Now that it seems we’re settled into what promises to be a beautiful Pride Month, we’re on the lookout for some fun food-related things to do in the sun. This weekend, we are heading to the rooftop of the Royal Tyrrell Museum for the second instalment of our Alberta ERA: Mesozoic Era-inspired dinner. It’s not too late to get tickets to this incredible event where some of the best chefs, mixologists, and scientists in the region will be putting their skills on display in the heart of the picturesque Alberta Badlands.
If you aren’t in Alberta this weekend, we’ve got plenty of options elsewhere across the nation; from a Pride lunch in Regina with Queen City Pride and The Keg to an authentic Italian-themed patio launch party in Vancouver, to a poutine festival and a barbecue festival in Ontario and Québec, respectively. We also have recommendations on two great Father’s Day events in B.C., including an outdoor pig roast at Victoria’s The Flying Pig.
Here are eight interesting culinary events across Canada, happening between June 8 and June 16.
Alberta ERA: Mesozoic Era-inspired dinner (Drumheller, AB) - Saturday, June 8, 2019
Eat North’s dinosaur-themed pop-up dinner is back again this coming weekend in the heart of the Alberta Badlands. Before heading to the rooftop of the Royal Tyrrell Museum for some world-class eats and drinks from some of the best chefs and mixologists in the region, the 2nd annual science-meets-culinary event will provide an immersive prehistoric pre-dinner dinosaur experience.
Pride Lunch (Regina, SK) - Saturday, June 8, 2019
Queen City Pride and The Keg Steakhouse and Bar are teaming up to support Pride Month in Regina and the city’s first shelter for 2SLGBTQ+youth, the John Howard Society’s Lulu’s Lodge. In addition to learning more about this fantastic initiative, guests will receive a free Pride Guide, meet the organizers, and complimentary lunch and cocktail pairing.
Tickets are $30 and can be purchased through Eventbrite or on location at Lulu's Lodge.
Di Beppe's Patio Launch Party (Vancouver, B.C.) - Wednesday, June 12, 2019
One of Gastown’s premiere spots for authentic Italian cuisine is launching patio season with a bang. Di Beppe is offering $4 Aperol spritzes and complimentary samples of their new cicchetti options, like prosciutto di Parma panino, tuna conserva with pickled pepper and olive, and navy bean salad with espelette pepper.
The party takes place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and entry is free.
Drag Dinner Theatre (Edmonton, AB) - Thursday, June 13, 2019
Yellowhead Brewery is hosting a drag queen dinner theatre event featuring Lilith Fair’s one-woman-show, Handsome Woman. In addition to what’s sure to be another hilarious performance by Fair, admission to the event includes an all-you-can-eat buffet and a special opening act performed by Vancouver drag performer, Dust.
Tickets for this all-ages event are going for $40.
Vaughan Poutine Feast (Vaughan, ON) Thursday, June 13 to Sunday, June 16, 2019
Vaughan’s annual Poutine Feast at Mackenzie Glen Park is definitely worth the trek. Ontario poutine vendors like The Upper Deck, Fat Les’s Chip Stand and Smokin’ R&R’s are joining forces and heading north just outside of Toronto to offer up over 50 different styles of poutine.
Admission is free and all ages are welcome.
BBQ Fest Québec (Québec City, QC) - Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16, 2019
One of Québec’s biggest gathering of grill aficionados, the Rickard’s BBQ Fest features cooking demonstrations by chefs, musical performances, and more than 40 exhibitors and food trucks. Returning as the event’s spokesman, former strongman Hugo Girard will be on hand at la place Jean-Béliveau to host cooking demos and fan meetups.
More information can be found at the event's website.
Father’s Day pig roast at The Flying Pig (Victoria, B.C.) - Sunday, June 16, 2019
To celebrate both Father’s Day and one year of service, The Flying Pig Victoria will be transforming its patio into an old school cookout with a succulent pig roasted in an outdoor oven. To accompany the feast, there will be plenty of watermelon salad, corn on the cob, fresh-baked Portuguese buns, an assortment of house mustards, and draft beer from local breweries.
The Pig Roast dinner is available in limited quantities, so we advise you to show up early.
Father’s Day brunch at Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio (Vancouver, B.C.) - Sunday, June 16, 2019
Taking place at both Vancouver locations, Ancora is giving dads their due with a special brunch menu designed by executive chef Ricardo Valverde. The menu features the chef's staple Peruvian-meets-Japanese cuisine that includes soft shell crab tacos, free-range eggs benny, a 12-hour braised short rib, and more. As always, the raw bar at both locations will feature a range of fresh seafood selections.
Reservations can be made online or by phone.