Vancouver’s Sustenance Festival Brings Communities Together

Vancouver’s Sustenance Festival Brings Communities Together

Vancouver’s Sustenance Festival focuses on making connections in your communities through a series of events focused on food preservation, gardening, and the right to food.

This festival is city-wide festival and includes everything from food inspired art exhibits to local food workshops on food preparation and gardening, potlucks, talks, walks, and more – all taking place in community centres and public spaces throughout Vancouver.

There are almost fifty events in this 7th year of Vancouver Sustenance Festival



UPSTREAM Moving Images of Salmon…A collection of local artists’ work

October 10 until November 1, 2015 Roundhouse Community Centre Great Hall

Over the past few decades many artists and activists on BC’s coast have been moved by the struggle of wild Pacific salmon to healthfully inhabit the waters in and around our now extensively developed urban environment.  With settlement of the last century, the salmon’s old home streams had disappeared and now lay beneath the buildings and blacktop of major cities like Vancouver.
In this unique and timely exhibit we will explore the questions: what traditional significance did the iconic salmon have to our First Peoples, then and now? How can the humans who live in the salmon’s ancestral home today make the connections between their urban life and the current health of the ocean? And much more! 

variety show

YUMMY! A Right to Food Variety Show

October 16 Roundhouse Exhibition Hall 7pm-9pm (doors open at 6:30pm) Pay-what-you-can

A wildly entertaining show featuring a variety of fun and cheeky performances centered on the theme of “Food Justice” – activism no laughing matter?   Once you are treated to the comedic delights of the hilarious MC and local performers, you just may eat your words!  You might even walk away with a deeper understanding of the relationship of food to social justice as it plays out in our communities.  This is a social event for people of all ages.  Snack, chat, and have fun! And don’t miss the interactive artwork, food-related community info tables and a Demonstration Food Friendly Neighbourhood curated by Village Vancouver with displays, information and chickens!


RIPE 2015! – Harvest Celebration Dinner

October 18 Roundhouse Community Centre 4:00-8:00 PM

The annual RIPE Dinner is a true celebration of the harvest – a showcase of local ingredients from our farms and producers paired with some of Vancouver’s top chefs and restaurants, including Chef Andrea Carlson of Burdock & Co, Chef Chris Whittaker of Forage, Chef Meeru Dhalwala of Vij’s Rangoli, Chef Ned Bell of Yew seafood + bar, and Chef Quang Dang of West Restaurant. RIPE 2015 will feature 10 unique culinary creation stations, craft beverages and dessert tastings artfully prepared from fresh, seasonal and sustainably harvest food.

Neighbour Savour VI – Potluck

October 21 Heritage Hall 3102 Main St. (6-9 pm) Cost: Free and open to everyone!

Village Vancouver’s fabulous 6th annual family friendly, zero waste community potluck celebration for 300! Neighbour Savour features a great lineup of Live Local Music, Community Info Tables, a Kids Area and activities, a Seed Sharing Library and Seed Swap, Emily Carr Collaborative Design Project Display, As We Know It Community Art Project, Loads of delicious food (food from your garden is encouraged), and much more. Bring some food or a non-alcoholic bevvie to share, hang out and meet your neighbours, and have FUN! Neighbour Savour is supported by a Neighbourhood Small Grant from the Vancouver Foundation.


James Chung

Vancouver Lifestyle, Cool Tech & Travel Adventure. Email: [email protected]

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