26 awesome 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 and drink the focal point of fun, we’ve got 26 (and counting!) delicious food events happening in and around Vancouver this July.

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

If you have a tip for a food or drink event for July, or any other month, please send it to lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com. 

ONGOING

Sunday Porchetta Dinners at The Flying Pig

The Flying Pig has launched a new Sunday Porchetta Dinner feature, available for $21 per person at all three Vancouver locations. Sourced from family-run Geldermans Farm in the Fraser Valley, the premium porchetta is slow roasted on site for four hours to create succulent pork meat with a crispy, crackling skin. Stuffed porchetta will be hand carved and served alongside crackling mashed potatoes, fresh seasonal vegetables and house-made gravy for a true farm-to-table feast. Available in limited quantities.

When: Sunday nights
Where: All three Flying Pig locations in Vancouver (Yaletown, Gastown, Olympic Village)

Hip Hop Trivia Night at Juke Fried Chicken

Teams of up to six are invited to take part in five rounds of questions on all things Hova, Dre and Wu-Tang with food and drink specials and prizes up for grabs at Juke’s new Hip Hop Trivia Night. Sign up as an individual or a team of up to six via email (info@jukefriedchicken.com), Instagram (@jukefriedchicken) or Facebook (/jukefriedchicken) to guarantee a spot. Walk-ins are also welcome.

When: Third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.
Where: Juke Fried Chicken (Chinatown) – 182 Keefer St, Vancouver

Shipyards Night Market

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 you can 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 p.m., May 3 to September 27, 2019
Where: 
Shipbuilders’ Square – 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver

Richmond Night Market

Photo Richmond Night Market

Midway games, vendor booths, live entertainment, and an insane amount of food will once again draw crowds at this popular event. The market consistently offers an impressive quantity of options for shopping and eating–they have over 100 food stalls and 200 vendors. But the food is always one of the most exciting parts of the Night Market, so you can expect to find everything from those iconic “tornado potatoes” to grilled meats, bubble waffles, “large” fried chicken, wild beverage concoctions, epic treats, and who knows what else is in store for this year.

When: May 10 to Oct. 14, 2019. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (May 10-Sept. 2): 7 p.m. to midnight; Sundays (After Sep 2) and Stat holidays: 7 to 11 p.m.
Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond
Cost: General admission $4.75; kids 8-under free; seniors 60+ free

80th Anniversary Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Launched May 2 and running through September 1, the 80th Anniversary Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver pays homage to the hotel’s storied past and the culinary treats of its founding era. Classic English scones and raisin-studded scones anchor the tiered tea towers, complete with clotted cream and jam. Contemporary takes on traditional sandwiches hit the savoury mark, while an epic case of desserts hit the sweet spot.

When: Now through Sept. 1. Sittings are held at 11 a.m., and 1 and 3 p.m. daily
Where: Notch8 at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 W Georgia St.
Cost: Adults are $59, and children 12 and under are $29.50. Call 604-662-1900 for reservations.

West Coast Culinary Experience at PICA

The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) recently launched this immersive exploration of B.C.’s vibrant culinary landscape. Take a guided tour of Granville Island with food and wine experts, then enjoy some delicious food. The experience takes about three hours.

When: Daily from now-Oct. 13. Tours begin at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Where: PICA – 1505 W 2nd Ave #101, Vancouver
Cost: $167 per person before tax. For more information or booking, please call: 604-734-4488 or email wcce@picachef.com

JULY EVENTS

Lobster Fest at Provence Marinaside

For the entire month of July, you can indulge your crustacean passion as Provence Marinaside presents its annual Lobster Fest Menu.  A collaboration between Executive Chef/Owner Jean-Francis Quaglia and Chef de Cuisine Sheldon Maloff; this special three-course dinner is a bargain at $69. Wine Director Joshua has thoughtfully selected French rosés to complement each dish. This optional wine pairing is available for an additional $31 or as a petit pour for $21.

When: All of July
Where: Provence Marinaside – 1177 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver
Cost: $69

Tacofino x BETA5 Evening Summer Social

Photo courtesy Tacofino

Beloved B.C. brands Tacofino and BETA5 will mark a special summer ice cream collaboration by co-hosting an Evening Summer Social at BETA5. Each guest will receive a Tacofino taco, beer from Strange Fellows Brewing and a Tacofino-inspired Lime-Mint Freshie-Inspired sundae featuring lime and mint shaved ice with avocado ice cream, fresh pineapple, Tajín-spiced churros and condensed milk Chantilly.

When: Thursday, July 4 from 6-9 p.m.
Where: BETA5 – 413 Industrial Avenue, Vancouver
Cost: Tickets are $29 per person and available online

Greek Summerfest on Boundary

Enjoy authentic Greek food and live a day the Greek way. Greek Summerfest on Boundary showcases local music and dance groups on their outdoor stage while attendees enjoy the beautiful Vancouver summer season with Greek food and Greek hospitality. Live bands will play nightly, and there will be tons to eat. The full schedule is online here.

When: July 4-14, 2019
Where: 4641 Boundary Road, Vancouver
Cost: Admission is free

5th of July Bannock Day

Enjoy Indian Tacos, Bannock Dogs, BBQ and more at this fun afternoon of eats hosted by West Coast Bannock. Please note this is cash or e-transfer payment only. Menu items range from $2-9.

When: Friday, July 5 from noon until supplies run out
Where: 1555 Templeton Drive, Vancouver

Half-price Fried Chicken Sandwiches at Juke

Photo courtesy Juke Fried Chickecn

To mark National Fried Chicken Day on July 6, Juke Fried Chicken will have their signature fried chicken sandwiches available for half-price – that’s just $3.25 a pop. Juke builds their epic sandwich around their buttermilk marinated and deep-fried chicken (in a gluten-free batter!) topped with slaw and house-made BBQ sauce. Since this deal is pretty hefty, Juke has capped the per-person sandwich limit at at respectable 10.

When: Saturday, July 6 while supplies last
Where: Juke Chinatown (182 Keefer Street) and Little Juke (1074 Davie Street)

La Grotta del Formaggio 40th Anniversary

Opened in 1979 in Vancouver’s Little Italy, La Grotta del Formaggio is celebrating their milestone 40th anniversary with a weekend of specials and discounts, and on Car Free Day (July 7) the chance to mingle and sample in their shop.

When: July 6-7, 2019
Where: La Grotta del Formaggio – 1791 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Carnaval del Sol

This vibrant weekend-long celebration of Latin culture in Vancouver will not only be a feast for the eyes, but a feast for the tastebuds. Enjoy a variety of Latin eats and treats while enjoying this colourful summertime fest.

When: July 6-7, 2019
Where: Concord Pacific Place – 88 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Cost: $2-15. Info and tickets available online

Silk Road Festival

The two-day outdoor multicultural festival features cultures and exchanges between East and West on the world’s famed historic trade routes through arts, food, travel and technology. Eat, learn, and enjoy.

When: July 6-7, 2019
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza Šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk – 850 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Cost: Admission is free

Sunday Seafood Boil Series at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Galentine's Day
Photo courtesy Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

The award-winning downtown seafood restaurant continues its popular al fresco Sunday Seafood Boil Series for a fifth consecutive year throughout the summer. Guests are invited to pull up a chair and tuck into a true, East Coast-inspired communal seafood feast of fresh-caught lobster, jumbo prawns, clams, mussels and Dungeness crab piled high on butcher’s paper and served with all the fixings.

When: Sunday July 7, 14, 21, 28 (+ Sunday August 4, 11, 18, 25)
Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Cost: $68 per person (plus gratuity, taxes and service fees); tickets available online via Eventbrite

SO5 – Steel & Oak 5th birthday party

It’s been five years and over four million glasses of beer since Steel & Oak opened its doors on Third Avenue and Stewardson Way in New Westminster. Steel & Oak will be celebrating with a big party on Sunday, July 7 in the parking lot behind the brewery, from 1 to 6 p.m., with Big Day BBQ, the Down Low Chicken Shack, Big Shucker Oyster Bar and Earnest Ice Cream on site. There will also be kids’ activities, lemonade and a pop-up merch/bottle shop with some Steel & Oak rarities.

When: Sunday, July 7 from 1-6 p.m.
Where: Steel & Oak – 1319 Third Avenue, New Westminster

13th Annual Toast to the Coast

Toast to the Coast is the annual fundraising gala for Ocean Wise® at the Vancouver Aquarium®. It’s an event where ocean lovers mix and mingle over delicious food and drinks in the company of the fascinating aquatic creatures they are determined to help protect. Guests will relish food prepared by some of B.C.’s best chefs and drinks in plentiful supply as they catch up with colleagues and friends, take part in a raffle and a silent auction, meet some of the Aquarium’s best-loved residents, including the Steller sea lions and the sea otters, and wind down the night dancing up a rainstorm at the after-party with DJ NAT.

When: Friday, July 12 from 7 p.m.-midnight
Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Cost: $150

Art! Bike! Beer! Crawl

Craft beer flight/Shutterstock

The Eastside Culture Crawl is proud to announce that their Fourth Annual Art! Bike! Beer! Crawl fundraiser & tour will be held on Sunday, July 14. The Art! Bike! Beer! Crawl takes art lovers on a cycling or walking tour of the Eastside community making tasting stops at four breweries, most of which are exhibiting art as well. This tour is an amazing and incredibly fun opportunity for attendees to really take in all of the amazing elements of our great neighbourhood from art to beer! Ticket-holders tour 3 of 9 breweries, then the event wraps up at Strange Fellows at 4 p.m. where participants will enjoy a full art exhibit and light food. A tasting flight or pint is included at all 4 stops.

