13 awesome Vancouver food events to check out in January


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

If you like to make food and drink the focal point of fun, we’ve got 13 (and counting!) delicious food events happening in and around Vancouver this January.

Check back during the month to see what events we’ve added to the delicious line-up.


Disco Dumplings Happy Hour at Burdock & Co.

Inside Burdock & Co.  Photo: Sandra Thomas

Disco Dumplings happy hour continues every Monday at 8 pm at this Main Street favourite. Throughout the evening, local DJs spin vinyls while an evolving menu showcases local beers and wines at a discounted price.

When: Monday nights at 8 pm
Where: Burdock & Co. – 2702 Main Street, Vancouver

Le Tigre Truck Pop-Up “Parking” at Torafuku

When you run a successful restaurant and food truck, and your truck breaks down, what else is there to do but put your restaurant to work as a temporary lunch spot serving up your food truck eats. That’s exactly what’s happening right now as the Le Tigre food truck is using their sibling brick-and-mortar restaurant Torafuku as a “temporary parking” spot for a fun lunchtime pop-up. Order all your faves from the truck at the counter.

When: Tue.-Fri. from 11:30 am to 4pm 
Where: Torafuku – 958 Main St., Vancouver

DownLow Burgers Pop-Up


It’s impossible to keep this a secret: The DownLow Chicken Shack has been morphing into a burger joint Monday nights since October 1. The menu currently consists of four core burgers, with weekly burger specials.

When: Monday nights
Where: DownLow Chicken Shack – 905 Commercial Dr., Vancouver

Vegan Drinks at Chickpea

Toast to a new year on the calendar and a new year of plant-based eating with a Vegan Drinks meet-up at Main Street’s popular Chickpea restaurant.

When: Jan. 2, 2019 from 7-9 pm
Where: Chickpea – 4298 Main St., Vancouver

Weathered Beer Celebration


Weathered is described as a “curated beer and art event,” all about “the extreme end of the spectrum” that will find attendees raising a few sample glasses to the finest flavours of the season. Organizers promise that even though “this is winter, and focus will be on the darkness,” you’ll still find a few nods to sunnier days with the inclusion of some farmhouse ales. $100; tickets available online

When: Sat. Jan. 12, 2019; sessions at 1-5 pm and 7-11 pm
Where: Heritage Hall – 3102 Main St, Vancouver

Gluten-Free Expo Vancouver 2019

Get everything you need to know–and eat–at Vancouver’s annual Gluten-Free Expo. It’s Canada’s largest event of its kind. Roam the exhibit hall, connect with vendors and experts, and sample tons of foods. $12-39; tickets available online.

When: Jan. 12-13, 2019
Where: Convention Centre East – 999 Canada Place, Vancouve

Fare: For the Human Right to Healthy Food

Eight of Vancouver’s most innovative chefs are banding together in support of the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House. This delicious and charitable evening will feature an extraordinary six-course collaboration dinner to be shared at Torafuku Asian Eatery, with proceeds from each ticket to benefit DTES Neighbourhood House’s healthy food programs. Joining Clement Chan of Torafuku will be Sandy Chen (Torafuku), Douglas Chang (Ai & Om Knives), Warren Chow (Juniper Kitchen & Bar), Jason Harris (Colette Grand Café), Will Lew (Notch 8 at The Hotel Vancouver), Colin Staus (Campagnolo) and Alessandro Vianello (chefvianello.com). $150; tickets available online

When: Jan. 14, 2019 at 7 pm
Where: Torafuku – 958 Main St., Vancouver

Seafood & Brews Dinner at Fanny Bay Oyster Bar


Executive Chef Chris Andraza curates a hand crafted four-course seafood menu to accompany some of the season’s best beers from Black Kettle Brewing, including an exclusive Fanny Bay Oyster Stout brewed just for this event. They promise “a shucking good time.” For more information please call the restaurant at 778-379-9510. Tickets available online.

When: Jan. 14, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Where: Fanny Bay Oyster Bar & Shellfish Market – 762 Cambie St., Vancouver

Noodle Mania

Feast on noodles from around the globe at several restaurants in Vancouver between Kitsilano, Cambie Village, Olympic Village, and Chinatown for the 6th annual noodle tasting extravaganza presented by Vancouver Foodster and Tasting Plates. Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Bowls or Plates for guests to enjoy; sample noodles from chow mein to spaghetti to mac & cheese, pho, pad thai, ramen and more. Visit each of the participating restaurants at your leisure by car or use transit. Tickets available online.

When: Jan. 16, 2019 from 6-10 pm
WhereJ: Various locations; pick up your “passport” at Silk Road Tea – 2066 w 4th Ave., Vancouver

Dine Out Vancouver Festival: Restaurants

Dine Out Vancouver

Dine Out Vancouver will run January 18 to February 3, 2019–always a great time to kick those post-holidays blues out of the way, and get some great deals at local restaurants. Menus are priced at $15, $25, $35 and $45 per person plus beverages, taxes and gratuity. Lunches and brunches are also available at select restaurants, too.

When: Jan. 18-Feb. 3, 2019
Where: Various locations in Vancouver

Dine Out Vancouver Festival: Events

There are 28 awesome food and drink events happening as part of the Dine Out Vancouver Festival, in addition to the terrific prix-fixe menus at local restaurants. These culinary events include everything from wine pairing dinners to dessert how-tos, along with things like vodka tastings, wine and beer tours, dim sum gatherings, coffee tours, and more.

When: Jan. 17-Feb. 3, 2019
Where: Various locations in Vancouver

Hot Chocolate Festival

The month-long event is undoubtedly the sweetest way to count down to Valentine’s Day, as restaurants, cafes, and treat shops all around town come up with original cocoa concoctions and specials to please your sweet tooth.

When: Jan. 19-Feb.14, 2019
Where: Various locations TBD

Art of plant-based cheese making with Karen McAthy

Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre/Facebook

Join Chef Karen McAthy, founder of Blue Heron, and author of The Art of Plant-based Cheese Making, in learning how to make cultured, fresh, vegan cheese. This four-class course (held over four days), is homework driven, focused on getting students to make their own vegan cheeses from growing cultures to easy ageing techniques. $200; register online.

When: Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 4, & 11, 2019 from 6-9 pm
Where: Italian Cultural Centre – 3075 Slocan St., Vancouver

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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