by Andrew Morrison | This past Sunday saw the first reincarnation of Food Cart Fest in its new location. It was awesome, though there is with room for improvement. I’d love to see more seats, for example, and a mighty big beer garden featuring all our local craft breweries (keep dreaming, sunshine), but really, the only real hassle were the line-ups. The interest from the public was a lot more than I think the organisers anticipated, so the queues at some of the food trucks were longer than I had patience for. We’re talking 30 people deep at some of them.
I’d eaten at most of the trucks assembled and knew there wasn’t a dud among them (Roaming Dragon, Tacofino, Mogu, etc), so my happy solution was to visit the one with the shortest queue. That’s what I suspect a lot of other people did, too, presumably with equally delicious results. Sitting down on the curb with my two kids and munching on delicious Jerk Chicken, Snapper, and Pulled Pork tacos from Feastro (why it had the shortest line up is beyond me), we soaked the place us with broad smiles. This is Vancouver street food, not crappy fast food. It’s definitely worth waiting for!
Ernesto Gomez, one of the event’s organisers, came by for a chat, and he, too, seemed to be amazed at the turnout. “We’re hopefully going to try and get more trucks for next time,” he told me. While he’s at it, it would be awesome to include a couple more non-food vendors, too (there were some, selling vintage duds, records, and such). I didn’t want to leave, even after I was full, so the inedible distractions were a big plus. Alas, it’s a “food first” gig, so no big deal there.
Really, I was just thrilled to see it again. I dug Food Cart Fest hugely when it was in the back parking lot of The Waldorf, so it was great to see it writ even larger like a laager next to False Creek, and never mind the few raindrops. The place was packed with happy munchers, friendly dogs, little kids, and – bless them – at least some of the food vendors had simplified their menus so they could turn and burn like champs.
And the really cool thing? It’s on again this Sunday and the next, and the next, and the…you get the idea. The weekly event is now part of our landscape, ours to enjoy with napkins and drool. See you there!
Happens every Sunday until September 22 (14 weeks)
215 West 1st Avenue | 12pm to 6pm
Admission is $2 (max charge for families is $5)
Children 13 and under get in free
Scout is a proud sponsor of Food Cart Fest. We’ll be seeing you there!