Vancouver Meat Fest Announced

Photo credit: Christopher Craig | Flickr

Photo credit: Christopher Craig | Flickr

Carnivores, mark your calendars.

A daylong fest celebrating the joys of meat (and beer) is coming to downtown Vancouver.  Brewery and the Beast, the city’s first Festival of Meat, is slated for this Father’s Day, June 16.  Tickets go on sale now.

Held at Concord Pacific Place on the False Creek waterfront, Brewery and the Beast is no ordinary barbecue.  Some 30 restaurants from around the city will be grilling, skewering and carving.  In fact, the list reads like a who’s who of Vancouver meat purveyors, including upscale steakhouse Black+Blue, charcuterie experts Campagnolo, Southern barbecuists Peckinpah, fine dining icons Hawksworth and West and many more.

Offerings include whole pig roasts, traditional bbq, charcuterie, ethnic meat dishes and “experimental meat concoctions for more adventurous carnivores.”  And these certainly aren’t your standard grocery store cuts.  Only premium meats are used: hormone and antibiotic free and ethically raised in B.C. and Alberta.

And to wash it all down? Local craft brewers Phillips Brewing Company will be dispensing libations from a one-of-a-kind, old-fashioned “Gypsy wagon.”  Winos can get their fix from Vancouver Urban Winery, which will offer a unique selection of wines on tap from airtight, freshness-preserving steel kegs.  Locally made Left Field Cider and artisan sodas round out the beverage options.

Brewery and the Beast originated in Victoria, as an annual barbecue held on the grounds of Phillips Brewery.  And while the event is all about gluttony, carnage and primal appetites, it also serves a good cause.  The goal is to promote local food around the province by showing guests the incredible meat sourced from their own backyard.  In addition, partial proceeds are donated to the BC Hospitality Foundation to benefit injured workers.

Tickets for Brewery and the Beast are $79 and include all food and drink offerings.  More information and a complete list of participating restaurants is available on the Brewery and the Beast website.

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