Welcome to September, Vancouver food lovers.
While B.C. creeps toward Step 4 for its four-part "restart" plan - and events can happen with restrictions - for the most part, we are still talking about specials, pop-ups, collabs, and cool happenings going on in the local food scene to put on your September 2021 eating agenda.
Speaking of restrictions and dining out in B.C., the provincial-wide mask mandate means you must wear a mask when indoors at bars and restaurants unless you are seated at your table. Additionally, starting Sept. 13, you will need to provide proof of vaccination via your B.C. "vaccine passport" in order to enter bars and restaurants.
Here are a few noteworthy food and drink events happening in September. We've got Mid-Autumn Festival eats, more patio pop-ups, burgers galore, and much, much more.
Check back as the month progresses to see what's been added. There's always something good to eat in Vancouver!
St Lawrence's September menu: Normandy
When: Sept. 1-26
Canada’s top-ranked restaurant has bid ‘au revoir’ to à la carte and take-home services to create unique multi-course monthly menu concepts that are open for advanced pre-paid reservations. The fall line-up will showcase reigning culinary regions of France starting with September’s homage to Normandy, featuring a menu of dishes that span country and coastal cuisine, highlighting the best of each region. Tickets to St. Lawrence’s September dinner experience featured from Sept.1 through 26 are available for $65 per person; purchase online.
When: Sept. 1-14
This year, the country's week-long celebration of all things burger perfection has doubled: Le Burger Week will run for two weeks this time around, featuring burgers at restaurants across Metro Vancouver. Through Le Burger Week, a percentage of every burger sold at a participating restaurant will be donated back to select charitable organizations. Participating Vancouver spots include Kokomo, Fable Diner, Brewhall, Coast, and more - including multiple plant-based options.
Smooth Putt Mini-Golf with cocktails in Gastown
When: Now through Sept. 6
Hit up Gastown for a round of vigorous putting. Along with a little game of golf, five Gastown restaurants are joining in the fun by offering a Grey Goose cocktail, golf-inspired, and a menu item to go along with the cocktail. The five restaurants are Jules Bistro, Smith’s Bar & Restaurant, Steamworks Brew Pub, Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar, and Water St. Cafe. Tickets for the putting course are available online.
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Sept. 6
Roam the aisles and fill your belly with hand-held eats and treats at the annual Richmond Night Market, which kicked off its modified summer season on July 23.
When: Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. Sept.2-23.
Uncover one Vancouver neighbourhood's secret epicurean gems through the South Granville Supper Club. Popular restaurants, unique eateries, and culinary options have put South Granville on the map as one of Vancouver’s emerging foodie destinations. Guided by local Vancouver food critic, podcaster, and blogger Richard Wolak (@vanfoodster), tour participants will visit four of South Granville’s top restaurants: The Rise; Bombay Kitchen + Bar; Fiore; The Marquis Bar & Grill. Guests will enjoy specially curated menu tastings and learn firsthand about the people, places, and food behind the neighbourhood’s eclectic food scene. Tickets available via Eventbrite.
When: Through Sept. 6
This year's modified Fair focuses on the "essentials" of the century-old Vancouver end-of-summer tradition. Of course, food is essential, and 2021 is packed with eats, from wild, fried, larger-than-life creations to healthier plant-forward options. Check out this video tour we took of the PNE's delicious offerings.
When: Sept. 11-12
A product of the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation and the Vancouver Chinatown Business Improvement Area Society, the inaugural “Light Up Chinatown!” event will feature a variety of family-friendly activities including live entertainment, exclusive food collaborations and glittering displays of lights and lanterns. Ken Tsui of Here There creative studio has brought together an incredible line-up of culinary collaborations, bridging cultures together - among them the exciting Beaucoup Bakery x Chinatown BBQ collab Peking Duck Croissant.
Kinton Ramen Moon Festival Special
When: Sept. 1-30
In celebration of the Moon Festival (Mid-Autumn festival) KINTON RAMEN is introducing an exclusive special this month: Roast Beef Ra-moon. The bowl is made with brothless ramen with 1.5x seasoned thick noodles, topped with roast beef, onsen tamago, arugula, white onion, garlic chips, mayonnaise and house-made yuzu soy sauce. Available for take-out, dine-in, and via third-party delivery apps.
