Welcome to September. 

Here in B.C. we are in Phase 3 of the province’s “Restart” plan, which means many of us are venturing out more, and making the most of the end of summer. Of course, large gatherings are still not on the menu, so when we say “food events” right now, they aren’t all in the traditional sense. These are not big get-togethers that will find you in crowds and bumping elbows with strangers, or mingling with a few dozen folks. We’re talking organized, physically-distanced, COVID-conscious revamped events, as well as food specials and promos going down across the city this month. 

If you like to make food and drink the focal point of fun, we’ve got 13 (and counting!) delicious food events happening in and around Vancouver this September.

Check back during the month to see what events we’ve added to the delicious line-up.

If you have a tip for a food or drink special for September 2020, or any other month, please send it to lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com. 

Le Cheeseburger Week 

From September 1 through 7, diners are encouraged to visit particpating restaurants in their area, and order up the Le Cheeseburger Week offering. Rather than gather votes this year as in the past, Le Cheeseburger Week is focusing on charity partnerships. Proceeds from select burgers will benefit Centraide and United Way. Launched nearly a decade ago in Montreal, the annual event has brought burger lovers together in numerous Canadian cities since 2017. For 2020, Le Burger Week has made cheese (or “fauxmage”) mandatory, and they’ve redubbed the event accordingly. Check out which Vancouver-area restaurants are taking part this year, and then go eat some burgers!

When: Sept. 1-7, 2020

Where: Participating Metro Vancouver and B.C. restaurants 

Vancouver Foodster’s Iced Summer Drink Challenge

Get a sip of summer while you can. Participating cafes and restaurants across Vancouver have got some delicious drinks to enjoy during these last days of the season, and you can help choose the best ones. Some have entered their most popular creation from their menu and others created a special Iced Summer Drink creation just for this challenge, hosted by Vancouver Foodster. Get some friends together and make a day or night of it, visit two places or more to taste the different Iced Tea creations or go solo or with a friend– just remember to vote for your favourites.

When: Now through Sept. 6

Where: Participating restaurants

Limited edition Apple Buns at Grounds For Coffee

apple-buns-grounds-for-coffeeGrounds For Coffee’s limited edition fall Apple Buns. Photo: Grounds For Coffee

Yum, yum, apple buns! Grounds For Coffee is at it again, baking up trays of their signature cinnamon buns with seasonal toppings. This time, it’s all about them apples. For the Labour Day long weekend only, the classic taste of fall will come head to head with their OG cinnamon buns. “In a clash of epic deliciousness, ooey gooey fresh from the oven buns will be topped with fresh apple filling,” says the cafe. Pre-orders can be made over the phone at (604) 224-5282 or in store at either of GFC’s two Vancouver locations (Alma or Commercial Drive).

When: Sept. 4-7

Where: Grounds For Coffee –  2565 Alma St  and 2088 Commercial Dr, Vancouver

LifeSpace Lonsdale Garden Hunt

With over 30 edible gardens ready for discovery, grab your friends and family and race around Lower Lonsdale and learn about growing your own food while discovering hidden prizes provided by awesome local businesses. While the event will be fun for everyone, please make sure to respectfully keep your distance. While on the hunt, keep your eyes out for Treasure Tokens that can land you tasty treats like free pizza slices and ice cream and more.

When: Sept. 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Shipyards Garden District and LifeSpace Gardens grown by local businesses. All prizes and clues are discoverable between Waterfront and 3rd and Mahon and St. Georges. Map and details available online.

Caplansky’s Mustard Tasting

A taste of Toronto will be here in Vancouver as butcher shop Pete’s Meat on Arbutus hosts a mustard tasting featuring the lineup from the 6ix’s Caplansky’s deli. Pete’s will be serving up some of Caplansky’s fantastic mustards on some delicious meats. 

When: Sept. 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Pete’s Meat – 2817 Arbutus St, Vancouver

Burgermania at Glowbal

Burgermania is back at Glowbal from September 8 to 18.  They’ll have five different burgers to choose from, including Surf n’ Turf Burger (double house ground chuck patties, buttery lobster & tarragon shaved fennel, béarnaise, brioche bun) served with cheesy fried gnocchi bites. In addition, Glowbal has a vegetarian option, the Veggie Parmesana, with a ‘true veggie patty’, crispy eggplant, parmesan, provolone cheese tomato fondue, basil aioli, rocket greens, multigrain ciabbata and served with fried parsnip chips.

When: Sept. 8-18. Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Glowbal – 590 West Georgia St, Vancouver

Dine OutSide Vancouver

Beetbox_BeachBagCombo_1Photo courtesy Beetbox

Organized by Tourism Vancouver, Dine Out is making an unexpected return this summer, with an al fresco twist. Called Dine OutSide, this new seasonal fest will make the most of the warm weather and the city’s many regular and temporary patios. Dine OutSide will find Vancouver restaurants offering up prix fixe menus at $15, $25, $35 or $45 price points, or special promotional offers for diners to enjoy on-site. Don’t want to dine in? No problem. Dine OutSide will also feature special take-outside and picnic packs for you to grab and go and enjoy in a park, at the beach, in one of the city’s many pop-up plazas, or at home. Check out which 161 Vancouver restaurants are participating. 

When: Aug. 21-Sept. 21, 2020

Where: Participating restaurants

Braid StrEAT Experience – Drive-thru food trucks

Featuring a rotating selection of regional food truck favourites, the event is a complete drive-thru experience in order to maintain physical distancing and other COVID-19 safety measures. That means there will be no walk-ups or bicycles permitted, and payments are credit and debit only – no cash accepted. The event is produced by West Coast Pop Ups, a collective of small businesses who have operated through the pandemic by either sharing their revenue with other struggling businesses or with charities like the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation.    

When: Sept. 5 -6, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: 97 Braid Street, New Westminster

Prime Rib Sundays at Seasons in the Park

End your week with a serious Prime Rib feast. The classic three course special is priced at $42.50 and is available from 5 p.m. (while quantities last). Appetizer choice of Manhattan Clam Chowder/Mushroom Soup or Caesar Salad, entrée: Slow Roasted Prime Rib & Yorkshore Pudding with mashed potatoes and broccolini, dessert choice of Chocolate Cake with chocolate truffle, raspberry coulis or Sunburnt Lemon Pie with two fruit coulis, or enjoy Prime Rib on its own for $35.00.

When: Sunday nights starting at 5 p.m. (while quantities last)

Where: Seasons in the Park – West 33rd Ave (Queen Elizabeth Park), Vancouver

Marukatsu Pop-Up at Gyoza Bar

Marukatsu group -  credit Mark YuenDishes at Marukatsu. Photo by Mark Yuen/courtesy Aburi Restaurants

Vancouver is now home to an exciting new fusion venture that aligns the foods and flavours of Japan and Mexico. Called Marukatsu, the endeavour is from Aburi Restaurants (Miku, Minami, Gyoza Bar), and focuses on katsu-based dished made with Mexican ingredients. The limited-time pop-up takes place at Gyoza Bar restaurant, and was created by Aburi’s founder and CEO along with the talents of head chef Woojin Kim. Marukatsu’s menu is centred on the teishoku, or set menu, experience. The central component is the katsu, which here is made with high-quality proteins like pork tenderloin or fresh seafood, in a special nano-panko breading, deep fried to a glorious golden crisp on the inside, with a juicy interior. You can also get a burrito and bowl that pairs katsu with pops of flavour from things like pico de gallo and sour cream, along with some other globally-influenced dressings, sauces, and components. To check out Marukatsu at Gyoza Bar you can dine-in with reservations (recommended) or by walk-in. Take-out and delivery via UberEats are available.

When: Limited time only

Where: Gyoza Bar – 622 W Pender St, Vancouver

Brentwood Great Take-out Food Truck Festival

The Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival has re-tooled their events to suit the current restrictions on gatherings and physical distancing. One of their refreshed events started in June in Burnaby, and will continue all summer on Saturdays. Structured as a “take-out” event, the fest takes place in Burnaby’s Brentwood area at 2150 Alpha Avenue. The event will has now been expanded to run weekly through the summer and to nearly the end of September. 

When: Saturdays from now through Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Where: 2150 Alpha Avenue, Burnaby

The Vegan Farmers’ Market

Calling all plant-based food fans: Vancouver’s first-ever all-vegan farmers’ market is launching this summer, with a series of Saturday events. While of course, in its purest form, most farmers’ markets do focus on naturally vegan products, like vegetables, fruits, and herbs, this all-vegan market will not have any meat, dairy, or other animal-sourced products for sale – it’s totally plant-based vendors. 

When: Sept. 12 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Where: Concord Community Park – 50 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver

Sunday Seafood Boil for Two at Sandbar

The Sandbar’s signature Sunday Seafood Boil for Two features a mouth-watering melange of fresh shellfish that includes a full pound of mussels and clams, jumbo tiger prawns and two lobster tails all tossed in a savoury Old Bay broth with andouille sausage, potatoes and local corn on the cob topped with a citrus lemon butter. Available exclusively on Sundays in the summer, and carried over through September, the Seafood Boil feature dish is priced at $90 ($45 per person), with the option to enhance the meal with the addition of Dungeness crab and/or a whole lobster for an additional charge. Reservations are available. This is available every Sunday during dinner service. 

When: Sunday nights, dinner time

Where: Sandbar – 1535 Johnston Street, Creekhouse #102, Vancouver (Granville Island)

13 awesome Vancouver food events happening this September

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