19 Vancouver food events to check out in March

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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 19 delicious food and drink events happening in and around Vancouver in March 2018.

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

Liuyishou Hot Pot Week

Ring in the Lunar New Year with a hot pot feast. Grab some friends and celebrate this fun, communal eating experience taking place at Liuyishou locations across B.C. (and Canada). Beer pairing with Red Truck Brewery brews is included in the holiday hotpot dinner set menus in all three B.C. locations.

When: February 26 to March 2
Where: Liuyishou Burnaby (5507 Kingsway), Richmond (150-4731 Garden City Road), and Vancouver (1542 Robson Street)
Cost: $68-144. Tickets available online.

Pescetarian Tasting Menu at Ancora

Photo courtesy Ancora

Seafood lovers will want to make note of a special offering at Ancora, available Sundays through Thursdays, now through March 31. The five-course set menu will showcase Chef Valverde’s approach to a variety of seafood focused dishes while incorporating fresh and sustainable West Coast ingredients. While remaining true to the restaurant’s Japanese-Peruvian roots, each of the five courses will bring forward Ancora’s unique take on dishes such as a Matane Shrimp Risotto, Aji Panca Glazed Sablefish, Cause Mixta and more.

When: Sundays through Thursdays, until March 31
Where: Ancora – 1600 Howe Street, Vancouver
Cost: $59/person, or $99/person with BC wine pairings.

The Growler’s B.C. Craft Beer Tap Takeover

Help celebrate the new issue of The Growler with a curated lineup of beers from some of the craft beer guide’s favourite breweries across the province. We’ll be pouring exclusive and hard-to-find beers from Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks, Moody Ales, Twin Sails Brewing, Steel & Oak Brewing Co., Fernie Brewing Company, Crannóg Ales, Category 12 Brewing, Strange Fellows Brewing, Cannery Brewing and Red Collar Brewing. They’ll also be launching the first beer in The Growler’s B.C. Brewer Collaboration Series, the Experimental Belgian Ale from Category 12 Brewing and Faculty Brewing Co.

When: March 1 from 5-9 pm
Where: Railway Club – 579 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
Cost: Free cover before 8 pm; Flights are $5.25 for three 4-oz pours.

East Coast Boil

Don’t miss the boat on this epic seafood feast. The Portside Pub kicks off March with their East Coast Boil. Your $33.99 ticket includes free Alexander Keiths, a mountain of fresh East Coast seafood, live music by The Sheets, and a Screech In ceremony. Dinner starts at 7:15 sharp.

When: March 1, 7-9 pm
Where: The Portside Pub – 7 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Cost: $39.99; tickets available online

Issa Brunch Ting – Jamaican Brunch Pop-Up

Make your weekend eating all about the island vibe with this pop-up. Choose your main (oxtail, jerk chicken, or a vegan pasta), and add a beverage, plus music, and you’re almost in Jamaica.

When: March 4; seatings at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm
Where: Kings Cafe – 2223 Kingsway Street, Vancouver
Cost: $20; tickets available online

Hoochy ‘Booch Kombucha Presents: Brew Your Own Kombucha

In this interactive workshop learn from Hoochy ‘Booch Kombucha owners Kristin & Liam as they walk you through the step-by-step process of how to successfully brew Kombucha at home. Learn some interesting facts and brewing tips plus hear why they think Kombucha is so amazing.

When: March 6 from 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Qayqayt Elementary – 85 Merivale Street, New Westminster
Cost: $20-55; tickets available online

Brasserie Dunham Tap Takeover @Bells and Whistles

Bells and Whistles will import the best of ‘la belle province’ to BC when they welcome European brewing-inspired Brasserie Dunham of Montreal for an exclusive tap takeover that will spotlight Dunham’s signature departure from modern American brewing styles. The all-day event will highlight a series of unique brews such as Le Quench du Soif ‘Réserve’ IPA, Ping Pong Wizard Saison, Sirkawa Costa Rica Stout, Leo’s Early Breakfast IPA, Cyclope ‘Lambda’ IPA, Viti Vini Vici Saison and LaPatt Porter Robuste and more.

When: March 6, from 11:30 am –11:30 pm
Where: Bells and Whistles – 3296 Fraser Street, Vancouver

Savour Our Neighbourhood 2018

The Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society (MPFCS) invites you to join them for Savour Our Neighbourhood 2018. This 5th annual fundraising event celebrates the food and beverage artisans of Mount Pleasant.

When: March 8, 5:30-9:30 pm
Where: Heritage Hall – 3102 Main Street, Vancouver
Cost: $45-55; tickets available online

Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival

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The Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival is Coquitlam’s original semi-annual beer and food festival. The event showcases brews from over 40 craft breweries and several local restaurants and caterers.

When: March 9 from 7-9:30 pm and March 10 from noon-2:30 pm
Where: Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club – 3251 Plateau Blvd, Coquitlam
Cost: $49-59; tickets available online

B.C. Uncorked Wine and Food Festival

Now in its 10th year, BC Uncorked is a unique BC-focused food and wine festival. The event showcases wines from over 45 top-rated BC wineries, matched with intriguing foods provided by area restaurants and chefs.

