Fall’s premier food and cooking festival is returning to Vancouver from November 5 to 10, 2018.
Patio season may be drawing to a close, but there’s plenty to get excited about when it comes to this year’s EAT! Vancouver, which is offering an exciting array of programming featuring celebrity chefs and top-notch food and wine.
For those starting to plan their autumn calendar, tickets are on sale now. Here are some tasty events to look forward to:
Now in its sixteenth incarnation, EAT! Vancouver has evolved considerably since its early days, currently focusing on specialized gourmet experiences that are sure to get any foodie salivating.
There are a plethora of events to choose from (18 to be exact), showcasing the talents of over 37 chefs from across Canada and the United States. They’re divided into three categories:
EAT! Harvest (November 9, 2018, 7:30-9:30pm, Pinnacle Hotel, $125 per person)
This event is the grand tasting and mingling soirée of the festival, bringing together 24 chefs, such as Robert Belcham from Campagnolo Restaurant and Neal Fraser from Redbird in Los Angeles, who will craft delicious canapés for guests. Wine pairings and desserts will also be available.
EAT! Fine Cognac (November 6, 2018, 7:00-9:00pm, Pinnacle Hotel, $175 per person)
Connoisseurs of cognac or aspiring ones will delight in tasting over 35 exclusive pours of the spirit.
EAT! Pastry (November 10, 2018, 2:00pm-4:00pm, Pinnacle Hotel, starting at $79 per person)
Those with a sweet tooth will adore this celebration of all things dessert related, with thirteen top pastry chefs in attendance, including Betty Hung from Beacoup Bakery, Bretty Roy from Sweet Lollapalooza in Edmonton, and Adam Chandler from Beta5.
There are eleven different collaborative dinners being hosted at various top restaurants in the city. They include:
The Acorn hosts David Leeder (November 7, 2018, 5:30 and 8:30pm, $135 per person)
Royal Dinette hosts Toronto’s Renee Bellefeuille from the Art Gallery of Ontario AGO Bistro and Vancouver’s Sarah Stewart from the Donnelly Group (November 7, 2018, 7pm, $135 per person)
Cioppino’s hosts Montreal’s Antonio Park from Park Lavanderia (November 8, 2018, 7pm, $225 per person)
Wildebeest hosts Portland’s Naomi Pomeroy from Beast (November 8, 2018, 7pm, $150 per person)
For those wanting more interactive and instructional events, EAT! Vancouver will have classes taught by chefs and artisan masters. Tickets still remain for the following:
Master Sausage Making Tips from Two Rivers Specialty Meats (November 5, 2018, 7:00-9:30pm, Two River Specialty Meats, $85 per person)
If you’ve ever wanted to make your own sausage, this is the class to sign up for. Pasqual Stufano will teach you how to make a top quality product. A beverage is also included in the ticket price.
Bourbon and Southern Hospitality (November 6, 2018, 7:00-9:30pm, Clough Club, $75 per pson)
Trevor Kallies (Director of Bar Beverage) and chef Sarah Stewart of the Donnelly Group will lead guests through the lore and culinary realm of Bourbon and Southern culinary traditions.
Turducken Class (November 6, 2018, 7:00-9:30pm, Meat Bread Cambie, $105 per person)
Anyone who is wanting to incorporate turducken in their holiday dinner will want to take this class in which chef Nicolas Schneiter will teach you the ins-and-outs of this specialty product, from deboning to roasting. The course will end with a belly-filling turducken meal with sides and bevvies.
The festival will once again be donating its net proceeds to Project CHEF, a very worthy charitable organization that instructs elementary school kids about cooking and healthy eating.
Further information and tickets can be found on-line.