The Vancouver Food Cart Festival that we knew and loved for the past 4 years is undergoing an exciting change this 2016 to bring us YVR Food Fest. This bigger and better event has evolved into a weekend-long celebration of food culture in Vancouver and beyond.
The hottest (and tastiest) event of the summer will run from August 5 to 7, 2016 and will take place in Olympic Village and the Science World Patio. On top of the usual food frenzy, the foodie festival has also expanded to feature a long-table dinner, food talks, private dinners, and cocktail parties.
Along with the new events, the main portion of the festival still remains unabashedly focused on gorging on delicious food. This year, YVR Food Fest will feature the Street Food Showdown: a two-day gathering of 80+ food carts, restaurants, wineries and breweries hanging out in the Olympic Village waiting to wine and dine you. During the showdown, food vendors will be offering up an unlimited tasting menu for a two-hour feeding frenzy!
Tickets for the event have just gone on sale and will likely sell out fast. If you’re at all interested in the event, it’s a good idea to grab a pair or two soon. Prices range per event from $10 for general admission to $199 for the long table dinner
Here’s just a sampling of the events that will be happening during the new YVR Food Festival:
Street Food Showdown
When: Saturday Sunday
Time: 11am – 6pm
Where: Olympic Village
Price: $59 for a Big Feast ticket, which includes the unlimited tasting menu from 12pm until 2pm. $10 for entry after 2pm
Over 80 food carts and restaurants will be creating a unique street food item for the event. From 12 until 2pm, attendees will be able to sample all of these items for free while enjoying the best craft beer and wine in the province. From 2pm until 6pm, participating vendors will be offering up their regular menus for sale. At the end of the event, attendees will vote on their favourites and winners will be crowned.
Gather: Collaborative Long Table Dinner
When: Saturday, August 6
Time: 6pm – 10pm
Where: Science World Patio
Price:$199.00 includes ten-course meal, wine pairings and gratuity
An unforgettable 10 course tasting dinner made by local and international culinary talent with pairings from the province’s top wineries. The dress code may be casual, but the meal will be a sumptuous delight served at one of the city’s most spectacular settings: the patio at Science World. Come with a group or come alone and leave with some amazing, new friends.
Food for Thought
When: Sunday, August 7
Time: 7pm – 9:30pm
Where: Omnimax Theatre at Science World
Food for Thought is a speaker series with food-related topics that are sure to engage, provoke, and inspire. Speakers will include chefs, farmers, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders who bring their unique insight to the stage. This event aims to foster dialogue and build community while those at the forefront of the industry share their personal stories.
More information about the YVR Food Fest (formerly known as the Vancouver Food Cart Fest) is available here.