We’re finally at that time Vancouver, the time when we can eat, drink, and be merry in and around the great outdoors without freezing to death or needing five heat lamps for one person. Spring has sprung and summer is comin’ in hot.
It’s time to celebrate June and all the amazing food events and shindigs going down this month. Dinners, demos, festivals, and more – June might just be the most delicious month of 2018 yet.
Here are some awesome food events to check out in or around Vancouver in June.
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 St, Vancouver
When: Now through September 3 at 11 am, 1 pm, or 3 pm.
Price: $65 per person; book online
This free event is uber popular for foodies in the Metro Vancouver/Fraser Valley area. Each fest will feature around a dozen trucks with food and beverage for purchase, live entertainment, and artisan market vendors. Most events will run from 11 am to 5 pm.
When: June 2; June 3
Where: June 2 at Douglas Park 20550 Douglas Crescent, Langley; June 2 at Airport Days at the Pitt Meadows Airport; June 3 at Concord Pacific 88 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
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.
Vancouver Craft Beer Week is back for 2018, and with the celebration of all things beer (and music, food, and art) comes some seriously awesome shindigs. Beer lovers can get in on the celebration’s citywide events from May 25 to June 3.
When: May 25 to June 3
Where: Locations around Vancouver
Price: Prices vary; buy online
Beer and cider lovers are invited to come to the PNE Fairgrounds on June 2 and 3 for the 9th annual year of good times, filled with music, food, art, and of course, tons of craft beer. For 2018 festival-goers can expect 100+ craft breweries and cideries (pouring 300+ beverages), live music, buskers, and more food trucks and washrooms. This festival caps off the 10-day citywide celebration which runs from May 25 to June 3.
When: June 2 to 3; Saturday, from 2 to 7 pm and Sunday, from noon to 5 pm
Where: PNE/Playland – 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Price: $39-$75; buy online
PiDGiN x Heritage Asian Eatery Collab Dinner
Heritage Asian Eatery executive chef and co-owner Felix Zhou will bring his signature modern Eastern cuisine to the kitchen at Gastown’s PiDGiN for an exclusive guest chef dinner on Tuesday, June 5. Zhou will work alongside PiDGiN executive chef Wesley Young to prepare a five-course family style dinner featuring an array of unique, Asian-inspired dishes such as albacore tuna with asparagus, scallion sauce and Japanese charcoal; sturgeon with curried tonkatsu broth; and roasted duck breast with Peking sauce, stuffed morels, alliums and scallion pancake.
When: June 5
Where: 350 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Price: $65; book via phone at 604-620-9400 or email at [email protected]
Learn the basics of safe canning, so you can preserve the summer flavours. Recipes demonstrated: Strawberry Jam and Pickled Cukes. Go home with samples of each and printed recipes.
When: June 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Kensington Community Center, 5175 Dumfries Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $50; buy via Kensington Community Centre
Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar ‘Generations Wine Dinner’ with Blue Mountain Vineyards
Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar will welcome a flagship family winery from the South Okanagan region when the restaurant co-hosts a ‘Generations Wine Dinner’ with Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars on Friday, June 8 at 6:30 pm The one-night-only event – which is limited to 30 guests – will feature a reception and a four-course menu of Boulevard’s signature, West Coast-inspired fare prepared by Executive Chef Roger Ma paired with the unique insights and expertise of Blue Mountain father-daughter ownership duo Ian and Christie Mavety.
When: June 8 at 6:30 pm
Where: 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Price: $125; call 604-642-2900 to reserve
Vancouver’s annual Italian Day is set to pack Commercial Drive with pasta, pizza, and partygoers again on Sunday, June 10, 2018. Join thousands of Vancouverites in a celebration of all things Italian as Commercial Drive will transform into a vibrant 14-block car-free zone, featuring over 150 merchants, food vendors, and entertainment.
When: Sunday, June 10 from noon to 8 pm
Where: Commercial Drive (from Venables Street to Grandview Cut)
No one can teach you how to make sourdough, beginning to end, in 2 hours. But in this demonstration event, you will learn the basics: how to care for your starter, how to knead, rest and cook a loaf, with 3 stages of the making presented. You get to go home with a sample of sourdough starter (bring your jar), a piece of loaf and recipes.
