Foodies…gather around. May is going to be an exciting month for food in BC and I’m here to tell you all about it. These are just a few things that are going on in May around our beautiful city:
Spring Farmer’s Markets – Saturday, May 11 & Sunday, May 12
Farms, orchards, and gardens are all brimming with seasonal fruits and vegetables and that marvelous time of year, where local producers expand their weekly farmer’s markets, is upon us. Pop into the Farmer’s Markets at Trout Lake and Kitsilano for a taste of what BC has to offer. On until the end of summer.
Annual Spot Prawn Boil – Saturday, May 11
What screams “Spring has arrived!!” more than the arrival of those sweet, tasty spot prawns that BC is so well known for? The short-lived season (only about 6 to 8 weeks) is celebrated with the annual spot prawn boil. It is a chance to sample a plate of fresh-off-the-boat BC spot prawns, watch some cooking demonstrations, and buy prawns direct from the fishermen. Get your $12 tickets here but do it quickly as tickets are selling fast!
Edible Canada’s Market Dinners
I attended my first Market Dinner this year and would love to go to another. This month showcases some pretty amazing local talent including, Chef Ted Anderson from Campagnolo Roma (sold out), Chef Ned Bell from YEW at the Four Seasons (Tuesday, May 14), and Chef Brian Skinner from The Acorn (Monday, May 27). This informal cooking demonstration/meet-the-chef/dinner event is great value for money ($80 per ticket) and includes wine.
Food from Chef Brian Skinner of The Acorn
Spring Long Table at The Irish Heather
For only $18 you can grab a seat at the Long Table, meet some friendly folk, and fill up on a home-cooked meal and a beer. The menu is dependent on what night of the week you visit but you could be feasting on roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, Cortez Island mussels, or porchetta with salsa verde. Vegetarians are also catered for but you need to request this when you make your reservation. Menu and details: http://ltsmenu.blogspot.ca/
Eat Vancouver – May 24/25/26
Vancouver’s largest food expo is back! The crowds are insane so get there early to experience food, drinks, cooking demonstrations, and new products. There will also be some Food Network cooks present that you can schmooze with.
Vancouver Craft Beer Week – May 31 to June 8
The VCBW squeaks in just on the last day of May. For 8 days craft beer lovers will be in heaven. The week includes many beer-focused events including a gala, a beer and BBQ event, food and beer pairings, and a beer festival.
Spring in BC
If you want to venture further afield, Whistler has some incredible value-for-money spring menus. My favourites are the 5 course $31 Araxi menu, Rim Rock’s 3 course $45 menu, and Bearfoot Bistro’s 5 course $48 menu.
Feast Tofino is also taking place in (duh) Tofino during the month of May. If the 21 different events aren’t enough to entice you, perhaps the beach will?
As you can see we are certainly not short of events throughout May. There is plenty to do, regardless of taste or budget. Hope to see you out there!