Sunday Funday: The Vancouver Food Truck Fest Kicks off June 28th!

Vancouver Food Cart Festival

Photos by Lindsay Elliot
www.lindsaysdiet.com

It’s going to be a food truck frenzy this summer when Vancouver’s biggest celebration of street food returns on June 28th for the 4th Annual Vancouver Food Cart Fest. This year the festival has expanded to include more than just food! (Although there will still be TONS of food as well).

For 2015, Vancouver’s largest gathering of street food will also include more food trucks and expanded entertainment programming that includes a live-music patio and a giant ping pong area. The Vancouver Food Cart Fest is launching on June 28th and will run for 11 consecutive sundays until September 6th at the Olympic Village.

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Sunday Funday: The Vancouver Food Truck Fest Kicks off June 28th!

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Hockey, tweed, and craft fairs?  Sounds like autumn is creeping up on us!

Start planning – here’s our roundup of events and things to do in Vancouver this weekend in Metro Vancouver.

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Weekend Events
This weekend is packed full of exciting events; from fireworks to art exhibitions to story telling evenings.  Start planning now!  Here’s a roundup of events happening all over Metro Vancouver this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Start planning your weekend of fun, relaxation, and sunshine!  Here’s a roundup of events happening all over Metro Vancouver this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

New Street Cart: Indian Food from Vikram Vij

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One name in Vancouver is synonymous with mouthwatering Indian cuisine: Vikram Vij.

Vij’s, the eatery he opened off Granville Street in 1994, has consistently been named the city’s best Indian restaurant by Vancouver Magazine, justly famous for such delicacies as lamb popsicles in cream curry and spot prawns in coconut masala.

Now – to the delight of street food enthusiasts – Vij has branched out into the food truck business.

Vij’s Railway Express opened earlier this month in the heart of downtown, on West Georgia Street, between Thurlow and Burrard Streets.  While some of the menu items are similar to what’s in the restaurant, the theme is a bit different.  The focus is on the diverse cuisine you’d find at railway stations across India – dishes from Delhi to Bombay and Calcutta that go way beyond the typical tikka masalas.

Each menu item is intended to represent a different “station” on a rail journey across the country.  Offerings change all the time: day to day and week to week.   So just what kind of dishes are we talking about?  Even by Vancouver’s lofty street food standards, they’re something special (Warning: Stop reading now if you’re hungry.).

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New Street Cart: Indian Food from Vikram Vij

A Terimayo Before Your Flight? Japadog lands at YVR

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There’s been lots of food cart news lately in Vancouver: 12 new vendors; carts in public parks; a food truck block party at the Waldorf.  Amid all the excitement, however, this tasty bit of news slid through the cracks.

Japadog now has a food cart right outside of the International Arrivals Terminal at Vancouver’s YVR airport.   Airport dining may never be the same.

I noticed the brightly colored cart – with its endorsements from the likes of Ice Cube and Steven Seagal – while leaving the airport earlier this week.  The savoury smell of all-beef dogs topped with miso, wasabi, seaweed and daikon made me wish I’d skipped the in-flight meal.

I was disappointed to discover, however, that no one seemed to be patronizing the new YVR Japadog.  Travelers hustled by lugging carry-ons and suitcases, but nobody bothered to pause for some Asian-infused, wiener-based refreshment.  Considering that the downtown Japadogs are usually queued up day and night, this came as a surprise.  Continue reading:
A Terimayo Before Your Flight? Japadog lands at YVR

Food Cart Hall of Fame: Chicken Sandwich at La Brasserie

Brass Chicken Sandwich- La Brasserie Cart Vancouver

After making big waves the past two summers, food carts have kind of receded from the headlines in Vancouver.  They’re not such a novelty anymore.  Plus, it’s the middle of winter.  Who wants to stand outside and eat in the drizzle?

But that doesn’t mean ambitious street vendors aren’t out there right now: bundled up in sweaters and jackets and serving up their delicacies.  There are some great street eats to be had this February, including some excellent food carts that deserve a second look.

Like La Brasserie Street.   If you’re a fan of street food and haven’t checked out this little cart that’s parked most days on the corner of Granville and West Georgia Streets, then you should make it your top gastronomic priority.  La Brasserie excels in all the street food criteria: 1) It’s cheap; 2) The food is finger-lickin’ delicious; and 3) In true Vancouver style, the ingredients, preparation and presentation are top notch.
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Food Cart Hall of Fame: Chicken Sandwich at La Brasserie