Looking for fun yet COVID-safe things to do in Vancouver? A number of food truck and other drive-thru-style events are happening in the Lower Mainland.
This spring there are family-friendly drive-thru Easter events at various farms on the first weekend in April. There are also food truck events on a number of weekends in the spring where you can get tasty treats from the comfort and safety of your car.
Upcoming events include COVID-appropriate Easter events at Maan Farms, Fantasy Farms and Taves Farms in the Fraser Valley. The Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival is also hosting drive-thru events in Abbotsford, Maple Ridge and Surrey on weekends in April. See below for details.
For details about upcoming food truck events see the Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival website.
Drive-Thru Events in the Lower Mainland
Unable to operate in their usual formats, several Vancouver area events are running family-friendly, COVID-appropriate drive-thru events that are safe and fun for all.
Since the beginning of the outbreak of the coronavirus last year, local businesses and attractions have been impacted in various ways. With province-wide restrictions imposed by government, many events have had to be cancelled. However, some organizations have adapted to the pandemic and continue to offer COVID-friendly activities. One creative twist on festivals and events over the past year has been the introduction of drive-thru activities.
While being in a car might not be as much fun as exploring lights, animals and more up close with friends, events that transform into drive-thru experiences are both safe and enjoyable. They are also still lots of fun, and far better than doing nothing! Given the world’s current situation, drive-thru events are ideal ways to treat yourself and spend quality time with members of your household.
Most drive-thru events require folks to remain in their vehicles at all times. People can also only be in the same car as other members from within their households. Friends though can go together in separate vehicles, wave at each other and chat with one another by phone.
People can also gather outdoors in groups of up to 10 from within the same “bubble”, which means picnicking in the park is also possible. (Just be sure to wear a mask and keep at least 6 feet away from other people.)
Drive-thru events make social distancing easy to achieve and offer great non-contact ways to enjoy seasonal events.
Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festivals
Food Truck Festival-style events take place in different parts of the Lower Mainland each year. In 2021 there are events scheduled for select weekends in March and April. Each event has been modified into a drive-thru format. Admission is free and operating hours are from 11 am to 6 pm regardless of the day and location.
The first food truck event of the season is in Chilliwack on March 27th and 28th. The second is in Abbotsford on April 3rd and 4th (which is the Saturday and Sunday of the Easter Long Weekend). Drive-thru food truck events also take place on April 10th and 11th in Maple Ridge and on April 24th and 25th in Surrey.
For more information about what each city’s event has to offer, visit the Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival website.
TIP: If attending the food truck event in Maple Ridge, or simply heading out that way some other time, see our article about Maple Ridge Dogs, Parks & Patio Restaurants for ideas on places to visit with your furry four-legged friends. Pick up some food and then head to a park for a walk and/or a picnic!
Easter Safari at Maan Farms
In 2021 Maan Farms has an Easter Animal Safari on the weekend of April 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Timeslots are available from 9:30 am until 4 pm on each day of the event and must be reserved in advance. The safari allows folks to drive past half a dozen or so animals while learning more about each through an accompanying audio guide. The Easter Bunny is also on site for people to see and wave to.
Regular tickets cost $17.50 per vehicle of up to six people. The VIP experience costs $75 per car and includes mini donuts, access to the Barnyard Adventureland play area and free admission to the farm if you visit again before the end of May. Other snacks and treats are available for purchase as well.
Petey’s Easter Eggstravaganza
Fantasy Farms in Chilliwack also has an Easter-themed drive-thru event in 2021. It runs from 9 am to 5 pm on April 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Admission costs $10 for children ages 2 and older. Adults enter for free. Guests drive through the animal farm area which is home to a miniature horse, pot belly pigs, goats and other animals.
During the trip everyone can look out for special Easter egg clues that help solve a final riddle at the end of the ride. Children who successfully crack the code receive an Easter treat and activity book.
For more details click Petey’s Easter Eggstravaganza.
Easterfest at Taves Farm
(Note: As of the end of March, 2021, this event was already SOLD OUT.)
Taves Family Farm and Applebarn also has an Easter-themed drive-thru event in 2021. Tickets can be purchased online for April 2nd, 3rd or 4th between 10 am and 4:45 pm. The tour allows folks to see various farm animals and decorations. Visitors are also encouraged to decorate their vehicles for a chance to win a prize.
The base cost per vehicle is $12, but at least one other ticket must also be purchased for about $20. The extra tickets are for whoever in the car wants to receive age-appropriate snacks and goodies.
For additional details about the event and the farm itself click Taves Family Farm and Applebarn.
Other Drive-Thru Events
While COVID-19 continues to be a problem, drive-thru events will no doubt continue to be popular. Last year the Abbotsford Agrifair had a couple of drive-thru events, as did the PNE on a number of occasions. The events in Vancouver included Taste of the PNE: Drive-Thru Fair Experience events in the summer and PNE WinterLights over the Christmas season. Glow Christmas in Langley also pivoted at the last minute and made their annual holiday event drive-thru-style as well.
What new and returning drive-thru events will be in the Lower Mainland in 2021? We can’t wait to see! We’re guessing both the Abbotsford Agrifair and PNE will be hosting similar events to last year again. No doubt a few other organizations will try to copy their successes too!
Donut Drive-Thru Video
Below is a short video clip of a Donut-Drive Thru event that was hosted by the Abbotsford Agrifair in the summer last year. As you can see, people can stay in their cars and everything is safe and COVID-appropriate.
Other articles that may be of interest include the following:
- Cancelled Events and Closures in COVID-19 Vancouver
- What’s Open in COVID-19 Vancouver
- Easter Activities in the Lower Mainland
- Vancouver’s Best Places for Children
- Festivals and Events in Metro Vancouver
- Monthly Events Calendar