The city is awash in rainbows as the Vancouver Pride parade is just around the corner on Sunday (August 6).
If you want to eat your way to Pride, there are plenty of opportunities to do so. Here are a few Pride-related food events for your queer-friendly stomachs to take note of.
A proud picnic
UBC is holding its first Pride Picnic tomorrow (August 3) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the UBC Bookstore (620 University Boulevard).
The free event is being held to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Positive Space Campaign, which aims to increase awareness and visibility of LGBT people on campus, to create an inclusive environment, and to foster respectful dialogue.
The party will feature music by CiTR, slam poetry, and outdoor installations. There'll also be a pop-up queer library that will provide queer literature that people can read while relaxing on outdoor furniture.
Spike-ball, croquet, and ladder golf will also add to the activities.
There'll be Johnny's Pops handmade popsicles and Loafe Café rainbow treats, along with special street food offerings available for $4 each from food trucks.
After all, as Margaret Cho's mother says, "gays, they like picnic".
If you love having breakfast food at times other than breakfast, here's a way to have your pancakes and eat them too while supporting a local queer organization.
On Friday (August 4), pancakes will be sold at the West End Denny's (1098 Davie Street) from 5 to 9 p.m. during the Davie Street Party.
Pancakes will be sold for $2 each and all proceeds will go to Qmunity.
More brekkie fun
If you don't get enough or any pancakes on Friday, the Vancouver Pride Society will present the annual Terry Wallace Breakfast on Saturday (August 5). It'll start at 8 a.m. at the Jim Deva Plaza at Davie and Bute streets by the rainbow crosswalks in the colourful heart of the Davie Village. This breakfast, which honours one of the founders of Vancouver Pride, is by donation and will feature pancakes and other breakfast items.
If you're looking for full meal deal, the Westin Bayshore's new H2 Rotisserie and Bar (1601 Bayshore Drive) is offering a Pride edition fresh sheet created by their chef Caitlin Mark (who happens to be an LGBT member as well).
The Pride dinner, available until August 10, is a three-course meal.
It starts with a Caprese salad (rainbow heirloom gem tomatoes, baby bocconcini, lemon basil vinaigrette, balsamic reduction garnish), followed by West Coast crab legs with fingerling potatoes, roasted heirloom carrots, steamed broccolini, and white wine lemon butter sauce.
It's all finished off with a rainbow cake (featuring vanilla cake, white chocolate, and cream cheese icing) for dessert.
The meal, served family-style, requires a minimum of two people per order and costs $40 per person.
H2 is also one of the over 40 establishments participating in the Pride Crawl Fundraiser for the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation, which runs until August 6. Each place is offering a special Pride-themed cocktail, with partial proceeds going to the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation.
H2 is serving the Divine Cocktail ($15), which is a combination of piña colada, Hurricane, and Blue Hawaiian cocktails.
Keep your eyes peeled for special rainbow-themed food items, particularly desserts, popping up throughout the city, such as these Pride slices for $5.50 each at Stuart's Bakery in the Granville Island Public Market (1689 Johnston Street).