The culinary scene in Vancouver is Canada’s not-so-hidden gem. The past several years have seen a spike in food-related tourism and the city is seeing more and more options for worldly cuisines and experiences. As chefs and restaurateurs thrive inside this booming industry, it leaves those on the outside wondering, “What’s so special about Vancouver?”
When examining the world of food inside the west coast city, there are four things that stand out:
Salmon: Visitors to the Metro Vancouver area are hard-pressed to track down a restaurant or vendor that does not serve salmon in one way or another. Because of its proximity to the ocean, fresh fish is always in large supply. Salmon has become a staple food in the diet of any Vancouverite but instead of serving this popular fish in just one way, chefs and home cooks have learned to prep salmon in dozens of ways using countless cooking methods.
Produce: Outside the bustling streets of the city lies acres and acres of sustainable farmland. This access allows kitchens to be stocked full of fresh, sustainable produce. The incorporation of fresh harvests into roasts, salads and stews makes all the difference to the overall taste and experience of foodies. No matter how hard they try, no supermarket can compare to the taste of freshly harvested vegetables.
Wine: From the Okanagan Valley to the borders in Aldergrove, no one knows wine like British Columbia. Instead of keeping wine and food as separate entities, the two are often combined into one immersive experience.
East to West: One of the most unique aspects of culinary scene in Vancouver is its ethnic fusion. Every day there are new and exciting recipes being added to menus, allowing residents and visitors to break away from the norms in favour of a more diverse meal. With the introduction of these new food stuffs, food equipment suppliers are working overtime to keep up with new preparation technology.
There is no one thing that sets Vancouver apart from the rest of Canada’s culinary scenes but a culmination of many factors and techniques that beg to be experienced first hand.