17 Vancouver food events to check out this May

Apr 19 2017, 7:08 pm

It’s time to celebrate spring the best way we know how – eating and drinking!

With so many amazing events to choose from, your calendar is sure to fill up quickly. From the Spot Prawn Festival to Mother’s Day – here are 17 food events to check out this May.

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1. Benefit Dinner for Shalefield Organic Gardens

Chef David Gunawan and his team at Farmer’s Apprentice have partnered with farm-to-table restaurant, Shalefield Organic Gardens, to raise the funds to rebuild damages incurred from the February blizzard. The menu for this benefit dinner includes Sorrel Gazpacho, Asparagus, Slaw of Kohlrabi with Smoked Cod, and Red Fife and Einkorn Sourdough to name a few.

When: Monday, May 1 from 6 to 10:30 pm
Where: Farmer’s Apprentice, 1535 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: $122.66; buy via Eventbrite.

2. St. Lawrence restaurant preview pop-up

Another chance to test-drive the menu of the planned St. Lawrence restaurant is happening at their sibling spot Ask For Luigi on Monday, May 1. Experience four courses of old-school French and Quebecois inspired cuisine developed by chefs J-C Poirier and Mark Perrier.

When: Monday, May 1; seatings at 5:30 and 8:30 pm
Where: Ask For Luigi, 305 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $125 per person; purchase online (5:30 or 8:30)

3. Tartine & Maple’s Dinner & Demo: Spring Flavors

Learn how to make Spring Salad, Slow Braised Lam, and Rhubarb Tarts. Guests will get to taste everything made during the class along with a savoury welcome snack and a glass of white wine. Recipes and take-home food will also be provided.

When: Wednesday, May 3 from 6 to 9 pm
Where: The Uncommon Cafe, 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $69; buy via Eventbrite

4. See Ya Later Ranch Wine Dinner at the Boathouse English Bay

The Boathouse English Bay invites wine connoisseurs to a See Ya Later Ranch Wine Pairing Event. Guests will enjoy a hand-crafted, six-course meal curated by The Boathouse executive chef, Johnathan Ampana, paired with a selection of wines from See Ya Later Ranch Vineyards. Special Guest David Saysomack, winemaker at See Ya Later Ranch, will offer guests exclusive insight about each wine served throughout the night.

WhenWednesday, May 3 at 7 pm
Where: The Boathouse English Bay, 1795 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: $75 per person plus tax and tip; for reservations call 604-669-2225 or book online

5. Joël Watanabe and Nick Nutting: Italian/Asian Street Food and Cocktails

Joël Watanabe of Kissa Tanto and Bao Bei teams up with Nick Nutting of Tofino’s Wolf in the Fog collaborate on an evening of Asian/Italian street food. This even will also feature a raw bar outside at the Tofino Botanical Gardens.

When: Friday, May 5 from 6 to 10 pm
Where: Tofino Botanical Gardens and Ecolodge, 1084 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino
Tickets: $68.25; purchase via Ticketfly

6. Devour! Osoyoos Food Film Festival

A celebration of both food and film, Devour! is a can’t-miss spring foodie event. This weekend features some of Western Canada’s best chefs cooking up multi-course feasts, along with a series of films films curated by Devour’s managing director Lia Rinaldo.

When: Friday, May 5 to Sunday, May 7
Where: South Okanagan
Tickets: Festival packages can be purchased online

7. Kentucky Derby Party at the Granville Room

Head to the Granville Room on May 6 for their first annual Kentucky Derby Party. This event will feature a complimentary bourbon sampling and feature derby brunch menu. Mint Juleps will also be on special for $7. Doors open at 1 and the race begins at 3 pm.

When: Saturday, May 6 at 1 pm (race at 3 pm)
Where: Granville Room, 957 Granville Street, Vancouver

8. Tartine & Maple’s Chocolate Lover’s Ultimate Cooking Class

Learn how to make Chocolate Mousse, Truffles, and Lava Cake. Guests will get to taste everything made during the class along with a savoury welcome snack and a glass of white wine. Recipes and take-home food will also be provided.

