There’s So Much to Love About Vancouver’s Vibrant and Diverse Food Scene

Photo Credit: Hubert Kang

With its unique location on Canada’s west coast, Vancouver has developed a food and dining landscape that showcases the region’s natural abundance while also celebrating an exciting array of culinary cultures. As the nation’s third largest metropolitan area, Vancouver offers the energy and variety of an urban centre while still exuding a strong sense of local identity: one premised on fresh, seasonal ingredients and synergistic ties with the Pacific Rim.

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There’s So Much to Love About Vancouver’s Vibrant and Diverse Food Scene

Vancouver Cheese and Meat Festival Returns September 30

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Image courtesy of the Vancouver Cheese & Meat Festival | Facebook.com

Meat and cheese go together like bread and butter (which, also tastes good with meat and cheese), so it just seems right to have a festival devoted to the perfect pairing. The second annual Vancouver Cheese and Meat festival is approaching quickly and tickets were quick to sell out.

However, there is a rumour that some extra passes will be made available to those on the waitlist for evening tickets. Additionally, if you post on the Event Facebook page, there’s a good chance that people may be willing to sell their tickets if they’re no longer able to go to the actual event. If all else fails, you can start planning your trip back to Vancouver for the 2018 Cheese & Meat Festival!

This year, The Cheese and Meat Festival will be hosted in Vancouver on September 30 at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre in Yaletown (181 Roundhouse Mews).

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Vancouver Cheese and Meat Festival Returns September 30

5 Fantastic Fall Food (and Drink) Festivals in Vancouver

Fall food festivals in Vancouver 2016

Join the fun at one of these five top foodie events happening this Fall in Vancouver…

Now that the beach season is behind us, it’s quite alright to start indulging in all of that delicious comfort food that makes the rainy season in Vancouver seem like the best time of the year. October is more than just the month of turkey, this season is all about celebrating tasty treats thanks to these five food festivals in Vancouver.

Whether you’re after something new, something brewed, or something stewed… there’s a food-based festival with your name on it this Fall. Check out some of the food events and festivals in Vancouver below and don’t forget to wear your stretchy pants.

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5 Fantastic Fall Food (and Drink) Festivals in Vancouver

A giant taco pinata, a taco-eating contest and 20 bands this Saturday at the 2016 Taco Fest!

La Chinga is one of 20 local bands playing the 2016 Taco Fest this Saturday at Swangard Stadium.

La Chinga is one of 20 local bands playing the 2016 Taco Fest this Saturday at Swangard Stadium.

Twenty local bands are part of the action this Saturday (July 16) as the second annual Taco Fest takes over Burnaby’s Swangard Stadium (3883 Imperial Street).

As you might have guessed from the name, there is also food – multiple taco and and other sorts of food vendors will be selling their wares. Special events at the 10-hour festival, which starts at noon, include the Ring of Fire Taco-Eating Contest (scheduled for 6 p.m) and the Gigantic Taco Pinata (which you’ll be able to take a thwack at beginning at 8:25, according to this interview with organizer Johnny Matter), filled with swag and prizes.

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A giant taco pinata, a taco-eating contest and 20 bands this Saturday at the 2016 Taco Fest!

Metro Vancouver’s Garlic Festival is back–and more garlicky than ever

Photo courtesy of the Sharing Farm Society

Photo courtesy of the Sharing Farm Society

Rest assured: there will be no vampires in the vicinity during Metro Vancouver’s seventh annual Garlic Festival.

The festival takes place on Sunday, August 23, with plenty of garlicky treats and garlic-themed fun. This year, the family-friendly event is bigger than ever since The Sharing Farm has combined forces with Chefs to the Field for their annual fundraiser.

The celebration of the stinking rose features a farmers market, workshops on growing garlic, cooking demonstrations, farm tours, a beer garden, music, and more.

A chef’s competition will showcase the creative things you can do with garlic, and attendees can try all sorts of pungent edibles–including garlic ice cream (yes, ice cream.)

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Metro Vancouver’s Garlic Festival is back–and more garlicky than ever

Further Afield: Lund Shellfish Festival

The Annual Lund Shellfish Festival Sunshine Coast

If you haven’t tasted the bounty of BC’s oysters, same-day harvested and served up raw on a government dock in a quiet harbour away from it all, you haven’t lived.

Forget all you know about oysters, clams, prawns and fish, and plan a weekend getaway to scenic Lund, on the upper Sunshine Coast (Powell River) this May 27-29.

Foodies from as far away as Colorado, Texas, Montreal and even overseas come for this unique opportunity to rub elbows with the locals and dine on some of the freshest seafood you will ever taste, in one of BC’s tiniest and most scenic harbours only a few hours from Vancouver.

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Further Afield: Lund Shellfish Festival