Whether you live gluten free, are crazy about cupcakes, addicted to all things bacon or have a deep relationship with chocolate, Vancouver probably has a festival for you. Here are three upcoming events and foodie series that speak to your sweet tooth and your savoury side.
Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival
The 3rd annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival takes place January 19th to February 14th, 2013 at locations throughout the city featuring 23 ‘chocstars’ and over 60 flavours. Participating venues include: Beaucoup Bakery, Bel Cafe, Bella Gelateria + To Die For Banana Bread, Beta 5 Chocolates + The Juice Truck, Blenz Alma + Cocolico Chocolates, Blenz Thurlow + Kale & Nori Culinary Arts, Chocolate Arts, Chocolaterie de la Nouvelle France, Cocoa Nymph, French Made Baking, Gem Chocolates, Leonidas Chocolates, Rubens Chocolate, Schokolade, Soirette Macarons & Tea, Terra Breads, Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Cafe, and Thomas Haas.
Funds from the Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival benefit Vancouver’s A Better Life Foundation. Follow organizers CityFood Magazine on Facebook for more information.
The Oyama Choucroute (Sauerkraut) Festival
Oyama Sausage, one of the busiest stalls at the Granville Island Market on any given day, is hosting The Oyama Choucroute (Sauerkraut) Festival from January 17th to January 20th, 2013. They’re offering up their own Alsatian style sauerkraut for you to take n’ go. Fully cooked, all you need to go is heat it up. They also have beer and wine pairing recommendations thanks to Liberty Wine Merchants and Granville Island Brewing. Pick up some of Oyama’s corned beef to make a reuben sandwich or try it with some of their sausage, smoked pork, and other delicious combinations.
For five generations the Oyama Sausage family has been schnitzing and dicing, grinding and spicing to make the best sausages, hams and pates they can. Find them on Granville Island at #17, 1689 Johnston Street, Vancouver. Follow them on Twitter @OyamaSausage.
Poutine Festival Vancouver
The Poutine Festival is returning to Vancouver after an incredibly high turn-out last year. Anticipating that it will be just as popular this year, organizers are planning ahead and getting the word out early. This Francophone party will take place at Heritage Hall on Main Street (a much larger venue) on Saturday, March 9, 2013 with live music from Liftoff and more poutine for everyone thanks to a partnership with La Belle Patate. Families are welcome and there will be activities for kids so scoop up your tickets early to get in on all the cheese curd and gravy-covered festivities.