The month of May is going to be freaking delicious, at least, if you attend one of these epic shindigs (or a few) it surely will be.
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Whether you’re aiming to sip on stellar wines, hit up a food truck festival, or make it to a night market, May is going to be the month the get your summer eating and drinking started.
Here are some awesome food events happening in or around Vancouver in May.
Disco Dumplings at Burdock & Co
This weekly series features a savoury dumpling menu, DJ Chris Allen spinning vinyl, and a flashy disco ball setting the mood. Plates are $10 and guests can choose from an assortment of decadent dumplings including nettle and ricotta with wild greens and pork and burdock with charred chili sauce.
When: Mondays at 8 pm (walk-ins only; reservations on Mondays will only be accepted until 6:30 pm)
Where: Burdock & Co – 2702 Main Street, Vancouver
Popular local juicery and cafe The Juice Truck will be teaming up with Vancouver’s TMRW Foods for a drool-worthy weekly event. The Juice Truck’s Main Street location will host a weekly pop-up on Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm.
When: Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm
Where: The Juice Truck – 4236 Main Street, Vancouver
Back at it again, North Vancouver’s Shipyards Night Market is returning for Spring and Summer 2019. Gathering some of Vancouver’s best food vendors, this free event will feature a full farmers’ and artisan marketplace along with local food trucks and live entertainment weekly until 10 pm.
Where: Shipbuilders’ Square – 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
When: May 3 to September 27, 2019, at 5 pm
Price: FREE entry
The Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival is back for its sixth year featuring delicious grub-on-wheels, drinks, and more. This year brings seven drool-worthy events from the Fraser Valley Food Truck Association, and the first one kicks off on April 27.
- May 4: Heritage Park, Chilliwack
- May 11: Civic Plaza, Abbotsford
- May 25: Cloverdale Exhibition Grounds
Where: Locations across Greater Vancouver
Price: FREE entry
This market draws crowds from across the province, who travel to check out the rows on rows of vibrant cuisine along with the diverse line-up of nightly performances on the 50-foot entertainment stage.
When: May 10 to October 14, 2019
Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond (near Bridgeport Station)
[email protected] Dinner Series at The Mackenzie Room
This new weekly four-course dinner series runs every Tuesday and Wednesday in May from 7 to 10 pm and features pairings from local wineries and breweries. [email protected] will focus on a separate protein, ranging from BC ocean life to a vegetarian feast.
- May 7 and 8: [email protected] – Wine from Bella, Sparkling Wine
- May 14 and 15: [email protected] – Wine from Lock and Worth and Nichol Vineyards
- May 21 and 22: [email protected] – Beer from Steel & Oak along with a Tap Takeover
- May 28 and 29: [email protected] – Wine from Rathjen Cellars, Vancouver Island
Where: 415 Powell Street, Vancouver
Thursday Wine Dinners at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar
Boulevard is hosting two exclusive events this month. The ’Terroir Mosaic’ will run as part of the sixth annual Top Drop Vancouver wine festival and one week later Boulevard Executive General Manager and Wine Director JP Potters will launch Boulevard’s ‘La Paulée’-styled dinner series.
May 23 at 7 pm: Terroir Mosaic
May 30 at 7 pm: La Paulée Dinner
Where: 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Price: $125; purchase by calling 604-642-2900
One time only
Seven of Vancouver’s master chocolatiers will go head-to-head on May 2 for The Gourmet Warehouse 7th annual Chocolate Challenge. The proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Vancouver Firefighter Charities Snacks for Kids program, Project Chef, and the Strathcona Backpack Program.
When: May 2 from 6:30 to 9 pm
Where: The Gourmet Warehouse – 1340 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Price: $79; buy online
Vancouver’s 41st Annual Greek Food Festival returns this May for another year of delicious food and entertainment. From May 3 to 5, attendees of this fest can enjoy live performances, heritage displays, and mouthwatering eats such as souvlaki and sweet, honey-soaked loukoumades.
