34 can't-miss Vancouver food events happening in October

Oct 11 2019, 3:00 pm

Holy mother of pumpkin spice, how the heck is it already October?

September flew by, but we’re not really complaining, because October has some seriously epic occasions, holidays, and reason to eat and drink.

Oktoberfest, Thanksgiving, Halloween – it’s officially time to stuff your face and drink and be merry, Vancouver.

Make use of this delicious list and tick off the events one by one,

Food events to check out in Vancouver this October

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

School of Magic Afternoon Tea

Trump Champagne Lounge’s School of Magic Afternoon Tea will start on September 16 and run through December 1. The service begins with an assortment of artisanal scones, followed by savoury selections like a Pretzel & Cheese Broomstick, Mrs. Sprout’s Pasty, and Ron’s Chicken Leg to name a few.

When: September 16 to December 1 from noon to 4 pm
Where: Trump Champagne Lounge – 1161 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Price: $65–$118; reserve online

Big Day BBQ at The American

The Big Day BBQ at The American tailgate launches on September 9 then runs every Sunday after that until end of the year. Enjoy Texas-style brisket, ribs, pulled pork, Tex-Mex pasta salad, smokey slaw, and pit beans too.

When: Every Sunday after that until the end of 2019 at 10 am
Where: The American – 926 Main Street, Vancouver
Prices: Start at $20

Richmond Night Market 2019

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)

Bawktobeerfest at Juke Fried Chicken

Much-loved fried chicken spot Juke is officially celebrating Oktoberfest with ‘Bawktobeerfest,’ a collaboration with Strange Fellows Brewing. Expect ‘Jukefest’ Lager brewed especially for the occasion, schnitzel ‘double down’ sandwiches, Juke-brats sausages, and more available for one night only.

When: October 1 from 5 to 9 pm
Where: Juke Fried Chicken – 182 Keefer Street, Vancouver
Price: $20 advance; $25 at the door

Glowbal Prix Fixe Festival

The Glowbal restaurant group is offering special prix fixe menus for 10 days only. Priced at $25 and $45 price points, this kicks off October 1 and runs until the 10. Glowbal, Coast, Italian Kitchen, and Trattoria locations will all be participating.

When: October 1 to 10
Where: Glowbal, Coast, Italian Kitchen, and Trattoria locations
Price: $25–$45

Defiantly Different: Wildebeest x The Prisoner Wine Co.

This multi-course feast is brought to us by Wildebeest in partnership with The Prisoner Wine Co. Enjoy wines and five courses that “celebrate the peak of autumn goodness.”

When: October 2
Where: Wildebeest – 120 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
Price: $145; buy online

Vegan Harvest Dinner at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar will host its second Vegan Harvest Dinner on October 3. Each dinner will showcase the creativity of Chef Alex Chen when it comes to vegan cuisine.

When: October 3 at 6:30 pm
Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Price: $105; buy online

North Shore Craft Beer Week 2019

The celebrations will kick off with a launch party at the Pipe Shop on October 4 from 5 to 10 pm and feature breweries like Beere Brewing Co, Black Kettle Brewing Company, Bridge Brewing Co, Deep Cove Brewers + Distillers, Green Leaf Brewing Co, Hearthstone Brewery, House of Funk Brewing Co, Streetcar Brewing, Wildeye Brewing, and soon-to-open North Point Brewing.

When: October 4 to 11
Where: Breweries and venues around North Vancouver

Wünderbar ‘Oktobeerfest’ Pop-Up at Bells & Whistles

Vancouver’s getting a Wünderbar Pop-Up for Oktoberfest food and drinks, and it’s going down at Bells & Whistles from September 21 until October 6. The Fraser Street gem will be transforming into a Bavarian-inspired beer hall for over two weeks of beer-fueled celebration.

When: September 21 at 3 pm until October 6
 Bells & Whistles Fraser Street, Vancouver

BREWHALL Oktoberfest

BREWHALL’s Oktoberfest event starts September 23 and runs for two weeks. It will feature traditional food and drink features to various games and contests. On each Saturday of the festival, BREWHALL will be hosting a costume contest starting at 8 pm. Guests are encouraged to dress up in their best lederhosen or dirndl for the chance to win a $50 gift card.

