Locals and visitors are salivating with anticipation after the upcoming Richmond World Festival released details about its highly anticipated Culinary Stage, presented by Tourism Richmond. The free-entry, two-day annual event—running on August 31 and September 1 this year—offers an international smorgasbord of arts, culture, and incredible live music. But it’s the full menu of foodie features that many festivalgoers can’t wait for.
Alongside an irresistible array of 50+ food trucks (known as the FEASTival of Flavours) serving dishes from Brazil, India, Japan, Mexico and many more places, you can check out the Culinary Stage which will present a handpicked selection of 11 top chefs from Richmond and beyond. Each will prepare their favourite dishes live while offering insider tips for those who would like to recreate the dishes in their own kitchens back home.
Heading to the festival and wondering who to look out for on the Culinary Stage? Read on for our recommendations.
Onlookers watching one of the region's top chefs at the 2017 festival. | Photo: Richmond World Festival
Chef Lan Do
From Banh Mi Tres Bon
When: 5:30pm to 6:10pm on August 31
Menu item: Grilled beef banh mi, grilled pork banh mi, green papaya salad and sweet mango salad.
With a lifelong passion for adventurous dishes and cooking approaches, Lan trained in Vietnam under one of the country’s finest executive chefs—before launching her own extensive food tour that took her on a culinary and cultural voyage of discovery throughout the nation. The eventual result was Banh Mi Tres Bon, a highly popular Richmond eatery serving French-influenced Vietnamese dishes that locals and visitors can’t get enough of.
Chef Betty Hung
From Beaucoup Bakery
When: 6:45pm to 7:15pm on August 31
Menu item: Paris Brest, classic French pastry.
This Richmond resident's passion for French pastries drove her to transition from a design career to an internship at Vancouver’s renowned Beaucoup Bakery. She learned her new craft, worked up to head pastry chef and received a coveted scholarship to train at the École Gastronomique Bellouet Conseil in Paris. But her dreams didn’t end there: in 2017, she assumed ownership of Beaucoup, in partnership with brother Jacky. Now in her rightful place at one of the region’s hotspots, she’s about to publish her own cookbook: French Pastry 101.
Chef Mike Manlulu
From Britannia Brewing Company
When: 4:45pm to 5:25pm on September 1
Menu item: Britannia Adrift Blond Ale-marinated Humboldt squid steak, with tomatillo and gooseberry salsa.
Classically trained in French fine dining, Mike kicked off his culinary career in Dubai, working alongside revered chefs Michele Rostang and Philippe Gauvreau. Later moving to Vancouver and becoming chef de cuisine at the near-legendary Bin 942 restaurant, he developed a multitude of new dishes before moving on to lead the kitchen at the Vancouver Royal Motor Yacht Club. Coming to Richmond to take charge of the menu at Britannia Brewing, his head chef role brings his wide experience to bear on elevated comfort dishes ranging from flat iron steaks to crab and chili spaghettini.
Dominique and Cindy Duby
From Wild Sweets
When: 5:45 to 6:25pm on September 1
Menu item: Cocoa bean-to-bar chocolate salted butter caramel popcorn, Richmond’s fresh corn emulsion + foam, dried maple bacon crunch.
Chefs Dominique and Cindy are the owners, designers and chief chocolate artisans at Richmond’s multi award-winning Wild Sweets. Designated one of the 25 Best Chocolatiers in the World, Wild Sweets has also been named among the Best Chocolatiers & Confectioners in America. But they’re not just about chocolate: Dominique and Cindy also finished among the Top 10 Pastry Chefs in the World while leading Pastry Team Canada at the World Pastry Cup in France. Leading many workshops and classes, the pair has also authored five popular cookbooks, including Wild Sweets: Exotic Dessert and Wine Pairings.
Watch top chefs prepare dishes live at the Culinary Stage. | Photo: Richmond World Festival
Hungry for more?
The Culinary Stage will also be hosting seven other Metro Vancouver chefs during the festival’s two-day duration, including Mark Singson, runner-up on season 6 of Top Chef Canada; Gurj Dhaliwal, previous winner of Food Network Canada’s Superstar Chef Challenge; and Drew Munro, head of a multi award-winning Vancouver-based catering company. For a full rundown of the chefs—as well as the times when each will be appearing—visit the festival’s dedicated Culinary Stage page.
The perfect side dish
While you’re at the Culinary Stage, save time for an adjoining World Festival feature. The Tourism Richmond team will have its own booth next to the on-stage chefs, where you can stop by for insider information on a wide range of other things to see, do, and eat throughout the city. Best of all, we will be hosting an interactive game where you could win one of several great local prizes—including a grand prize package featuring whale watching and a guided Dumpling Trail tour.