Do like the name suggests and fill your belly at EAT! Vancouver
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Do like the name suggests and fill your belly at EAT! Vancouver

For three glorious days, BC Place will be a foodie heaven, because EAT! Vancouver Food & Cooking Festival has arrived. As Canada’s largest consumer food expo, EAT! promises to be an incredible experience.

Rub elbows with celebrity chefs and cookbook authors as you sample tons of local and international food and drink. Make your way to over 250 excited exhibitors ready to share their food and knowledge, and attend one of the hands-on cooking classes to get in touch with your inner culinary artist. Click through for the stuff you won't want to miss.

Where: BC Place Stadium at 777 Pacific Boulevard
When: May 30th from 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.; May 31st from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; June 1st from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tickets are available on-site and online.

Food Network Celebrity Stage
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Food Network Celebrity Stage

Get ready to witness six of your favourite Food Network celebs cook at the Celebrity Stage. The very talented guests include:

Rob Feenie
One of Canada’s most famous chefs, first Canadian Iron Chef America champion and current Executive Chef for Cactus Restaurants Ltd. will be there, creating dishes right in front of you.

Chuck Hughes
Star of the Food Network’s Chuck’s Day Off and owner of both Garde Manger and Le Bremner.

Lynn Crawford
A top Food Network celeb and owner of award-winning restaurant Ruby Watchco.

Vikram Vij
Owner of two intensely popular local restaurants, Vij’s Restaurant and Vij’s Rangoli and current guest judge on Chopped Canada.

Ned Bell
A sustainable seafood guru and current Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver.

Michael P Clive
Specializing in grilling, Michael P. Clive will be letting you in on all the tips and tricks needed for the ultimate BBQ.

The complete Stage Schedule is available online.

Celebrity Chef Throwdown
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Celebrity Chef Throwdown

Can’t get enough of celeb chefs? Good. You can see them bring them the house down at the Celebrity Chef Throwdown.

Watch as Vikram Vij, Jackie Ellis and Ned Bell battle. They'll have 20 minutes to create three seasonal entrée dishes featuring a secret ingredient. Contestants will be judged by Chef Rob Feenie.

Where: The Food Network Celebrity Stage
When: May 30th at 7:45pm

Bites of Vancouver
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Bites of Vancouver

Sample hundreds of bite-sized goodies provided by our very own local restaurants. A selection of Vancouver restaurants will take your taste buds for a delightful spin with an array of distinct cuisines, all no more than a mouthful.

Sips
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Sips

At EAT!, bites of food are complemented with sips of some of the best drinks British Columbia has to offer. If you’re interested in the behind-the-scenes of how these wines, beers and spirits are made, you’re in luck because you’ll have the opportunity to talk the nitty gritty with the producers themselves.

Make your way to the Sips Stage for an even more hands-on introduction where you'll learn how to pair your drinks with food.

World Culinary Travel Expo
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World Culinary Travel Expo

Have you always wanted to travel the world, but just don’t have the time? This is your chance to get a taste of what the rest of the globe has to offer – on a plate. Meet with representatives from all around the world and talk culture, cooking techniques and more.

Don’t forget to head to the Flavours World Stage, where you can sample both local and international dishes, all of which are prepared by exceptionally talented culinary stars.

 

Culinary Classes
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Culinary Classes

Join the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts’ Chef instructors as they teach you how to hone your culinary skills. The hands-on classes are an hour long, and each class costs $28 plus tax per person. Book your classes as soon as possible, because available spots are going fast.

The Canadian Cheese Counter
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The Canadian Cheese Counter

Have you ever been to a cheese seminar? Meet cheese makers, eat different kinds of cheese, watch cheese demonstrations and just bask in the beauty of everything dairy.

The cheese seminars operate on a first come, first serve basis, so make sure to snag a spot.