13 food events in Vancouver this December


There’s always something to do in Vancouver…but first we eat.

If you like to make food the focal point of fun, we’ve got 13 delicious food and drink events happening in and around Vancouver in December.

Check back in, because we’ll keep adding to the list.

1. Reflections Winter Pop-Up

After a successful inaugural run last holiday season, Rosewood Hotel Georgia’s Reflections: The Garden Terrace will once again be home to a cozy, festive, and fun Winter Pop-Up featuring food, drink, and everything merry. The Winter Pop-Up patio will welcome the holiday season starting November 16, and will run daily through December 31.

When: Now through December 31 from 3:30 to 10:30 pm
Where: 801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver (at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia)

2. Ukranian Food Fair & Bazaar

Feast on Ukrainian food, like perogies and cabbage rolls, being served all day. Shop for jams, preserves, baked goods, and loads of non-edible items at the craft fair and rummage sale.

When: Saturday, December 2 from 11am – 4pm
Where: St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church – 3150 Ash Street, Vancouver
Cost:  Free admission

3. Winter Potion Lab at Silk Road Tea

Explore creating tea-based drinks perfect for the cold months and holiday  season, perfect for kids and grown ups to enjoy. All of the tea infused hot chocolates, tea lattes, hot toddies, mulled teas, and sangria you’ll learn to make are dairy-free, gluten-free, and free of any artificial flavours or colours. Bonus: Learn about how to use teas to keep you healthy and sane over the holidays.

When: Sunday, December 3 from 11 am – noon
Where: Silk Road Tea – 2066 West 4th Street, Vancouver
Cost:  $10 per person

4. Decorate & Bake – Holiday Cookie Class

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Christmas Cookies/Pexels

Get all your holiday baking done in one class. Bring your to-go containers and grab some friends (or the kids) and take part in this fun, festive cookie-making class. Everything you make you take!

When: Sunday, December 3 from 1 to 3:30 pm OR Wednesday, December 13 from 6 to 8:30 pm
Where: The Uncommon Café – 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
Cost: $45 per person, $5 per child (max 2 kids per adult); tickets available online

5. Italian Baking 101

In this 2-class workshop, Alice – cake lover and baker from Italy – will share with you some of her favorite Italian pastry recipes, all courtesy of her nonna of course. Take one class or both.

When: December 6 and 12
Where: Italian Cultural Centre – 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver
Cost: $55-100

6. Vancouver Foodster Holiday Market

An evening of tasting and drinking at multiple locations in Vancouver neighbourhoods will ring in the festive season.

When:Wednesday, December 6 from 5 to 9 pm
Where: Multiple locations in Vancouver
Cost: $18-30; available online

7. Vancouver Swedish Lucia Celebration

Enjoy this traditional celebration in Burnaby complete with Swedish Christmas dinner, singing, and Lucia procession. There will be Glögg!

When: Saturday, December 9 from 6 to 10 pm
Where: Scandinavian Centre – 6540 Thomas Street, Burnaby
Cost: $21-52; tickets available online

8. KPU Brew Lab: Brewery Tour & Tasting

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Tour Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) state-of-the-art pilot brewery which was custom built for the KPU Brewing Diploma program — the only one of its kind in BC and the first Canadian institution recognized by the Master Brewers Assocation for a standard of excellence in brewing education. 19+ for tastings.

When: Friday, December 15 from 4 to 5 pm
Where: Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Langley Campus, 20901 Langley Bypass, KPU Brewing Lab, Langley
Cost: $20

9. Vegan Wine Education with Blue Grouse Wines

Not all wines are vegan! Taste through four of Vancouver Island’s Blue Grouse’s ‘Quill Wines’ and nibble on a delicious assorted vegan cheeseboard, designed to pair with the wines. Wine Sommeliers Jessica Luongo and Marisa Varas, founders of AmoVino Distributors, will lead a short presentation on the world of veganism and wine.

When: Sunday, December 17 from 7 to 9 pm
Where: The Juicery Co. – 4236 Main Street, Vancouver
Cost: $34.99, buy tickets online

10. Greasy Spoon Diner Vol. 34

This special monthly dinner event pairs the top chefs with the legendary Save On Meats to create a monthly four-course dining experience.

When: Monday, December 18; seatings at 5:30 and 8 pm
Where: Save On Meats – 43 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
Cost: $95; tickets available online

11. Holly, Jolly Holiday Cookies Baking Class

This festive baking class at H2 Restaurant at the Westin Bayshore will find H2 Restaurant Chef Caitlin Mark and Executive Sous Chef Mike Reid leading guests through three stellar recipes for classic gingerbread, pumpkin spice and shortbread cookies. Each participant enjoys vegetable crudité, cheese and charcuterie, and, at the end of the class, leaves with three dozen cookies and a s’mores kit. Space is limited to 12, so book this class early!

When: Tuesday, December 19 at 5 pm
Where: H2 Restaurant at the Westin Bayshore – 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver
Cost: $75. Call (604) 691-6966 to reserve.

12. Ultimate Holiday Class: Treats & Champagne

Learn how to make some tantalizing holiday treats in a class that’s done with champagne for you to drink. Cheers!

When: Wednesday, December 20 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: The Uncommon Café – 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
Cost: $65; tickets available online

13. Plant-Based Christmas Eve Dinner at Virtuous Pie

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Pizzas at Virtuous Pie in Vancouver (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)

Virtuous Pie, Vancouver’s expanding plant-based pizza parlour, will be hosting a 100% vegan Christmas Eve dinner. Details are forthcoming about this ticketed event, so stay tuned.

When: December 24, 2017
Where: Virtuous Pie – 583 Main Street, Vancouver
Cost: Details to come

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom