The biggest food event of the summer is back! Since its inception in 2012, Food Cart Fest has quickly become a must-attend event of the summer.
Last summer, upwards of 5,000 people swarmed to Olympic Village every Sunday to take in Vancouver’s exploding street food scene. Always free to Vancity and Car2go members, this year is also free with a non-perishable food donation to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.
“Vancouver’s street food scene is fast becoming internationally recognized and we’re really excited to be able to bring the community together to celebrate it again. We’re expanding this year, so there’ll be more trucks, more seating, and more shade,” says Ernesto Gomez, Arrival Agency. “But, at the same time, we’ll also be greener. In addition, Food Cart Fest is the first of three massive food-related events we’ll be producing this summer.”
Showcasing Vancouver’s street food scene, there will be upwards of 20 trucks every week, many of whom will be launching their new summer menus. Participating trucks include:
“All participating trucks at Food Cart Fest are members of Streetfood Vancouver, a non-profit association. We represent Vancouver’s best and most unique food trucks. A lot will be rolling out their summer menus so come on out! We’re excited to have the entire summer to showcase what we do,” says Andy Fielding, president of Streetfood Vancouver.
Not exclusively for foodies though, Food Cart Fest is also about enjoying the summer with friends and family. Complementing the rotating cast of trucks will be community markets, DJs, artisanal food vendors, kids’ activities, backyard chicken raising and bee keeping tutorials, soccer matches, and urban gardening workshops by Victory Gardens.
Victory Gardens is a leader in Vancouver’s bustling Urban Gardening movement. Along with building a sustainable garden at the Food Cart Fest site this year, every week, they’ll be hosting free workshops covering seasonally relevant gardening topics to help you decrease your impact on the environment, support your local economy, and grow healthy, organic food.
“We want to create a learning space and an environment where people can ask questions about their gardening challenges. We hope the garden we’ll be creating at the Food Cart Fest site will be a source a source of inspiration for people when they see how bountiful an urban garden space can be,” says Lisa Giroday, Victory Gardens’ co-founder.
Also new at Food Cart Fest is a zero waste mandate. Achieved via support from title sponsor Vancity and their community partners Recycling Alternatives and Green Chair, the event will be as green as possible this year.
“Our values-based banking model is grounded in the local economy, which means we support initiatives that help build healthy communities. Food Cart Fest is a great example of how we can all work together to support the local and organic food sector, bolster social enterprise, and bring communities together,” says Catherine Ludgate, Vancity’s Manager of Community Investment. “Since last year’s festival, we’ve hosted some workshops for food cart vendors, and we’re very excited to be providing the support and tools towards achieving a zero waste event this year.”
Starting June 22, come experience what makes summers in Vancouver great: food, fun, and sun — every Sunday until fall!
Dates and Times:
Location: 215 West 1st Avenue, Google Map Link
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