Can’t-Miss Food Events Happening This September

Cue the food comas.

August 30, 2018

By Sam Nar

(Photo Credit: Fair at the PNE)

The Fair at the PNE

Pacific National Exhibition’s (PNE) Fair is closing its doors soon for the season, but it’s not too late—you can still catch the wacky and crazy food combinations until September 3rd. Have a go at the dark-as-your-soul charcoal ice cream, or the adorable watermelon flavoured ice cream served in a watermelon. Brave souls should direct themselves to the caramel apples coated in crickets (gross).

When: August 18th to September 3rd
Where: 2901 E. Hastings St, Vancouver, B.C.

Richmond World Festival

While the epic performances featuring over 75 artists on nine separate stages make for a great headline, everyone knows it’s the food that has Vancouverites excited. Look forward to over 50 food trucks, touting a fusion of favourite cuisines like donairs, waffles, and hot dogs at the fourth annual Richmond World Festival, a two-day celebration (formerly known as the FEASTival of Flavours) that pays respect to Vancouver’s cultural diversity.

When: September 1st, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: 7191 Granville Avenue, Richmond, B.C.

Vancouver Cheese & Meat Festival

While an event with a name so simple may not inspire much excitement, the food offered at the third annual cheese and cured meats smorgasbord certainly does; showing off tasting sessions and seminars where purveyors can sample different cheese, charcuterie, and accompanying plant-based or regular meats with drinks from well-loved vendors, both local and international.

When: September 1st
Where: 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, B.C.
Price: From $55

Nikkei Matsuri

Head to Canada’s largest Japanese festival to get all your Asian cuisine fix. The sixth annual two-day festival, presented by Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre, aims to bring cultural awareness to Vancouver, and it’s not without tasty lessons like a sake-focused beer garden and food stalls from famous city eateries like JAPADOG and Tangram Creamery. There’s also the Matsuri marketplace which flaunts some of the best chocolates around along with colourful candy art. Don’t forget to check out cute Hello Kitty and Friends merch and fun game zones while you’re digesting your food.

When: September 1st and 2nd
Where: 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, B.C.
Price: $3

TaiwanFest

In light of the recent “One China Policy” debate spurred by Taiwanese President Tsai Ing Wen’s visit to 85C Bakery Cafe, here’s a festival dedicated to celebrating Taiwan’s individual culture, equipped with concerts, live entertainments, a beer garden, and a giant street party filled with food and market stalls galore. Feel free to satisfy your bubble tea crazes and grilled meats here.

When: September 1st to 3rd
Where: Between Robson Street and West Pender, and 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver, B.C.

Le Burger Week Vancouver

The Montreal-based week-long celebration of all things burgers will feature Vancouver eateries like The Canadian Brewhouse and Grill, Bells and Whistles, and Chop Steakhouse and Bar, all serving up delicious dishes that will compete for titles like Healthiest Burger, People’s Choice Burger, and Most Creative Burger.

When: September 1st to 7th
Where: Restaurants throughout Vancouver
Price: Prices vary depending on the restaurant

24th Annual Metro Vancouver Feast of Fields

Farm Folk City Folk’s inaugural celebration and fundraiser is hosting its last visit of the year, complete with more than 50 food and beverage providers, highlighting the connection between participants and the land. Check out gourmet creations from some of B.C.’s top restaurants like our 2018 Foodies of the Year Best West Coast finalist, Forage, while eyeing some gorgeous nature views.

When: September 9th
Where: 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver, B.C.
Price: $15 – $195; tickets available on eventbrite.ca

(Photo Credit: U-Feast)

Moon Festival Dinner

U-Feast, a company dedicated to curating themed dining experiences, is set to bring mid-autumn harvest celebrations to Jade Dynasty Restaurant with an extensive spread of traditional Chinese delicacies like crispy spring rolls, sweet and sour pork chops, and spicy Chinese green beans alongside an indulgent drink line-up which includes rice beer and wine as well as Chinese whisky and vodka.

When: September 13th at 7 p.m.
Where: 137 E. Pender Street, Vancouver, B.C.

Market Mexico

Robson Square just got a whole lot tastier with the arrival of the free one-day celebration of Mexico. Billed as the second festival in its history, Market Mexico is meant to bring a sense of Latin culture, music, and more importantly cuisines to Vancouver’s food scene with bustling marketplace vibes. Attendees are encouraged to chomp on crunchy taco shells from La Taqueria and a series of torta and churros from other Mexican-centric stalls like Chancho Tortilleria serving up delicious eats.

When: September 15th, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, B.C.

(Photo Credit: Culmina Press Images)

Culmina Fifth Anniversary Weekend

Our Chef of the Year, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar’s Alex Chen and our nine-time Best Okanagan winner, Waterfront Wines’ Mark Filatow have signed on to provide a tasteful six-course dinner in celebration of Culmina Estate Winery’s fifth anniversary weekend. The evening will include an ‘Open Deck’ event, complete with small bites, and a special guest DJ playing an all-vinyl set in the Tasting Room. Want to win tickets? Hop over to our contest page before we draw a winner September 7.

When: September 14th to 16th
Where: 4790 Wild Rose Street, Oliver
Price: $250

Vancouver Chefs Present ‘A Night at the Museum’

Kits’ Mak N Ming Restaurant will play host to an impressive six-course tasting menu (wine pairings included) prepared by four talented chefs; Mackenzie Room’s Sean Reeve, Wildebeest’s Ian McHale, Fable’s Jeremy Kirsch, and Acorn’s Brian Luptak. The evening, inspired by history’s revered artists like Dali, Van Gogh, and Warhol, will also feature a playlist of David Bowie, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, and more.

When: September 16th
Where: 1629 Yew Street, Vancouver, B.C.
Price: $185

Vancouver Street Food Festival

This one-day celebration is bringing back Vancouver’s street food festival for the 2nd time this year. Running alongside other food truck events like Maple Ridge’s Food Truck Fest (September 22nd, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Fort Langley’s Food Truck Festival (September 8th, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.), the event features a grand showcase of food trucks sprawled across Concord Pacific Place. Festival-goers can also check out live entertainment provided by the Pernell Reichert Band, Pup-Up Entertainment’s Paw Patrol, and the Freedom 95 Band while sipping on non-alcoholic beverages.

When: September 16th, 12 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Where: 88 Pacific Boulevard

(Photo Credit: Vancouver RibFest)

Vancouver RibFest 2018

Get your napkins ready—the first-ever Vancouver RibFest, hosted by the Crazy Canuck Smokers, is debuting at the Plaza of Nations. Guests can look forward to barbecued beef, chicken, and pork ribs, lauding a smoky aroma, in a variety of saucy flavours to suit fit.

When: September 21st to 23rd
Where: 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver

(Photo Credit: Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation)

Passions 2018 Gala

The 15th annual Scotiabank Passions gala, hosted by the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation is inviting Vancouverites to an incredible night of food and wine prepared by some of the city’s finest eateries like Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar, Royal Dinette, and Minami as well as beer and wine from experts, R&B Brewing Co. and New Zealand Winegrowers.

When: September 26th
Where: 1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, B.C.

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