Fall Events in Vancouver

October Events Around Town:


International Chefs Day: Oct 18. To create awareness and to salute chefs who have set remarkable industry standards. This event includes a hosted culinary competition and demonstrations and charity events to raise funds for the international culinary community. Event takes place at Oppenheimer Park

4th Annual BC Beer Awards and Beer Festival: Oct 19. This one-day-only event will include not only the awards ceremony itself, but also the BC Beer Awards Beer Festival. BC’s best breweries will be on hand, showcasing their talents and doing what they do best – making great beer. Where: Croatian Cultural Centre, When: Sat, Oct 19th, 2013, Time: 1-6pm. Tickets available on eventbrite

Harrison Beer Festival – Oct 25- 26. Harrison Hot Springs is celebrating Craft Beer Month with three must-attend events over two days: Cask Night, Harrison Beer Festival and Oktoberfest Dance.  Beer lovers and weekend adventurers alike are invited to partake in the celebrations and stay for the weekend to enjoy scenic Harrison Hot Springs.

UBC Apple Festival: Oct 19 -20. More than 70 varieties of heritage, new and “tried and true” varieties are available, grown both conventionally and organically. Also at the event is The Vancouver Island-based BC Fruit Testers Association who host a physical display of the nearly 200 apple varieties that are still grown in British Columbia. Members of the association are also on-hand to give demonstrations of grafting and cider-pressing. Admission $4, cash only. Kids under 12 are free. Where: UBC Botanical Garden

Taste of Yaletown: Oct 16 -27. Record number of 30 participating restaurants. This year, the popular dining event will move away from limited 3-course menus to offer creativity and flexibility to chefs. Expect to see emphasis on local and seasonal ingredients as a result of this change. Taste of Yaletown will also expand to offer set-price lunch menus in addition to dinner this year.

Full Pig Butchery Oct 29. For those who want to get their hands bloodied. A four hour, hands-on class is designed for the home cook. Guided by Pasqual Stufano, of Sebastian & Co. in Dundarave, West Vancouver, participants will learn how to split sides into primals and cut those primals into cookable cuts. The class will include tips for buying and conversations you should be having with your butcher, as well as cooking and curing techniques to try out at home. Tickets on eventbrite. Price: $175, When: Oct 29, Where: The Modern Pantry

Hop Scotch Festival: Nov 11 – 17. Tons of dinners and tastings. Main tasting event Nov 15 – 16 at the PNE forum. Over 100 booths and over 300 products to taste.

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Food Truck & Popular Recording Artists Coming to Vancouver – Sept 15

Food Truck & Popular Recording Artists Coming to Vancouver

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Rusty Hamlin is no ordinary chef. He’s behind the Zac Brown Band’s “Eat & Greet” phenomenon. His cuisine comes from a mobile kitchen, but don’t let that fact influence you. This mobile kitchen has a six-burner stove, four ovens, an 18-foot prep area with three-compartment sink, tilting skillet and a full-size walk-in refrigerator.

He’s on the road with the band to serve up good southern cookin’, but this isn’t your hamburger and hot dog fare – Chef Rusty is making barbecue beef, pork tenderloin rubbed and grilled in signature Georgia Clay Rub and Love sauce, fresh fruit and vegetables, dessert, sweet tea and other delicacies. Rusty was born in Baton Rouge, so he grew up eating jambalaya and gumbo. He went from his mom’s kitchen to seafood manager at a grocery store and then to the Culinary Arts Institute of Louisiana. However, after building his reputation as a sought-after chef in Atlanta, he helped Zac Brown develop the “Eat & Greet” concept. He is described as “an ambassador for a tradition of southern hospitality”.

Now, he’s on the road with the band, and they’re coming here to Vancouver! When you attend an Eat & Greet, you dine with the band – buffet-style Southern food (including, of course, LandShark Lager and Jack Daniel’s)—and have the opportunity to socialize with the musicians over dinner.

The Southern Ground brand can bring some of that down-home style cooking up to Canada: ZBB Southern Ground Cookbook, Southern Ground Grub Brown Sauce and Zac Brown’s Georgia Clay Rub are available for sale so devotees can create their own Southern lovin’ in their own kitchens.

Whether you’re a foodie looking for some good southern-style fare, or a music lover who wants to dine with the band, you have to move fast. The Eat and Greet event and the Zac Brown Band Concert is this Sunday at the Pacific Coliseum!

Event Details:

Where: Pacific Coliseum

When: Sunday, September 15, 2013

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