Featuring cultural festivals, BBQ cook-offs, and a sizzling bacon convention, Vancouver’s food events calendar for September is marked with a variety of fun food-focused outings.
We’ve complied a list, which we’ll be adding to, of upcoming food-related events happening in the city this September.
Experience Serbian culture, dance, music, food, and games at the 2016 Serbian Days festival, which is set to take place at the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church. This unique festival will feature live performances, arts and crafts, a kid zone, and traditional fare, including kebabs, roasted meats, skewers, assorted cookies, and more.
When: Saturday and Sunday, September 3 and 4
Where: St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church – 505 East 63rd Avenue, Vancouver
Price: Admission is free
TaiwanFest returns to Vancouver this September. Taking place over three consecutive days, this celebration of Taiwanese culture features live performances, folk music, workshops, a delicious street buffet (which should not be missed), Chinese medicine, and much more.
When: Saturday, September 3 through to Monday, September 5
Where: Multiple locations (please check website)
Price: Admission is free
Showcasing international, terroir-focused wineries, craft breweries, cideries, and a variety of gastronomic delights, Top Drop returns to Vancouver this year. The Main Event will take place on September 8 and offer attendees the chance to sample a handful of BC craft breweries, cideries, and food purveyours. Tickets for The Main Event are $69, with event proceeds going to the BC Hospitality Foundation, which provides financial support to individuals from the hospitality industry facing a major medical crisis.
When: Thursday, September 8 from 7 to 9:30 pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Price: Tickets are priced at $69 per person; available online
Foodies take note: the Vancouver Greek Food Festival, one of the city’s longest running annual cultural events, returns to the city for its 39th year. This year the two weekend event, aimed at showcasing the true culture and cuisine of Greece, will take place at the Hellenic Community Centre. A range of enticing food vendors will be on site this year offering an array of culinary delights, including souvlaki, gyros, a lamb dinner, Greek salad, spinach pies, cheese pies, loukoumades, and more.
When: September 9 to 11, and 16 to 18 (check Facebook page for times)
Where: Hellenic Community Centre – 4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
Price: Free admission
Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar has extended their popular Sunday Seafood Boil Series into September. Taking place on the restaurant’s streetside patio, Boulevard’s talented chefs will serve up a fresh-caught bounty of jumbo prawns, clams, mussels, crawfish, and Dungeness crab with all the fixings for a series of classic, East Coast-inspired seafood boils served family-style on communal tables.
When: Every Sunday of September (4, 11, 18, and 25) from 6:30 pm
Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Price: $59 per person with a two-guest minimum (beverages, tax, and gratuity not included); tickets available online
BBQ off the Bypass (BOTB) a one-day event of seriously meaty proportions, featuring billowing barbecues and stuff-your-face-worthy eats, is back for another year. Taking place on September 11, BOTB (the barbecue competition known for its big crowds) will attract the best of the best competitive BBQ teams from various cities across North America for a sizzling competition.
When: Sunday, September 11 from 10 am to 4 pm
Where: #117-20353-64 Avenue, Langley
Price: Free admission
Feast of Fields is a four hour wandering gourmet harvest festival that highlights the connections between farmers and chefs, field and table, and between farm folks and city folks. With a wine glass and linen napkin in hand, guests stroll across a farmers field, traveling from tent to tent (sometimes through the barn, past the tractor or around the chicken coop) listening to live music, and tasting gourmet creations from BC top chefs, farmers, fishers, ranchers, food artisans, vintners, brewers, distillers and other beverage producers.
When: Sunday, September 11 from 1 to 5 pm
Where: Laurica Farm/Fraser Common Farm – 25775 12 Avenue, Aldergrove
Price: Tickets are $95 per person; available online
Taking a rare turn at the stoves is Beaucoup Bakery owner and food and travel writer Jackie Kai Ellis for the 19th edition of the fun fundraiser dinner, diner-style, Greasy Spoon at Save On Meats. Proceeds from this edition will be going towards: A Better Life Foundation.
When: Monday, September 12; seatings at 5:30 and 8:30
Where: Save On Meats, 43 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $95, available online
Eight of the city’s top restaurant chefs will be arriving in Yaletown by food truck to dish out a variety of different menu items. From 6 to 9 pm on September 13, ticket holders will be able to hop from truck to truck as they taste fresh local favorites and enjoy the best craft beer and wine in the province.
When: Tuesday, September 13 from 6 to 9 pm
Where: Yaletown (at the intersection of Hamilton and Nelson)
Price: Tickets are priced at $69 per person; available online here
If you’re looking to expand your cooking repertoire make sure you register for the Eclairs & Cream Puffs Cooking Class. Led by the talented Valentine Kitamura, owner of Tartine & Maple and baker at The Uncommon Café, the class will entail creating a variety of sweet and savoury “choux pastry” (dessert puffs) in a fun and casual setting.
