Food truck frenzy! Canada’s largest one-day food truck festival takes over Columbia Street, New Westminster

Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest | Techno Monkey Media Inc photo

Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest | Techno Monkey Media Inc photo

If you’re a fan of food trucks and car-free celebrations, you’ll want to head to New Westminster next Saturday, August 22.

That’s the date of the 3rd Annual Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest, which blocks off busy Columbia Street to traffic and floods the area with pedestrians and picnic tables instead.

With over 70 trucks confirmed, this is the largest one-day food truck event in Canada, according to festival organizers. The music, entertainment, and beer gardens stretch for an extra two blocks this year, so you’d best come hungry to take it all in.

Here’s what’s in store.

Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest | Techno Monkey Media Inc photo

Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest | Techno Monkey Media Inc photo

The food trucks, of course, are the main attraction. Crowd-pleasers like Vikram Vij’s Railway Express will be on-site, as well as Tacofino, Japadog, and the Aussie Pie Guy.

Others returning this year include Fijian Fusion Catering. I tried this halal truck’s potato chickpea curry with daal roti last year, and I’d recommend it to anyone. Their irresistible spicy cassava fries were also a hit.

Spicy cassava fries from the Fujian Fusian food truck. | Carolyn Ali photo

Spicy cassava fries from the Fujian Fusian food truck. | Carolyn Ali photo

There are many new contenders to the festival this year. For example, Appetite for Delicious makes Indian pulled tandoori chicken burgers along with peanut butter curry corn chowder, and the Pressure Box has a menu of classic American dishes cooked sous vide (under vacuum).

Other trucks that you may not have tried include the Schnitzel Shack, which does meatball marina sandwiches, and Hunger Management, which makes prime rib beef dip sandwiches.

It’s possible to eat healthy here too: Giddy Up and Grow is will be hawking its organic wheatgrass and microgreens, while Culver City Salads makes satisfying yet good-for-you salads.

Photo sourced from the Schnitzel Shack on Facebook

Photo sourced from the Schnitzel Shack on Facebook

The Heritage Grill beer garden is back with a live band outside, and there will also be beer gardens at the Met Bar & Grill and the Columbia Theatre.

The new Anvil Centre will host a wine and beer garden inside, with the floor-to-ceiling doors wide open to the street. It will feature local beverages from Steel & Oak Brewing and Pacific Breezy Winery.

Music and entertainment will be everywhere on the street, including rap, jazz, and swing.

The festival is easy to get to by SkyTrain: get off at either New Westminster station or Columbia station and you’ll be right there. (From downtown Vancouver, the ride takes about 30 minutes on the Expo line.)

There’s no admission charge, and the event runs from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, see the festival’s website.

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