24 Vancouver food events worth checking out in November

Oct 24 2017, 6:06 pm

We are officially in the full swing of fall, and while the weather is getting colder, the food and beverage scene in Vancouver is getting hotter.

Foodies in the city are prepping their stomachs for the holiday season, and November is the perfect warm up for this. It’s definitely time to get in the groove of eating, drinking, and being merry.

With this incredible lineup of events all month long, how could we not be excited to gear up and take some seriously epic food down during one-of-a-kind experiences?

Here are 24 food events, in or around Vancouver, worth checking out in November.

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Game On Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

This themed tea at Notch8 in the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver offers a selection of goodies such as house made scones, along with cleverly-named offerings such at the savoury ‘Go Fish’ Niscoise Sandwich and Chess-nut Tart (Candied Chestnut, Duck Confit), and sweet treats like the Double Domino Lemon Tart, Red Velvet XO Macaron, and the Checkmate Battenberg Cake to name a few.

When: Daily from September 20 to November 26 from Wednesday to Sunday; sittings at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm
Where: Notch8 Restaurant + Bar -900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Cost: $59 per person, Kids 12 and under $29.50

Tipsy Tea at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

The Fairmont has taken their tea to the next level this time by offering a ‘Tipsy Tea’ 19+ event which runs Friday evenings from October 6 to November 17 at 7 pm. This event is $75 per person. This means you need to get your crew together, head to the tea room in Notch8 Restaurant + Bar, and bring your appetite and your competitive spirit. You’ll be going head to head in games like Snakes & Ladders, Operation, and the Game of Life.

When: Fridays from October 6 to November 17 at 7 pm
Where: Notch8 Restaurant + Bar -900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Cost: $75 per person (19+ only)

The Holy Crab Monster Roll Challenge 2017

The Holy Crab has concocted an event like no other – The Monster Roll Challenge. Running from October 31 to November 30, the eatery is inviting groups of two participants at a time to finish the Monster Roll as fast as they can and under five minutes. The 36-inch five pound roll will be sliced down the middle and each individual will be required to eat exactly half of the monster. Both contestants will need to eat everything on their half, meaning the table must be clean for the timer to stop.

When: Tuesday, October 31 to Thursday, November 30; Every day from Monday to Sunday during opening hours (Monday to Friday from 5 to 10 pm, weekends from 11:30 am to 11 pm)
Where: The Holy Crab  1588 Robson Street, Vancouver
Cost: Free if you finish in under 5 minutes, $75 if you fail


Choux & Champagne – Eclairs Party Style

Learn to make, pipe, and decorate Cream Puffs and Eclairs in this class by Tartine & Maple. Enjoy a glass of champagne while during and bring home recipes and pastries.

When: Wednesday, November 1 from 6 pm to 9 pm
Where: The Uncommon Cafe, 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
Cost: $65; buy via Eventbrite

Bone Appetit

On November second make your way to the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront in support of the BC SPCA’s Vancouver shelter. Enjoy a cocktail and delicious selection of vegan and vegetarian hors d’oeuvres, as well as a pawsome variety of silent auction items, all to support animals in need.

When: Thursday, November 2 from 6 to 8 pm
Where: Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront – 1133 West Hastings
Cost: $60 per person; buy online

CinCin Mushroom & Truffle Festival Dinner

Head to this one-of-a-kind five-course truffle dinner experience. In celebration of CinCin’s annual Mushroom & Truffle Festival, this dinner promises to be a spectacular autumn tasting of flavours, flights, and funghetti. Paired with the renowned La Spinetta wines from Italy’s Piedmont region, the magical evening will be a taste of la dolce vita.

When: Thursday, November 2
Where: CinCin Restaurant – 1154 Robson Street, Vancouver
Cost: $195 per person; buy online

Vancouver Health Show

The Vancouver Health Show is a two day consumer event for the health conscious individual. This year attendees can expect new and reliable food, supplement, exercise and lifestyle tips that promote healthier living. The first 100 people through the door on Saturday and Sunday receive free swag bags.

