Food truck lovers, get your appetites ready. Street Food City is returning to downtown Vancouver.
For the fifth year in a row, the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza is being transformed into a smorgasbord of indulgent food cart fare for Street Food City, Jan. 16-Jan. 24, part of the 2016 Dine Out Vancouver Festival. This year, no fewer than 20 of Vancouver’s top food trucks will gather on the plaza, offering street eats fans a one-stop shop to fill up on the best the city has to offer.
The food cart “pod” idea was introduced in Vancouver back in 2012, building off of models in other cities like Portland, where food trucks regularly congregate in huge clusters to offer diners more options. In the years since, Vancouver’s own street food scene has exploded, and there are now more than 100 trucks across the city offering everything from Salvadorian pupusas and Australian meat pies to wood-fired pizzas, perogies and Korean-style bibimbap.
Street Food City has grown, as well, over the years and now attracts more than 20,000 hungry fans. For the 2016 instalment, it’s being expanded to nine full days, and long hours make it easier than ever to get your street eat on. On weekends (Jan. 16-Jan. 17 and Jan 23-Jan. 24), food trucks will be serving from 11 a.m. all the to 5 p.m., and on weekdays (Jan. 18-Jan. 22), trucks will serving from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
As in past years, tents and tables will be set up and live music should make for a festive atmosphere. In fact, big, boisterous lunchtime crowds have become the norm at Street Food City events.
The official lineup of 20-plus food trucks for the event has yet to be announced. But organizers are promising special Dine Out Vancouver Festival creations and special pricing so that you can sip and sample a bit of everything.
Street Food City V, part of the 2016 Dine Out Vancouver Festival, runs Jan. 16-Jan. 24, on the north plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery, located on West Georgia Street, between Howe and Hornby Streets. As always, the event is free to attend.