Another big celebration is taking place in Vancouver this February! Taste of Chinatown is back, and bringing with it a three-day festival that will coincide with the Lunar New Year.

The Vancouver Chinatown Foundation just announced the return of the festivities, which will run from February 9th to 11th.

According to organizers, you can expect a specialty food pop-up in the Chinatown Storytelling Centre, a Lunar New Year Parade, glowing lights and lanterns, walking tours, and a passport program that offers exciting prize draws. It will take place all throughout the 16 blocks surrounding Vancouver’s Chinatown.

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“At the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation, our focus is community building. We are committed to the revitalization of our neighbourhood and are thrilled to welcome back the Taste of Chinatown! Festival to celebrate Lunar New Year,” said Carol Lee, Chair of the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation.

“We look forward to celebrating our shared history and invite you to attend all the Lunar New Year festivities happening around Chinatown.”

The Chinatown Passport program will include prizes like two Canucks tickets and special, limited edition Lunar New Year jerseys, a one-night stay at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and brunch at Notch8, a VIP tasting experience at the Haywire tasting lounge in beautiful Summerland, BC, and Dinner for 2 at Cask Whisky Vault among others. So be sure to pick up the Chinatown Passports at the Chinatown Storytelling Centre from 11 am to 4 pm during the festival.

As for the speciality food items, they will run from the 9th at 11 am and the 10th at the same time, and will be available until they are sold out. They will include:

  • BBQ Pork Poptart by Chinatown BBQ and Kiko Nakata, Tall Shadow Bakery
  • The “Jin Dui” housemade sesame and red bean paste by Boba Run
  • Beef Brisket Curry Cheese Croissant by Beaucoup Bakery and Chinatown BBQ

A cocktail competition kicks off the festival on Thursday, February 8th, and will feature creations from eight Chinatown restaurants and bars; Bagheera, Bao Bei, Chickadee, Fiorino, Kissa Tanto, Keefer Bar, Laowai, and Meo (opening soon).

There will be family-friendly activities, so make sure to bring all your loved ones.

Taste of Chinatown

When: Friday, February 9, from 11 am – 4 pm PT, Saturday, February 10, from 11 am – 4 pm PT, and Sunday, February 11, from 11 am – 4 pm PT