Celebrity chefs, popular local restaurants, wineries, food and beverage manufacturers, cookbook authors, retailers, artisans, and many others from the culinary world will come together for a three day public extravaganza at BC Place Stadium. EAT Vancouver encompasses unique food experiences, opportunities to learn behind-the-scenes culinary magic from professional chefs, dynamic entertainment through celebrity chef cooking demonstrations and intense culinary competitions, diverse food, beverage and cooking related exhibits; and of course fantastic shopping opportunities.
May 23 Hyack International parade (New Westminster)
If there’s one thing you see during this year’s festival, it’s got to be the Hyack International Parade on Saturday, May 23. Secure your spaces along the route because B.C.’s largest parade is coming through and you’ll want to see it all. Be in place early and get ready for a thrill, as the Vancouver Police Motorcycle Drill Team heads down the parade route at 10:15 a.m., performing their eye-popping drills and formations, getting the crowd warmed up for the highlight event. The 2009 Hyack International Parade sponsored by Royal City Centre starts at 11 a.m. and will include 140 entries from British Columbia and the United States. See championship marching bands, and creative and eye-catching floats—in particular, the Hyack Festival Association’s award-winning Royal float.