25 awesome Vancouver food events to check out this March

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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 25 (and counting!) delicious food events happening in and around Vancouver this March.

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

CONTINUING

Vancouver International Wine Festival 

Photo by Kelsey Knight on Unsplash

Now in its 41st year, this premiere wine event offers the chance to taste more than 700 wines spanning 16 countries. For the first time this year, wines from Romania will be featured alongside those of Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Italy and Croatia. The festival focuses on a different region or country every year, and the featured region this time is California. Expect tasting rooms, seminars, panels, and lots of wine-focused events.

When: Feb. 23 to March 3
Where: Festival is headquartered at the Vancouver Convention Centre West
Cost: $40 to $450

BC SPCA Treat Week

The BC SPCA asks animal lovers to provide delicious treats for a good cause during the BC SPCA’s Treat Week. This tasty week allows animal aficionados to provide delicious treats for family, friends and colleagues in exchange for donations that support the BC SPCA. Participants may take treats into work or school, or throw a party for family and friends. All the “dough” raised goes to help abandoned, neglected or abused animals in the BC SPCA’s care across the province.

When: Feb. 25 to March 3

ONGOING

TMRW Vegan Burger Pop-Up

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There’s a new vegan eats opp popping up in Vancouver, and it’s all about burgers…and beyond. The Juice Truck is teaming up with TMRW Foods to launch a weekly pop-up at their Main Street location, showcasing totally plant-based burgers, fries, and shakes. Vancouver-based TMRW Foods is behind the “altBurger,” a patty made from plant-based ingredients. For their weekly pop-up they’ll be offering special burger creations each Saturday.

When: Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm
Where: The Juice Truck –  4236 Main St., Vancouver

Chocolate Laboratory Afternoon Tea 

A pop-up chocolate dessert lounge at Notch8 Restaurant & Bar at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is taking sweet treats to a whole new level. The private dining room of Notch8 Restaurant has been transformed into a dessert-lovers’ delight complete with custom built, floor-to-ceiling chocolate covered walls — though the themed offerings and creative cocktails promise to take centre stage.

When: Available Thursday – Sunday, sittings at 11 am, 1 pm & 3pm
Where: Notch8 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 W. Georgia St., Vancouver
Cost: Adults $59; Children $29.5 (ages 12 and under); reservations recommended

MARCH EVENTS

Cafe Medina x International Waffle Day

Café Medina will spread the love while giving back to the local community by offering a one-day-only Medina WaffleGram package available for delivery throughout Vancouver’s downtown core on International Waffle Day (Monday, March 25). Each Medina WaffleGram package includes six of their signature Liège waffles, one 125-mL jar of either milk chocolate lavender or raspberry caramel topping, a limited-edition gold-coloured waffle pin, a Medina matchbox, a personalized message, and delivery for $39.99 plus tax, with $5 from each package donated to the BC Hospitality Foundation. Throughout March, Café Medina will also be donating a dollar from the sale of each Grand Budapest Mai Tai cocktail sold at the bar to the BC Hospitality Foundation as part of its ‘Generous Pour’ program that benefits a rotating host of local charities.

When: WaffleGram order deadline is noon on Saturday, March 23 (delivery is March 25); Generous Pour is happening all month
Where: Cafe Medina – 780 Richards St., Vancouver

Flourist Pop-Up

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In anticipation of the launch of their new Vancouver flour mill and bakery this spring, the newly re-branded Flourist (formerly GRAIN) will have a special pop-up shop. Stop in to pick up fresh-baked sourdough breads, baked goods, savoury galettes, fudgy brownies and a full selection of dry goods, including lentils, chickpeas, orzo and Flourist’s best-selling flours. Pre-orders are available for those who want to make sure their get their favourite picks.

When: Saturday, March 2 from noon-4 pm
Where: Di Beppe – 2 W. Cordova St., Vancouver

Japan Food Fair

Hosted by the Vancouver Buddhist Temple, this “spring bazaar”-style event features heaps of traditional Japanese fare like maki (roll) sushi, saba (mackerel) nigiri sushi, chicken teriyaki, ohagi (sweet sticky rice balls), manju (Japanese steamed cake), udon noodles, and much more, all at affordable prices. Admission is free, and the event is family-friendly.

