6 ways for food lovers to enjoy the Harmony Arts Festival


The Harmony Arts Festival is one of the North Shore’s premiere cultural events. Now in its 28th year, the fest attracts people from all across the region to the beautiful West Vancouver waterfront to enjoy visual, culinary, and performing arts.

Taking place August 3 through 12, the Harmony Arts Festival will feature over 150 free events at multiple sites in the festival zone.

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For foodies, Harmony Arts is a big draw, spanning high end ticketed evening events to gathering spots showcasing popular vendors. Here are the six food venues and events at the 2018 festival.

Indigenous Feast

For the first time, Harmony Arts is featuring an Indigenous Feast. This inaugural celebration of Indigenous cuisine will kick off with a blessing of the food, and will include a live blues performance by Murray Porter, and a feast of traditional eats from Vancouver’s storied Salmon n’ Bannock. The menu includes traditional dishes such as barbecued sockeye salmon, poached halibut, smoked oolichan in a blanket, bison berry ribs, three sisters salad and dessert.

When: Tuesday, August 7 at 6 pm
Where: Ambleside Landing
Cost: $90

Best of the West

In its eighth year, Best of the West is a ticketed event offering guests a delightful culinary-focused evening on the waterfront showcasing food and wine pairings. The events teams up area restaurants with wineries in a competition that celebrates the in culinary arts. Participating restaurants include Terroir Kitchen, Rive Gauche, Mangia E Bevi, Feast, and more.

When: Wednesday, August 8, from 7-9 pm
Where: Ambleside Pier
Cost: $100 (single event) or $150 (duo combo package, order by phone only)

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Artisan Eats

Hit up John Lawson Park during your time at Harmony Arts and catch some local favourite food trucks, carts, and vendors. There will be different vendors on site throughout the festival. A full schedule and a list of some of the participating vendors is available online.

When: August 3-12
Where: John Lawson Park
Cost: No admission

Waterfront Lounge

Grab a seat and enjoy the show…and fuel up on delicious food at the Waterfront Lounge venue. New to the festival, the pop-up Salt & Earth Oyster Bar visits the West Vancouver waterfront in the RE/MAX Waterfront Lounge. Slurp on a refreshing snack while enjoying live music and quality art exhibitions.

When: August 3-12
Where: Millenium Park (at the foot of 15th Street along Argyle Avenue)
Cost: No admission

Night on the Pier

Definitely Harmony Arts’ “top shelf” event, Night on the Pier features some of the best bartenders from around the Lower Mainland, including Sabrine Dhaliwal of UVA, Max Borrowman of Juniper, and Robyn Gray of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. Each mixologist competes to create innovative, daring and bold drinks for you to enjoy, and the drinks are paired with delicious food.

When: Thursday, August 9, 7:30-9:30 pm
Where: Ambleside Pier
Cost: $75 (single event) or $150 (duo combo package, order by phone only)

Park Royal Beachside Patio

This one is pretty straightforward. Come to the event, then head here to relax and have a bite to eat and something to drink.

When: August 3-12
Where: Pedestrian corridor of Argyle Avenue
Cost: No admission

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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