When: Saturday, November 4, from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday, November 5 from 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – East Facility Hall B, Vancouver
Cost: Day Pass $15, Weekend Pass $22.50, Kids under 12 free; tickets can be purchased at door

Vancouver Tea Festival

The Vancouver Tea Festival is back this year for its fourth annual celebration of all things tea. On Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5 head to the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver and the adjacent Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden to dive into the world of the planet’s most consumed beverage (other than water, of course).

When: Saturday, November 4 from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday, November 5 from 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver (50 East Pender Street) and the adjacent Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (578 Carrall Street)
Price: $5.95 – $31.95; buy via Eventbrite

Fraser Valley Wine Festival 2017

Known as the Fraser Valley Wine Festival, the event is taking place in Langley on Saturday, November 4, at the Willowbrook Shopping Centre, from 7 to 9:30 pm. The 19+ event is hosted by the Rotary Club of Langley Central and tickets are just $55 for, quote: “all the wine you can handle.” As well as the different pourings that patrons will be able to enjoy, 12 different Langley restaurants will also be serving up hot and cold hors d’oeuvres.

When: Saturday, November 4 from 7 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Willowbrook Shopping Centre – 19705 Fraser Hwy, Langley
Tickets: $55, available online

Eat! Vancouver

The 15 annual EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival is back. This festival is all in support of Project CHEF and will feature award-winning chefs across Canada teaming up with local chefs for unique dining experiences. This year’s events include EAT! Dinner Series, EAT! Harvest, EAT! Pastry and EAT! Expert Classes, so get planning and then get eating.

When: Monday, November 6 to Sunday, November 11
Where: Various venues/restaurants in Vancouver
Cost: Prices vary per event; buy online

Ancora’s Caviar Festival

For the third year in a row Ancora will be offering a special Caviar Festival menu for the month of November. The menu will feature an elegant ensemble of dishes that showcase several different varieties of caviar. Guests can also opt for a classic caviar tasting with blinis, crème fraiche, and chives. The caviar menu is a la carte. To reserve at Ancora head online or call 604-681-1164.

When: Tuesday, November 7 to Tuesday, November 28
Where: Ancora Waterfront Dining – 1600 Howe Street, Vancouver

Reverse 7-Eleven Day

The Canada-wide chain of convenience stores is celebrating Reverse 7-Eleven Day–on Tuesday, November 7 (11/7), obviously–by giving away FREE medium-sized Slurpees. There’s just one catch… To take advantage of this free giveaway, Slurpee fans have dress backwards. Which may or may not be better than dragging an oversized fish bowl down to your corner store.

When: November 7, 11 am to 7 pm
Where: 7-Eleven locations across Canada

Tacofino x 33 Acres Brewing Dinner

33 Acres Brewing Company and Tacofino are collaborating on a dinner party that’s perfect for taco-loving-beer-drinking Vancouverites (AKA most of the population). On Thursday, November 9, these two beloved local purveyors are teaming up for a five-course dinner at Tacofino’s Hastings Sunrise restaurant, located at 2327 East Hastings Street.

When: Thursday, November 9 at 6 and 8 pm
Where: Tacofino Hastings – 2327 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Cost: $48 per person; buy via Eventbrite

ELLEvate TogetHER

Head to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler for a collaborative culinary dinner on November 12 with three of Canada’s top powerhouse female chefs lending their time and talent for a cause. This event will raise money for cancer research while doing so, highlight other women in the industry. This special event is a part of Cornucopia 2017.

When: Sunday, November 12 at 6 pm
Where: The Grill Room at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler – 4599 Chateau Boulevard , Whistler
Cost: $279 per person; buy online

Cornucopia 2017

It’s time for the annual Cornucopia, “Whistler’s homage to this rugged land of plenty,” when food fans and industry insiders sip and savour the best the region has to offer. This 11-day events showcases BC’s talented chefs, winemakers, brewers, and distillers. Now in its 21st year, you can reserve your spot to experience tastings, seminars, workshops, dinners, and gatherings that puts food and drink centre stage.

When: Thursday, November 9 to Sunday, November 19
Where: Various venues/restaurants in Whistler
Cost: Prices vary per event; buy online

Chicken Nugget Festival 

Someone has organized a Chicken Nugget Festival on Saturday, November 11 and it sounds nothing short of hilarious. Organizers have asked attendees to bring their own nuggets and dipping sauces, and enjoy this widely-loved poultry dish together as one from noon to 3 pm at Central Park in Burnaby. While there won’t be any chicken nugget vendors to buy food on the premises, we urge you to turn your oven to 375 degrees, cook your own nuggets, and head to Central Park on November 11 to celebrate, dip your nugs, and celebrate some more.

