Best of the West

Returning for its 27th year, the 10-day Harmony Arts Festival along West Vancouver’s waterfront is an explosive visual and auditory arts feast running from August 4 to 13.

Most entertainment is free but tickets to its two primo gastronomic events are already selling out: Best of the West, a food/wine pairing competition, and Mixology Night on the Pier
Seared rare Ahi tuna, avocado salad, crispy won ton and smoked salmon from Carmelo's

Best of the West features a 12 by 12 team-up of Vancouver’s premier restaurants with BC wineries in a food and wine pair-off. The winner is decided by votes cast by event attendees. What could be better than democracy and delectable delights?

Restaurants this year include ARC, The Observatory and returning winner PARC Retirement Living; wineries include Quail’s Gate, Tantalus Vineyards and last year’s winner Burrowing Owl.

Best of the West

The throw-down happens on August 9 from 7 to 9 pm, but if you haven’t got tickets yet you’re too late as this much sought-after event is sold out.
A few tickets are still available to the newer companion competition event, Mixology Night on the Pier. Debuting only last year, this sensational cocktail extravaganza may rival Best of the West in popularity amongst aperitif aficionados.


Eight top bartenders from renowned Vancouver restaurants will be doling out innovative sips to garner your votes and dazzle you with their handicraft.  

Max Borrowman (Juniper Kitchen + Bar) and Philippe Karatsyupa (Ancora Dining) join returning competitors such as Katie Ingram (L’Abbatoir), Robyn Gray (Prohibition) and Sabrine Dhaliwah (UVA). Scrumptious appetizers and sweet live music will accompany this friendly designer drink competition, celebrating the revival of mixology. 


Get ready to quench your thirst starting at sunset on August 10 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm.

The Harmony Arts festival runs between 14th Street and 17th Street on Argyle Avenue in West Vancouver. Both culinary events will take place at Ambleside Pier.

All images © 2017 Vancouverscape.

About Our Contributor Cora Li

Cora Li

Cora dabbles in arts, technology, food, and travel. She loves that Vancouver offers a vast playground for exploring all of her passions. Cora’s most memorable job to date was working with VANOC during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

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