When: Sunday, July 14 from 1-5 p.m. (rain or shine)
Where: Participating breweries in East Vancouver
Cost: Tickets are $60 each or 2 for $100 and are available on Eventbrite here

Community Backyard BBQ at Ubuntu Canteen

Organic, family focused café and counter-service restaurant Ubuntu Canteen will host a Community Backyard BBQ on Sunday, July 14 that underscore its mission to cultivate a sense of community in the heart of Vancouver’s Fraserhood and beyond. Ubuntu will fire up the grill, and will feature cocktails, local craft beer and A Sunday in August wine, while local DJs provide the perfect summer soundtrack.

When: Sunday, July 14 from 3-9 p.m.
Where: Ubuntu Canteen – 4194 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Cost: Admission is free, with food and drink tickets available for purchase on site.

Origo Club  One-Year Anniversary Dinner Menu

Photo courtesy Origo Club

Origo Club is celebrating one-year anniversary by offering a signature French-inspired table d’hôte menu by Chefs David Pan and Tony Hua, wine pairings by Sommelier Melanie Gravel. This menu is available from July 16-20 for dinner only. Reservations are highly recommended.

When: July 16-20, dinner only
Where: Origo Club – 110-6888 River Road, Richmond
Cost: $59 per person, plus tax and gratuity

UBC’s 6th Annual Chef Challenge

UBC’s most exciting culinary showdown is back, and they need you to decide which team will bring home this year’s trophy. Featuring UBC’s very own culinary and musical talents, come fill up on delicious tasting plates and craft brews before dancing the night away to some samba, bossa nova, and more. Your 2019 competitors are: Bao Down, Nest Catering, Sage Bistro, UBC Food Services Apprentice Team, and Virtuous Pie. Tickets include entry, local food, craft beer samples, and live music. Children’s tickets include entry and a healthy kids meal.

When: Thursday, July 18 from 5-7:30 p.m.
Where: Outdoor amphitheatre on Main Mall and Thunderbird Boulevard
Cost: $10-45; purchase online

11th annual Deighton Cup

In what has become a Vancouver summertime tradition, the 11th Annual Deighton Cup, presented by the Parade Agency and The Social Concierge, will delight and inspire guests with an array of new attractions as well as a host of time-honoured traditions for a full day of fun, fashion, and derby-style excitement – plus delicious food and drink. Toast to the good life!

When: Saturday, July 20 from noon-6 p.m.
Where: Hastings Racecourse – 188 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver
Cost: $65-$85; Tickets are available online

Railtown Tailgate BBQ

Photo by Jelger + Tanja Photographers/courtesy Railtown

Get your appetites ready, because the Tailgate Barbecue Series is making a comeback at the original Railtown location one Sunday a month throughout the summer. Railtown chefs and co-owners Dan Olson and Tyler Day will once again roll out a custom-built, 12-foot barbecue barrel for the highly anticipated food events, where barbecue-lovers will be able to chow down on perfectly smoked meats and flavourful sides.

When: Sunday, July 14 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: Railtown – 397 Railway Street, Vancouver
Cost: Tickets ($27 per person plus tax, $17 vegetarian plus tax) can be purchased online and in-person. All tickets purchased online include a complimentary drink voucher (up to $6 value).

Tacofino x Four Winds Brewing Dinner

Tacofino will host the final event in its 2019 Beer Dinner Series at its Hastings location by collaborating with Delta’s Four Winds Brewing Company on Thursday, July 25 at either 6 or 8:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy a custom, five-course menu paired with a range of unique and exclusive beer from the notable local brewery.

When: Thursday, July 25. Seatings at 6 and 8:30 p.m.
Where: Tacofino Hastings – 2327 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver
Cost: $55 per person inclusive of tax, gratuity and ticketing fees; tickets are available via Eventbrite

Columbia StrEAT Food Festival

Downtown New Westminster/Facebook

Billed as “the largest one-day food truck festival on the continent,” the Downtown New West BIA is urging attendees of the free community event to put on their stretchy pants and head down on July 27, 2019 for an afternoon and evening of eating fun.

When: Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 4-10 p.m.
Where: Columbia Street, Downtown New Westminster
Cost: Admission is free

Vancouver Vegan Festival

A joint effort from The Vegan Project, Peace People Project, Peaces, and Earthsave Canada, the first-ever Vancouver Vegan Festival will be free and all-ages. The waterfront venue will be packed with over 70 vendors showcasing plant-based food and lifestyle items and apparel, and the day will include live music, speakers, and free yoga.

When: Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Creekside Park – 1455 Quebec St., Vancouver
Cost: Admission is 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 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