19 best Vancouver food events to check out in March

Feb 25 2020, 5:01 pm

We did it. We’ve almost reached the month, when spring finally begins.

March is coming in full force and so are the awesome food- and beverage-centric events that come with it.

From the Vancouver Tea Festival to a vegan night market, here are the best Vancouver food events to check out in March.

Recurring Events

3rd Anniversary at The Holy Crab

This West End seafood destination is offering 30 free Stuffed Deviled Crab to its first customers on March 1 and then offering 30% off the entire menu from March 1 to 8.

When: March 1 and the whole week (March 1 to 8)
Where: The Holy Crab – 1588 Robson Street, Vancouver

Bells and Whistles’ “Question Authority Trivia” and Sunday Night Movie Series

This month Bells and Whistles will be running Question Authority Trivia at 7 pm before its Sunday Night Movie Series. March will see the screenings of Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle (March 1), Dodgeball (March 8), Swingers (March 15), Semi-Pro (March 22), and Mean Girls (March 29).

When: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Where: Bells and Whistles – 3296 Fraser Street, Vancouver

Benny Bonanza at Joe Fortes

Benny Bonanza, an uber affordable mid-morning weekend promo at Joe Fortes, has officially returned to Thurlow Street. Since February 1 and running 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 from now until March 1 from 11 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House – 777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2020

This year the highly anticipated event will take place until 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: Now until March 1
Where: Venues around Vancouver
Price: Buy online

Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea at the Trump Champagne Lounge

Available daily from now until March 22, 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, 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

Raincouver-Themed Afternoon Tea at Notch8

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 until April 12; 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

Tacofino Beer Dinner Series at Tacofino Hastings

Tacofino’s popular beer dinner series is back again for 2020. This year we’ll see five-course Tofino Brewing Co., Steel & Oak, Strathcona, Parkside, and Four Winds.

When: March 26, April 30, May 28, June 25, July 30 at 6 and 8:30 p.m
Where: Tacofino Hastings – 2327 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver
Price: $55 per person; available online soon

One-Time-Only Events

Vancouver Buddhist Temple Japan Food Fair

This bi-annual food bizarre offers patrons free entry and tons of delicious food like sushi, chicken teriyaki, more for purchase.

When: March 1 from noon to 2 pm
Where: Vancouver Buddhist Temple – 220 Jackson Avenue, Vancouver
Price: Free entry

Festa della Polenta at Di Beppe

Di Beppee’s second-annual Festa della Polenta dinner is happening at the Gastown restaurant on March 1 at 6 pm. Throughout the rest of March, the eatery will be offering rotating weekly polenta-focused features to the menu.

When: March 1 and throughout the month
Where: Di Beppe – 2 W Cordova Street, Vancouver

$2 Pasta at The Old Spaghetti Factory

On March 3 from 11 am to 8 pm, you can head into the 53 Water Street eatery and get all-inclusive Spaghetti entrees from $1.75 to $1.95.

Where: The Old Spaghetti Factory Gastown – 53 Water Street, Vancouver
When: March 3 from 11 am to 8 pm

Vancouver Tea Festival 2020

On March 7 and 8, head to the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre in Burnaby to dive into the world of the planet’s most consumed beverage (other than water, of course). Attendees of this weekend-long event can expect a marketplace, presentations, and tastings galore.

When: March 7 and 8
Where: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre — 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
Price: $7 – $18; buy online

Burdock & Co’s International Women’s Day brunch

The special International Women’s Day event takes place on March 8 and has three seatings at 10 am, noon, and 2 pm. Each person will also receive a signed copy of Chef Andrea Carlson’s cookbook.

When: March 8 at 10 am, noon, and 2 pm
Where: Burdock & Co – 2702 Main Street, Vancouver
Price: $54 per person; buy online

Savour the Sun: The Westin Bayshore

This dinner will be featuring a seasonally influenced menu and wines from winemaker Melissa Smits and Intersection Estate Winery Dinner. This event takes place on International Women’s Day.

When: March 8 at 6 pm
Where: The Westin Bayshore — 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver
Price: $132 per person; book online

Curry Cup 2020

This annual event will go down on March 9 at Heritage Hall on Main Street, where several chefs will compete to see who has created the most outstanding curry of the evening.

When: March 9 from 6:30 to 9 pm
Where: Heritage Hall – 3102 Main Street, Vancouver
Price: $59-$69; buy online

An Evening with Botanist

This month Botanist will host a celebratory 10-course dinner from Botanist Executive Chef Hector Laguna to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Fairmont Pacific Rim. The feast will be a one-night-only experience, and optional wine pairings are available for $128 per person.

When: March 11 from 6:30 to 10:30 pm
Where: Botanist – 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver
Price: $268 per person; buy online

Origo’s PaulĂ©e Grand Cru Dinner

Origo’s third installment of its PaulĂ©e Grand Cru Dinner will take place on March 12. This event invites each guest to bring two bottles of Grand Cru Burgundy or Champagne or one magnum of either to be shared among their fellow diners alongside dinner. Each ticket includes dinner and transportation home.

When: March 12 at 6:30 pm
Where: Origo Club – 6888 River Road #110, Richmond
Price: $300; buy online

Hip Hop Trivia Night at Juke Fried Chicken

Juke Fried Chicken’s monthly Hip Hop Trivia Night returns on March 17. Teams of up to six people can take part in five rounds of questions starting at 7 pm. Sign up via email ([email protected]) or via the eatery’s Instagram or Facebook. Walk-ins are welcome.

When: March 17 at 7 pm
Where: Juke Fried Chicken – 182 Keefer Street, Vancouver

Quails Gate Winemakers Dinner at Five Sails

This five-course dinner will include wine pairings carefully selected by Sommelier Ramone Fresnada. The meal will include a champagne and canapé reception before the dinner kicks off.

When: March 18
Where: Pan Pacific Vancouver – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Price: $129 per person; buy online

The Vegan Night Market

Grab all your favourite vegan products at this night market. You’ll find everything from clothing, jewellery, and over 20 food trucks too.

When: March 19 from 6 to 10 pm
Where: The Waldorf – 1489 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Price: Admission by $5 minimum donation or canned food, pet food, clothing, or unused body products for WISH Drop-In Centre Society