Food Cart Pods May Be Coming to Vancouver

Photo credit: Ariane Colenbrander | Flickr

Photo credit: Ariane Colenbrander | Flickr

Welcome to the next stage of Vancouver’s street food revolution.

The City of Vancouver is considering the creation of food cart “pods” outside the downtown core, according to the Vancouver Sun – clusters of multiple carts, all nestled together for your snacking convenience.

As anyone familiar with Portland’s food-cart scene knows, this promises to take street eating to a whole new level.  In Portland, pods are everywhere.  Dozens of food carts set up shop side-by-side in parking lots across the city – offering everything from burritos to falafels and kimchi tacos in one location.  Crowds stream in, creating a festive, street-fair atmosphere and boosting business.

Vancouverites have gotten a taste of pod culture in the past. Continue reading:
Food Cart Pods May Be Coming to Vancouver

Everything You Need to Know About Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2012, July 13-15

Somali-Canadian rapper K’naan will appear at Folk Fest 2012. Photo credit: Vancouver Folk Festival

Vancouver Folk Music Festival returns to Jericho Beach Park for its 35th anniversary this Friday, July 13, through Sunday, July 15.

If you’ve never been, Folk Fest is the kind of grassroots, community-driven live music event where you’ll find old timers who’ve attended for 30 years rubbing shoulders with a fresh crop of university students who won’t miss a Dan Mangan show. It’s the mix of guests and performers that makes Folk Fest what it is.

The hotly anticipated Vancouver Folk Festival line up includes such talents as Dan Mangan, Ani DiFranco, Lucinda Williams, Hey Rosetta! and K’naan. The food cart line up is almost as impressive with 30 local vendors serving everything from organic ice cream to roast corn and jerk chicken.

Find out everything you need to know to attend after the jump. Continue reading:
Everything You Need to Know About Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2012, July 13-15

20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in July 2012

Fresh Air Cinema. Photo credit: Flickr user Yaletown BIA

July starts out right with Canada Day pyrotechnics lighting up the summer night sky. And is there anything more summery than free outdoor movies – launching in Stanley Park, July 3?

Meanwhile summer festival season is in full swing by mid month. Catch folksy tunes at the annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival, July 15. The lovely Illuminares Lantern Festival lights up Trout Lake, July 21. Also July 21, Khatsahlano! Music Festival transforms Kitsilano into a block party with 30 local bands performing on multiple stages.

Among the quirkier happenings, I’m particularly intrigued by Scout’s Barkeep of the Year showdown at the Keefer Bar, July 2. Then there’s spectator-friendly robot racing (I’m not kidding) and clothes-free celebration at the nudie paradise Wreck Beach.

Of course July ends with a bang too. Celebration of Light, the most highly-anticipated summer event, brings fireworks back to the Vancouver skyline, July 28.

Find the full line-up of July events below. Continue reading:
20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in July 2012

Food carts in Vancouver parks by summer 2012?

Photo Credit: Flickr | Kris Krug for Tourism Vancouver

More breaking news for Vancouver’s restless food cart scene: The Vancouver park board is set to vote on a food cart pilot program for Vancouver parks Monday, March 26. If the votes goes through, food carts will appear in highly-visible, trial locations this summer including the info booth in Stanley Park, Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park and next to the Burrard Marina in Vanier Park.

Which food carts will be chosen, and how are Vancouver food cart vendors responding? Find out after the jump. Continue reading:
Food carts in Vancouver parks by summer 2012?

Vancouver’s New Street Food Options

Roaming Dragon (Photo credit: Alex Dobson)

The City of Vancouver has today announced the successful applicants for street food cart positions to be located around town this year.

See below for a list of the 19 vendors, where they’ll be located and what they’ll be serving.

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Vancouver’s New Street Food Options