34 Vancouver food events to check out this July

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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 34 delicious food and drink events happening in and around Vancouver in July 2018.

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

Infused Dining Series 

This is a dinner party that will take dining to new heights. The Infused Dining Series returns to Vancouver for Canada Day Long Weekend. Join The Nomad Cook for an amazing six-course Canadian-themed menu of cannabis-infused food. Held at a private location, each seating holds up to 10 people and offers guests a unique experience.

When: June 29-July 1
Where: Private location
Cost: $75-125; tickets available online

Shipyards Night Market

Shipyards Night Market/Facebook

Running May 4 to September 28, 2018, the Shipyards Night Market will once again liven up Shipbuilders’ Square in North Vancouver’s lower Lonsdale with over 100 vendors, including food trucks, and a 19+ beer garden. With a “hot food alley” stacked with dozens of food trucks, the Shipyards Night Market is one of the summer’s most delicious pop-up weekend eats destinations. Plus sip on craft beer and cider in the beer garden, shop from the many vendor stalls, and enjoy live entertainment.

When: Fridays from 5 to 10 pm, now to September 28, 2018
Where: Shipbuilders’ Square – 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver

Richmond Night Market

Midway games, vendor booths, live entertainment, and an insane amount of food will once again draw crowds at the Richmond Night Market. The market consistently offers an impressive quantity of options for shopping and eating–they have over 100 food stalls and 200 vendors.

When: Now to October 8, 2018. 7 pm – midnight Fridays and Saturdays, 7 pm – 11 pm Sundays and holiday Mondays
Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond
Cost: $3.75 admission, free for children 10 and under and seniors 60 and up (with ID)

Ice Cream Socials at Beta5

beta5 ice cream sundae
The Ziggy Stardust sundae was inspired by David Bowie (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)

Summer is the sweetest time of year in Vancouver, made even sweeter by the creative treats being served up at the Ice Cream Socials every weekend at Beta5. The wildly inventive sundaes Beta5 will have on offer for their Ice Cream Socials are all inspired by pop music. They’ll be running Ice Cream Socials every weekend through the summer, so check their social media or website for details about what tune and its companion sundae is on deck next.

When: Every weekend in July from 1 to 5 pm
Where: Beta5 – 413 Industrial Avenue, Vancouver

Great British Tea Party

For the Great British Tea Party, Notch8 is pulling out all the stops: Vintage décor, bunting, Union Jacks, and a red telephone booth can be found in the restaurant’s Private Dining Room. There’s Coronation Chicken, roast beef and stilton, and egg salad tea sandwiches; Eton Mess; scones and Devonshire cream; and plenty of house-made UK-inspired pastries.

When: Now through September 3, 2018. Seatings at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm
Where: Notch8 – Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 West Georgia Street
Cost: Adults $65, Children $32.50 (ages 12 & under). Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by phone at 604-662-1900, or online.

Dinner in the Sky

This summer, the option to eat a meal while you’re suspended about 50 metres over Vancouver is once again on the table, thanks to the return of Dinner in the Sky. Run by WESTCOAST Sightseeing, Dinner in the Sky has brought Vancouver chef Ned Bell on board for this year’s event. The way Dinner in the Sky works is that you are safely strapped in around a communal table, with the chef and their helpers and a safety expert at the centre. Up you go into the sky, where you’ll have your food and drink while taking in a spectacular view.

When: June 23 to July 29
Where: 415 West Esplanade, North Vancouver
Cost: $149-$569 and up per person; details about all of the experience packages are available online.

Steveston Salmon Festival

Every year, skilled volunteers grill over 1,200 pounds of mouth-watering salmon over open fire pits. The famous salmon BBQ sells out every year and plates are only $16 per person (prices subject to change). There will also be food trucks and vendors cooking up a storm throughout the day, not to mention a pie and ice cream parlour. Come early, because the day begins with a pancake breakfast at 6:30am.

When: July 1 from 6:30 am–10 pm
Where: Steveston Community Park – 4011 Moncton Street, Richmond

Ribfest at Mamie Taylor’s

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Mamie Taylor’s/Facebook

The ninth annual Canada Day RibFest comes to Mamie Taylor’s, and features a cook-off competition between chefs and master grillers from some of the city’s top restaurants meeting over the flames in Chinatown. Only 100 Judging Tickets ($10 per person) will be made available to members of the public, who will help choose the winning chef/restaurant; they’ll be available onsite at Mamie Taylor’s on Canada Day at 2pm, on a first-come-first-served basis.

