By Sonu Purhar & Mark Shelling
When we think Easter, we think vibrantly-hued jellybeans, gigantic chocolate bunnies and sprawling buffets. Yes, egg hunts and bunnies are fun too, but, before we commit to an event, we want to be sure food is involved! If that sounds like you, read on: we’ve found eleven Easter experiences in Metro Vancouver (and a little beyond) whose holiday festivities feature plenty of tasty fare. Let’s hop to it!
Township 7 Easter Festival
Adults and children alike will adore this picturesque vineyard egg hunt with prizing for every participant. In addition to the main event, Township 7’s festive affair also features a petting zoo, face painting and live entertainment. Afterward, follow your nose to the onsite Melt City Grilled Cheese and Hugs Mini Donuts by Mollie for delicious treats while you sample the vineyard’s award-winning wines. Grownups can even participate in an adults Easter egg hunt where they’ll scavenge for hidden corks which can be traded in for wine-themed prizes!
The event will take place on April 17, from 11 am to 5 pm.
Chocolate Egg Painting Workshop at The Drunken Chocolatier
Follow in the paw prints of the Bunny himself with this edible art class! Led by chocolate and pastry master, Carina Chao this hands-on mini-course will show you how to hand paint a 15 cm tall Easter egg, cast it in dark chocolate, and make your own little bunnies to put inside. Recommended for cocoa enthusiasts over 16, this is a fantastic way to learn a new skill and get a sweet reward for broadening your horizons!
You can attend on April 15 at 5:30 pm, spots are limited though so be quite quick about it!
Easter Brunch at Bruno Restaurant
This stylish Richmond spot has been wowing foodies as well as design buffs since opening last year. Part of the Versante Hotel on Bridgeport Road, Bruno should be at the top of your list of best brunch/dinner/date spots in the area. For Easter, Chef Will Lew has prepared a decadent menu that includes a fresh seafood course (scallops, prawns oysters) and leads into marquee brunch items that need to be tasted to be believed. Duck confit and foie gras benedict, carrot cake French toast with toasted coconut and candied walnuts- hey, if you’re going to brunch, we say, do it well. Just a sampling of the decadence you can look forward to at Bruno on April 16 and 17.
Easter Egg Gathering + Brunch at Sea to Sky Gondola
Food fans won’t want to miss this sumptuous Easter brunch hosted at the Sea to Sky Gondola’s Summit Lodge. Here, you’ll feast on savoury goat cheese frittatas, healthy smoothie bowls, sinful cinnamon buns and oh-so-sweet Easter cookies. Afterward, hit the Summit Trails to find whimsical woodland characters handing out tasty treats. Crafts and face painting will also be offered at the Summit Lodge, and snacks will be provided on the outdoor plaza. While the event is currently sold out, there is still hope to secure a spot via the open waitlist!
Bottomless Easter Brunch at ARC Restaurant
One of our fave hotel restaurants in the city is once again returning with their wonderful yearly tradition! There’s nothing like indulging mid-day, on a long weekend, especially when there’s unlimited tasting plates. Just be careful! Just a sampling of the things that will be available at this springtime feast: Jerk fried chicken with funnel cake and habanero maple syrup; for any sweet tooths in the audience: a sweet skillet with apple, cinnamon, caramel, and croissant; beef short rib poutine; Croque madames; and a harvest grain bowl with farro, roasted root vegetables, squash, herbs, and a poached egg. Not to be outdone though, the main event comes when you order your table a Belgian chocolate fondue for your table accompanied by fresh fruit, plus coconut macaroons, and mini donuts.
You might want to clear your schedule after this one!
Book your spots ASAP for April 17 and 18
Just outside Metro Vancouver…
Taves Family Farms Adult Easter Egg Hunt
Why should little bunnies have all the fun? Taves Family Farms is bringing back their fantastic adult Easter egg hunt! Grab your better half, blind date or group of besties and prepare to spend an evening enjoying live music, taking hayrides, visiting cute creatures in the petting barn, and scouring for chocolate eggs. Of course, food trucks will be on-site for when all that egg hunting has built up your appetite.
The event takes place on April 8 and 9 (5:30 pm to 8:45 pm)
White Rabbit Egg Hunt at Kilby Historic Site
You mustn’t be late for your appointment with the rabbit! Kilby Historic Site’s Easter event invites kiddies to travel down the rabbit hole in chocolate eggs. Meet Alice, the Mad Hatter, and other Wonderland characters as your family wanders the farm. And afterwards, you can take part in a delicious Easter dinner with roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. The event takes place on Saturday & Sunday, April 16 & 17 – 11 am to 3 pm each day
BAE Days and Bunnies & Booze at Maan Farms
Maan Farms always delivers a great time over Easter weekend, and this year is no different! The Maan crew is mixing things up a bit this season by introducing two events that are sure to perk your bunny ears right up. BAE (Baby Animal Easter) Days is a family-friendly event that kids will adore. Snuggle up with the farm’s fuzzy friends while also enjoying ice cream, taking pictures with the Easter Bunny, and of course, hunting for eggs!
Speaking of hunting for eggs, Bunnies and Booze gives adults the chance to get in on the fun, but this time with a little bit of bubbly and a 90s theme. Win prizes enjoy a delicious Easter meal and most importantly pretend you’ve returned to the time when the Spice Girls were still together.
Bunnies and Booze takes place on April 8 and 9, from 6 pm to late. While Bae Days will be over Easter weekend, April 15-17 from 10 am to 3:30 pm.
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