When: Sunday, March 3, 2019 from noon to 2 pm
Where: Vancouver Buddhist Temple – 220 Jackson Ave., Vancouver
Cost: Free admission

Tasting Plates Yaletown

Explore Vancouver’s Yaletown neighbourhood and tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants and cafes. Each restaurant 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: Wednesday, March 6 from 6-10 pm
Where: Start at Living Produce Aisle – 1168 Hamilton St., Vancouver
Cost: $35-60; purchase tickets online

Savour Our Neighbourhood 2019

The Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society (MPFCS) invites you to join them for Savour Our Neighbourhood 2019. This 6th annual fundraising event celebrates the food and beverage artisans of Mount Pleasant. The evening is hosted by Vancouver storyteller Jo Dworshak, and features comedian Charlie Demers. Savour our Neighbourhood 2019 will be catered by Tayybeh, an award-winning local food company and social enterprise that supports newly arrived Syrian women.

When: Thursday, March 7
Where: Heritage Hall – 3102 Main St., Vancouver
Cost: $70-600; tickets available via Eventbrite

Coquitlam Craft Beer Fest

Cheers with beers (Photo via iSTOCK)

The Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival is Coquitlam’s original semi-annual beer and food festival. The event showcases brews from over 45 craft breweries and several local restaurants and caterers. There are two tasting sessions, an afternoon one and a nighttime one. Choose your beer-venture!

When: Saturday, March 9 12:30-3 pm or 7-9:30 pm
Where: Westwood Plateau Golf Club – 3251 Plateau Blvd, Coquitlam
Cost: $55 (matinee), $65 evening

Darby’s Cider Celebration

Cider fans, head to Darby’s for a weekend celebrating all things cidery. They’ll have 20 fantastic cideries represented for the whole weekend, offering one or two unique cideries from each spot for pours.

When: March 9-10, 2019 (11 am to close)
Where: Darby’s Gastown – 16 W. Hastings St., Vancouver

Tip a Wee Dram 2019

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: Saturday, March 9 from  5-10 pm
Where: Scottish Cultural Centre – 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver
Cost: $100; tickets available online

Curry Cup

The 6th annual Curry Cup returns! Presented by the Chefs’ Table Society of BC and the Mount Pleasant BIA, the annual competition brings together the city’s top chefs to create their own signature curries – the ultimate family style staff meal. This year’s line-up includes Roy Flemming from Tuc Craft Kitchen, Trevor Bird from Fable Diner, Henry Roca from Tocador, and returning 2017 champion Felix Zhou of Heritage Asian Eatery. Partial proceeds donated to Project Chef. with

When: Monday, March 11 at 6:30 pm
Where: Heritage Hall – 3102 Main St., Vancouver
Cost: Tickets are $59-69 and are available via Eventbrite

Flourish 2019

Flourish is Vancouver Community College’s signature, green-tie fundraising gala. You’ll enjoy fabulous food, music, fashion and pick up deals at our silent auction and wine wall. Flourish net proceeds help fund VCC Foundation student scholarships and bursaries. Participating chefs include David Hawksworth (Hawksworth Group); Bruno Feldeisen (Great Canadian Baking Show judge); Erin Vickars (Outer Shores); Jennifer Peters (Nextjen Gluten-Free); Justin Cheung (Longtail Kitchen); Poyan Danesh – Ocean Mama Seafood; and VCC faculty.

When: Wednesday, March 13 from 7-10 pm
Where: Vancouver Community College, Broadway campus, building B, event space, 1st floor – 1120 E. 7th Ave., Vancouver
Cost: $200-1000; tickets available via Eventbrite

East Side Beer Fest

Liberty Merchant Company proudly presents the 7th Annual East Side Beer Fest tasting event. This Liberty-sponsored event is in support of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society, which helps provides food for 27,500 people in need each week. All proceeds from both ticket sales and draw prizes directly support the GVFBS. The evening will feature craft beers from BC and around the world, along with a silent auction and door prize.

When: Wednesday, March 13 from 7-9 pm
Where: Wise Hall – 1882 Adanac St., Vancouver
Cost: $29.99; tickets available at all Liberty Wine Merchants shops

Dining Out for Life

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Now in its 25th year, Dining Out for Life is a one-day fundraising event during which more than 40 restaurants across the province will contribute 25 percent of their entire food sales to A Loving Spoonful, to help locals living with HIV/AIDS. You’ll find many of your favourites participating, from Whistler to White Rock, including spots like Forage, Ask For Luigi, Bells and Whistles, Nook, Wildebeest, Mary’s On Davie, Pizzeria Farina, Burgoo, Hy’s, Maenam, and many more.

When: March 14, 2019
Where: Participating restaurants

Vegan Night Market

This is the third installation of this popular plant-based pop-up market and mingle event. They’ll have food, local artisans, drinks, music and chill vibes, all with the purpose of giving back to animals and humans. This month they’re expanding outside to include food trucks and other new vendors. 19+ only.

When: Thursday, March 14 from 6-10 pm
Where: The Waldorf – 1489 E Hastings St., Vancouver
Cost: For admission, please provide canned food, pet food, clothing or min. $2 donation (for Hearts On Noses Sanctuary )

Four Winds x Royal Dinette Beer Collab Dinner

Enjoy some homegrown craft beer and farm-to-table cuisine as Royal Dinette collaborates with Delta’s Four Winds Brewing Co. for a special four-course meal pairing Four Winds’ classic brews and new releases with head chef Amanda Healey’s Canadian and Australian-inspired menu. The menu features BC oysters; early spring produce such as asparagus, foraged greens, parsnip, and sunchokes; an ode to Healey’s Australian heritage with kangaroo; and Healey’s signature “hung” housemade cheesecake.

When: Monday, March 18 at 6:30 pm
Where: Royal Dinette – 905 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
Cost: $100 per person (inclusive of tax and grat); tickets available via Eventbrite

Macaron Day 2019

On March 20, bakeries around the world will offer special deals on macarons, often with a charitable component. The treat may hail from France, but we have many macaron masters right here in Vancouver who turn out some absolute gems. There are promotions taking place at Soirette, Bon Macaron, Ladurée, TWG Tea, and Thierry Cafe; you’ll find details about each offer here.

When: Wednesday, March 20

BC Healthy Chef Competition

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Ten restaurants will create an array of meals where fresh produce ingredients are the stars of the plate. Protein plays a supporting role. Everyone gets a different meal: It is a friendly competition and attendees get to taste the dishes that were judged earlier. Enjoy music, food, and fun, and get a fresh produce swag box, and support a great cause.

When: Wednesday, March 20 from 6:30-10:30 pm
Where: Hyatt Regency – 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Cost: $90 includes appetizers, dinner & dessert, festivities and a swag box. Business attire recommended. For tickets call 604-785-0765.

My Aussie’s Pop-Up Dinner

Photo via Eventbrite

Head out and enjoy a casual pop-up dinner. They’re offering a five-course tasting menu: bread, beets, tuna, lamb and dessert. Plus they will be serving some craft beer and B.C. wine.

When: Wednesday, March 20; seatings start at 5:30 pm
Where: Collingwood Neighbourhood House (Annex) -3690 Vanness Ave., Vancouver
Cost: $60-65; tickets available online

Gout de France Vancouver (aka Good France)

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 Metro Vancouver restaurants include St Lawrence, Origo Club, Tableau Bar Bistro, Provence Marinaside, and more.

When: Thursday, March 21
Where: Participating restaurants

Gastown Cocktail Crawl

For this fun night out, Vancouver Gourmet Club will offer a unique cocktail and food pairing experience at three of the best restaurants/bars in Gastown. Sip on delicious libations from the city’s top mixologists, learn about Vancouver’s integral role in the new trend of the cocktail culture, and taste the signature appetizer. You’ll go from spot to spot in an assigned group for the 2.5-hour crawl.

When: Thursday, March 28 from 5:30-8 pm
Where: Your assigned starting point in Gastown
Cost: $42.95-49.95; tickets available via Eventbrite

Tacofino Beer Dinner Series

The beer dinners are back at Tacofino. The inaugural event on March 28 will see Tacofino embrace its roots when it welcomes Tofino Brewing Company, which hails from the same surf-side town on Vancouver Island where Tacofino birthed its brand when it launched the original Cantina location at the back of the Live to Surf parking lot 10 years ago.

When: Thursday, March 28;  seatings at 6 and 8:30 pm
Where: Tacofino – 2327 E. Hastings St., Vancouver
Cost: $55 per person inclusive of tax, gratuity and ticketing fees, available via Eventbrite

Paella Night at Boulevard

Photo courtesy Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

The all-star culinary team at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar will conjure up the flavours of one of Spain’s most iconic dishes when it hosts a one-night-only Paella Dinner. Kick off the evening with a sangria reception, followed by a three-course dinner with the restaurant’s Spanish-inspired West Coast Paella — comprising a bounty of Pacific octopus, local clams and mussels, prawns and chorizo sofrito simmered in a saffron and shellfish stock — as the centrepiece.

When: Sunday, March 31 at 6 pm
Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – 845 Burrard St., Vancouver
Cost: $68 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the restaurant at 604-642-2900.

With files from Elana Shepert and The Canadian Press

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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