When: Wednesday, September 15 from 6 to 8:30 pm
Where: The Uncommon Café – 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
Price: Tickets are priced at $60 per person; available online here
Calling all lovers of cheese and meat: Mark your calendars for September 17, 2016. The first ever Cheese and Meat Festival is headed to Vancouver. The event is designed to showcase ethically produced meats and cheese from around the world, according to organizers.
When: Saturday September 17, 2016, Afternoon Tasting: 3 to 5 pm, Evening Tasting: 7 to 9:30 pm
Where: Terminal City Club – 837 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Price: $55 per person; tickets available online
The Chef’s Table Society, a Vancouver-based non profit charity supporting sustainable food programs that inspire, nurture, and educate chefs, producers, and the local food industry is returning to the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts with their 3rd annual Slow Fish Dinner. The event is designed to raise awareness for Slow Fish Canada (a Slow Food initiative) that focuses on finding local solutions to support better management of Canada’s freshwater and marine resources. This year, there will be eight chefs in eight kitchens cooking eight sustainable local fish and seafood and pairing it with eight salmon-safe local wines.
When: Sunday, September 18 from 6 to 9 pm
Where: Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts – 1505 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
Price: $99 per person; tickets available online
Sunday School at the Vancouver Urban Winery – Vancouver’s wine school for the people – is back with their eighth session of wine-filled seminars on September 18. 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, September 18 (doors open at 3 pm)
Where: The Settlement Building – 55 Dunlevy Avenue, Vancouver
Price: $40 per person; available online
In anticipation of the harvest season, Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver is celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival with a memorable afternoon tea on Sunday, September 18. Afternoon tea will be served on the sixth floor heated outdoor Terrace, the perfect urban oasis to enjoy a tea tower with loved ones.
When: Sunday, September 18 from Noon to 5:30 pm
Where: Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver – 1128 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Price: $60 per person; for reservations please call Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver at 604- 661-3321
Attendees to this dinner hosted by Edible Canada will receive a Chinese-inspired welcome cocktail, hand-selected artisanal gift from the Edible Canada retail store, wine pairings by Okanagan Crush Pad, and a multi-course meal prepared and presented by chef Curtis Lik of Mission Kits.
When: Monday, September 19 from 6 to 11 pm
Where: Edible Canada Bistro – 1596 Johnston Street (Granville Street), Vancouver
Price: Tickets are $110 (plus gratuity) per person; available online
An unforgettable evening of Italian food, wine and song is in store for fans of Lidia Bastianich as the BC Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier honours the Emmy award-winning TV personality, cookbook author and restaurateur. Sit down for a Gala dinner and support Les Dames d’Escoffier’s outreach and scholarship programs.
When: Friday, September 23; Reception at 6:30 pm, Dinner at 7:30 pm
Where: Four Seasons Vancouver, 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Cost: Tickets are $325, and available online
Vancouver’s bacon lovers will get their very own festival and the opportunity to eat all the bacon they want when The Bacon Convention makes its debut this fall. On September 24 and 25 the PNE Forum will be transformed into a “pancetta paradise” by over 100 booths occupied by local breweries, distilleries, restaurants, bakeries, chocolatiers, and bacon-y retailers.
When: Saturday, September 24 from 2 to 10 pm, and Sunday, September 25 from 11 am to 7 pm
Where: PNE Forum – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Price: $25.15 per person; tickets available online
The Grape & The Grain is BC’s first and only festival to bring spirits, wine, and beer together for one amazing weekend. Live music, fare from Vancouver’s favourite food trucks, and stunning False Creek views combine to make this outdoor festival a perfect day or evening out for those 19+.
When: Saturday, September 24 from 11 am to 11 pm, Sunday, September 25 from 11 am to 9 pm
Where: The Plaza of Nations – 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver,
Price: Early bird tickets start at $15; Regular priced tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door
Partnering with wines from Cowichan Valley’s Averill Creek Winery, Chef Joe Campo (of The Westin Bayshore) has designed a five-course meal that pairs exquisite culinary samplings with beautiful wines that truly highlight the terroir of the Vancouver Island Appellation.
When: Thursday, 29 September from 7 to 10 pm
Where: The Westin Bayshore- 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver
Price: Tickets are $147.25 per person; available online
Start the school year with a delectable outdoor feast at the UBC Vancouver campus. The UBC Harvest Feastival is an evening filled with delicious food and entertainment. David Speight, executive chef of UBC Food Services, and his team will be cooking up a three-course meal made with local, fresh, produce picked from the UBC Farm. After dinner, the party continues with live music and shows playing at various venues in UBC’s Arts and Culture District.
When: Thursday, September 22 Dinner served from 4:30 pm to 7pm, shows and exhibits 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: University Commons (outside the NEST)
Tickets: Available online