It's a brand new month and the peak of summer, so now is the time to get out and enjoy delicious food and drink in and around Vancouver.
"Events" still seems like a bit of a naughty word, so 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 August 2021 eating agenda.
It's important to note: You may still be asked to wear a mask inside a business; while the province's order on masks has been lifted, it is at a business' discretion to continue to require one. Socializing between tables is not permitted. Wash your hands, be patient, and pack a mask with you.
Here are a few noteworthy food and drink events happening in August. Check back as the month progresses to see what's been added. There's always something good to eat in Vancouver!
World Oyster Day special at Fanny Bay
When: Aug. 5
Aw, shucks: To mark World Oyster Day, Vancouver's Fanny Bay Oyster Bar & Shellfish Market (762 Cambie St) will be offering a Grilled Oyster Special from 3 to 10 p.m. The special is four oysters with two butter flavours for $15.
Abbotsford Parks Food Truck Pilot Program
When: Weekends from noon-7 p.m. (Aug. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22)
Cool down from the summer heat with a family picnic at Mill Lake Park. Find a rotating selection of BC's best food trucks every weekend starting at noon until approximately 7 p.m.
IKEA's Zero Waste Takeout at Beetbox
When: Aug. 9
From July 27 to August 20 IKEA is bringing Zero Waste Takeout to communities across the country to raise awareness of the rising environmental cost of takeout, and to continue empowering Canadians with small everyday actions that can add up to big impact. For one day only, partner restaurants will package all regular takeout orders in IKEA's 365+ reusable food containers and iconic FRAKTA cooler bags at no extra cost to the restaurant or consumer. In Vancouver, that day and restaurant is Aug. 9 at Beetbox (1074 Davie St) in the West End.
Fried Chicken & Rose Happy Hour at Feast
When: All day Wednesdays and Happy Hour Thursday-Sunday, all summer
Happy Hour just got a lot more exciting, thanks to Feast in West Vancouver's Fried Chicken and Rosé Happy Hour promotion. The delicious special is on offer all day on Wednesdays and during Happy Hour for the rest of the week (Thursdays and Friday 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 3 to 5 p.m.). What you get: A bottle of rose (choice of Saint Hubertus frizzante or Therapy Pink Freud) plus two pieces of fried chicken and fries for $50 or four pieces with fries for $60. They are also featuring a BC rosé flight which includes: French door, Saint hubertus and Therapy, $13 for 3 x 2oz / $19 for 3 x 3oz. Promos available for dine-in only at Feast (2423 Marine Dr, West Vancouver).
Neighbourhood Community Block Party at Lansdowne in Richmond
When: Aug. 13-15
Food trucks, beer, and live music will come to Richmond’s Lansdowne Centre this August when the Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival rolls into town. The free event, titled Neighbourhood Community Block Party, was initially scheduled for last summer, until the pandemic caused its cancellation. There will be a sprawling artisan market supported by BC Shop Local, dozens of food trucks at Lansdowne Centre and all-day live music.
Limited-edition Hot Chicken Pineapple Express at Potluck Hawker Eatery
When: Aug. 14-15
To celebrate turning one, Potluck Hawker (3424 Cambie St) is doing a sweet n’ spicy flavour-bomb sandwich collaboration with Fife Bakery. The limited-edition Hot Chicken Pineapple Express, available August 14 and 15, is an ode to chef-owner Justin Cheung’s heritage, inspired by his Malaysian and Singaporean roots, while honouring his father’s Hong Kong background. The Hot Chicken Pineapple Express combo ($22) features coconut milk fried chicken brushed with salted egg yolk sauce, Buldak chicken hot sauce and house fire-roasted chili oil, Asian herbs, and coleslaw - all between Fife Bakery’s artisanal pineapple “bolo bao” bun. It is accompanied by a small Hong Kong Milk Tea Slushee and a side of Potluck’s signature twice-cooked crinkle cut fries, topped with pepper sauce, kewpie, hot ketchup, green onions, and chicken floss.
Weekend summer features at Popina Cantina
When: Thursday to Sunday in July and August
The four culinary musketeers of Popina celebrate their third anniversary on Granville Island with a slate of signature weekend features. Angus An, Robert Belcham, Hamid Salimian, and Joël Watanabe will step up to the plate on weekends through July and August and create unique dishes inspired by favourite food memories from their childhood summers. Each chef takes a turn for one-on-one mentorship with the Popina kitchen team, teaching them new techniques and exposing them to a new palette of international flavours. Popina’s Signature Weekend Features will run Thursday to Sunday during July and August. Check out Popina’s Instagram feed for the most up-to-date details and be first in line when the specials drop. Check them out on Instagram to see what the weekly special item is.
