10 Can’t-Miss Food Events Happening This May

May you enjoy many of the tasty treats Vancouver has to offer this spring. 

May you enjoy many of the tasty treats Vancouver has to offer this spring. 

(Photo: Salted Vine)

‘Wines of BC’ Dinner at The Salted Vine Kitchen + Bar

It’s worth the drive to attend the Wines of BC Dinner at the Salted Vine in Squamish (the caramel poached pear dessert sounds worth the drive by itself). Chef Jeff Park will pair Pacific Northwest-inspired flavours with a variety of some of B.C.’s best wines. 

When: May 2
Where: Salted Vine Kitchen + Bar, 37991 2 Ave Squamish
Cost: $89
More info: saltedvine.ca

(Photo: Hellenic Community of Vancouver)

Vancouver Greek Food Festival

If you’ve never tried loukoumades before, now’s your chance – these drenched, fried balls of dough are great for anyone with a sweet tooth. You can also expect lots of souvlaki, live performances and heritage displays.

When: May 3-5
Where: Hellenic Community of Vancouver, 4500 Arbutus Street
Cost: Free entrance
More info: westcoastfood.ca

(Photo: Katie Cross)

Form@ Dinner Series

Every Tuesday and Wednesday in May, the Mackenzie Room will present a four-course meal with beer or wine pairings. The four-part series will feature lamb, BBQ, oceans, and veg—choose one or go to all four! The meals will focus on sustainability and local ingredients.

When: May 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29
Where: the Mackenzie Room, 415 Powell St
Cost: $98 
More info: themackenzieroom.com

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DISH – Drink. Indulge. Savour. Help. 

Want to eat, drink, and mingle for a good cause? This event will feature food from 11 Vancouver restaurants as well as wine from over 30 U.S. wineries. The British Columbia Hospitality Foundation is hosting this fundraising event, where proceeds will go towards a scholarship program and provide assistance for hospitality workers with medical conditions. 

When: May 8
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre, 999 Canada Place
Cost: $75-85
More info: eventbrite.ca

Spot Prawn Festival 

Want to try some tasty pandalus platyceros (sort of sounds like a dinosaur, doesn’t it)? Vancouver’s annual spot prawn festival is coming up, and you can try spot prawn chowder or taste from a lunch menu of six prawn dishes. There will also be bread from Terra Breads, a range of beverages, a kid’s area, and live music.

When: May 19
Where: False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf, 1505 West 1st Avenue
Cost: Access to the docks is free. Chowder is $12, and the Spot Prawn Brunch is $60
More info: spotprawnfestival.com

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Thursday Wine Dinners at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

If you love wine as much as I do, this is the event for you. In the first event on May 23, Boulevard will host Master Sommelier Nick Hetzel who will detail four wines from France, California, and Hungary, paired with a multi-course meal by Chefs Alex Chen and Roger Ma. The May 30 ‘La Paulée’ event will showcase classics from the Burgundy and Northern Rhone regions of France. 

When: Terroir Mosaic May 23, La Paulée Dinner May 30 
Where: Boulevard Kitchen, 845 Burrard Street
Cost: $125 
More info: boulevardvancouver.ca

(Photo: Greater Vancouver Food Truck Fest)

Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival

On the lookout for a less fancy, family-friendly food event? Look no further. At the food truck festival you can expect face painting, live entertainment, and a local artisan market. Stuff yourself with everything from pierogis to poutine. 

When: May 25
Where: Cloverdale Exhibition, 6050 176 St. Surrey
Cost: Entrance is free
More info: greatervanfoodtruckfest.com/cloverdale/

Shuck it Forward V

Name a better way to spend an afternoon than watching experts shuck oysters for a prize, I’ll wait. This is the fifth Shuck it Forward fundraising event, where Bikers for Autism is raising  money for families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. The event will also have live music, a raffle, and a silent auction.  

When: May 26 
Where: Chewies Oyster Bar, 1055 West Hastings 
Cost: $35
More info: eventbrite.ca

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Dockside Restaurant 2019 Patio Tasting

Summer is coming up fast, and the Dockside patio tasting is a good opportunity to find your new go-to summer bevvy. Taste wine from around the world as well as locally crafted spirits and beers. You can also enjoy tapas by Dockside’s kitchen. 

When: May 30
Where: 1253 Johnston St
Cost: $56.95
More info: docksidevancouver.com

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Tacofino Beer Dinner Series 

Munching down tacos? Drinking down a cool beer? Sounds like the perfect way to spend Thursday night to me. Tacofino and Strathcona Brewing are teaming up to bring you a five-course menu paired with a variety of unique beers. 

When: May 30
Where: Tacofino Commissary 2327 E Hastings St. 
Cost: $55 
More info: eventbrite.ca