Pride Week officially begins on Saturday (July 25) but events are already underway. While there are numerous parties vying for your attention, here's a list of food-related Pride events if you want to eat, drink, and be gay. Or merry.
For full details on these events, visit the Vancouver Pride Society website.
A reception for the recipients of the 2015 Legacy Awards, presented on May 28, will be held at the Legacy Luncheon at Forage (1300 Robson Street) at the Listel Hotel on Friday (July 24) from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Light finger foods will be served as recipients receive their engraved awards. Tickets are $25.
Picnic in the Park
As Margaret Cho's mother says, "gays—they like picnic".
Accordingly, this year's family-friendly Picnic in the Park will take place on Saturday (July 25) at the Brockton Oval in Stanley Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There'll be fun and games (and no one will lose an eye) including DJs, a tug-of-war, a drag race (without RuPaul), and a volleyball tournament hosted by Out in Sports.
A free shuttle will be available, with pick-ups from Fountainhead Pub and Independent Grocer from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
If you'd like to join this social group of older queers in the joy of meal-making, the fun will be held at the Qmunity Accessible Office (610–1033 Davie Street) from 7 to 9 p.m. on July 28. For more information, visit the Vancouver Pride Society website.
Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast
On the day before the Pride parade, pancakes and other breakfast goodies will be available at this by-donation breakfast held from 8 a.m. to noon on August 1 at the Bute Street Plaza.
Pride in the Village Barbecue
The breakfast segues into a barbecue because this is summer, after all. It's presented in conjunction with the Saige Community Food Bank, which provides access to healthy food and support for transgender, gender-variant, and queer individuals. The barbecue, featuring food donated by Independent Grocer, will be held at the Bute Street plaza from noon to 4 p.m on August 1.
Pancakes for Pride
On the day of the parade (August 2) at 10 a.m., you can have more pancakes at Urban Fare (1133 Alberni Street) for a suggested donation of $5.
Allstar Wings & Ribs (808 Bute Street) offers a view of the parade from their second-floor patio and lounge as entertainer Conni Smudge provides commentary. Tickets are $35 and their regular food and drink menu will be available.
In the heart of things, the Boathouse Restaurant (1795 Beach Avenue) offers breakfast and viewing from their second-floor for $45 per ticket. Plus local legend Joan-E will provide commentary and entertainment.
Dining With Divas
After the parade, there's still more in store at the Boathouse Restaurant. From 4 to 10 p.m., they'll be holding Dining With Divas, an evening party with dancing, canapés, and drag queen performances. Tickets are $45. Partial proceeds will go to the Foundation of Hope.
For those who want to party in a substance-free environment, Unintoxicated will be held on August 2 at 7 p.m. in the Shopper's Drug Mart parking lot (1125 Davie Street). Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Local entertainers will be joined by Alaska Thunderf#ck 5000 from RuPaul's Drag Race.
Pink: The Official Pride After Party
To help you cap off a fabulous day, the official after-party will be held at the new Lips Resto (1143 Davie Street) in the heart of the village on August 2 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 and will feature food, dancing, and DJs.
Summer wines at Marquis Wine Cellars
Marquis Wine Cellars (1034 Davie Street) is donating a portion of sales from the purchases of eight summer wines, until August 3. The wines include: Emotivo Prosecco, Fuzion 2014 Shiraz Rosé, L'Orangeraie 2014 Rosé Pays d'Oc, Jacob's Creek 2014 Moscato Rosé, Nuevo Mundo 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Wonderwall 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Xiloca 2012 Garnacha, and Ique 2014 Malbec.
Pints for Pride
Meanwhile, Labatt's is teaming up with local businesses to present Pints for Pride, in which partial proceeds from featured Labatt's products will support the Vancouver Pride Society.
Visit the VPS website for more details on both of these fundraising initiatives.