When: June 10 from 1:30 to 4 pm
Where: Trout Lake Community Center, 3350 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Price: $67; buy via Trout Lake CC
The Davie Street location of Denny’s is celebrating their grand re-opening after undergoing renovations and will be offering their dollar breakfast deal from 7 am to 2 pm on Tuesday, June 12.
When: June 12 from 7 am to 2 pm
Where: 1098 Davie Street, Vancouver
On Tuesday, June 12, Yaletown will be transformed into a foodie’s paradise. This event serves up grub made by local restaurant chefs and food truck collabs, and it’s sure to be great. A ticket to this shindig costs $69 and it gets you access to all the food along with wine, beer, and cocktail tasters. Patrons can head to the intersection of Hamilton an Nelson and get in on the epic eats at this event brought to us by the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia.
When: June 12 from 6 to 9 pm
Where: Intersection of Hamilton an Nelson (Yaletown)
Price: $69; buy online
Pies of Summer
Bake the best pies with the most flavourful fruits of the summer! Recipes demonstrated: Tomato Tarte Tatin, Peach and Strawberry Lattice Pie, and make your own Mini Blueberry Pie to take home. One glass of wine included, go home with printed recipes and one mini pie.
When: June 13 from 6 to 9 pm
Where: The Uncommon Cafe, 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
Price: $69; buy via Eventbrite
L’Abattoir chef and owner Lee Cooper will host Australian chef Mark Best (San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants), alongside Calgary-based chef Darren MacLean of Shokunin for a spectacular six-course dinner with wine pairings on Wednesday, June 13 at 6:30 pm. The guest chef dinner will be held in L’Abattoir’s private room, tucked away in a refurbished 19th-century brick-and-beam heritage building located behind the main dining room.
When: June 13 at 6:30 pm
Where: 217 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Price: $200; to reserve call 1-800-656-0173 or buy online
Learn the art of crafting your own concoctions with H Tasting Lounge’s 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: June 14 from 6 to 8 pm
Where: The Westin Bayshore – 1601 Bayshore Drive
Price: $120; buy online
This year, Devour! Osoyoos is back and better than ever, offering a wide variety of fun-filled events perfectly suited to food and film fanatics. June 15 will kick off the festivities with a welcome BBQ reception, and then attendees can get into a whole weekend of food-centric events.
When: June 15 to 17
Where: Venues around Osoyoos
Price: Prices vary; buy online
Guests will receive complimentary wine and beer pairings along with a welcome glass of bubbles upon arrival at this multi-course dinner prepared by Chef Katsuji Tanabe owner of MexiKosher Restaurant, the first authentic Kosher Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles
When: June 15 at 6 pm
Where: TBD restaurant in Vancouver
Price: $125; buy online
Guests are invited to pull up a chair and tuck into a true, East Coast-inspired communal seafood spread piled high on butcher’s paper and served with all the fixings, including Boulevard’s signature bacon cornbread and sweet Beignets for dessert.
When: June 17 and June 24 at 6 pm
Where: 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Price: $65; buy online
Babes Who Brunch is real talk for real women, over brunch. Whether you come for the bubbles, the brunch or to hear from an incredible lady boss, it doesn’t matter. All are celebrated, all are welcome and all will leave feeling empowered through the connection and community built at this signature ACE event.
When: June 23 from 11 am to 1 pm
Price: $51.55; buy online
The Summer Cask Festival is back featuring all their fruit and sour casks. There will be up to 35 different casks from all the local craft beers around the Lower Mainland. Your $30 ticket gets you 6 beer tokens and 1 food token.
When: June 24 from noon to 5 pm
Where: 871 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Price: $30; buy online
With two seatings at 6 and 8:30 pm, the dinner will showcase beer from The Parkside Brewery, Moody Ales, Yellow Dog Brewing Co., and Twin Sails Brewing paired with brand new Tacofino dishes created by Executive Chef Stefan Hartmann and Head Chef James You.
When: June 28 from 6 to 11 pm
Where: Tacofino Hastings – 2327 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Price: $50; buy online