Food Cart Fest 2013
Our friends at Mattress Choice recently wrote a piece on Coquitlam’s first food cart: This Little Piggy. Their article wetted our appetite and started us thinking about Vancouver’s own mobile restaurants. On a whim we visited three in one-day, sampling some of Vancouver’s finest street eats. Our tasty pilgrimage lead us to discuss the idea of a central location for Vancouver food carts, a virtual drive-in food court. We couldn’t believe the idea hadn’t been proposed. Well, turns out it had…
Vancouver’s Food Cart Festival had its 2013 opening weekend on June 23rd. The festival brings twenty food trucks from around the Lower Mainland to one central location for a stand-up-foodie-extravaganza! It runs every Sunday, from 12pm-6pm, until September 22nd.
This will be the second year the festival has been operating. The Waldorf parking lot was the location for the festivals first crack at the can. Organizers are hoping the new location, just off of First Avenue by the Olympic Village, will receive more transit and walk up traffic.
The vendors include a number of carts operating as satellite businesses for their, much larger, parent restaurants. Two of our favourites from this category are Vij’s “Railway Express” and The Reef’s “Runner.”
Along with the eats, organizers have brought together a number of local vendors, some kids entertainers and live music acts.
Admission is $2 or free for those eaters 13 and under.
Just as a side note, Vancouver was recently named one of the top three cities for Food Carts in North America by Travel+Escape.
And once you’ve finished with your edible sampling, burn off a few calories with a brisk walk up Oak Street to your favourite mattress store. You won’t believe the incredible prices on now for our Closing Out Sale.