VANCOUVER — The Beanstock Coffee Festival is returning to Vancouver on Aug. 20 and 21 after a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Presented by Breville Canada, and in partnership with the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) and Danone’s Silk plant-based products, the festival invites coffee enthusiasts to gather at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown to connect with local specialty coffee roasters, try specialty coffee samples and learn about the importance of socially responsible brews.
This year’s festival will feature coffee roasters like Pallet Coffee Roasters, House of Funk and Nemesis Coffee, among others. Additionally, the festival offers hands-on learning from pro baristas and an up-close look at the latest in-home brewing equipment. Guests can also explore coffee producers, origins and sustainability, as well as a marketplace, outdoor lounge, food trucks and a Cold Brewery sampling station.
In addition to daytime festivities, Beanstock, Absolut and Kahlua are hosting an inaugural Happy Hour, complete with cold brew coffee-infused cocktails and music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
“Vancouver is widely considered the origin of specialty coffee culture which is why we chose the city to host this year’s Beanstock Coffee Festival,” says Adrian Griffin, CEO of specialty importer Mountain Coffee, the producer of Beanstock Coffee Festival. “In recent years, third-wave coffee – a movement towards high-quality, artisanal and fair-trade alternatives – has skyrocketed, and this event allows us to pay homage to specialty coffee roasters driving the movement while also providing a roaster roundtable exploring topics such as food science, regenerative agriculture and sustainably grown coffee. We are excited for Vancouver’s coffee-loving community to re-connect, discover and learn more about specialty coffee.”