There are a variety of food options on UBC campus, though because it is reading week, some of these will be closed, especially on Saturday. This post is mostly a survival guide for that Saturday.
The closest option is Totem Park Dining Hall
, which though part of a student residence is open to the public.
The most diverse options that will be open for the duration of the conference are in the "University Village" section, which caters to UBC's on-campus residents -- the village is about 10 minutes walk north-east from the Forestry Science Centre. A quick rundown of the spots:
At University Blvd and Wesbrook: Cafe Crepe (big place, not bad prices, cheapest booze on campus); Mahoney and Sons (high-end fake Irish pub, menu looks OK but pricey, the UBC wireless works here, if a bit slowly).
At University & Alison: McDonalds is the first one you spot. Downstairs in the same building is the “International Food Fair”, a drab-looking food court that is the best spot for cheap eats on campus—two Indian, four Chinese, Mongolian grill, donair, sushi. None of these places had a takeout menu, and when I asked about a fixed menu or delivery they looked at me like I was nuts (in some cases, there was a language issue). Upstairs is UBC Pizza. There is also “University Village restaurant” (Chinese, with all day Dim Sum); and Suga (sit-down Japanese)
Dalhousie & Alison: Only U Cafe (burgers and sandwiches); Mio Japan Sushi, Pita Pit
Western Parkway and Alison: One More Sushi; Vera’s Burger Shack, and a pretty good grocery for people who want to make their own (not bad produce).
Also: The Pit Pub in the basement of the Student Union Building at (http://www.ams.ubc.ca/pit) is another few minutes further northwest.
Those with a vehicle wanting to eat off campus may find this list