When: March 10 from 7-9:30 pm
Where: Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club – 3251 Plateau Blvd, Coquitlam
Cost: $69; tickets available online

Tip a Wee Dram

Raise your glass for a good cause. Tip a Wee Dram is a whisky fundraiser the non-profit Callanish. Price of admission includes admission, tastings, small bites, and a collector Tip A Wee Dram branded whisky glass.

When: March 10 from  7-10 pm
Where: Scottish Cultural Centre – 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver
Cost: $90-140; tickets available online

5th Annual Curry Cup

For many chefs and their brigades, curry is the ultimate family-style staff meal, the proud product of a cook’s cultural heritage. Eight of Vancouver’s top chefs will compete in the 5th annual Curry Cup. Among the participating chefs are Shelome Bouvette of Chicha, Tim Evans of The Cascade Room, and Elizabeth Bryan of Dock Lunch.

When: March 13 from 6:30-9:30 pm
Where: Heritage Hall – 3102 Main Street, Vancouver
Cost: $60-69; tickets available online

Canadian Culinary Championships Tasting Menu

Photo courtesy Boulevard

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar Executive Chef Alex Chen will recreate the dishes that won him the title of Canada’s top chef at the 2018 Canadian Culinary Championships for a one-night-only tasting menu. The evening will feature the signature Parfait of Wild BC Shellfish, ‘Chowder’, Northern Divine Caviar and Bull Kelp ‘Brioche’ that earned Chen top spot in both the BC Gold Medal Plates regional competition in Victoria last October and the grand finale of the Canadian Culinary Championships held recently in Kelowna. The seafood parfait will also be offered on the restaurant’s daily tasting menu for a limited time beginning March 14.

When: March 14 at 6 pm
Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Cost: $95 per person plus taxes and gratuity; $45 optional additional cost for wine pairings. Reservations required. 604-642-2900

Tasting Plates: Coquitlam

Explore the Coquitlam area (centered around the skytrain line between Lincoln station South towards downtown) and tantalize your taste buds at selection of restaurants and cafes. Each restaurant/cafe will be serving up Tasting Plates and Tasting Cups for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different types of restaurants throughout the event, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.

When: March 14 from 6-10 pm
Where: Start at Papparoti – 1196 Pinetree Way, Unit 100, Coquitlam
Cost: $45-60; tickets available online

Vodka & Oysters

Photo courtesy YEW seafood + bar

Spend a tasty afternoon of sipping, shucking and learning with industry experts at a casual long table event at Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver’s YEW seafood + bar. Rus Yessenov & Bacardi Ambassador, Kevin Brownlee host Vive Le Vodka!–the event includes: vodka tasting, oyster shucking lesson, martini and oyster pairing as well as a sneak preview of YEW’s soon-to-launch cocktail program paired with small plates.

When: March 17 from 2-4 pm
Where: YEW seafood + bar – 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Cost: $85; available online

Dogwood’s 3rd Anniversary – St. Patrick’s Day Party

Dogwood Brewing is turning their third anniversary into a St. Patrick’s Day party. You’ll find Irish food, a costume contest, a dart tournament, prizes, and 12 beers on tap. Sláinte! Entrance is free, but RSVP is required.

When: March 17 from Noon-8 pm
Where: Dogwood Brewing – 8284 Sherbrooke Street, Vancouver
Cost: Free entry, RSVP required. Beer Tokens: $3 – 12oz / $4 – 16oz / $6 – 24oz

Dîner En Plaid

Time to don your best plaid for this feast of all things French Canadian. Now in its fifth year, Dîner en Plaid, an evening of traditional French Canadian food, music, craft beer and fun will kick off Festival du Bois’ festivities.

When: March 21 from 6:30 pm until late
Where: John B. Pub – 1000 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam
Cost: $30; tickets available online

Good France food festival

From haute cuisine to quality bistro food, Chefs are invited to offer French-inspired meal in their restaurants and participate in this great celebration. The Good France food fest joins together restaurants around the world, who will each have a special menu for one night. Participating Vancouver restaurants include Tableau Bar Bistro; Bistro Pastis; Linh Café; La Brass; Provence Marinaside; Bistro 41; The French Table; Le Crocodile; Jules Bistro.

When: March 21
Where: Participating restaurants

Dining Out for Life 2018

On Thursday, March 22, 2018, dine out for breakfast, lunch or dinner at participating restaurants and support people living with HIV/AIDS right here at home. From Whistler to White Rock and across the Lower Mainland, DOFL’s fantastic restaurant partners will contribute 25% of their food sales to A Loving Spoonful. All proceeds directly benefit the programs and services they provide free-of-charge.

When: March 22
Where: Participating restaurants

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Lindsay is a Senior Writer at Vancouver Is Awesome. A fifth generation Vancouverite, she was previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive and Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz. Lindsay grew up in Vancouver and Toronto, then spent over 20 years in Los Angeles, where she was EIC of the city's top blog, earned her Masters 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