Salmon dinner (left) and Spam musubi |Photo credit Owen Cameron
If you like Japanese food and want to try something new, here’s a great opportunity.
Vancouver’s Powell Street Festival takes place on August 1 and 2 downtown, in the historic Japanese Canadian area surrounding Powell Street. It’s Canada’s largest festival of Japanese arts and culture–and there’s plenty of delicious home-style cooking.
This year, the festival features 17 food vendors serving over 50 menu items. Most of the food booths are staffed by volunteers, and there are more vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Perennial favourites include the salmon barbecue, takoyaki (octopus fritters), and kakigori (shaved ice).
Like many people who never miss the festival, I have my favourite dishes. I lived in Japan for several years so at the festival I make a beeline for some of the comfort food that I don’t find as much at Vancouver restaurants.
Here’s what I’m looking forward to eating.
Japanese food alert: 5 dishes to try at Vancouver’s Powell Street Festival 2015