Culinary Activities

Vancouver has a rich and accessible restaurant scene, but if you want to eat deeper try one of these story-friendly approaches

Food Tours

The city offers several taste-tripping tours aimed at visiting foodies. Edible Canada ( and Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts ( can take you on chef-led tours of Granville Island Public Market or Chinatown, while Vancouver Food Tour ( and Vancouver Foodie Tours ( offer a range of options, from a Gastown beer tasting tour, to a Salt Spring Island adventure, to a walking tour of the city’s famous street food carts.

Cooking Schools

Highly popular with locals, downtown’s Dirty Apron Cooking School ( offers a wide range of nightly and weekly classes aimed at all skill levels, with themes like Italian cooking and French cuisine. Classes are also offered by Quince ( and the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (

Community Festivals

Dine Out Vancouver Festival ( is the city’s biggest annual food event. But many community festivals across the region also offer great opportunities to hang out and eat with the locals. Consider the Powell Street Festival ( and its Japanese food; Greek Day (, with its saliva-triggering lamb dishes; and August’s Chinatown Festival (, where performances fuse with a wandering smorgasbord of great grub.

Long table dining is a hugely popular trend in Vancouver with locals rubbing elbows and noshing – and making new friends – at shared counters that encourage conviviality and bonhomie. If you fancy joining them, check out the Irish Heather ( and Salt Tasting Room (, as well as the market dinners offered by Edible Canada (