When you live in a city as delicious as ours, amazing food and drink festivals are practically a given. So as the weather continues to warm up, we thought we’d go ahead and share some of the largest, tastiest fests out there, as well as a couple of lesser-known options.
So with that in mind, here are 12 delicious food and drink festivals to look forward to this summer.
Latin Eats Tasting Tour
Tantalize your taste buds at several Latin restaurants in Vancouver this May, and dive into a ton of regional flavours. Presented by Vancouver Foodster, the tasting event will take place from 6 to 10 pm at a mystery location that will be announced soon.
When: Wednesday, May 10th
Where: Multiple participating restaurants in Vancouver
Cost: $59 for early bird tickets
Feasts of Coquitlam
We know it’s a bit of a trek, but it’s definitely worth it for their selection of Spanish and Israeli food this spring. Two Feasts of Coquitlam are slated for The Mackin kitchen at the Coquitlam Heritage Museum, where you’ll get the chance to talk to local cooks, learn new recipes, and of course–feast on delicious food.
When: May 11th and May 25th
Where: 1116 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Cost: $35 per person
Festival of Israeli Culture
This May, Vancouver is getting a huge one-day festival & market celebrating Israeli culture, food, music, and art – and there will be plenty of events to check out. Best of all? The fun-filled day is completely free to attend!
When: Sunday, May 14th
Where: 950 West 41st Avenue
Cost: Free admission
Planted Expo Vancouver
Canada’s largest plant-based event is slated to return to Vancouver this May, bringing over 200 tasty vegan and plant-based vendors with it. In addition to “unrestricted” food & drink sampling, guests can learn from some of the leading voices in the plant-based movement. Speakers from around the world will be in attendance.
When: Saturday, May 27th and Sunday, May 28th
Where: 1055 Canada Place
Cost: $21.47 for one day, $26.84 for two days
BC Cider Festival
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The fourth annual BC Cider Festival is setting up shop in North Vancouver this spring, bringing over 30 local and international cideries together for the ultimate tasting event. Best of all? No drink tokens are necessary!
When: Saturday, June 3rd
Where: The Pipe Shop, North Vancouver
Italian Day on the Drive
One of the city’s most beloved food and culture festivals is making a grand return this year. So grab your forks and summer hats and get ready to enjoy the best of Vancouver’s Italian scene, because Italian Day on the Drive is officially back to its full annual programming.
Visitors can lounge on summer patios with fresh gelato and cannolis, sample a wide variety of pizza and pasta, and even try their hand at making a couple of dishes themselves during live cooking demos and competitions.
When: Sunday, June 11th
Where: Commercial Drive
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Vancouver-based band Said The Whale will take the stage at this year’s Foodstock – the food bank fundraising fest put on by the Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB) every year to combat food insecurity in the region. The massive food truck fest will feature a ton of local vendors, including Dageraad, Luppolo Brewing, and Pacific Breeze Winery. And for just over $30, you get to enjoy it all.
When: Sunday, June 18th
Where: 6100 Boundary Road, Burnaby
Cost: $30 per ticket
Vancouver Craft Beer Week
Though last year’s event did not go as planned, Vancouver Craft Beer Week is back with a one-day festival this July, and is prepared to maximize the guest experience. No tokens, no drink payments once inside, and free water. Enter over 150 craft beer and cider tastings, plus food trucks and live music.
When: Saturday, July 8th
Where: TBA this summer
Brewery and the Beast
This one-day festival sells out year after year, and we’re sure that 2023 will be no exception. Tickets are now on sale for just under $200 each, so snag some while you can! Participating restaurants include Anh and Chi, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, Paella Guys, Two River Meats, and much more – with even more to come!
When: Sunday, July 9th
Where: 811 Carrall Street
BBQ lovers, take note. One of the largest BBQ events of the summer is slated for Rocky Point Park in Port Moody this July, and it’s definitely worth the trip. Delicious BBQ from 7 ‘ribbers,’ live music, and a park-wide beer garden? Sign us up!
When: Friday, July 21st to Sunday, July 23rd
Where: 2800 Murray Street
Powell Street Festival
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And to round out the street fests, we’ve got Powell Street Festival! It’s similar to Sakura Days, in that it’s Japanese-focused, but expect some incredible food vendors alongside the events and activities going down.
When: August 5th and 6th
Where: Powell Street
Battle of the Brews
Yup, we’re tying up this list with the 5th annual Battle of the Brews in Surrey, because who doesn’t want another opportunity to sample local beers and food truck vendors? Attendees will have the chance to vote for their fave brews and decide which brewers will walk away as this year’s champion.
When: August 20th
Where: 104 Avenue, Surrey Civic Plaza
So there you have it, Vancouver! Some of the largest, most delicious food and drink festivals heading out way this spring and summer. Cheers!
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