As 2017 draws to an end, you may find yourselves reminiscing on all the fantastic gourmet fare and libations you’ve enjoyed this year.
Don’t fret if you didn’t have the chance to indulge in all the good things the city had to offer—next year’s culinary line-up is just around the corner.
Here are seven highly anticipated food and drink events in 2018.
1. Dine Out Vancouver Festival
Prepare to shed off those holiday calories that you put on, because you’ll want extra quota to enjoy an upcoming food and drink celebration. The 16th annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival (January 19 to February 14, 2018) is gearing up for a big return, which will include almost 300 restaurant partners. Besides prix-fixe menus priced at $20, $30, and $40, the gourmet event will also feature food tours, collaborative dinners, and culinary classes. For tickets and more information, click here.
2. Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival
There are many things that warm the heart during the winter season, but none more iconic and delicious than a hot cup of cocoa. The eighth annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival (January 20 to February 14, 2018) will take place at different cafés and bakeries around town once again, serving up unique and tasty drinks. Participating vendors and menus haven’t been released yet, but if last year’s festival (61 flavours were featured) is an indication of what to expect, you can probably prepare for something delicious.
3. Vancouver International Wine Festival
Known as Canada’s premier wine show, the 40th annual Vancouver International Wine Festival (February 24 to March 4, 2018) will spotlight wines from Spain and Portugal this year. The annual wine extravaganza will feature 173 wineries from 15 countries, and pour over 1,450 glasses of wines at 51 events. In addition to wine tastings, wine-seminars, lunches, winery dinners, and a glitzy gala will also take place. For tickets and more information, click here.
4. Richmond Night Market
North America’s biggest night market is conveniently situated in Metro Vancouver, and is always a crowd-pleaser during the summer months. The Richmond Night Market (May 11 to October 8, 2018) is known for its outdoor food stalls, which feature over 500 different kinds of eats and drinks (think deep-fried octopus, grilled oysters, lamb skewers, bubble tea, ice cream, and so much more). We picked our favourite food options from the market this year, but are looking forward to trying new items from new vendors in 2018.
5. Vancouver Craft Beer Week
Metro Vancouver loves their craft beer, so it’s only fitting that there’s an entire week dedicated to celebrating everything from ales to lagers to ciders. The ninth annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week’s (May 25 to June 3, 2018) highlight is its festival at the PNE Fairgrounds (June 2 and 3), which is already selling super early bird tickets. The event will feature more than 100 craft breweries and cideries, more than 300 beers and ciders, live entertainments, games, food trucks, and more. For tickets and more information, click here.
6. YVR Food Fest
This weekend-long celebration of Vancouver food hasn’t officially announced its 2018 dates, but you can expect plenty of mouth-watering events come summer. The seventh annual YVR Food Fest will feature a giant outdoor brunch, a Canada Day barbecue with live music, and many collaborative dinners with local and international chefs. The festival’s flagship event is the Street Food Showdown: an outdoor gathering of food carts, restaurants, and breweries for great food and drink.
7. Vancouver Cheese and Meat Festival
When this festival was introduced to the city in 2016, Vancouverites were very excited (probably an understatement)—it seems that we love nothing more than a fine plate of cheese and charcuterie, paired with a glass of wine. The annual Vancouver Cheese and Meat Festival has yet to announce its 2018 dates, but we know that it will make its way back sometime in September. Besides tasting a variety of cheese, meats, wines, beers, and ciders, event-goers will also be able to purchase goods from vendors. Tickets for various educational and tasting seminars will also be released later in the year. In the meantime, you can always check out the inaugural festival in Seattle.