Vancouver is part of a nation that largely consists of immigrants from all over the world. The immigrants brought with them the cultures and food traditions of their home countries. From the earliest times, the influences of other cultures were fused with the original, traditional foods of Vancouver which changed the look of both culture’s food.
Other influences come with the proximity of the ocean, the mountains, and easy access to agricultural land. Traveling from coast to coast to border will bring about different staples. Seasonal produce also changes what is offered in restaurants or when buying ingredients for preparing your food.
Being a multicultural city, influenced from the earliest by Britain, Scotland, and France, and also influencing those cuisines, the diversity is understandable. And then later, more cultures and cuisines were added.
Japan, China, the Mediterranean, India, and many more immigrants from other countries, came into the mix of fusing traditions and cultures together. This only meant excellence in food offerings.
Salmon is a traditional staple from early times, and Sushi is a newer traditional food added to the mix. Maple syrup comes in as an original, traditional staple, and then you can add Butter tarts as a more current tradition. Roast turkey, venison, duck, and roast beef can be added from Polish and Hungarian heritage, now tradition in Vancouver.
Vancouverites are very passionate about their food and the components that go into the preparation of a meal. They care about the sustainability of sources, using everything that can be used, and they use mostly local produce.
These are all traditions that came down from the earliest occupants of this region. Gather and catch that which is available and use it well.