Five more foods to try at the Richmond Night Market

Good food and plane-spotting come together at the Richmond Night Market. Carolyn Ali photo.

Good food and plane-spotting come together at the Richmond Night Market. Carolyn Ali photo.

Yes, the days are getting shorter–but that just means more bright lights at the Richmond Night Market, which continues until October 13. And keep in mind that sunset (around 7:15 p.m.) is a great time at the market to watch the jets descending into nearby YVR Airport.

While you may have already tried some of the market’s awesome food options, there are plenty more good eats to explore. Here are five that caught my eye on my recent visit.

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Five more foods to try at the Richmond Night Market

15 New Food Trucks & A Food Truck Pod Are Hitting Vancouver Streets May 2013

Belgian waffle. Photo credit: Nenyaki

Belgian waffle. Photo credit: Nenyaki

Vancouver food trucks were recently ranked third best in North America by Travel + Escape. With 15 newly announced Vancouver food trucks set to begin serving the public this month, we’re on our way to number one.

The City of Vancouver has put a lot of thought into planning its street food program since the 2010 launch. As a result of careful permit regulation, food truck expansion has been slow compared to the burgeoning food truck scenes in Portland and Austin.

But the fleet of 15 new Vancouver food trucks (specializing in street eats such as crunchy-outside, pillowy-inside Belgian waffles, extreme mac and cheese, Aussie hand pies, Filipino fusion, innovative salads, specialty coffee, gluten-free snacks, Kosher Israeli and slow-cooked comfort food) may prove that slow and steady wins the race.

Who are the 15 new Vancouver food truck vendors? Where will the new food trucks be located? Get your hands on the full list after the jump:

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15 New Food Trucks & A Food Truck Pod Are Hitting Vancouver Streets May 2013

Eat Your Way Through the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, April 4 -30

Takoyaki - savory octopus scallion balls - at Sakura Days Japan Fair. Photo credit: MartialArtsNomad.com

Takoyaki – savory octopus scallion balls – at Sakura Days Japan Fair. Photo credit: MartialArtsNomad.com

There’s a Japanese proverb “hana yori dango” that translates as “dumplings rather than flowers,” meaning people are more interested in food than blossoms during sakura festivals. Given the all star line-up of food events at Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2013, taking place April 4-30, you may feel the same way, even though the blossoms sure are pretty.

From Sakura Westcoast Afternoon Tea Service to Cherry Jam SakuraB bento boxes, ramen, chirashizushi and enticing Japanese street eats by Mogu and Japadog, here are the top food events at Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2013. Continue reading:
Eat Your Way Through the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, April 4 -30

Learn How to Start Your Own Food Truck – April 2

Photo credit: Le Tigre food truck

Photo credit: Le Tigre food truck

Ever contemplated starting your own Vancouver food truck? At this stage, you might not be ahead of the curve, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be a success at “sidewalk entrepreneurship.” Maybe you’re just curious why food trucks became a movement. Or perhaps you even want dirt on how the Vancouver city government makes decisions about food truck regulation.

You can get the inside intelligence on these questions and more at the upcoming Food Talks Volume 7, “Food Trucks: The Business & the Movement,” taking place at the Electric Owl (926 Main St.) Tuesday, April 2.

Food Talks are social gatherings that brings together speakers from the food community. Each speaker gives a different perspective on a food issue. Listeners eat/sip on refreshments from the host establishment, and, at the end, they have a chance to ask the speakers questions and engage in a discussion.

Food Talks Volume 7 has an all-star line up of Vancouver food cart experts including Clement Chan, Top Chef Season 3 competitor and owner of Le Tigre food truck, Jory Simkin and Jason Apple of the pioneering Roaming Dragon food truck, City Councillor Heather Deal and Audrey Mehler – a member of the team that came up with wildly popular TV show Eat St. on Food Network. Continue reading:
Learn How to Start Your Own Food Truck – April 2

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.

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Food Cart Pods May Be Coming to Vancouver