When: September 23 to October 3
Where: BREWHALL – 97 E 2nd Avenue, Vancouver

Poutine With Purpose Vancouver 2019

Every poutine sold at participating restaurants during this time means one meal to someone in need. If this event is anything like the one in YYC, Vancouverites can expect dozens of eateries serving up vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan poutine options for patrons to try too.

When: September 27 to October 5
Where: Participating restaurants across Vancouver

Oktoberfest “Das Original” at the Vancouver Alpen Club

Head to 4875 Victoria Drive for one of the many dates this party is going down. There will be German food, beer, and live music all night long.

When: October 4 and 5; October 11 and 12; October 18 and 19
Where: Vancouver Alpen Club – 4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Price: $35; buy online

Harry Potter-Inspired Beer, Cider, and Cocktail Festival

A 19+ Harry Potter-inspired beer, cider, and cocktail festival is slated to go down in Vancouver next week. Attendees will enjoy “unlimited tastings” of Hagrid’s local craft brews, along with Dumbledore’s delicious ciders too. There will also be boozy butterbeer and specialty shots like “Liquid Luck” and “Polyjuice Potion” that you can enjoy in Snape’s lounge.

When: October 5 from 6 to 10 pm
Where: Roundhouse Mews – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Price: $55; buy online

Papi’s and Friends Dinner

Papi’s Seafood and Oyster Bar Chef Max Straczek will welcome The Food Network Canada’s Top Chef Canada TV series when he welcomes Mark Singson and Wallace Wong to the line for a Papi’s and Friend’s Collaborative Chefs Dinner on October 5.

When: October 5
Where: Papi’s Seafood and Oyster Bar –  1193 Denman Street, Vancouver
Price: $79; buy online

Another Oktoberfest

While this shindig featuring beer and pretzels is a FREE all-day event, you can guarantee your spot by purchasing tickets for the festivities early. Enjoy four house-brewed German-style beers, along with a few special surprises.

When: October 5 from noon to 10 pm
Where: Another Beer Co – 30 Capilano Way Unit 11, New Westminster

The Dreadnoughts/Polka Time! Oktoberfest at The Cambie

At this event ‘Polka Time’ is from 4 to 6 pm, and The Dreadnoughts are on from 7 to 9 pm.

When: October 5 from 2:30 to 9 pm
Where: The Cambie – 300 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Price: $20; buy online

CRAFT Brühaüs Oktoberfest Party

Enjoy this two-day festival celebrating all things Oktoberfest. Attendees can expect German-inspired eats, big beers, and music.

When: October 5 from 6 pm till late and October 6 from 2 pm till late
Where: Craft Beer Market – 85 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver

CRAFT Brühaüs Oktoberfest Party

CRAFT’s two-day festival celebrating all things Oktoberfest feature German-inspired eats, big beers, music, and more.

When: October 5 from 6 pm to late; October 5 from 2 pm to late
Where: CRAFT – 85 W 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Price: $60; buy online

Paella Patio Party at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Enjoy a glass of house sangria or Estrella Damm Spanish lager before a three-course dinner with Alex Chen’s Spanish-inspired West Coast Paella as the main.

When: October 6, 20 and 27 at 6 pm
Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Price: $68; buy online

Sunday Night Movie Series at Bells and Whistles

Enjoy movies every Sunday night at Bells and Whistles. October screenings kick off with  Major League on October 6.

When: October 6, 13, 20, 27
Where: Bells and Whistles – 3296 Fraser Street, Vancouver

nabs West Oktoberfest 2019

Join over 150 professionals from Vancouver’s marketing, media, and communications industry at this annual event. Tickets include one complimentary drink.

When: October 10 from 5:30 to 11 pm
Where: Deutsches Haus (Vancouver Alpen Club) – 4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Price: $30 and up; buy online

Harvest Haus 2019

It’s baaack. Harvest Haus returns for its fifth year of Bavarian-style merrymaking, including traditional eats, music, and of course, tons of beer.

When: October 10 to October 19
Hastings Park – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Price: $24.99 and up; buy online

Seasons In The Park 30-Year Anniversary Menu

This spot will celebrate its 30-year anniversary this year by offering a special limited-edition menu on offer from October 16 to November 28. The prix-fixe menu will honour the milestone by bringing back fan favourites and classic dishes from the restaurant’s original menu when it first debuted back in 1989.