Neighborhood Patio Pop-Up at Bentall
When: Sept. 10-18; noon-8 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and noon-10 p.m. Friday to Saturday
The public is invited to enjoy good food, drinks, music and art in support of Creative BC’s Creative Pathways Program. Perfect for a lunchtime bite or happy hour after work, the Neighbourhood Patio will feature beer from Granville Island Brewing, natural wines from Dachi, and local food trucks. Not only will visitors be able to enjoy good drinks and bites, but they will also be entertained by live music from local musicians and an interactive mural installation. $2 from each drink sale will be donated to the Creative BC Pathways Program. Artist Paige Jung will be incorporating community photo submissions into the mural during operating hours. To participate, guests and locals are invited to submit photos of themselves, or someone they feel positively impacts our community of Vancouver for inclusion in the mural. Photos can be submitted and reservations can be made online, where you'll also find the full schedule of food trucks and artists.
When: Sept. 13-19
During the annual Negroni Week, participating venues offer up their own renditions, available to customers with proceeds going to a charity of choice. In Vancouver, several popular restaurants and bars are slated to take part. Not every venue has shared the details of its Negroni Week concoction - or concoctions - but we do know so far that some places are pulling out all the stops. See a list of participating Vancouver bars and restaurants HERE.
Afternoon 'Tea in the Window' at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
When: Monday through Friday, one seating for 2 offered at 2 p.m.
A quirky offering from the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver that debuted in the summer of 2019, the historic venue's restaurant Notch8 has now resumed serving its signature Afternoon Tea to a table for two located inside a street-level display window on West Georgia Street. The limited tea service is weather-dependent and requires guests to climb four small steps. The window space has been styled with custom art created by Vancouver-based fashion illustrator Mandy Lau, who drew inspiration from the social aspect of afternoon tea as well as the notion of putting an exterior street scene in an interior space. $69 per adult, $34.50 per child (12 and under). Book online.
Sunday Seafood Boils at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar
When: Extended dates - September 5, 12, 19, 26
This multi-course weekly summertime dinner begins as guests are welcomed with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. To follow, a starter Caesar salad of locally-sourced greens from Zaklan Heritage Farm. The main event, a show-stopping seafood boil, comes loaded with lobster, jumbo prawns, clams, mussels, Dungeness crab, potatoes, and corn, all laid out on the table covered in butcher's paper. The components of the boil are tossed in Ma's Boom Bang Sauce, a secret concoction of Cajun spices that give the boil an authentic and vibrant Southern flavour profile. A spicy New Orleans-style remoulade and a green goddess sauce loaded with fresh herbs are both perfect for dipping. A skillet of Boulevard's much-loved cornbread accompanies the seafood feast. For dessert, Pastry Chef Kenta Takahashi gives a Southern staple a B.C. spin: freshly made beignets served with blueberry compote and lavender ice cream.
The series runs on Sundays, and seatings are at 6 p.m. The dinner experience is available for $72.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased in sets of 4 or 6 on TOCK, each set of tickets will be seated as an individual group.
August Winery Menu at Provence Marinaside: Heirloom tomatoes x Clos du Soleil
When: Now through mid-Sept.
For Provence Marinaside’s August Winery Menu, Chef Quaglia and Wine Director Joshua Carlson collaborated to present the ultimate summer pairing – heirloom tomatoes from Klippers Organics matched with beautiful wines from the Similkameen Valley’s Clos du Soleil. eEjoy this special two-course menu for only $62. The optional wine pairing is available as a regular pour ($25) and petit pour ($15). If guests don’t wish to have the full pairing, wines may be purchased individually by the glass or the bottle.
When: Sunday, Sept. 26 from 1-4 p.m.
The festival that brings together brewers and local chefs and restaurants for a meat-tastic day of eating and drinking will once again fill Concord Pacific Plaza with grill smoke and revelry. The fully outdoors and 19+ event takes place rain or shine, and your ticket is inclusive of all food and drink, which means no fumbling for cash while you're balancing a cup of beer and a plate of ribs or chicken.
When: Sept. 24-26
The inaugural Noodlecious Festival aims to highlight the quintessential Chinese noodle dish and the cultural diversity in the neighbourhood from participating Chinatown restaurants, in addition to their history in the community. The event is a branch of the Fire Dragon Festival, the Chinatown community celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival.