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. In 2022 the event is happened in a different format in the fall and winter. Details about what’s happening in 2023 and future years are to be confirmed.
Taste of Yaletown
The Taste of Yaletown celebrated its 18th year in 2022. It’s a food-related festival in Yaletown in downtown Vancouver.
It’s not really a “festival” in that all it usually involves are participating restaurants offering special fixed-price menus costing $25, $35, $45 or $55. The special menus are normally good deals 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.
In 2022 the Taste of Yaletown happened in a different format compared to previous years. Rather than offering fixed-price menus, the event promoted new eateries and local specials over the holidays. There weren’t any dates for the festival in 2022 either. It just took place throughout the fall and winter that year.
During the event donations are also usually given to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Since the event began, over $126,000 has been donated!
H2 KITCHEN + BAR
It’s not in Yaletown, and it doesn’t participate in the Taste of Yaletown restaurant festival. If you like smokehouse-style meats though, like barbecued ribs, brisket and rotisserie chicken, then you’ll also want to check out the H2 Kitchen + Bar. It’s at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Coal Harbour.
2021 and 2022
In 2021, the main theme for the festival was “Reconnect”, since 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.
In 2022 the event didn’t offer the same fixed-price deals that it has in the past. Instead, the Taste of Yaletown this year focused on promoting new local dining establishments while also highlighting special deals.
As of early October in 2022, the following dining experiences were featured on the Taste of Yaletown’s website:
- Analog Coffee
- Faubourg Paris
- Grab N Go
- Ignite Pizzeria
- Luigi & Sons
- Mapo Pancake House
- Moltaqa Moroccan Restaurant
- Okeya Kyujiro
- Steve’s Poké Bar
- Zab Zaab Thai Cuisine
Whether it’s participating in the Taste of Yaletown event or not, a really good Italian restaurant to also check out is Tutto. Its address is 901 Homer Street.
There are lots of other restaurants in Yaletown too. One that gets very high reviews is Tutto, which is an Italian restaurant at 901 Homer Street. We’ve eaten there and were impressed. Another is Brix & Mortar which is in a 1912 heritage building at 1137 Hamilton Street.
For more details about this event, click Yaletown Annual Events.
Other restaurant and food-related festivals in Metro Vancouver include the following:
- Bite of Burnaby
- Taste of Abby Food Festival
- Great Vancouver Food Truck Festivals
- Feast Asian Dining Festival
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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