We’re finally at that time Vancouver, the time when we can eat, drink, and be merry in the park, on beaches, or in restaurants and bars with the windows wide open.
Summer is here, and so is the slew of killer food events that comes with this much-loved season.
- Can't-miss BBQ events in Metro Vancouver this summer
- Vancouver's getting a new boozy French brunch this weekend (PHOTOS)
It’s time to celebrate all the amazing food events and shindigs going down this month. Dinners, demos, festivals, and more – July might just be the most delicious month of 2018 yet.
Running from May 11 to October 8, this wildly popular event is gearing up for a 2018 season filled with epic eats and live entertainment. There will be over 100 food vendors and 200 retail stalls this year.
When: Fridays and Saturdays from May 11 to October 8 from 7 pm to midnight; Sundays and holiday Mondays 7 to 11 pm
Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond (nearby Bridgeport Station)
Price: $4.25 (regular admission)
Attendees can expect to chow down on grub from 40+ food trucks in “hot food alley” and enjoy live entertainment all summer long. The Friday Night Market will also feature a 19+ beer garden, serving local craft beer and cider as well as Betty’s Vodka Iced Tea.
When: Every Friday from May 4 to September 28 from 5 to 10 pm
Where: Shipbuilders’ Square – 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
The newest theme is a classic but cheeky one, The Great British Tea Party is available now through September 3, with seatings at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm daily. Selections at this tea include Fairmont’s LOT 35 Tea, the Eton Mess with berries, meringue, and whipped double cream, and raisin and butter scones served with Devonshire cream and strawberry jam to name a few.
Where: Notch8 – Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
When: Now through September 3 at 11 am, 1 pm, or 3 pm.
Price: $65 per person; book online
Latin style BBQ Sundays at Cacao
Every Sunday this summer Cacao Vancouver will be offering a drool-worthy Latin-style BBQ. This event will run from June 10 to August 26 and offers patrons traditional “Carne Asada” from different regions in Central and South America. Come to join the Cacao family for a classic neighbourhood Sunday gathering. Reservations are required.
When: Every Sunday until August 26
Where: Cacao – 1898 W 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Price: Single person platter $30; For two $50; For Four $95; Call 604-731-5370 to reserve.
Experience an epic East Coast-inspired Sunday Seafood Boil without leaving the West Coast at Vancouver’s celebrated Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar. Take a seat on the stunning downtown patio and tuck into a bounty of fresh-caught seafood – jumbo prawns, clams, mussels, crawfish and Dungeness crab –piled high on butcher’s paper and served with all the fixings, including Boulevard’s signature bacon cornbread and sweet Beignets for dessert.
When: Sundays from June 17 to August 26
Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Price: $65; buy online
Market by Jean-Georges’ new weekend brunch, Belle Provence, kicks off on June 17 and will run until mid-September. Guests can expect Provençale-inspired dishes on the new brunch menu, including eats like baguette tartines, lavender lemonade popsicles, madeleines, French toast, and of course, rosé!
When: Weekends from June 17 to mid-September
Where: Terrace at Market by Jean-Georges in the Shangri La – 1115 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Each meal served by Dinner in the Sky will include a seating for up to 22 guests and four staff, including the chef, two servers, and a safety lead. The floating venue will also feature rotating and reclining seating to allow guests a full 360-degree view.
When: June 23 to July 29, 2018
Where: 415 West Esplanade, Noth Vancouver
Price: $149+; buy online
The team at YEW seafood + bar is celebrating Summer by bringing back the ultra-popular family style- Dungeness Crab and Lobster Boil Dining Series. Guests will tie on a bib (yours to keep) and raise a complimentary glass of wine to begin the evening.
When: Sunday from July 15 to August 19 from 6:30 to 9 pm
Where: YEW seafood + bar – 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Price: $72.26; buy online
One time only
The people of Steveston have come together every year since 1945 to celebrate Canada’s birthday. The day will begin at 6:30 am with a pancake breakfast, followed by live entertainment and activities. The main attraction will be their famous salmon barbecue, where over 1,200 pounds of wild salmon filets are grilled over open fire pits.
When: July 1 from 6:30 am to 8 pm
Where: 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond
Price: $16 per plate
Mamie Taylor’s ninth annual Canada Day Ribfest will kick off at 2 pm. The cook-off competition will feature popular chefs from all around town, and you will get to choose the winning chef. But hurry, only 100 judging tickets will be available to the public sold on a first come, first served basis.
When: July 1 at 2 pm
Where: 215 East Georgia, Vancouver
Price: $10 per person; onsite at Mamie Taylor’s on Canada Day
While there are going to be tons of amazing foodie events in Vancouver on Canada Day, not all of them will be offering a deal as good as this one. Second Floor Eatery + Bar, located at 808 Bute Street, will be offering patrons a FREE order of wings with the purchase of any pitcher of Molson Canadian beer from noon to 9 pm.