When: Sunday, July 1 at 2 pm
Where: Mamie Taylor’s – 251 East Georgia Street, Vancouver
Cost: $10

Ball Hockey Tournament at Timber

Head to Timber on July 1 for a “good ol’ ball hockey tournament” benefitting B.A.S.H (Britannia After School Hockey program). The tournament is put on by Bomber Brewing’s own Cam Andrews. Sit out on the Jervis street side or in the bleachers and watch the game while nibbling on some Timber snacks. Bomber Skyline Lager will be on special all day. Hang around to catch live music from local talents Bradley Pedwell and Matthew Presidente starting at 5:30 pm.

When: Sunday, July 1. Ball hockey from noon-4 pm; live music 5:30 to 9 pm.
Where: Timber – 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver

Brasserie & The Beest

Craft beer connoisseurs can get an exclusive taste of an award-winning Quebec brewery when Wildebeest welcomes Brasserie Dunham for Brasserie & The Beest. Taking place in the restaurant’s ‘Underbelly’ private room, the standup-style mixer will pair bites of signature Wildebeest fare with five kegged and bottle-conditioned Brasserie Dunham beers–plus you can meet the brewmaster.

When: Wednesday, July 4 at 6:30 pm
Where: Wildebeest – 120 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Cost: $39 per person plus tax and gratuity and may be purchased online

Indian Summer Festival Opening Party

Vikram Vij (Indian Summer Festival/Facebook)

Every year, the Indian Summer Festival spices up the season with an array of culinary and cultural programming in Vancouver. Kick off the fest at the Opening Party, which features superstar chef Vikram Vij presenting a line-up of top local chefs who will take you on “a gastronomic journey around the world.” Slated to participate are Vij’s, Blue Water Cafe, Cedar Feast House, Jamjar, Cacao, Taybeh, and ARC at the Fairmont Waterfront.

When: Thursday, July 5 2018 from 7-11 pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Cost: $135; tickets available online

Fridays on Front

@downtownnewwest/Instagram

For a second year, weekends in New Westminster kick off this summer with a family-friendly night market…with booze. Featuring artisan vendors from New West Craft, live music curated by the New Westminster Arts Council, and beloved street eats from food trucks from the  Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest, Fridays on Front will take over the 600-block of historic Front Street.

When: Friday nights from 5-9 pm from July 6 to August 24, 2018
Where: 600 block of Front Street, New Westminster

Brunch Affair

Now in its second year, Brunch Affair will bring several local restaurants, vendors, and chefs under one roof for two days of delicious brunch eats. The ticketed event gives attendees the chance to try their pick of edible offerings from places like Rosemary Rocksalt, local favourite Finch & Barley, the Johnny Can’t Surf coffee cart, vegan “meat” innovators Very Good Butchers, the Spanish flavours of Cabrito on Commercial Drive, and more–with other participants to be announced soon.

When: July 7-8, 2018 (entry times are 10 am, noon, and 2 pm each day)
Where: The Pipe Shop – 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Cost: $5-45; tickets available online

Sip, Savour & Sesh – An Afternoon for the Herbally Inclined

An Afternoon Tea Party for the “herbally inclined” means you dress up and hit up a rooftop patio party. Enjoy fine teas in the mid-afternoon breeze. Surprise and delight and fine treats await.

When: Sunday, July 8 from 1-5 pm
Where: Location revealed to ticket purchasers only
Cost $50; tickets available online

Beer and a Curry X Main Street Brewing Co.

A beer flight at Main Street Brewing Company. Photo Melissa Shaw

Check out this Sunday night Beer and a Curry pop-up, teaming B.C.’s finest beer with India’s finest curries. This time, it’s Main Street Brewing. Tickets cost $35 and include one Main Street Brewing Co. beer, appetizers, and tons of curry, plus loads of naan.

When: Sunday, July 8 from 7-9:30 pm
Where: Main Street Brewing Co. – 261 East 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Cost: $35; tickets available online

Tasting Plates North Van Lower Lonsdale

Explore the Lower Lonsdale and area of North Vancouver and tantalize your taste buds at selection of restaurants, and cafes. Organized by Vancouver Foodster, this event has participating spots serving up Tasting Plates and Tasting Cups for guests to enjoy. Roam at your own pace and fill up your tasting passport.

When: Wednesday, July 11 from 6-10 pm
Where: Lower Lonsdale
Cost: $35-60; tickets available online

Mercato Italian Market

This unique market brings together the tastes of Italy and fresh local produce for sale. Shop for a vibrant assortment of fresh fruit and vegetables, handmade products from local artisans, and delicious food prepared by the Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre’s chef. The Italian community market element allows you the opportunity to bring home a taste of Italy.

