“Well, who doesn’t?” You might say. It’s true that every city has its own diverse dining scene, but Vancouver especially, perhaps owing to its costal locale, fashion-forward culture and overall affluence, is home to an incredible variety of top-tier restaurants, fuelled by a cuisine-crazed public perpetually hungry for the hottest dining experience. Even if you’re more of a cook-it-yourself type, there are few other cities in North America where you have such abundant access to fresh seafood, organic produce and world-class wine (the latter of which we owe credit to the nearby Okanagan Valley).
As a food mecca of sorts, it seems natural that VanCity is host to an annual culinary extravaganza showcasing the best of its local restaurants and chefs. Happening May 30th, May 31st, and June 1st at BC Place Stadium, the EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival offers 3-days of epicurean delights and culinary wisdom.
The event is a lot more extensive than its titular imperative suggests. Yes, there are plenty of opportunities to “EAT!” but there are also seminars from celebrity chefs, wine tastings, cookbook author Q & As, and an artisan marketplace, to name a few of the hightlights. Taking place at the recently revamped BC Place, the event offers food lovers the chance to learn new culinary techniques, watch master chefs in action, shop for new kitchen gadgets at more than 250 exhibit booths, and network with local industry insiders.
Tickets, good for any day of the festival, are $15 (or $75 for a VIP pass). Admission to any of the many culinary classes is extra—$28 per session.
BC Place Stadium is located at the eastern edge of downtown Vancouver, within easy walking distance of our Ramada Downtown Vancouver Hotel. The EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival would make a great addition to your itinerary when you stay with us for your Vancouver vacation.