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 ran from October 16th until the 26th. 2021 dates and details are to be determined.
Taste of Yaletown
Celebrating its 17th year in 2021, the Taste of Yaletown is 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 2020 the event takes place from October 16th to 26th. Reservations are recommended during the festival as it can get quite busy.
During the event donations are also given to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Since the event began, over $115,000 has been donated!
OKTOBERFEST AT THE ALPEN CLUB
There weren’t so many Oktoberfest events in 2020 thanks to COVID-19. One of the best Oktoberfest celebrations most years is the one at the Vancouver Alpen Club. It wasn’t happening in 2020. That being said, if you were still craving German food and beer the Alpen Club was offering Oktoberfest takeout packages that included tasty traditional treats and beverages.
The Alpen Club is located at 4875 Victoria Drive which is just 7 or so km southeast of Yaletown. The special meal packages could be ordered and then picked up on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 3 and 8 pm up until October 31st. Quantities were limited! Click Oktoberfest Vancouver for details.
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. Again, this may or may not also happen in 2021.
RESTAURANT COUPON DEALS!
Looking for great deals at restaurants all over Vancouver and the Lower Mainland? Then check out our article about Entertainment Coupon Book Restaurants. You’ll find fabulous 2-for-1 deals at some of the region’s best restaurants, not just in Yaletown, but all over the region.
Last year 18 or so different restaurants participated in the event. In 2020 there was slightly fewer participants. When we checked the list in early October the 2020 lineup included the following:
- Banter Room
- Bistro Sakana
- Brix & Mortar
- Cactus Club Cafe
- CAPO and The Spritz
- Do Chay
- Grand Chinese Yaletown Restaurant
- The Greek by Anatoli
- Milssam Tacorea
- Minami Restaurant
- Provence Marinaside
(Note: Details may vary. Check official the event’s official website for the most up-to-date information.)
For more details about this event click Taste of Yaletown.
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- Lower Mainland Bars & Restaurants
- Vancouver’s Best Bars & Restaurants
- Entertainment Coupon Book Restaurants
- Festivals & Events Calendar
- January’s Dine Out Vancouver Festival
- October & November Calendars