It is getting noticeable colder and wetter, the days are getting shorter and the trees are changing their colour. So put away your short skirts and summer dresses and get your warm jumpers out then yes, Fall is upon us! I am always said to say goodbye to summer (especially when it was as great as this years) but on the other hand, there are also a lot of things I am looking forward too when the colder season starts. Like drinking hot chocolate in front of the fire place to warm yourself up after a long walk through the fall colours. Buying cozy jumpers and boots, snuggling up on the couch all Saturday and watching movies and of course all the special fall events, foods and drinks. You know summer is over when the coffeeshops get their pumpkin lattes back out! If you are a little sad too that the summer is over, here are the 10 best food events this fall in Vancouver for you to check out: 1. Craft Year, Craft Beer When: Oct 22, 7 Pm – 10 PM Where: VanDusen Botanical Garde, 5151 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC V6M, 4H1 What: This event is a celebration of the local arts and craft scene, especially in regards to our local craft beer movement. The Craft Council of BC and VanDusen Botanical Gardens is presenting the best craft beers from 16 of our local craft breweries. This event also included delicious food catered by EastSide Beer Food and a silent auction of hand-crafted items from some of our many local artists. All beer will be pre-juried but the winner will be announced that night. How much: $35 per ticket (includes six 2oz samples, appetizers and a sample glass) Find out more about Craft Year, Craft Beer. 2. Vancouver Urban Winery’s Sunday School When: Oct 18, Nov 22, Dec 13, 3 PM – 5 PM Where: The Settlement Building, 55 Dunlevy Ave, Vancouver, BC, V6A, 3A3 What: A series of wine seminars, hosted by sommeliers David Stansfield and Lisa Cook, which will involve a little bit of education and lots of wine. The course is divided into 3 classes, which can be taken individually. The first one “BC vs. The World” includes blind tasting, the second one “Sommeliers Smackdown” will feature a vicious street fight and in the third and finale one “The Price is Wrong”, you will learn all about how much wine should really cost. How much: $40 per person for each class Find out more about the Vancouver Urban Winery’s Sunday School. 3. Pelican Bay Fall Tasting When: Nov 17, 5 PM – 8 PM Where: Dockside Restaurant & Brewing Company, 1253 Johnston St. Vancouver, BC, V6H 3R9, What: An event which will feature over 15 of the best wineries and distributors in British Columbia. But not just that, they will at the event, presenting their wines in the beautiful Dockside Restaurant. Along with your wine, you will enjoy some great food from Docksides kitchen and don’t be afraid of drinking to much, Coal Harbour Liquor Store provides all guests with a free shuttle service! How much: $35 per ticket (includes $10 voucher for Coal Harbour Liquor Store and you get 10 % of your food bill if you choose to stay for dinner at the Dockside Restaurant) Buy tickets and find out more about the Pelican Bay Fall Tasting here. 4. Sunday Pig Roast Series When: Every Sunday from Oct 18 until Nov 29 Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, 845 Burrard St., Vancouver, BC, V6Z 2K6 What: Enjoy a family-style Sunday feast made by Executive Chef Alex Chen and his team at the lovely Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar. The menu features 3 courses, starting with a Butternut Squash Velouté, Sloping Hill Farm Roasted Porchetta-Style Pig with seasonal sides and an Autumn Tatin for dessert! How much: $59 per person for the roast, $69 per person (with beer pairing), $89 per person (with wine pairing). Find out more about the Sunday Pig Roast here. 5. Quinto Quarto Harvest When: Oct 14, 8 PM – 10 PM Where: Campagnolo Roma, 2297 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V5L 1V3 What: Quinto Quarto is a very important culinary roman tradition, which emphasizes and celebrates the use of the whole animal. Campagnolo Roma is honouring this tradition a few times a year, with combining very unique cuts of meat, that are known as quinto quarto (“the fifth quarter”). With the meal, they will serve seasonal produces sourced from local markets, as well as beer from their neighbours at Powell Street and Strange Fellows Breweries! How much: Tickets for this extensive feast are $78 per person (includes gratuity, beer and dinner). Buy tickets and find out more about the Quinto Quarto Harvest here. 6. Porchetta and Beer Feast When: Oct 16, 7 Pm – 10 PM Where: The Tasting Space, 1175 Union Street, Vancouver, BC, V6A 2C7 What: A tasting menu, served by the chefs of Savoury Chef Foods, which includes crispy skin porchetta, artisan bread rolls, salad, squash with fennel, roasted acorn, herb roasted potatoes, braised cabbage and the best at the end: German Apple cake!! YUM! Be quick, they have very limited seating, so go get your ticket! How much: $50 per person (includes 2 drinks!!) Buy tickets and find out more about the Porchetta and Beer Feast here. 7. Taste of Yaletown When: Oct 15 – Oct 29 Where: Various participating restaurants in Yaletown What: Taste of Yaletown is like a mini version of Dine out Vancouver. For 2 weeks, many Yaletown restaurants are offering a special, pre-set menu choices for either $24, 35 or $45, which all inlcuded 3-4 courses. This is a great way to check out some new restaurants, without spending a fortune! If you want to read more about it, check out my previous article about Taste of Yaletown. How much: $25, $35 and $45, depending on restaurant. Check out the full list of participating restaurants and their menus. 8. Eating Clean Cooking Classes When: Various dates throughout Oct and Nov Where: Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, 2245 West Broadway, Room 101, Vancouver, BC, V6K 2E4 What: An exciting lineup of healthy cooking classes, held in the Learning Kitchen of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. They are offering various classes but all have the same focus, teaching you how to cook healthy, nutritious but still delicious meals. To just name a couple: “Inspired Lunches:, “Raw Sweetness: You’re sweet enough already”, Very Veggie: Beyond Boring Salads”, Get Nourished: Eating for digestive health” and many more. How much: Single class $75, 3-class package $65/class, all 9 classes $50/class Find out more about Eating Clean Cooking Classes here. 9. The Comfort Foods Class at Dirty Apron When: Oct 28, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM Where: The Dirty Apron Cooking School and Delicatessen, 540 Beatty Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 2L3 What: Dirty Apron offers a variety of cooking classes throughout the whole year (so make sure you check out their full schedule) but when it starts to get colder, we start to crave some good old comfort food. To make sure you are well prepared and maybe even to find some new favourite comfort foods, check out the Comfort Foods Class at the Dirty Apron. The class features dishes such as Lobster Mac & Cheese, Wild Mushroom and Truffle Chicken Pot Pie, and Coffee- Bailey’s Sticky Toffee Pudding with Apple Cinnamon Ice Cream. Anyone still want the summer back? How much: $158 per person (if the class for Oct 28 is booked out, they have another one on Nov 11). Find out more about the amazing Cooking Classes at the Dirty Apron. 10. RIPE 2015 When: Oct 18, 4 PM – 8 PM Where: Exhibition Hall, Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 2W3 What: RIPE 2015 is all about celebrating the harvest and showcasing local ingredients from our many farms in delicious meals, prepared by some of Vancouver’s top Chefs like Andrea Carlson from Burdock & Co., Chris Whittaker from Forage and Meeru Dhalwala from Vij’s. This year RIPE will feature 10 culinary creation stations, craft beverages and dessert tastings! How much: $85 for adults, $15 for Kids under 12. Find out more about RIPE 2015 here.