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

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

Vancouverite Steve Thomson Wins Japadog Eating Contest at YVR

Japadog. Photo credit: Flickr user Ruocaled

Hot dog! Vancouverite Steve Thomson won the highly anticipated Japadog Hot Dog Eating Contest that took place during lunchtime today at Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

Thomson, who’s been called “the sensei of speed eating” and “top dog,” downed seven Japadogs in 10 minutes. That’s about half a Japadog every 43 seconds. The runner up was close, managing to wolf down six.

Japadog is Vancouver’s most venerable multicultural, creative food cart with a strong following of locals and a reputation as a “must try” visitor experience. The dogs come in beef, turkey, pork and veggie. The topping combos are what fans (including celebrities Ice Cube, Daniel Dae Kim, Public Enemy and chef Anthony Bourdain) drool over: terimayo sauce, seaweed, grated daikon, miso, yakisoba noodles, kimchi, black sesame etc.

What began as one humble food cart in 2005 is now a Japadog empire, with five Vancouver locations and a storefront in NYC. Continue reading:
Vancouverite Steve Thomson Wins Japadog Eating Contest at YVR

Yelp Food Cart Fest Every Sunday at the Waldorf Hotel

Here’s more evidence that East Van’s Waldorf Hotel is becoming one of the hottest spots east of downtown: Following the success of the first-ever Waldorf Hotel’s Canada Day Block Party / Food Cart Festival this past July 1, the hotel is teaming up with Yelp and Street Food Vancouver for the Yelp Food Cart Fest, a food cart festival that will run every Sunday from July 29 – September 2, 2012!

The Yelp Food Cart Fest will be more than just the (second) largest gathering of food trucks in Vancouver ever (the first being the inaugural Waldorf Hotel’s Canada Day Block Party): the Fest will include a series of community markets, live music performances, family entertainment, and a 19+ beer garden at the hotel’s “outdoor tiki beach area.”

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Yelp Food Cart Fest Every Sunday at the Waldorf Hotel

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