Fall is the perfect time to celebrate food and drink and all things delicious in and around Vancouver. From wine fests and courses to the first-ever “dine-out” style event celebrating Chinese cuisine, and much more, there are a lot of great food-focused things happening in October.
Here are 13 Vancouver food events to check out this October; we will add more as the month progresses, so keep checking back for more!
Break out the lederhosen, it’s time for Oktoberfest, and Harvest Haus has quickly become one of Vancouver’s top draws. Over the course of two weekends, Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza will be transformed into the West Coast’s largest Germanic-inspired cultural harvest festival. Thisfully immersive atmosphere includes live music, and lots of beer, wine, and food, including Oktoberfest delicacies such as Spätzle, Brezen, Bratwürst, Schnitzel and Sauerkraut in the open-air Marktplatz (marketplace).
When: September 29 to October 1 and October 7 and 8 (times vary for seatings and events)
Where: Under the Harvest Haus Halle at Queen Elizabeth Plaza (West Georgia Street at Hamilton Street)
Tickets: $25 to $275; available online
On Sunday, October 2, a limited number of guests will be able to enjoy Executive Chef Weimar Gomez’s first Sunday Series menu. The YEW culinary team is excited to showcase its take on a classic – Bouillabaisse. Guests will sit at a communal table, with a steaming pot of French inspired fish soup as the focal point. Diners for this ticketed dinner can raise their glass of local bubbles and tuck into a bright, flavourful salad. Sop up the rich seafood stew with Executive Pastry Chef Mark Burton’s homemade crusty baguettes. End the night with Burton’s old-fashioned, brown sugar, warm apple pie with homemade ‘very vanilla’ ice cream.
When: Sunday, October 2, 2016
Where: YEW seafood + bar, 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver (at the Four Seasons)
Tickets: $80; available online
Tickets: $85; available online
Vancouver’s favourite food fest is back, with an improved format, a worthy cause (Greater Vancouver Food Bank), and a focus on the best in local and national cooking and ingredients. A series of special collaboration dinners, a food trends panel and tasting, a pastry workshop and tasting, an epicurean Harvest-themed gala, and an intimate Q&A with chef Michael Smith are all on the docket for this multi-day fest.
When: October 4 to 7, 2016
Where: Various venues around Vancouver
Tickets: Available online
Making its debut on October 15, 2016, and running until October 30, Chopstick Fest will give diners the opportunity to select from a range of participating Chinese restaurants across Greater Vancouver, each one offering a unique prix-fix menu designed to be sampled and shared.
When: October 15 to 30
Where: Participating restaurants across Metro Vancouver
Now in its 12th year, Taste of Yaletown is back to offer diners a chance to get to know or revisit great neighbourhood restaurants. rom October 13th-27th, Yaletown kitchens will offer featured menus, special tastings and innovative pairings via fixed price menus of $25, $35 and $45 that move beyond three-course tasting menus.
When: October 13 to 27, 2016
Where: Participating restaurants in Yaletwon
Sunday School at the Vancouver Urban Winery – Vancouver’s wine school for the people – is back October 16 for the Sommelier Smackdown installation. The focus of Sunday School is on demystifying wine in an accessible and energetic environment. Set within the gorgeous Settlement Building attendees will get the opportunity to taste and learn about the wines being showcased.
When: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Where: The Settlement Building – 55 Dunlevy Avenue, Vancouver
Price: $40 per person; available online
A very special meal, Quinto Quatro is held at Campagnolo ROMA only a few times per year in recognition of the important roman tradition of nose-to-tail cooking. This particular dinner will honor the unique cuts of meat known to Italian butchers at the fifth quarter (quinto quarto) alongside seasonal produce paired with beer from Brassneck.
When: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 7 pm
Where: Campagnolo ROMA, 2297 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $92 inclusive of tax and service, available online
Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants in the Yaletown neighborhood. This tasting extravaganza starts at 6 pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.
When: Wednesday, October 19, 6pm
Where: Various restaurants in Yaletown
On October 24th Latab Food will host the next installment of a special monthly event that puts the focus on collaborations between some of Vancouver’s most innovative chefs, bartenders, and wild harvesters. Hosted by the restaurant’s chef and co owner Kris Barnholden, along with local forager Camille Flanjak of Museum Eats, #10 is all about Mushrooms, with guest collaborators Juno Kim (Juno Kim Catering) and Satoshi Yonemori (Grapes + Soda).
When: Monday, October 24, 7 to 10 pm
Where: Latab Food, 983 Helmcken Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $85 (not including drinks); available online
On Tuesday, October 25, join long-time friends Andrea Carlson (executive chef and owner of Burdock & Co) and Robert Belcham (executive chef and owner of Campagnolo) for the ultimate seafood showdown: a collaborative, ocean-inspired dinner packed with sustainable eats, handcrafted naturalist wines, and cheeky amusements.
When: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 6:30 to 10 pm
Where: Burdock & Co, 2702 Main Street, Vancouver
Celebrate all things garlic at the 5th annual Hester Creek Garlic Festival. Meet local growers and taste samples of garlic, wine and food from Hester Creek and Terrafina Restaurant. Live entertainment will provide a soundtrack to the aromatic festival and admission is by donation to raise funds for the Farm to Table Lunch Program at a nearby Oliver elementary school.
When: October 1, 2016, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Hester Creek Estate Winery
Cost: Admission by donation
Cask and Keg (formerly Night Fog) is an outdoor, evening event focused on celebrating the creations from local disitilleries, breweries and cideries. This fun, relaxed evening will be filled with live entertainment provided by Moontricks, tasty morsels created by a variety of food trucks and locally made artisan wares on display by select vendors.
When: October 1, 2016 from 6 to 10 pm
Where: Oliver Community Park, 6359 Park Drive, Oliver
Tickets: Advance tickets cost $20 from Oliver Visitor Centre or online, or can be purchased on the gate for $25. Admission includes three tasting tickets and a souvenir wine glass.
Now in its 20th year, this event offers a day of wine tastings, live entertainment and food truck favourites. FOG features 50 local wineries and artisan vendors, an art show, grape stomping, an interactive kids’ zone and live entertainment from Gary Comeau & The Voodoo Allstars.When: October 2, 2016 from Noon to 5 pm
Where: Oliver Community Centre, 6359 Park Place Drive, Oliver
Tickets: $25 in advance, available online; $30 at the door
The 14th annual Fungus Among Us celebrates all things mushroom, and takes place in Whistler. Check their site soon for details about this popular event.
When: October 14 and 15, 2016