Sample Vancouver’s Top Food Trucks on the “World’s Best Street Eats Tour”

Taraneh Jerven

Kurobuta pork terimayo at Japadog. Photo: T. Jerven

If you’re a food truck fiend like me, you visit a city with a list of the food trucks you want to find before you leave. As the food truck scene explodes across North America, it can be tricky to sort through your growing options and decide which are the best local food trucks, before you even attempt to hit your must-taste goals.

Although I usually go rogue, I decided to let Vancouver Foodie Tours show me some of Vancouver’s best food trucks on their Word’s Best Street Eats tour. Since I’m already familiar with Vancouver’s street food scene, it seemed like a good way to determine if a food truck tour can deliver a good sampling of city’s food trucks.

The World’s Best Street Eats tour runs for two hours on week days and weekends. Tickets are $49 a head and include the food; kids under 12 are $39. The tour visits five to six downtown Vancouver food trucks. The trucks rotate, depending on day, from their pool of participating trucks. Just to give you an idea, regulars include: Japadog, Soho Road Naan Kebab, Tacofino, Mom’s Grilled Cheese and Kaboom Box.

When I turned up at Japadog at Smithe and Burrard for the start of the Word’s Best Street Eats tour, it was raining. But that didn’t dampen our guide, Manuela’s, enthusiasm. She regaled us with the history of Vancouver’s food truck scene and the city’s food truck regulation structure in front of the first Japadog cart–ground zero for Vancouver’s fusion street eats. Continue reading:
Sample Vancouver’s Top Food Trucks on the “World’s Best Street Eats Tour”

Vancouver Summer Food Cart Fest Returns – Tasty Eats Every Sunday June 23 – Sept. 22

Photo credit: Food Cart Fest

Photo credit: Food Cart Fest

Vancouver’s street food scene is on fire right now. What better way to taste the new street food options than to attend Vancouver’s annual summer Food Cart Fest?

Food Cart Fest launches Sunday, June 23 and continues every Sunday through September 22. The wildly-popular event is as tasty as it sounds. 20 of Vancouver’s finest food trucks come together to dish up snacks and meals including deluxe grilled cheese, wood-fired pizza, fusion fish tacos, wild BC-sourced fish and chips, and Aussie hand pies. The trucks circle around communal tables. Add an ocean view, a community market, live music, DJs, more craft food vendors, and kids’ activities and Food Cart Fest is a full day’s worth of fun.

In 2012, about 5,000 foodies and summer fun seekers ventured out to Food Cart Fest at the Waldorf in East Van each weekend. This year, the organizers (Arrival Agency) and the city worked to find a more central location to entrap even more hungry Vancouverites. In 2013, Food Cart Fest takes place at at 215 West 1st Avenue. The festival is adjacent to the Cambie Street Bridge and Olympic Village; between West 1st Avenue and the seawall. If you’re taking public transport, Food Cart Fest is just a short walk from the Canada Line’s Olympic Village Station; the Aquabus’ Spyglass Place Dock; and bus routes along Broadway, Cambie, Main, and West 2nd Avenue.

Find the full list of participating Vancouver Food Cart Fest 2013 vendors after the jump. Continue reading:
Vancouver Summer Food Cart Fest Returns – Tasty Eats Every Sunday June 23 – Sept. 22

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

New Cookbook By Food Network’s Eat St. Showcases Awesome Recipes From Vancouver Food Trucks

Photo courtesy of Eat St.

Photo courtesy of Eat St.

The food truck revolution began in 2008 with pioneers such as L.A.’s Kogi BBQ, the little Korean taco truck that could. As of spring 2013, the food truck movement has swept North America. In Vancouver, we’ve got 99 food truck vendors serving tasty fare on city streets.

I recently sat down with James Cunningham, magnetic funnyman and host of Food Network Canada’s popular Eat St. show, to talk about Vancouver food trucks. The host was in town to launch his new book Eat Street, featuring recipes from the “tastiest, messiest, and most irresistible” trucks.” Hundreds of North American food trucks submitted recipes. The best of the best made it into Penguin’s test kitchen. Only 125 made the final cut.

Many Vancouver food trucks made it into the new cookbook. Find out which ones after the jump. Continue reading:
New Cookbook By Food Network’s Eat St. Showcases Awesome Recipes From Vancouver Food Trucks

Food Cart News: Eat St. Films in Vancouver + SFU Street Eat Thursdays

Eat St. films at Kaboom Box Sept. 6. Photo credit: Flickr user veronique_m

I lie in wait for food cart news and here’s a morsel juicier than a La Brasserie beer-brined chicken sandwich: Food Network’s Eat St. is back in Vancouver filming September 6-9.

And another: Simon Fraser University launches Street Eat Thursdays today, September 6. Every Thursday, food carts will venture up to the Burnaby campus and set up in the courtyard between Saywell Hall and the Academic Quadrangle from 11am-2pm.

Today, Japadog, Vancouver’s most famous food cart, will visit SFU’s Burnaby campus. So if the student one seat over is giving off an alluring aroma of terimayo in your afternoon lecture, you know why.

Find out more about the Eat St. filming schedule and SFU Street Eat Thursdays after the jump. Continue reading:
Food Cart News: Eat St. Films in Vancouver + SFU Street Eat Thursdays