When: May 3 from 5 to 10 pm, May 4-5 from noon to 10 pm
Where: Hellenic Community of Vancouver 4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
Get ready to enjoy one of the biggest natural food events of the year, because the sixth annual Veg Expo is returning to Vancouver for 2019. The highly-anticipated vegan, vegetarian, and sustainable food event is taking place on May 5, at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
When: May 5 from 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Price: $20; buy online
This Cinco De Mayo taco’s and tequila party is hosted By LCU Nightlife, New Era Promotions, and The Dynasty Boys. The brunch lasts from noon to 2 pm while the dance party continues until 6 pm.
When: May 5 from 12:30 to 6 pm
Where: The Pawn Shop YVR – 1117 Granville Street, Vancouver
Price: $10–$25; buy online
Vin Van is running a British-inspired Sunday Roast Series, bringing the best of a British Sunday to Vancouver, drizzle and all.
When: May 5 from 6 to 9 pm
Where: Dock Lunch – 152 E 11th Avenue, Vancouver
Price: $55; buy online
The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s (VCBF) fifth annual Sakura Night returns this May. The one-night event is the festival’s standing reception fundraiser and celebrates a world of Asian-fusion cuisine, allowing attendees to try food from some of Vancouver’s top local chefs.
When: May 5 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: Stanley Park Pavilion – 610 Pipeline Road, Vancouver
Price: $154 – $179; buy online
On May 8 one dollar from each meal ordered at participating restaurants will be donated to help grow Mealshare, a restaurant charity program focused on helping to end youth hunger. So really, could there be a better night to chow down on the town? You can find the full list of places online where you can head to dine out for good on May 8
When: May 8
Where: Participating restaurants in Vancouver
This highly-anticipated fest will take place on May 19 at the False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf, located at 1505 W 1st Avenue. The annual celebration of BC’s iconic local product, spot prawns, will have some new features this year.
When: May 19 from 11:30 am to 1 pm or 1:30 pm to 3 pm
Where: False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf – 1505 W 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Price: Free – $60; buy online starting March 19
In collaboration with Top Drop, Wildebeest is throwing an epic a sausage and rose themed party. This shindig will be a grazing event featuring house-made charcuterie, sausages, and snacks alongside pink wines from Vancouver Island to the hills of Champagne.
When: May 23 from 7 to 9:30 pm
Where: 120 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
Price: $49–$55; buy online
Guests will enjoy a multi-course Italian-inspired menu plus an informative overview of the wines that will pair with it. This is one of three wine dinners Cibo will host this season.
When: May 23 at 7 pm
Where: 900 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Price: $113; buy online
Enjoy the annual grand tasting of this multi-event wine fest featuring dozens of international, terroir-focused wineries, craft breweries, and cideries.
When: May 24 from 7 to 9:30 pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Price: $75; buy online
Sticky’s fourth Annual Root Beer Festival is going down on May 25 at the Sticky’s Candy store in Langley from 11 am to 3 pm, and it sounds like it’s going to be pretty sweet. The fourth annual fest of all things root beer will feature over 50 premium varieties of this carbonated beverage, along with fudge, candy, ice cream, and root beer floats.
When: May 25 from 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Douglas Park – 20550 Douglas Cresent, Langley
Price: $25; buy online
Bikers For Autism is revving up efforts to raise awareness and funds for individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by announcing Shuck It Forward V. This event takes place at Chewies Oyster Bar in Coal Harbour and features chowder and caesar competitions, live music, raffles, a silent auction and an oyster-shucking competition pitting 24 of North America’s best shuckers against each other.
When: May 26 at noon
Where: Chewies Oyster Bar in Coal Harbour – 1055 West Hastings, Vancouver
Price: $25–$100; buy online
This collab dinner offers two seatings at 6 and 8:30 pm where guests will enjoy a five-course menu with beer pairings.
When: May 30 from 6 to 10:30 pm
Where: Tacofino Commissary – 2327 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Price: $55; buy online