Eat! Vancouver

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Eat! Vancouver is the largest consumer food festival in Canada.[1] which takes place annually in Vancouver, British Columbia. The three-day festival is held at BC Place, and showcases restaurants and food suppliers from British Columbia and across Canada.[2] Chefs compete in several cooking competitions;[3] one is for apprentice chefs, the Junior Culinary Competition.[4]


Founded by George Acs and Heather Angeard, the first Eat! Vancouver festival took place in 2003 at BC Place;[5] that year, there were 12 chefs and 95 exhibitors.[6] The 2005 festival had 30 celebrity chefs using three stages, and added an annual barbecue and chili competition which had previously run separately at Westminster Quay since the 1990s.[6]

In 2011 the festival moved to the Vancouver Convention Centre, but returned to BC Place in 2012.


  1. ^ Hulse, Loretto J. (23 April 2008). "Embark on a culinary adventure in Canada", Tri-City Herald, p. D3.
  2. ^ Da Silva, Michelle (11 June 2011). "EAT! Vancouver Food and Cooking Festival satiates appetites". Blogs/Food. Georgia Straight. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  3. ^ (19 April 2003). "Food fans expected to flock to EAT! Vancouver", Times Colonist, p. D3.
  4. ^ Mackie, John (21 April 2004). "Young chefs cook up menus for stadium competition", The Vancouver Sun, p. C1.
  5. ^ Stainsby, Mia (23 April 2003). "Serving us right: An event that's long overdue, Eat! Vancouver is the city's first major food and kitchen show", The Vancouver Sun, p. C1.
  6. ^ a b Blackstone, Renee (20 April 2005). "A delicious experience: Eat! Vancouver a food fest for everyone", The Province, p. B12.

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