July Food Events in Vancouver: Where to Feast This Month

The coolest food and drink events happening in Vancouver this July.

Just when we thought this city couldn’t get tastier, along came July. We’re talking open-air long table dinners, an always-sells-out vegan McDonald’s pop-up, and a dinner hosted by winery royalty (it costs $1,200+ per ticket). Read on, then get eatin’. 

Andrea Gail’s Vegan McDonald’s Pop-Up 

The last time this laid-back Powell Street resto-bar did a vegan McDonald’s pop-up, it sold out in two hours; these ‘McDonald’s classics’ are done so damn well your carnivore friends will love them, too. This time, we got the scoop on the plant-based menu: Big Mac, McChicken Burgers, Filet-O-Fish, Egg McMuffin, very limited orders of McRibs, orange drink, and fries. No resos, no take-out, go early. 

WHEN: July 7
WHERE: 1867 Powell St.

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The Bear Dinner at PICA’s Blue Hat Bistro

Lust after smash-hit series The Bear? You’ll love the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts’ dinners inspired by it. Devour highlight dishes from the show like ‘The Michael’ Cannoli, Sydney’s Raviolo and The Seven Fishes. If you can’t make it to the dinners, they’re also leading a Bear-inspired cooking class on July 20 and July 27.

WHEN: July 10 & 11
WHERE: 1505 W 2nd Ave. 

Laowai x Maybe Sammy Pop-Up

Experience 2023’s Best Bar in the World (according to the data-driven Top 500 Bars list) when Sydney’s Maybe Sammy comes to Chinatown for a night of refined fun. MS is known for its glam vibes and cheeky board-game inspired cocktail menu of modern classics, coffee-infused drinks, and mini martinis so just sit back, order off Laowai’s dumpling menu, and watch the Aussie crew sling their fine creations.

WHEN: July 16
WHERE: 251 E. Georgia

Bacchus’ Mouton Rothschild Winemaker’s Dinner

Wedgewood Hotel is bringing winery royalty to the city—and serving up a six-course meal and rare-to-Canada Bordeaux wines alongside This very French night at Bacchus will be co-hosted by none other than sixth-generation Château Mouton Rothschild family member Julien de Beaumarchais de Rothschild along with head winemaker Jean-Emmanuel Danjoy. Bien sûr, a night like this comes at a cost: $1,295.05 to be exact.

WHEN: July 10
WHERE: 845 Hornby St.

Wild Blue’s Longtable Dinner

A four-course, long-table summertime meal in the heart of Whistler Village—what’s not to love? Taking place mere steps away from award-winning Wild Blue, this special evening is set to be hosted by Restaurant Director Neil Henderson with a seasonal menu crafted by Chef Alex Chen and Executive Chef Derek Bendig. (Psst—if you can’t make that date, there’s another happening August 18.)

WHEN: July 7
WHERE: Meet at 4005 Whistler Way

Photo: Joern Rohde

Hawksworth x Chef Jonathan Gushue Dinner

With culinary credits like Fogo Island Inn and Langdon Hall under his belt, Relais and Châteaux Grand Chef Jonathan Gushue currently heads up The Gate in Ontario—and he’ll team up with Chef Hawksworth for one unforgettable night. The menu? Glad you asked. Think seven epic courses, including chilled heirloom tomato water, sablefish with chanterelles and caramelized nectarine with sourdough brown sugar cake.

WHEN: July 14
WHERE: 801 W. Georgia St.

Night Market at the Met

Before you buy a plane ticket, no, it’s not the Met in New York… it’s Metropolis at Metrotown. B.C.’s biggest mall is hosting a free-to-enter outdoor night market featuring eats like Japanese-style bagels from Aburi’s Wa-Bagel, quesabirria tacos from Don Oso’s and Japanese fusion from Wakwak Burgers (including a Namban burger specially created for the Night Market). Pop inside before you hit the market to take in the Under the Sea themed activities happening all summer long.

WHEN: July 4-7
WHERE: 4700 Kingsway (in the outdoor South Plaza)

Wildlight Kitchen and Bar’s Summer BBQ Series

Taking place long-table style in the outdoor atrium of this UBC resto helmed by award-winning Chef Warren Chow, this fun new summer series kicks off July 14 with a Brazilian BBQ Night (think bison picanha and linguiça sausage, cassava fries, and tres leches cake) then fires up again on July 28 with Korean BBQ Night (Galbi short rib, seafood pancakes, pickled vegetables, and more). Two words: arrive hungry.

WHEN: July 14 & 28
WHERE: 5380 University Blvd.

Carnaval del Sol

Calling all lovers of paella, empanadas and tacos. When the Pacific Northwest’s largest Latin American festival lands in John Rogers Park for a three-day cultural extravaganza, it’s also hosting a Food Plaza with 30-plus types of traditional cuisine. A few players? Colombian fare by Union Latinos, Mexican food from La Taqueria (we are so deeply in love with their carnitas taco… it’s kind of a problem) and muchos burritos from Mucho Burrito.

WHEN: July 5-7
WHERE: John Rogers Park, 110 W. 7th Ave.

Mèreon’s Bastille Day Celebration

Ambleside’s still-newish French bistro is popping bottles and hosting live music for its first Bastille Day. Dine on on steak frites with a complimentary glass of wine at brunch, or go for 25% off a whole bottle anytime of the day—the discount also applies to the French 75 cocktail and glasses of wine, too. 

WHEN: July 14
WHERE: 1479 Clyde Ave., West Vancouver

a pretty yellow cocktail in a glass

Botanist’s Taste of the West

Talk about a dream team. The visionary chefs leading Published on Main, L’Abattoir, Marilena (in Victoria) and Botanist are teaming up for one very delicious six-course dinner paired with Black Hills Estate wines and dessert by the Fairmont Pacific Rim’s own pastry chef. Snag these tickets before they go.

WHEN: July 3
WHERE: 1038 Canada Pl.