The 13th annual EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival kicks off April 26, and this year, the foodie festival will run for an entire week. Events during the week include workshops, dinners, and special panel discussions with local chefs. This caps off with three days of shows, hands-on events, as well as food and beverage sampling at B.C. Place Stadium. Tickets are selling out fast, so here’s what to look forward to.
Go behind the scenes of one of Vancouver’s most popular gelato shops with this hands-on workshop that combines sweet treats and cocktails. On April 28 from 7 to 9 p.m., up to 20 guests will be invited to taste the range of gelato cocktails, or “gelatinis” at Bella Gelateria’s recently opened Yaletown restaurant (1089 Marinaside Crescent). Take a tour of the kitchen and bar, and learn how to integrate traditional mixology concepts with over 30 gelato and sorbetto flavours. The Bella Gelateria Gelatini Workshop is $65 per person.
Fans of Food Network Canada’s Top Chef Canada series won’t want to miss this unique evening. Enjoy a five-course dinner at Bird’s celebrated Kitsilano restaurant, Fable (1944 West 4th Avenue). The event is limited to 55 guests, who will be served family-style. Tickets are $135 and include the meal, wine pairings, and gratuity.
At the Terminal City Club (837 West Hastings Street) on April 30 from 7 to 9:30 p.m., taste dishes from 15 restaurants across Canada and wines from 24 wineries located in B.C.’s Naramata Bench. From Alberta, check out Calgary’s Charcut Roast House and River Café, as well as the Westin Edmonton from Edmonton. TIA Yukon will represent Whitehorse, and Lemeac will be here from Montreal. Toronto’s Black Hoof, DaiLo, and Richmond Station restaurants will all be present. Representatives of B.C. include Vancouver’s Edible Canada, Vancouver Aquarium, and YEW Restaurant; Tofino’s Wolf in the Fog; and Naramata’s Hillside Winery Bistro, the Vanilla Pod, and the Kitchen. Tickets to sip and taste everything are $125.
One of the most popular events during the weekend at B.C. Place Stadium is the Celebrity Chef Throwdown. This year’s contenders include Beaucoup Bakery’s Jackie Kai Ellis, Café Medina’s Jonathan Chovancek, and Food Network Canada’s Anna Olson. The chefs will be tasked to complete a variety of cooking challenges in front of an audience, with Iron Chef Canada’s Rob Feenie leading the judges. The Celebrity Chef Throwdown takes place May 1 at 8 p.m. and is free with admission.
The final event of the festival will entice foodies with a bit of cash to spend. The special dinner is priced at $225 per person and limited to just 100 guests. Two of Canada’s top chefs will cook an Italian five-course meal at Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill (1133 Hamilton Street) on May 3. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., and the ticket includes a welcome glass of sparkling wine and wine pairings throughout the meal.