse Mountain at the Rusty Rail mountaintop patio to take in the smoky barbecue and the groove of blues all while enjoying the spectacular sunset views and a chill vibe brought to you by live music courtesy of artists like Wes Mackey, Brandon Issak, and Harris & Debray.
When: Mondays through August 28 from 5 to 8 pm
Where: Rusty Rail BBQ and Grill at Grouse Mountain, 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Cost: Contact for details
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
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. At this price it is more than worth the drive.
When: Thursday, July 13; 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
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: Friday, July 21 (and every Friday through August 25, 2017)
Where: 600-block of Front Street in New Westminster
Cost: Admission is free
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
Where 1219 Granville Street, Vancouver (back alley entrance)
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7. Rosé All Day Brunch at Market by Jean-Georges
Aimed at those who like to savour and sip their way through the weekend midday meal, “Rosé All Day” features a sexy new menu of contemporary riffs on brunch classics, along with oodles of rosé. Look for everything from a cool Rosé Spritzer (Kim Crawford Rose, Simple Syrup, Strawberries, Lemon, Club Soda) to a very Instagrammable Rosé Popsicle (House Made Popsicle with Ruffino Sparkling Rosé).
When: Every Saturday and Sunday this summer from 11:30 am to 3 pm, through Sunday, September 3.
Where: Shangri-La Hotel – 1115 Alberni Street, Vancouver
8. BETA5’s Summer Ice Cream Socials
Summer is the sweetest time of year in Vancouver, thanks in no small part to the treat wizards of BETA5, who are coming up with stunning sundaes as part of their popular Saturday Ice Cream socials. You’ll find a new sundae every week every Saturday through September 30 from 1 to 5 pm at BETA5’s Industrial Avenue storefront.
When: Saturdays this summer through September 30, from 1 to 5 pm; special pop-ups as noted
Where: BETA5 – 413 Industrial Avenue, Vancouver
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
10. Zero Waste Cooking Workshop
In this fun and interactive workshop you will learn: how to grocery shop without packaging; how to use parts of vegetables that often get thrown out; different ways to use up your kitchen scraps; how to properly cut a whole chicken with no waste and different ways to use up every part of the chicken; and how to make your own ravioli from scratch filled with leftover vegetables. Then sit back and enjoy a three-course zero waste meal!
When: Saturday, July 29 from 6 to 9 pm
Where: My Edible Advice- 515-55 Water Street, Vancouver
Cost: $98; buy tickets via Eventbrite
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
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: Sunday, July 30, (and every Sunday from now through September 3) at 6 pm
Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Cost: $62; buy via Eventbrite
13. 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: Sunday, July 30, 2017 (and August 6, 13, 20, 27) at 6 pm
Where: 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Cost: $75 per person; buy via Eventbrite
14. Canada 150 Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
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]
With files from Hanna McLean