When: Sunday, May 7 from 2 to 4 pm
Where: Trout Lake Community Centre, 3360 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: $57.14; register here.

9. Snout to Tail Pop-Up Dinner


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This seven-course dinner includes craft beer pairings and it is being hosted by Masaladobo on Granville Street. This event is sponsored by Windsor Meat Co, Beast and Brine, and Third Street Foods. The dinner will include  local craft beer pairings. Reservations can be made by emailing [email protected]

When: Sunday, May 7 from 6 to 8 pm
Where: Masaladobo, 433 Granville Street, Vancouver
Price: $70

10. Tonight for Tomorrow Mealshare fundraiser night

Make plans to eat dinner out on May 10; it’s Mealshare’s second annual Tonight for Tomorrow fundraiser. Over 15 restaurants have partnered with the non-profit charity and agreed to donate one dollar to Mealshare for every dollar spent on food on this day.

When: Wednesday, May 10
Where: Participating restaurants in Metro Vancouver

11. Wild Rice X Steel & Oak Brewery Brew Masters Dinner

Enjoy a four-course dinner at Wild Rice Market paired with Steel & Oak Brewery craft brews. This menu features a drunken shrimp raft, filipino pork sisig, roasted lemongrass chicken, and old fashioned chocolate cake to finish. 

Reservations can be made online.

When: Thursday, May 11 at 6:30 pm
Where: Wild Rice Market Bistro (in the River Market), 810 Quayside Drive, New West
Tickets: $55

12. BC Spot Prawn Festival

Tickets to this event include a plate of three juicy BC spot prawns along with side dishes and fresh breads from Terra BreadsR&B Brewing and Evolve Cellars will be providing free beer and wine sampled in the 19+ tent of the festival.

When: Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 11 am to 3 pm
Where: False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf1505 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Price: $19.75; buy via Eventbrite.

13. Tartine & Maple’s Mother’s Day Brunch & Bake

Head to this event to enjoy brunch, bites, mimosas. You will learn how to make Eclairs and Cream Puffs, and for the brunch menu you can expect Beet Soup with Whipped Goat Cheese, Mini Asparagus & Bacon Quiches, and Homemade Baba Ganoush and Tapenade with Toasted Tortillas. One glass of mimosa comes with each ticket.

When: Sunday, May 14 from 11 am to 2 pm
Where: The Uncommon Cafe, 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $69; buy via Eventbrite.

14. Whistler’s Second Annual Gourmet Ride

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler is partnering with Bici Gusti for a second year of Whistler’s exciting Gourmet Ride. Bici Gusti invites people to an event that is family-friendly, it will feature delicious feasts and of course, cycling! This Gourmet Ride is a fabulous way to start the biking season and cyclists of all levels are welcome.

When: Friday, May 19 to Sunday, 21
Where: Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler, 4591 Blackcomb Way, Whistler
Tickets: Registration can be done online.

15. Tartine & Maple’s Dinner & Demo: Mediterranean Inspired

Learn how to make Lebanese Tabbouleh, Preserved Lemons Chicken Tagine, and Pistachio Baklava. Guests will get to taste everything made during the class along with a savoury welcome snack and a glass of white wine. Recipes and take-home food will also be provided.

When: Wednesday, May 24 from 6 to 9 pm
Where: The Uncommon Cafe, 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $69; buy via Eventbrite.

16. TopDrop Vancouver Tasting Event

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Time for wine! Top Drop Vancouver‘s annual grand tasting featuring all international, terroir-focused wineries, craft breweries, cideries, food purveyors and more. Sample all sorts of global wines and enjoy delicious bites.

When: Wednesday, May 24, 7 to 9:30 pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews
Tickets: $75, available online

17. Ridge Meadows Craft Beer Festival

Head to the second annual Ridge Meadows Craft Beer Festival to relax in the newly renovated club house at the Pitt Meadows Golf Club. Guests can sip on over 60 vendors offering samples of beers, and food will be provided at this  stand-up walk around tasting.

When: Saturday, May 27 from 7 to 9 pm
Where: Pitt Meadows Golf Club, 13615 Harris Road, Pitt Meadows
Tickets: $45; buy here.

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