I hope you’re hungry and thirsty.
On the nights of Feb. 22 and Feb. 23, Vancouver’s Granville Island will be transformed into Street Eats and Beats, an outdoor street food fest featuring local beer and wine, not to mention live music.
Six food trucks will be on hand, plus a slew of local DJs and performers, creating a festive, beer-garden atmosphere directly underneath the Granville Street bridge. The event is part of Winterruption – the weekend-long music, art and food fest on Granville Island.
Tickets (available online for $30 and selling fast) get you six street food samples, plus two drinks. Here’s what’s on the menu:
- Le Tigre – modern Chinese, including braised beef and roasted chicken steamed buns
- Mogu – Japanese street eats, like miso pork katsu and chicken karaage
- Fresh Local Wild – local fish, seafood and game
- Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck – gourmet grilled cheeses, soups and comfort foods
- Re-Up BBQ – Southern-style pulled pork sandwiches
- Varinicey Pakoras – fresh vegetable pakoras with exotic spices
- Granville Island Brewing – Granville Island’s own (and perhaps Vancouver’s first) craft brewery, offering local suds like Island Lager, English Pay Pale Ale and Lions Winter Ale
- Sumac Ridge Wines – This Okanagan winery is one of the oldest in the province, with a full range of whites, reds and sparkling wines made from local grapes
- DJ Freelance (Friday and Saturday) – Vancouver-based DJ who spins dance and urban hits for crowds in Canada, Mexico and Thailand
- Kosta Sax (Friday 8 p.m.-11 p.m.) – jazz-trained saxophonist who plays with Vancouver’s hottest DJs
- Pher Percussionist (Friday 8 p.m.-11 p.m.) – Vancouver drummer who plays djembe, congas and full drum kits to DJs spinning hiphop, house and more
- Buddha Sax (Saturday 8 p.m.-11 p.m.) – funky saxophone player who’s performed alongside the biggest names in electronic music
- Nimal Percussionist (Saturday 8 p.m.-11 p.m.)
The Street Eats and Beats Festival will be held directly under the Granville Street Bridge on Granville Island, Feb. 22 and Feb. 23, from 6 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are available online here for $30 (single) or $250 (pack of 10). Tickets will be available at entrance only if there are any remaining.
Anyone sampled the food carts at the festival? Suggestions for must-try eats?