Where: Saturday, November 11 from noon to 3 pm
Where: Central Park, Burnaby
Cost: Free

Ancora  Champagne Dinner

Ancora will be hosting an intimate long table Champagne dinner November 15. This feast will feature a selection of Champagnes by renowned Champagne House Lanson that Ancora’s sommelier team will pair with the restaurant’s signature Peruvian-Japanese dishes crafted by Executive Chef Ricardo Valverde and Sushi Chef Yoshihiro Tabo.

When: Wednesday, November 15 at 6:30 pm
Where: Ancora Waterfront Dining – 1600 Howe Street, Vancouver
Cost: $195; buy online or call 604-681-1164

Reflections Winter Patio

Reflections: The Garden Terrace is located within the inner courtyard of the hotel’s fourth floor and will be open from November 16 until December 31,  from 3:30 to 10:30 pm daily. The space has been transformed yet again to protect guests from any inclement weather, and overall it exudes a “Christmas in California” vibe, thanks to the coastal chic decor decked out in holiday style.

When: Thursday, November 16 to Sunday, December 31
: Rosewood Hotel Georgia – 801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

Dinner by Design Vancouver

Designers and guests mingle during this dazzling display of amazing tablescapes, while sampling gourmet treats paired with craft cocktails, wine, and beer. Get lost in an environment full of startling surprises and innovative creations. Re-imagine the traditional and witness the possibilities for the forward thinkers. Each ticket includes a complimentary welcome drink, canapés designed by some of Vancouver’s finest chefs, and live entertainment.

When: Thursday. November 16 at 8 pm
Where: The Harbour Event Centre – 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Cost: $75 per person; buy online

Chocolate Lover’s Ultimate Cooking Class

Learn to make Lava Cake, Chocolate Mousse, and Truffles in this class by Tartine & Maple. You’ll be able to sample all the food demonstrated and take recipes and leftovers home.

When:  Sunday, November 19 from 2 to 4 pm
Where: Trout Lake Community Centre, 3350 Victoria Dr, Vancouver
Cost: $57; buy via Trout Lake CC

Hopscotch Vancouver

Now in its 22nd year, Hopscotch Vancouver is back with six days of celebrating libations, including Scotch and other whiskies, craft and premium beer, craft and premium spirits, wine and food has been given a facelift. This year, the festival ditched its corporate vibes and will be offering the public the chance to try over 400 products. Get your tickets to a variety of events including master classes, satellite events, and the exclusive Hopscotch Dinner.

When: Monday, November 20 to Sunday, November 26
Where: Various locations around Vancouver
Cost: Prices vary; buy via Ticket Leader

Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown

The annual Ocean Wise Seafood Chowder Chowdown is on in Vancouver this November. Now in its tenth year, the event in support of Ocean Wise sustainable seafood programs, will see past winners compete for the title of “All-Star Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion.” In this All-Star edition, culinary heavyweights will go “ladle-to-ladle” in the soup-centric cook-off as attendees and a panel of judges sample the goods before casting their votes to name the 2017 champion.

When: November 22, 7 pm
Where: Vancouver Aquarium, 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Cost: $75 per person; buy online

Cheese & Wine – Appies for Parties

In this class by Tartine & Maple learn to present cheese and wine at your parties like a pro. Enjoy a variety of cheese during the class with a glass of wine.

When: Wednesday, November 22 from 6 to 9 pm
Where: The Uncommon Cafe, 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
Cost: $65; buy via Eventbrite

Beanstock Coffee Festival

Beanstock Coffee Festival is going down on Sunday, November 26 at 298 Alexander Street (a warehouse in Railtown) and if you love yourself a good cup of Joe, you’re going to want to check it out. Expect food and pastry venors, wine, beer, and of course, a hell of a lot of coffee. Attendees can enjoy checking out 25 micro roasters, an espresso bar, a coffee education centre, and much more.

When: Sunday, November 26, 2017 from 10 am to 5 pm
Where: 298 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Cost: $15-$45; buy online

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