2011 Street Food Landscape To Be Injected With More Awesome
Tonight we can bring you some very promising “almost” news on the Vancouver street food front. I say “almost” because none of it is official, but rather pooled together from reliable sources. I ask those journalists who are reading this to confirm what I am about to write, because I am now going to go out and celebrate for the next 72 hours…
Word is City Hall is going to vote next Thursday on increasing the number of street vendors from 80 to 140 by this summer. If all goes according to plan, applications for these new slots will be made available to the public next month. So hoorah for that, and the 15 new vendors that will then be allowed every year thereafter, until a presumably arbitrary ceiling is reached (or we all explode from over-consumption in the year 2213).
But that isn’t the especially awesome part. Are you ready for this?
Instead of allowing just any operation to set up shop with little or no experience or passion for the food that they serve (as was the issue with last year’s ill-advised lottery), this new proposal calls for the creation of a committee made up of local food experts representing a broad spectrum (sustainability, nutrition, cooking, etc.). This committee will decide the fate of each application based on merit and promise. Chance doesn’t enter into it.
Each applicant will be scored on a range of criteria (taste being one of them), and those with the highest point scores will then be permitted to choose their own location in the order of their ranking, instead of being randomly assigned.
In other words, if your application sucks and your food tastes like a monkey’s ass, don’t even bother trying. If you’re application is just OK and your food is just sort of meh, you might luck out and get a location in funeral parlour’s parking lot next to some dude selling Latvian postcards (nothing wrong with that). If, however, your application rules and your food tastes like Jesus and Buddha tag-teamed in a golden kitchen, well then…welcome to wherever you want to go, and I’ll take two, please.
How freaking amazing is that?