Planning a summer get-together and wondering what to serve? We’ve got you covered.

Summer is finally here, which means there’s no better time to throw the perfect party. Thankfully, we’ve got just the recipes you need to make your next summer gathering a big success.

1. Garlic Parmesan Fries

Photo: Janis NicolayWho doesn’t love fries? Adding different seasoning is a great way to give these crispy snacks a new twist. The trick to this dish is actually tossing the fries in garlic oil later in the process so the garlic doesn’t burn and affect the taste during baking. Sprinkle with salt to your taste and enjoy.

2. Pink Lemonade Cocktail

Credit: Legend DistillingThis signature vodka cocktail by Legend Distilling is cold, refreshing and ideal for summer. To make this cooling drink, mix ‘Shadow in the Lake’ vodka, Elephant Island Framboise, Extra Dry vermouth and Lemon/Lime soda, then garnish with a lime wedge and fresh raspberries. Alternatively, choose lemonade if you prefer a drink with no bubbles.

3. Fisherman’s Pie

(Photo: Jasmine Ganasi.)Chef Lucas Harrison of Fresh Ideas Start Here decided to give this signature shepherd’s pie a seaside twist. This creamy pie is filled with cod, sockeye salmon, prawn and of course, mashed potatoes. A sprinkling of lemon, parsley and garlic adds a rich, tangy flavour. Don’t forget about the fresh thyme!

4. Little Avocado Toasts

Photo: Mariana MedvedevaOh, avocado toast. It’s hard not to include this quintessentially-Vancouver item on our list. What makes this particular recipe special is that it’s perfect for patio nibbles and casual gatherings. Even better, these avo-toasts are super quick to make; just toss them in the toaster oven and you’re good to go. Feeling extra creative? Top them off with chopped salted almonds, crumbled bacon, crumbled feta, leftover roasted veggies, smoked salmon or sriracha—no rules here!

5. Paesano Loaf

Photo: Evaan KherajBaking bread doesn’t have to be a challenge. B.C.’s own Purebread Bakery are the experts behind this recipe. This Italian bread is perfect for the table, either alone or buttered with the spread of your choice. The signature aspects to this loaf are the large air holes and chewy interior, giving it it’s authentic taste.

6. Carrot Top Pesto

Photo: Gabriel CabreraDid you know the leafy part of carrot tops actually make a delicious pesto? If you’re bored of the classic pesto recipe and feel like making something different, this carrot top pesto might be just for you. Despite the unique twist to this dish, you won’t miss out on its signature flavours, from basil and parmesan to lemon juice. Extra tip: when you’re done, include or compost the thicker, tougher stems, or toss them into a sealable bag in the freezer to make stock.

7. Cucumber, Mint and Gin Sorbet with Lime

Photo: Makoto InomataNothing says summer like an ice-cold, refreshing sorbet. This recipe takes it a step further. Think of it like a cocktail purée of fresh mint, lime and of course, the gin of your choice. Oh, and did we mention it’s vegan?

8. Dirty Chips (A.K.A Nachos with a Saucy Twist)

Nachos are a party-time staple, no matter the occasion. This recipe, courtesy of Shark Club Vancouver’s Brandon Thordarson, is a refreshing take on the traditional dish, complete with blue cheese, bacon bits and ranch drizzle. The heaps of jalapeños add the perfect punch and burst of flavour. Be sure to layer the toppings and add-ons generously throughout so you and your guests get every inch of flavour.