When: October 16 to November 30
Where: Seasons In The Park – W 33rd Avenue, Vancouver

Taste of Yaletown 2019

The annual food fest is returning for its 15th year of special menus, tasting plates, and expert pairings in the restaurants of one of Vancouver’s swankiest downtown neighbourhoods. Diners can enjoy a variety of three-course set menus from participating restaurants, each with a special fixed price of either $35, $45, or $55 for 11 delicious days in a row.

When: October 17 to 30
Where: Participating restaurants in Yaletown

Wildebeest Fall Game And Mushroom Tasting Menu

Chef Ian McHale is spearheading Wildebeest’s second annual Wildebeest Fall Game And Mushroom Tasting Menu. This meal offers five dishes inspired and made with produce from BC’s forests, farms, and fields from October 17 to 30.

When: October 17 to 30
Where: Wildebeest – 120 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
Price: $60 per person, $32 for additional beverage pairing

Seasonal ‘Fall Game and Mushroom’ Menu at Wildebeest

Wildebeest will feature a Fall Game and Mushroom Menu available from October 17 through 30. The new menu follows the lead of the restaurant’s recent Spring Field and Forest and Summer Farmers’ Harvest menus.

When: October 17 to 30
Where: Wildebeest – 120 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
Price: Reserve by calling or 604-687-6880

Kitchen Table Restaurants Celebrate International Pasta Day

The Kitchen Table Restaurants are celebrating International Pasta Day with a pasta feature at Vancouver’s Pourhouse, Ask For Luigi and Ristorante Di Beppe and North Vancouver’s newly opened Farina a Legna on October 17. Spaghetti Aglio e Olio (spaghetti with garlic and oil) will be up for order a half-price ($9).

When: October 17
Where: Kitchen Table Restaurants

FEAST: Asian Dining Festival 2019

Get ready to take a bite out of North America’s best Asian culinary scene, because a 32-day Asian food festival is happening in Richmond this fall. FEAST: Asian Dining Festival kicks off on October 18 and runs through November 18, 2019, this year. Urging diners to broaden their horizons and try a variety of Richmond restaurants – old and new – FEAST allows diners to indulge family-style.

When: October 18 to November 18
Where: Participating restaurants in Richmond

Eat North presents Drags Benny Vancouver

The fundraiser brunch starts with a welcome drink and brunch canape hour followed by a three-course brunch created by Fairmont Waterfront’s executive chef, Michael Pagnacco. Of course, expect some amazing drag performances!

When: October 20 from 11 am to 2 pm
Where: Fairmont Waterfront – 900 Canada Place, Vancouver
Price: $70 – $640; buy online

Vin Van Long Table

This wine-fuelled long table pop-up dinner is all about BBQ this time. Chef Nick Menzies will be rustling up a multi-course feast of North American and European-inspired BBQ dishes.

When: October 20 at 5 pm
Where: The Ellis Building – 1024 Main Street, Vancouver
Price: $90; buy online

Hip Hop Trivia Night at Juke Fried Chicken

Teams of up to six are invited to take part in five rounds of questions on all things hip hop. There will be food and drink specials and prizes up for grabs too. Sign up as an individual or a team of up to six via email ([email protected]), Instagram, or Facebook to guarantee a spot, or simply walk-in night-of.

When: October 22
Where: Juke Fried Chicken – 182 Keefer Street, Vancouver

Ancora Yoshida Shuzo + Tenzan Sake Dinner Menu

This one-night-only dinner invites diners to enjoy iconic Japanese craft beer, rare sakes, and Ancora Executive Chef Ricardo Valverde’s signature Nikkei cuisine.

When: October 28
Where: Ancora False Creek – 1600 Howe Street, Vancouver
Price: $175; buy online

Beer Meets Grill Pop-up Dinner

Chef Mark Burton, the students of Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, and Deep Cove Brewers & Distillers will be serving up a family-style BBQ feast at this Beer Meets Grill collab dinner.

When: October 29
Where: Blue Hat Bistro at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts – 1505 #101, W 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
Price: $90; buy online

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