When: Friday, July 13 from 5-9 pm
Where: Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre – 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver

Cost: Free admission

Happy Hour Weekend at La Mezcaleria

As a muchas gracias to its customers and surrounding communities for their patronage over the years, the locally owned eatery will be offering its happy-hour menu at its Commercial Drive and Gastown outposts for the entire weekend. In addition, both La Mezcaleria locations will offer a two-for-$10 and five-for-$20 deal on a specially prepared list of small tacos.

When: July 13-15, 2018
Where: 1622 Commercial Drive and 68 East Cordova Street, Vancouver

Summer Salad Cooking Workshop

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Get cooking! In this class, you’ll help prepare and sample four different summer salads featuring farm fresh market ingredients. This is a hands-on workshop, so get ready to chop, slice, and toss. Presented by Karen Curtis of Kics Gourmet Products.

When: Sunday, July 15 from 10-11 am
Where: Coquitlam Farmers Market – 624 Poirier Street, Coquitlam
Cost: $10; tickets available online

Lobster & Crab Boil Dinner at YEW

The team at YEW seafood + bar is celebrating summer by bringing back the ultra-popular family style Dungeness Crab and Lobster Boil Dining Series. Guests will tie on a bib (yours to keep) and raise a complimentary glass of wine to begin the evening. These communal family-style dinners promise to be fun and delicious.

When: Sunday July 15, 22, & 22 from 6:30-9:30 pm
Where: YEW seafood + bar – 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Cost: $72.26; tickets available online

Kitchen Takeovers at The Narrow Lounge

The Main Street “hole-in-the-wall” is holding a series of pop-up dinner events styled as full-on Kitchen Takeovers, showcasing some under-the-radar culinary and foodcrafting talent in the region. Instead of being ticketed, coursed dinners, these pop-ups will be done first-come first-served style, and will feature a la carte menus of dishes available until the kitchen runs out. First up, on the 16th, The Narrow Lounge will give the kitchen over to Handtaste Ferments. Next up, on the 17th, you’ll find Jody Peck of Wild Northern Way behind the stoves.

When: July 16-17, 2018
Where: 1898 Main Street, Vancouver

Fuggles & Warlock Pig Roast Beer Dinner at Mamie Taylor’s

What’s better than pork and brews? Mamie Taylor’s legendary pig roast done up with beer pairings from Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks. Welcome drinks at 6:30 pm, sit-down dinner starts at 7 pm.

When: Wednesday, July 18 from 6:30-10 pm
Where: Mamie Taylor’s – 251 East Georgia Street, Vancouver
Cost: $66.45; tickets available online

Seaside Pearl Winemaker’s Dinner

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Seaside Pearl Farmgate Winery/Facebook

Enjoy a five-course dinner from Chef Jordan of Langley’s Eighteen 27 restaurant paired with a selection of wines from Seaside Pearl Farmgate Winery in Abbotsford. The evening kicks off with a wine reception, followed by the intimate sit-down dinner.

When: Wednesday, July 18 at 6:30 pm
Where: Eighteen 27 – 9185 Glover Road, Langley
Cost: $120 plus tax and gratuity; call the restaurant to reserve at 604-455-0211

6th Annual Cocktail Jockey Competition

The celebration around The Deighton Cup actually gets underway the day before the fancy day at the races, on Friday, July 20, at the 6th Annual Cocktail Jockey Mixology Competition, which takes place at Prohibiton at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. Area bartenders will be mixing up their take on rum punch and competing for a cash prize, and the glory.

When: Friday, July 20 from noon-4 pm
Where: Prohibition at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia – 801 West Georgia Street
Cost: Cocktail Jockey $15; Deighton Cup Upgrade $25 (must have purchased a Deighton Cup ticket); Cocktail Jockey Package $90 (includes one Cocktail Jockey ticket and one Deighton Cup ticket). Full details and ticket purchasing available online.

Port Moody Rib Fest

Three days of delicious BBQ eats, free live music, craft breweries, and family fun are on deck at Rock Point Park for the annual Port Moody Rib Fest.

When: July 20-22, 2018
Where: Rocky Point Park – 2800 Murray Street, Port Moody
Cost: Free admission

The Deighton Cup

Photo by Jonathan Evans/courtesy The Deighton Cup

Now in its tenth year, The Deighton Cup will mark their decade with another afternoon of food, fashion, and, of course, some horse racing. Attendees can feast on food from some of the city’s favourite chefs and restaurants. The menu will include things like aburi sushi from Miku and Minami to soulful meats from Dixie’s BBQ, and much more. Those opting to book a a Trackside VIP Booth or Grandstand Box will enjoy a spread from the acclaimed Hawksworth Restaurant.

When: Saturday, July 21 from noon-8 pm
Where: Hastings Racecourse – 188 North Renfrew Street
Cost: Festival Ticket $65; Last Chance $75 (after July 16). Full details and ticket purchasing available online.

Steveston Ciders & Sours Fest 2018

O’Hare’s GastroPub and Liquor Store is delighted to announce the inaugural Steveston Ciders and Sours Fest. This Festival will host approximately thirty five booths and will showcase local craft ciders and craft ‘sour-style’ beers. You will have the opportunity to sample some of the best ciders and beers the province has to offer.

When: Saturday, July 21 from 2:30-5 pm
Where: Seine Net Loft at Britannia Shipyards – 5180 Westwater Drive, Richmond
Cost: $55; tickets available online

Liquid Labs by Dylan Williams

Learn the art of crafting your own concoctions with H Tasting Lounge Premium Bartender Dylan Williams. Use locally-foraged ingredients as you mix your way to mastery, with four curated cocktail recipes. Your handcrafted creations will be paired with Executive Chef Alex Mok’s tasting plates.

When: Saturday, July 21 from 6-8 pm
Where: H Tasting Lounge – 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver
Cost: $120; tickets available online

BC Tree Fruits Cider Pairing Dinner

Craft Beer Market has partnered with BC Tree Fruit Cider for this special edition of their monthly dinner series.Enjoy refreshing local ciders paired with with a custom gluten-free dinner prepared by Chef Jurgen Jurgens on the patio. Your ticket includes a welcome special release Rose Cider plus four courses each paired with a different BC Tree Fruits cider.

When: Tuesday, July 24 from 6-9 pm
Where: Craft Beer Market – 85 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Cost: $60; tickets available online

Yes You Can! Preserve the Summer

Photo via Eventbrite

Learn how to preserve the goodness of the season’s produces through various preserving techniques, using produces that are in season. Think pickles, jam, vinegars, and pesto. You will be served a glass of wine during the class and a welcome snack (additional wine available for purchase). Plus you get to go home with printed recipes and a 4oz jar size of each recipe.

When: Wednesday, July 25 from 6-9 pm
Where: The Uncommon Cafe – 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
Cost: $65; tickets available online

Tacofino Beer Dinner Series: Phillips Brewing & Malting Co.

Another installation in Tacofino’s ongoing dinner series: This month, Phillips Brewing & Malting Co. and Tacofino will team up for a 5-course dinner at their Hastings Sunrise location. With two seatings, the dinner will showcase beer from Phillips Brewing & Malting Co. paired with brand new Tacofino dishes created by Executive Chef Stefan Hartmann and Head Chef James You.

When: Thursday, July 26 from 6-11 pm
Where: Tacofino Hastings – 2327 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Cost: $50; available online.

Betty’s Boil Up

A good old fashioned seafood boil, with beer, is on the menu at Central City on Beatty. Lobster, mussels, fried clams, prawns, and Vancouver Island Rockfish are tossed in sweet cajun spices with roasted nugget potatoes, corn on the cob, lemon and herbs. You will be welcomed with your choice of our very own Red Racer beer.

When: Thursday, July 26, food served at 7:30 pm
Where: Central City on Beatty Street – 871 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Cost: $35; tickets available online

Chronic Tacos Grand Opening

The Chronic Tacos location that used to be on West Broadway near Cambie closed down recently, but it’s not gone for good–they’ve re-opened the franchise at Waterfront Station. To celebrate the big move they’re holding a Grand Opening party which will include a whole bunch of food and drink specials like 50% off tacos, and an in-person appearance by TV stuntman and investor  Jason “Wee Man” Acuña.

When: July 27 from 11 am to 2 pm
Where: 16-601 Cordova Street West, Vancouver (Waterfront Station)

Brewery & the Beast Vancouver

Photo by Christian Tisdale via Brewery & the Beast/Facebook

Taking place outside at the Concord Pacific lot near False Creek on Sunday, July 29, Brewery & the Beast brings together some of the city’s finest meat slingers, cooking up eats in all sorts of styles. Expect to sample everything from barbecue, sous-vide, to smoked, grilled, and slow-cooked, and most proteins will be provided by event sponsor Two Rivers Meats, one of the finest in the biz.

When: Sunday, July 29 from 1-4 pm
Where: Concord Pacific Lot – 180 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Cost: $99.95 plus tax. Prices include all food and beverage offerings, and are available for purchase online via the event website.

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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