Arrival Agency's summer food festival is back—bigger and better and now happening on the Canada Day Long Weekend. Featuring expansive programming all weekend long. Consistently named one of the city’s top food events by attendees and critics alike, the weekend-long celebration of food culture in Vancouver and beyond is now in its sixth year.

New this year are local and international culinary talent collaborating on dinners, a giant outdoor brunch, and a Canada Day BBQ with live music. This is all in addition to Food For Thought, a food-centric TED Talks-style speaker series, and the festival’s flagship event the Street Food Showdown, a gathering of 80+ food carts, restaurants, wineries and breweries. All of this will take place at the YVR Food Fest site in the Olympic Village (215 West 1st Ave).

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Street Food Showdown — Sunday, July 2

VANCOUVER'S BEST + BRIGHTEST FOOD CARTS AND RESTAURANTS CONVERGE AT THE CITY’S BIGGEST ANNUAL FOOD EVENT

Sunday, July 2
YVR Food Fest in the Olympic Village (215 West 1st Ave)
11am - 8pm 

YVR Food Fest’s flagship event! Upwards of 80 food carts and restaurants will be on hand. Each one will offer up an affordable tasting menu items that allows one to sample as many different food carts and restaurants as they can handle. This feeding frenzy will be complemented by pairings from the top breweries, wineries, and distilleries in the province. At the end of the event, attendees will vote on their favourites and winners will be declared in a variety of categories.

Canada Day Cook Out — Saturday, July 1

 

CELEBRATE CANADA’S 150th BIRTHDAY WITH GREAT FOOD, BEER, AND MUSIC

Saturday, July 1
YVR Food Fest in the Olympic Village (215 West 1st Ave)
11am - 7pm

A gigantic Austin-style outdoor party with bands, DJs, and, of course, amazing food, the Canada Day Cookout will be one of the city’s biggest celebrations. The event will feature some of the top bands + DJs in the city, while the culinary aspect will be based around the idea of pairing great tasting BBQ staples (everything from dogs and burgers to brisket and ribs) with great local craft beer. 

The musical lineup includes Light Organ Records singer-songwriter Jessicka, Mint Records pop-punk artists Supermoon, dream pop group Jody Glenham and the Dreamers, new wave act Gang Signs, tropical indie pop band Leisure Club, and 10-piece afrobeat outfit Camaro 67. Providing music between sets will be local club favourites the Common People DJs. 

THE BIG BRUNCH — MONDAY, JULY 3

THE LARGEST OUTDOOR BRUNCH IN THE CITY’S HISTORY

Monday July 3
YVR Food Fest in the Olympic Village (215 West 1st Ave)
11am - 3pm

A unique event, and the first of it’s kind in Vancouver! A gigantic outdoor brunch that feature every conceivable type of delicious brunch fare from some of the city’s best restaurants and cafés. In addition to the main event, we’ll be staging multiple food/drink events: a Caesar competition, a breakfast sandwich cook-off, and a cold-brew kegger featuring the city’s best coffee roasters. 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT — THURSDAY, JUNE 29

 

SPEAKER SERIES: FRESH IDEAS ABOUT FOOD CULTURE

Thursday, June 29
The Fox Cabaret (2321 Main Street) 
7pm - 10pm


After a successful inaugural event last year, the event is back with an even more diverse lineup to offer local and international perspectives on food. Food For Thought is speaker series of genuine and personal stories about food-related topics that engage, provoke, and inspire. The event also includes a panel discussion with audience participation.Taking the stage this year are include chef Angus An from Maenam and Fat Mao; chef Andrea Carlson from Burdock and Co and Harvest; food educator Camille Flanjak from Museum Eats, TV host and author Desiree Nielsen Host of Urban Vegetarian on Gusto TV, Chef Jair Téllez from Vancouver’s Fayuca and Mexico’s Laja, MeroToro, and Amaya; and Herbalist Cease Wyss from Raven and Hummingbird Tea Co.

GATHER DINNER SERIES | JUNE 27,28,30

Pacific Restaurant Supply presents Gather, a series of communal dinners that boast some of the city’s top culinary talent cooking alongside visiting culinary stars. These unforgettable meals feature pairings from the province’s top wineries. The dress code may be casual, but the meals will be sumptuous four-star delights. Attendees can come with a group or come alone and leave with new friends. There are three Gather dinners taking place at our host restaurant Fayuca, and there are only 60 tickets available for each one.

 

TUESDAY, JUNE 27th
TIJUANA MEETS TEL AVIV
FAYUCA RESTAURANT (1009 Hamilton St)

 

Tijuana meets Tel Aviv on Tuesday, June 27 is a six-course meal and features chefs Asaf Doktor from Tel Aviv, Martin Vargas from Tijuana, and Ernesto Gomez from Vancouver. Visiting chef Asaf Doktor is a pioneer in Israeli farm-to-table cuisine. His acclaimed restaurant Dok was recently received a glowing review in the New York Times. Martin Vargas and Ernesto Gomez can both regularly be found in the kitchen at Northern Pacific Mexican restaurant Fayuca—the latter is also a partner at beloved local Lebanese chain Nuba.

GUEST CHEFS INCLUDE

• Asaf Dok (Dok - Tel Aviv) 
• Martin Vargas (Fayuca - Tijuana)
• Ernesto Gomez (Fayuca, Nuba - Vancouver)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28th
FROM BAJA TO CHIANG MAI

FAYUCA RESTAURANT (1009 Hamilton St)
 

From Baja to Chiang Mai on Wednesday, June 28 is a four course meal and features chefs Angus An from Vancouver and Jair Tellez from Mexico City. Angus An is the celebrated local chef behind Maenam and Fat Mao Noodles. Jair Tellez has emerged as one of Mexico’s most important and progressive chefs. His restaurants Laja, MeroToro, and Amaya have been featured in the New York Times and listed among the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. He is also a partner at host restaurant Fayuca. 

GUEST CHEFS INCLUDE

• Angus An (Maenam)
• Jair Tellez (Laja, Merotoro, Amaya)

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 30th
SIX CHEF SUMMIT

FAYUCA RESTAURANT (1009 Hamilton St)

Six Chef Summit on Friday, June 30 is a six course meal and features chefs Andrea Carlson from Burdock & Co, Angus An from Maenam and Fat Mao Noodles, Martin Vargas from Fayuca, and Zach Somjen from Farmer’s Apprentice. They’ll be cooking alongside visiting culinary stars Asaf Doktor, from the acclaimed Dok in Tel Aviv and Jair Tellez, who has emerged as one of Mexico’s most important and progressive chefs with his restaurants Laja, MeroToro, and Amaya. 

Andrea Carlson (Burdok & Co. - Vancouver) 
Angus An (Maenam - Vancouver) 
Jair Tellez (Merotoro - Mexico City)
Asaf Dok (Dok - Tel Aviv)
Martin Vargas (Fayuca - Tijuana)
Ernesto Gomez (Fayuca - Vancouver)
Zach Somjen + David Gunawan (The Farmer’s Apprentice - Vancouver)

Note:  Includes a 6 course tasting menu, taxes and gratuity (on food)
Note:  Gratuity is at discretion on beverages, but we suggest 18-20%
Note:  There will be wine pairings offered that nigh

F.A.Q.

You have questions, we have answers!

 

Do children get in free?
Yes! Children under 12 get in free to all daytime YVR FOOD FEST events. 

Can I bring my dog to YVR FOOD FEST?
Yes! But please make sure it's on a leash and well-behaved. 

Will there be shade and places to sit?
Yes! There is ample shade and seating! But bring a hat and sunscreen!

Will there be alcohol?
Yes! There will be beer, wine, and cocktails at YVR Food Fest. You will not be relegated to a beer garden either. You are free to drink throughout the festival premises.   

Will there be vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free options?
Yes! We will post all the participating food vendors closer to the event. 

Will there be bike valet?
Yes! It is located at the entrance along the Seawall.

Are there ins and out?
Yes,

Will there be an ATM?
Yes! 

How much do food and drinks cost?
Every vendor sets their own prices, but food items range from $2,50 to $15 (roughly). Beer and wine will be $5 a glass.  

How do I get to YVR FOOD FEST?
YVR FOOD Fest takes place at 215 West 1st Avenue (between the Cambie Street Bridge and the Olympic Village). The site is next to the Seawall and a short walk from the Canada Line’s Olympic Village Station, the Aquabus’ Spyglass Place Dock, and major bus routes along Broadway, Cambie, Main, and West 2nd Avenue. Enter along the Seawall. 

What does a General Admission ticket include?
General Admission tickets get you into the event. If you purchase them in advance, they also come with one beverage.. 

What are Taster Tokens?
Taster Tokens are the currency at VYR FOOD Fest and can be exchanged for food at all participating vendors. Taster Tokens are not tied to your tickets, so you are free to distribute them however you like. 

Will there be tickets at the door?
Yes, but we recommend purchasing tickets in advance. General Admission tickets purchased in advance come with a free drink. 

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