The food truck scene in Vancouver has exploded in the past few years. It can be a bit overwhelming trying to decide which ones to choose from, but thankfully the Food Cart Fest offers the perfect solution: pile as many trucks as you can into one parking lot! Happening every Sunday until September 22nd between the Cambie Street Bridge and Olympic Village, the Food Cart Fest offers an array of food and a new partnership with The Eastside Flea that features over thirty vendors selling vintage clothes, accessories, and other unique trinkets.
I wish I had enough room in my stomach to sample all the food available, but instead I had to chase a few folks down to get up close and personal to their freshly ordered food. I tracked down the pulled pork sandwich from Re-Up BBQ and the chicken and waffles topped with maple syrup from Yolk’s Breakfast. I can tell you from prior experience, they are both just as good as they look.
But all of this indulging can take its toll and sometimes you need to balance it out with some healthier options. I decided to avoid the much more intimidating lineups for the greasier food and opt for the healthier additions to Vancouver. First up was The Juice Truck, whose smoothies have made daily intakes of fruits and veggies way easier and delicious on the corner of Abbott and Water Street in historic Gastown.
Pictured: The Green featuring cucumber, kale, spinach, and more. Not Pictured: The Strawberry Coconut I inhaled.
I also made my way over to one of the newest food trucks, Culver City Salads which you can find most days on the corner of West Georgia and Hamilton right by Queen Elizabeth Theatre. I know for many eating healthier is such a chore. It can take a lot of time and creativity to make healthier options also taste good. But any day you need a break or inspiration, these vegan salads have so much nutrition packed in one punch. Plus, they’re super pretty. Just look at those rainbow of veggies sitting there! To satisfy my sweet tooth I also grabbed a vegan chocolate chip cookie and guess what? It felt and tasted like a real cookie!
So when you make your way to the Food Cart Fest be sure to go in with an empty stomach, a fairly full wallet, and your best vendor bargaining skills. Amidst all of this there’s also a DJ, a beer garden, oh and did I mention a giant bouncy castle for kids? You’ll never be bored on a Sunday again!
Dining in Vancouver