When: July 1 from noon to 9 pm
Where: 808 Bute Street, Vancouver
Chef Travis Petersen first brought cannabis-infused dinner to Vancouver on this year’s 4/20 weekend, and he is doing it again for Canada Day long weekend. The event will be held at a private location, with each seating holding up to 10 people. There will be two time slots for brunch and two for dinner.
On July 4 in Wildebeest’s secluded underground lair, Underbelly, there will be a standup-style mingler featuring three kegs and two bottle-conditioned beers exclusively from Brasserie Dunham (brewery located between Montreal and Sherbrooke) along with signature Wildebeest bites. Guests will have the opportunity to meet-and-greet with Brasserie Dunham brewmaster Eloi Deit.
When: July 4 from 6:30 to 10 pm
Where: Wildebeest – 120 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Price: $48; buy online
Taking place from July 7 to 8, the 10th annual Carnaval del Sol is a two-day celebration of Latin American Culture, and it’s the peak of Latin American Week, which begins on Wednesday, June 27. The festival will feature food from many Latin American countries, from Mexico all the way south to Chile.
When: July 7 to 8 from 11 am to 10 pm
Where: Concord Pacific Place, Vancouver
Price: $2 donation for adults
Brunch Affair will be taking over North Vancouver’s Pipe Shop and Shipbuilders’ Square on Saturday, July 7, and Sunday, July 8, for the ultimate breakfast meets lunch feast. Rosemary Rocksalt, Cabrito, The Very Good Butchers, Finch & Barley, House of Yee, and PR Bannock Factory are just some of the vendors whose delicious creations will be ready and waiting for you.
When: July 7 and 8 from 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Shipyards and Pipe Shop – 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Price: $5 – $45; buy online
Come down on July 8 for Campagnolo Roma’s second barbecue party. The restaurant will be roasting a whole hog, briskets, links, and Southern-inspired sides. You can also expect some good tunes and good beers.
When: July 8 at 11 am
Where: Campagnolo Roma — 2297 East Hastings, Vancouver
National French Fry Day at Bells and Whistles
Friday, July 13 is National French Fry Day, and Bells and Whistles wants to celebrate by offering a special one-day-only promotion on their epic fries. Anyone who heads into this spot and orders a burger or sandwich on July 13 can upgrade a standard side of fries to ‘fancy fries’ for free. Choose from Chilli Cheese Fries (Ballpark chilli and aged cheddar), Chowder Fries (cream corn, locally caught fish, fresh dill, paprika), and Curry Fries (lamb curry, mint-lime yogurt, braised chickpeas, cilantro).
When: July 13
Where: Bells and Whistles – 3296 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Taking place over three days in Rocky Point Park, this is a FREE community event features live music, craft beers, and family entertainment. Come to enjoy three days of delicious barbecue with friends and family.
When: July 20 to 22 all day
Where: Rocky Point Park — 2800 Murray Street, Port Moody
The inaugural Steveston Ciders and Sours Fest to be held at the historic Seine Net Loft at Britannia Shipyards this year This Festival will host approximately thirty-five booths and will showcase local craft ciders and craft ‘sour-style’ beers. You will have the opportunity to sample some of the best ciders and beers BC has to offer.
When: July 21 from 2:30 to 5 pm
Where: Britannia Shipyards – 5180 Westwater Drive, Richmond
Price: $55; buy online
Learn the art of crafting your own concoctions with H Tasting Lounge Premium Bartender, Dylan Williams. Use locally-foraged ingredients as you mix your way to mastery, with four curated cocktail recipes. Your handcrafted creations will be paired with Executive Chef Alex Mok’s tasting plates.
When: July 21 from 6 to 8 pm
Where: H Tasting Lounge – 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver
Price: $120; buy online
With two seatings at 6 and 8:30 pm, the dinner will showcase beer from Phillips Brewing & Malting Co. paired with brand new Tacofino dishes created by Executive Chef Stefan Hartmann and Head Chef James You.
This event combines Mamie Taylor’s legendary pig roast with beer pairings from Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks for an evening of meat-fueled shenanigans.
When: July 28 from 6:30 to 10 pm
Where: Mamie Taylor’s – 251 East Georgia Street, Vancouver
Price: $67; buy online
Brewery & The Beast is an annual festival of meat promoting local farms and restaurants. The $100 ticket includes food, beverages, and live music from the Electric Timber Co. with special guests.
When: July 29 from 1 pm to 4 pm
Where: Concord Pacific Place — 180 Pacific Boulevard
Price: $100 per person; buy online