For the past couple of years, I’ve attended the Richmond World Festival at Minoru Park in Richmond, BC. It’s a festival that celebrates the rich multicultural food, music, and culture we have in Canada and I always have a fantastic time. With 8 different stages, endless musical and art performances, a Culinary stage, a Kids World, and 55 food trucks… etc, it’s quite hard to navigate and decide where to start! Luckily for you, I’ve compiled my Top 5 Things to Do at the Richmond World Festival!
This year (2019), the festival was held on Aug 30th and 31st. Make sure to mark your calendars for next year!
1. FEASTival of Flavours
One area of the festival you HAVE to check out is their FEASTival of Flavours. It is their food truck area and they have 55 food trucks on-site offering a diverse range of cuisines! From Carribean to Hawaiian to Filipino cuisine, they have everything you can think of.
Look how crazy and busy it gets! You definitely need to get here early to snag a table.
I went for Spam Fries from a Filipino food truck called Shameless Buns. Yes, you heard that right. Fries…made of SPAM! Just don’t think about the calories and get them… you won’t regret it.
If you’re vegan, there are options for you too! We got the Fried Cauliflower (Kasum) Salad with a side of Chickpea Fries from the food truck Chickpea. Both were amazing!
Chicken and Waffles from Kismet Cookery Food Truck.
2. Ice-skating at the Antarctica Zone! It’s FREE!
Ice-skating in the middle of summer? Heck yes! It’s located at the Minoru Arenas and they even provide free skate rentals!
If you want to take advantage of this, make sure to bring some long socks and a jacket! It does get chilly in there!
3. Listen to a Performance or Two!
With 8 separate stages throughout the festival, you’re bound to walk by some amazing performances. I suggest staying for a bit, eat your food while you enjoy the festivities, and maybe even stay till the evening and watch the headliner perform! We were going to leave when we heard Neon Dreams sing and we ended up staying for his whole set!
The Minoru Stage had some really amazing vocalists. This is one of the smaller stages near the food trucks and Minoru Aquatic Center.
4. Learn How to Cook at the Culinary Stage
If you have any interest in food or cooking, I would highly recommend stopping by the Culinary Stage, sponsored by Tourism Richmond. You can watch top chefs from all over Vancouver demo and cook their signature dishes right in front of your eyes!
Richmond Chef Kim from Banh Mi Tres Bon demoed their special Soft Shell Crab Banh Mi and Salad Rolls.
Another wonderful thing about the Culinary Stage is that the audience gets to sample their creations! Each chef will make enough for the whole audience. This soft shell crab banh mi was absolutely delicious!! I wish I could’ve had a whole one… 😛
Chef Phong from The Deck demoed this crispy, saucey, Ginger Beef. The Deck is a restaurant located at the Pacific Gateway Hotel in Richmond and they’re known for their 7,000 square feet deck overlooking the water.
Last but not least, Chef Dominique and Cindy Duby from Wild Sweets showed us how to make three of their cocoa infused drinks.
If you have a sweet tooth but have never visited their Chocolate Lab in Richmond, you are missing out! Chef Dominique and Cindy are award winning Chocolatiers and their creations are always exquisite and very unique.
5. Discover Something New at a Cultural Booth
Besides the amazing food and activities, there are actually a lot of things you can learn from the cultural booths. I went to the Taiwan booth and saw someone writing in beautiful Chinese calligraphy. There was also a station where you can try your hand at it too!
Doesn’t this picture feel like you travelled to another country? I can’t believe we have access to these traditional African mementos and souvenirs right here in Richmond.
And that is it for me!! I hope this guide gave you a glimpse into this enormous Richmond World Festival as well as gave you a few tips on how to navigate it as well!
Disclaimer: Thank you to Tourism Richmond for sponsoring this blog post and for allowing me to capture this content. All food and drinks were complimentary. All opinions are my own.