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: