Here is a round-up of upcoming tasty food events happening this month. We’ll continue to update this post as we hear about new events, or after an event has taken place.
If you would like your event featured in this post, feel free to send us the details at vanfoodies [at] gmail.com for consideration.
Last updated: May 25, 2012
April 23-June 28: Dine in Whistler
Similar to Dine Out Vancouver, participating restaurants of Dine in Whistler offers exceptional value through $19, $29, $39 or $49 menu. Enjoy a diverse range of dining experiences and menus – from soulful pub fare, to authentic ethnic cuisine, to unique and innovative fine dining – all while taking in spectacular natural setting of Whistler.
Some hotels also offer discounted room rates to those who are visiting Whistler for this event. More details can be found at www.whistler.com/dinein.
At participating restaurants
April 23-June 28
May 18-26: Vancouver Craft Beer Week
The third annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week has become a 11-day event, with 9 Headliner events, 6 Opening Acts, 36 Neighbourhood Gigs, and 12+ week-long specials dedicated to all things craft beer.
Ticket sales and event details can be found the VCBW website.
At various locations
May 18- June 2: Feast! Tofino
A 16-day-long series of culinary events to be held on the West Coast of Vancouver Island beginning on May 18, 2012 and culminating with the Tofino Food and Wine Festival, June 1-2, 2012. A collaboration between acclaimed local and regional guest chefs, restaurants, fishermen, foragers, farmers, accommodation, activity and tour providers, Feast! Tofino celebrates the abundance of available seafood and the sustainable “boat-to-table” practices commonly employed by the area’s restaurants and the Tofino-Ucluelet Culinary Guild.
There are a number of activities happening during that period, including “Dine About” prix fixe menus at $29, $39 and $49, Salmon Dock Festival (May 19) and Spot Prawn Dock Festival (May 26).
For more information, visit www.feastbc.com.
At participating restaurants and various event locations in Tofino
May 18-June 2
May 23-July 18: Arts Club Theatre’s Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes
The Arts Club Theatre Company announces its spring 2012 lineup of Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes, running from May 28 to July 18. These intimate four-course dinners are held at private residences throughout Vancouver to give guests the opportunity to discover the latest trends in food and wine, and ways to incorporate in-vogue ingredients into the home cook’s arsenal. Last year we had the privilege to attend one of the events – you can read about it here: Arts Club’s Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes ft. Chef Ned Bell
The spring lineup includes new chefs: David Robertson, owner of The Dirty Apron Cooking School; TV personality Anthony Sedlak, who recently opened The American Cheesesteak Co.; Tim Evans at Siena Restaurant; and Tom Lee, chef de cuisine at Edible Canada at the Market.
Tickets for each of these fundraising events benefiting the Arts Club are $125 and include a $50 tax receipt. For tickets and info, call Special Events at 604-687-5315 x248. A full list of chefs and dates is available at artsclub.com.
Secret dinner locations to be announced to registrants
May 23-July 18
May 5: Spot Prawn Festival
On Saturday, May 5th, 2012, the city’s top chefs will prepare a Spot Prawn Boil at False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf benefiting The Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia. The festival kicks off the BC spot prawn season, which continues on for 6-8 weeks.
Tickets for the Spot Prawn Boil is $12 each, which gives you:
- One plate of fresh-off-the-boat BC Spot Prawns, accompanied by sides, sauces and Terra Breads baked goods to mop it all up!
- Entrance into the food, wine, and beer tent, featuring pours from Mogiana Coffee, R&B Brewing, and Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery
For more information or to purchase tickets visit Chefs Table Society’s website at www.chefstablesociety.com/spotprawnfestival.
False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf (just west of Granville Island)
May 5, 11am-3pm
May 11-13: EPIC EXPO
EPIC, Western Canada’s largest sustainable lifestyle showcase, will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre West on May 11-13. With this year’s theme, “All Things Food – Local, Organic, and Healthy,” EPIC serves up the best in gourmet sustainable style and the hottest trends to top your summer table.
Tickets are $15 or save $3 if you buy online. For more information, visit vancouver.epicexpo.com.
Vancouver Convention Centre West
May 11-13, hours of operation vary
1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
May 12: Mother’s Day Festivities at Whole Foods Robson Street
At the Robson Street location, Whole Foods is holding an affordable high tea event in its cafe, with an option for some pampering in the Whole Body Department! For $10 you will receive 3 Sweet Petites, Cream Biscuit with Devonshire cream and Jam and 3 Finger Sandwiches, or $20 for High Tea with a mini massage or makeover!
There is also a cookie decoration session for kids for $3.99 in the morning from 10am to 12pm.
Whole Foods Robson Street
May 12, 1-5pm
1675 Robson Street, Vancouver
May 18-20: 1st Annual Cloverdale Cowboy Cook Off
The first annual Cloverdale Cowboy Cook Off presented by Well Seasoned takes place on May 19 & 20, 2012. On the fairgrounds in conjunction with the Cloverdale Rodeo, this new attraction will draw thousands of spectators. $10,000 in guaranteed prize money!
There is a Cook Off and Bake Off component in this competition. For more info or to download the application form, visit the Cloverdale Rodeo website.
Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair
6050-176th Street, Surrey