Live Music Happy Hour at Kafka's Great Northern Way
When: Fridays and Saturdays in July and August from 3-5 p.m.
Kafka’s is offering a new lineup of weekly Friday and Saturday happy-hour concerts at its Great Northern Way location from 3 to 5 p.m. throughout July and August. Curated by co-artistic director of the Vancouver World Music Festival, Robin Layne, this free series of all-ages outdoor shows celebrates the sounds of summer with an eclectic mix of jazz, world, and roots music. Guests can nosh on the patio and raise a glass to the weekend with craft beer, cider, and BC wine; fully licensed, Kafka’s offers selections from 33 Acres, Brassneck, Mission Hill and Cedar Creek. The parking lot will be cordoned off and car-free during all performances, maximizing space for the community to gather safely outdoors. Kafka’s (120-577 Great Northern Way) livens things up further by extending Happy Hour—when beer and wine are on offer for $6—to coincide with the performances.
Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society's Backyard Harvest Dinner with Friends
When: Aug. 19
Expanding on last year’s at-home fundraising event, Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society's Backyard Harvest Dinner with Friends will be held on August 19. The 2021 Summer Harvest Boxes will be filled with everything you'll need to plate a beautiful summertime meal in your own backyard and share it with friends. Fresh Roots has carefully curated the boxes to showcase the talents of fantastic new Vancouver food businesses. Your dinner will include fresh lovingly prepared dishes from the first cohort of Flavours of Hope's Dream Cuisines, a pilot program supporting newcomer refugee women as they launch their food businesses in partnership with Coho Commissary.
Guests will pick up their boxes on August 18 at the Italian Cultural Centre (limited delivery is available throughout the Lower Mainland with the Orange Toque Delivery ‘ADD ON’ at check out) before coming together online on August 19 at 6 p.m. for a celebratory program featuring a virtual farm tour, music, and entertainment.
Backyard Harvest Dinner tickets are on sale now via Eventbrite, starting at $150 (plus taxes and service charges) for a dinner for two including beverage pairings.
A&W Canada's 13th Annual Burgers to Beat MS Day
When: Aug. 19
On Thursday, August 19, $2 from every Teen Burger® sold across the country at A&W via takeout, drive-thru, and delivery will be donated to the MS Society of Canada. Eat a burger, help a worthy cause. A&W Canada's goal is to raise over $1.5 million for the MS Society through this year's Burgers to Beat MS, bringing the campaign total to more than $17 million raised in support of the MS Society over the last 13 years. Donations will help the MS Society fund research, support and services that are fundamental to changing lives – bringing us one step closer to a world free of MS.
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday July 23-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.
Afternoon 'Tea in the Window' at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
When: Monday through Friday, one seating for 2 offered at 2 p.m. during summer 2021
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 will be available throughout the summer and is weather-dependent. The experience 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: July 18 - August 22
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 will run for six Sundays starting on July 18; seating time will be 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.
Oakridge x Pac Rim Pop-Up Patio at Fairmont Pacific Rim
When: Wednesdays through Sundays, noon to 8 p.m. in the summer
Fairmont Pacific Rim has partnered with Oakridge and Westbank, to offer a unique outdoor pop-up patio experience this summer. The hotel plaza reflects the design for the 10-acre park at Oakridge Park, inspired in equal parts by the rice terraces of Southeast Asia and the coastal temperate rainforests of British Columbia. The grassy patio is defined by distinct, carved hills creating topographic forms, with more than 50 seats, accented by individual fire pits, lounge areas, and umbrella-topped tables. Fairmont Pacific Rim’s new food truck stands centre stage, serving a playful menu of appetizers to mains with ever-changing desserts. There's also live music select times!
Sip, Shop, Snack at Lulu Island Winery
When: Aug. 21 from noon-5 p.m.
"Sip, Shop, Snack" is an outdoor/indoor market that will feature an array of cuisines from Kyu Grill and Charcuterie Vancouver, as well as a marketplace featuring local artisans. Lulu Island Winery (16880 Westminster Hwy) is located in the heart of Richmond and is home to the largest tasting rooms in all of British Columbia. Don't forget your picnic blanket and your camera for snaps of you roaming the winery's eye-catching vine tunnel. Admission to the event is free.
Backyard Cookouts at The Boxcar
When: Monday nights in summer
Tacofino and The Boxcar are having a weekly Backyard Cookout every Monday that will find popular local chefs and restaurants running out of the Tacofino truck at the Main Street bar. The pop-up will be taking place all summer long. 19+ only.
With files from Nono Shen / Richmond News