There’s a free coffee and tea tasting festival happening in Vancouver


We love our coffee and our tea in Vancouver, and now there’s a new awards and festival event happening here to recognize the best of the best.

The inaugural Vancouver International Coffee and Tea Awards Festival (VICATA) takes place on Sunday, August 19 in David Lam Park, and the event is totally free.


“Our mandate is to bring world-class coffee and tea brands together in order to compete for the top spot,” say organizers.

The competition will have a panel of expert judges taking part in blind taste tests to name the champs, but there’s also a “People’s Choice” category–which means part of the festival involves you being a taster.

The categories for the first-ever VICATA are as follows:

  • Tea: Iced, Green, Black, Herbal/Organic, Kombucha/Specialty
  • Coffee: Iced/Blended, Black/Brewed, Espresso, Cold Brew, Specialty/Other
  • Best Summer Beverage (other than Coffee or Tea)
  • People’s Choice Award

In addition to the sipping and savouring, the VICATA Festival will include lots to do, including kids’ activities, live music, and food (for purchase).

Vancouver International Coffee and Tea Awards Festival

When: Sunday, August 19 from 10 am to 4 pm
Where: David Lam Park –1300 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Cost: Free

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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, 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: // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom