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Vancouver’s Taste of Yaletown Restaurant Festival

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The Taste of Yaletown is a Vancouver restaurant festival in October where restaurants offer special menus at a fixed price as well as happy hour deals.

The Taste of Yaletown event was still able to run in 2020 despite the coronavirus pandemic. It also ran in 2021, from October 1st until the 31st.


Taste of Yaletown

The Taste of Yaletown celebrated its 17th year in 2021. It’s a food-related festival in Yaletown in downtown Vancouver.

It’s not really a “festival” in that all it really involves are participating restaurants offering special fixed-price menus costing  $25, $35, $45 or $55. It’s a good deal though if you want to dine out. Usually the menus come with three courses, but some come with two or even four.

In 2021 the event took place from October 1st to the 31st. Reservations were recommended during the festival as it could get quite busy. Ordering the meals for take-out was another option.

2022 event dates and details are to be confirmed.

During the event donations are also given to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Since the event began, over $115,000 has been donated!


New for 2021

In 2021, the main theme for the festival was “Reconnect”. Over the months leading to the festival, more folks were getting vaccinated and most dining restrictions were lifted in the province. We were able to reconnect with friends and family at local dining establishments.

The 2021 festival also aimed to show appreciation for healthcare workers. “Healthcare Happy Hour” was on Wednesday nights between 4 and 6 pm at Bill Curtis Square at 1198 Mainland Street. Workers who provided proof of employment in the healthcare industry received free gift bags. Live music and a community appreciation board were also on site.


New for 2020

A few things were different in 2020 compared to previous years. For one, there was the coronavirus, which meant extra cleaning procedures in restaurants, added plexiglass barriers in places, masks on wait staff, and reduced maximum capacities at venues. Despite weather temperatures dropping, outdoor patios were also more popular than ever!

What else was new for 2020? In previous years the event included menus for $35, $45 or $55. This year there was a $25 menu too. Also, there were take-out options. If you pick up your meal and eat it elsewhere you would get a $5 gift card as a bonus.


New in 2019

Some restaurants offered special Happy Hour menus in 2019. These included food and drink specials and were usually only for a limited time on select days. This may or may not also happen in 2020.

Also new for 2019 was the Iconic BC Red Wine Tasting event. This happened on select days and times at the Swirl Wine Store. Tickets were $35 and could be purchased online. Ticket prices included eight BC wines to taste as well as cheese and crackers to snack on.


2021 Entertainment Coupon Book



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Participating Restaurants

In 2020 11 or so different restaurants participated in the event, which was less than normal. As of mid-September in 2021, the following venues were going to participate in the festival:

  • Banter Room
  • Bistro Sakana
  • Brix & Mortar
  • Cactus Club Cafe
  • The Flying Pig
  • Grand Chinese Yaletown Restaurant
  • The Greek by Anatoli
  • Hapa Izakaya
  • Provence Marinaside
  • Robba da Matti
  • Sushi Maro
  • West Oak

(Note: Details may vary. Check the event’s official website for the most up-to-date information.)


Other Information

For more details about this event click Yaletown Annual Events.

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