Vancouver food events: Boxcar and Tacofino's Backyard Cookout, Foodie Pop-Up Market, Pride Cocktail Kickoff

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      Here are a few upcoming noteworthy and crave-inducing food and drink events coming up so break out those calendars and get ready to mark them up.

      Backyard bonanza

      Superfoodies, assemble!

      Tacofino and the Boxcar (917 Main Street) are going to host a whole shebang of superpowered teamups of local chefs this summer.

      The Backyard Cookout Series, on the patio of the Boxcar, will host a rotating list of chefs from across Vancouver will helm these event nights with special offerings in store.

      The series kicks off on Monday (June 7) and keeps the heat going through the summer. This month’s lineup includes:

      • June 7 and 14: Between 2 Buns with serve up the cult-fave Smash Burgers, alongside flavoured fries (presumably the Hulk likes these because Hulk smash);
      • June 21: Tacofino’s Jason Sussman and Superbaba’s Dallah El Chami will align their superfood powers for the forces of good to fuse tacos with shawarmas that will take over the world (for one night only);
      • June 28: Pizza Coming Soon’s Japan-born, Vancouver-raised Keith Allison will get the yakitori going on the grill so much that maybe even Astroboy will show up.

      More superfoodster teamups and adventures for July and August are still to be announced so stay tuned food-believers.

      In addition, one dollar from every dollar from the Boxcar’s weekly cocktail special on Mondays will go to a different charity.

      Plus, the OG Tacofino truck will serve its Boxcar menu from Wednesday to Sunday (5 to 9 p.m.) so you can get your fill of buttermilk chicken tacos, stadium spuds, chorizo crunchwraps, and taquitos.

      Casa de Nata's Portuguese custard tarts

      Got food?

      Got Craft? is back this Thursday (June 10) with its Foodie Pop-Up Virtual Market that will run until June 13.

      Just in time for hunting down some Father’s Day gifts, this edition includes over 40 chefs and bakers offering locally made, small-batch food and drinks.

      New food items to look out for include Catered by Kiwi’s meat pies, Casa de Nata’s Portuguese custard tarts, and Komo Comfort Foods’ vegan frozen meals.

      Familiar faves will be back, including Blé Etcetera, Dicky’s Dumps, East Van Jam, and JusTea, and the range of selections will span chutneys and spreads, jams and honeys, nifty drinks, coffee and tea, ready-made meals, baked goods, nuts and snacks, chocolates, hot sauces, kimchi, and more (with plant-based, gluten-free, and low-sugar options also available).

      Check it out online at the Got Craft website.

      Home cookin' and good lookin'

      The At-Home edition of the Pride Cocktail Kickoff, an annual Dr. Peter Centre fundraiser, will be held on July 22.

      The Lazy Gourmet will be providing two options for guests to choose from.

      The Cocktails and Canapés Kit ($300 per duo, single tickets also available) will offer a variety of cocktail-style appetizers and a grazing box with premium charcuterie and artisan cheeses, along with two cocktails, all delivered to your home and for enjoying along with access to virtual entertainment on July 22.   

      For those looking to learn about cooking, a virtual cooking class ($500 per duo, with single tickets available) will streamed live from the Dr. Peter Centre with a special guest host. Attendees will learn how to make wonton dumplings, seared B.C. albacore tuna, and the Lazy Gourmet’s Signature One-Bowl Brownies. The kit, delivered to your home, also includes two cocktails and access to virtual entertainment on July 22.

      For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event webpage

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