From vintage wines to craft beers and from artisanal cheeses to food truck eats, Vancouver loves its food and drink. So much so, in fact, that you can usually find some kind of food festival, wine tasting, or other celebration of indulgence going on throughout the city during any time of the year. Here are a few of the most popular food and drink events around Vancouver.
Dine Out Vancouver Festival
Next year’s Dine Out Vancouver Festival is held from January 17 – February 2, 2020. The festival is 17 days of tastings, tours, food trucks, workshops, and tons of other culinary events to keep your taste buds on buzzin’. You can partake in cocktail masterclasses, join in on guest-chef collaboration dinners, or sign up for a boozy brunch. Over 300 different restaurants get involved in the festival, serving up multi-course fine dining meals as well as casual, family friendly fare. Instead of a mere day of delicious delights, the Dine Out Vancouver Festival is an ongoing food extravaganza that can be enjoyed over the course of 17 days.
Feast of Fields
Feast of Fields is the largest local food and beverage festival in British Columbia and this past year’s event was held on September 8, 2019. This yearly event is a celebration of local food, local producers, and sustainable agriculture. Over the past 25 years this event has hosted 61 feasts within Metro Vancouver, Southern Vancouver Island, and the Okanagan Valley. The festival helps to establish connections between farmers to chefs and fields to tables. The funds raised from these events are used by FarmFolk CityFolk to help support sustainable food systems within British Columbia.
Vancouver Cheese and Meat Festival
The Cheese and Meat Festival is held annually in Seattle, Victoria, and Vancouver. Vancouver’s last Cheese and Meat festival was held on September 14, 2019. The festival showcases international and locally made meats and cheeses, paired with wines, beers, and ciders. If you’re a fan of charcuterie boards, this is definitely the festival for you. With your entry ticket you’ll be provided with a charcuterie board and a wine glass with which you can walk around the venue, sampling from each vendor with no additional fees.
Vancouver International Wine Festival
The next Vancouver International Wine Festival will be held from February 22 – March 1, 2020 and will be featuring 164 wineries from 15 different countries. Operating for over 40 years, this festival is one of the oldest and biggest wine events in the world. Within the Tasting Room, guests can choose from around 750 different wines to taste over the four International Festival Tastings. Aside from just Tasting Room events there are also seminars, dinners, brunches, wine minglers, and other special events with even more wines to taste. 2020’s spotlight will be on the wine regions in France.
Vancouver Craft Beer Week
Vancouver Craft Beer Week began in 2010 when a group of craft beer lovers decided it was time to put an event together that showcased what “real beer” was. It started with 15 breweries and 9 years later grew to an award winning event involving 100 different craft breweries serving up over 300 beers and ciders. The event starts on the last Friday in May and those attending will also be able to enjoy live musical performances and delicious eats from over 20 local food trucks.
Held in both Kelowna and Vancouver, the Hopscotch Festival is an event centered around the tasting and education of whisky, beer, and spirits. The Vancouver festival is held in the PNE Forum at Hastings Park and every year the venue is filled with thousands of guests who have come to taste scotches, whiskies, wines, and beers. You’ll discover some new favorites and can enjoy all the spectacular food the festival has to offer. There’s live music, masterclasses, full dinners, and plenty of merriment to be had during this week long event.
2019’s EAT Vancouver event just ended, running from November 4-9. This annual event will see it’s 19th year in 2020 with more signature events, expert classes, hosted dinners, and delectable tastings. Check back with this event later into the new year to find out which award-winning local chefs and special guest chefs from across the country will be participating in 2020’s EAT Vancouver events.
Gluten Free Expo
The Gluten Free Expo is held yearly in Calgary and Vancouver, with the Vancouver 2020 expo to be held on January 11-12 at the Vancouver Convention Center. Attendees can sample hundreds of gluten-free products, such as drinks, pizza, breads, and snacks. You can try a wide range of different gluten-free goods and buy those you love to bring home with you. The expo hosts registered dietitians, nutritionists, doctors, and chefs who are there to share their knowledge with those who would like to learn more.
Carnaval del Sol
Carnaval del Sol is the largest Latin festival in the Pacific Northwest. The event is set up with plazas that showcase Latin American culture, art, music, dance, sports, and food. The festival is held over 7 days and features the works of 450 artists from various Latin American countries. With a kids plaza, a family plaza, a beer plaza, and an experiences plaza, there’s a bit of something for just about everyone. Festival goers can attend workshops, watch cooking demos, and enjoy the international fashion runway shows.
2020 will be the 34th consecutive year for Vancouver’s Greek Summerfest. Every year people flock to this event by the tens of thousands to enjoy mouth watering Greek foods such as the BBQ lamb, chicken souvlaki, and loukoumades. Hundreds of live singers and dancers perform throughout this 11 day family friendly event and admission is always free.
Some of the best food festivals around Vancouver are held outdoors in the summer months but winter, spring, and fall aren’t without their fair share of foodie celebrations. Between the convention halls and open air winter markets, there is always some delicious event taking place in this city during any time of the year. Being a city of immense cultural diversity, Vancouver is home to some of the most amazing foods, drinks, and festivals in the world.