‘May’ new exciting flavours find their way to your plate this season! It’s spring, and with the warmer weather comes longer days and more food and drink events in Metro Vancouver. Check ‘em out here.
Lonsdale Farmers Market, May 6
Stroll the boardwalk on North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Quay while you check out fresh locally grown produce, delicious baked goods and nifty crafts created by local growers, bakers and crafters every Saturday from 9am to 2pm, running from May 6th until October.
North Vancouver: Lonsdale Quay Market, 123 Carrie Cates Court
Taste Taiwanese treats at the Taiwanese Food Fair at Tian Jin Festival, a free community cultural event showcasing the multiculturalism and diverse backgrounds of Metro Vancouver through food, outdoor performances and free carnival style games for family and children to enjoy.
Burnaby: Tian Jin Temple, 3426 Smith Avenue
New West Farmers Market, May 11
Find fresh produce, plant based food, food trucks, artisans, prepared foods, alcohol, live music, and family friendly activities at the New West Farmers Market, kicking off in May, the farmers market is running every Thursday from 3-7pm in Tipperary Park, next to New West City Hall. Don’t forget your canine best friend–dogs are welcome!
New Westminster: Tipperary Park, 315 Queens Avenue
BC Distilled, May 13
Get in the spirit–BC’s premier artisan distillery festival is back this year showcasing local spirits. BC Distilled is the largest spirits event in Canada exclusively for local distilleries. The main event takes place at the Croatian Cultural Centre, check website for ticket information on events.
Vancouver: Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive
Coquitlam Block Party Food Truck Festival, May 13-14
Tasty food trucks, local goods from artisan makers, cold drinks and local entertainment–what else could you ask for this Mother’s Day?
Featuring over 25 incredible food trucks, local artisan market vendors, local beers, and talented local musicians, you can catch the Block Party from 11-8pm May 13th and 11-7pm May 14th.
Coquitlam: Coquitlam Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way
Karen’s Diner on Tour, May 13
Relish the rudeness and attitude at Karen’s Diner on Tour, an absurd, unique environment full of laughs, banter and top-notch American diner-style grub! Karen’s Diner prides itself on terrible service–rated 1* by Karen herself! Great food meets ungrateful (and unforgettable) service in their theatrical dining experience. Running from May 13 – 21, 2023.
Vancouver: Zawa Restaurant, 920 Commercial Drive
Starting up spot prawn season on May 16th when the colourful boats decorate Steveston’s Fisherman’s Wharf and spot prawn sales begin. There’s a lively atmosphere through the entire spot prawn season and from June 1 – 18, watch out for more spot prawn celebration events at participating restaurants.
Richmond: Steveston Fisherman’s Wharf, 3800 Bayview St
Join thousands of other craft beverage and music fans at Brewhalla to sample the best craft beer, wine, cider, non-alcoholic and spirits while enjoying live music, games, delicious food, and entertainment
The festival features 30+ craft breweries, wineries, cideries, distilleries, and non-alcoholic options and live music from Garret T. Willie, Orchard Sky, LaterDays, Antonio Larosa, AHSIA, Cambree Lovesy, Kate Yahn and the Bungalow Band, and The Motown Show w/ Krystle Dos Santos & Mike Henry. Event is 19+ and rain or shine.
Langley Township: Fort Langley Park, 9089 Nash Street
Burnaby Farmers Market, May 20
Situated by the forest, the Burnaby Farmers Market offers locally grown conventional and organic produce, prepared foods and entertainment every Saturday starting May 20th, from May to October. Paved parking is also steps away from Deer Lake.
Burnaby: Burnaby City Hall Parking Lot, 4949 Canada Way
Planted Expo, May 27-28
Canada’s biggest, most juicy, most epic plant-based event of the year is coming to Canada Place this May. A dream for plant-based dining enthusiasts, over 200 vegan edible and lifestyle businesses are featured in one place along with a stage packed with informative and inspirational speakers from around the world.
Vancouver: Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place
Spot Prawn Festival, May 28
The Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia is once again hosting the iconic Annual Spot Prawn Festival on Fisherman’s Wharf on May 28. The festival is family-friendly and includes free cooking demos with some of Vancouver’s top chefs, access to the docks, and live music. You can also sample spot prawns in a Spot Prawn Bisque ($10) or buy tickets for the Spot Prawn Brunch (a tasting menu of 6 delicious spot prawn dishes (19 yrs+ only)
Vancouver: Vancouver Fisherman’s Wharf, 1505 W 1st Avenue
There are many ways to get to each of these spots in Metro Vancouver by transit. Visit TransLink’s Trip Planner to find your way.