Food Carts Unite! Street Food City is Coming, Jan 24-26

Re-Up BBQ Food Cart at the Vancouver Art Gallery

It was only in 2010 that Vancouver loosened municipal by-laws to allow street food (besides hotdogs and popcorn) to be sold in the city.  Since then, we’ve gotten off to a great start, with dozens of food trucks on strategic corners selling everything from Korean shortrib tacos to Southern-style pulled pork.

But, as any street food lover knows, we’ve got a long way to go.  In more advanced street food cities (Portland, Oregon, or Austin, Texas, for example), food carts congregate in strategic clusters called pods.  So you get a bunch of different carts selling their goodies all in one spot.  The atmosphere is lively, food is cheap and you’ve got plenty of choices.

Vancouver really hasn’t had anything like that.  Until now.  This Jan. 24-26, as part of Dine Out 2012, Vancouver is introducing Street Food City.  Eight of the city’s top food trucks will come together in the same place for a three-day street food extravaganza.  Here are the details:

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Food Carts Unite! Street Food City is Coming, Jan 24-26

The White Spot Triple O Mobile

Apparently there’s a new player – with a familiar name – in Vancouver’s street food scene.  Earlier this month, White Spot, Vancouver’s historic burger chain, launched the big green Triple O mobile.  The truck debuted at one of the Celebration of Light fireworks events at English Bay.

The Triple O mobile offers a full lineup of Legendary Burgers, Double Doubles (two quarter-pound patties with two slices of cheese and bacon), fries and milkshakes made with real ice cream.  It’s also serving as a kind of mobile research-and-development lab where diners will be able to try out new, experimental dishes like the mysterious Nacho Burger.

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The White Spot Triple O Mobile

Feastro the Rolling Bistro: Food Cart Fame

Feastro the Rolling Bistro - Food Network FameIf you don’t already know about Feastro – The Rolling Bistro, one of the new food carts opening up this week at the corner of W.Cordova and Thurlow, you will soon.

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Feastro the Rolling Bistro: Food Cart Fame

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

New, FREE Vancouver Street Food App for iPhone & iPad

Screenshot of the Vancouver Street Food App

It’s hard to believe it’s been less than a year since Vancouver’s street food scene exploded (due a new-in-2010 initiative); today, there are over 20 Vancouver street food vendors serving everything from Pan-Asian and Dim Sum to pulled pork sandwiches, pizza and fresh croissants at locations throughout the downtown core. (For a look at the vendors, see Remy’s post Vancouver Street Food: The Complete List of Food Carts.)

Want to know where the nearest Vancouver street food cart is? Or whether or not Re-Up BBQ or Cartel Taco are open? Now there’s an App for that: the FREE Vancouver Street Food App for iPhone, iPad and iTouch.

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New, FREE Vancouver Street Food App for iPhone & iPad