Line-Up Set For YVR Food Fest’s ‘Street Food Showdown’ & ‘Food For Thought’


Scout is a proud sponsor of YVR Food Fest, which runs August 5, 6, 7. Here’s the latest:

Arrival Agency’s popular summer food event YVR Food Fest—formerly known as Food Cart Fest—is pleased to unveil its lineup for The Street Food Showdown and Food For Thought.

YVR Food Fest’s flagship event is the Street Food Showdown: a two-day gathering of some of the city’s top food carts, restaurants, breweries, and wineries in the Olympic Village. Setting this event apart from previous years is participating vendors will be offering up a taster menu. Attendees who purchase all-you-can-eat tickets or taster tickets will have access to this menu from noon until 2pm, including one hour of no-line VIP access before the doors open up to general admission ticket holders.

From 1pm until 8pm, vendors will begin offering their regular menus in addition to the affordable taster menu, allowing attendees to sample as many food carts as their stomachs can handle. At the end of the event, festival goers will vote on their favourites and winners will be declared in a variety of categories.

“Over the years doing Food Cart Fest our audience always wanted to be able to sample all the food. In this evolution of the event, you can do that. We have an exceptionally exciting and diverse group of restaurants, food trucks, and artisanal vendors participating so they’re be something for all tastes,” says Arrival’s Ernesto Gomez.

Food highlights include Baja-style tacos from Tacofino, Indian fusion from Vij’s Railway Express, gooey and delicious sandwiches from Mom’s Grilled Cheese, healthy Lebanese comfort food from Nuba, saltimbocca sandwiches from Via Tevere, artisanal ice cream and popsicles from Nice Vice Cream and Johnny’s Pops, and so many more. (Full list is at the bottom of this press release.)

Other highlights at the Street Food Showdown include beer tents by Four Winds, Parallel 49, Red Racer, Red Truck, and Strange Fellows breweries; a pop-up cocktail bar by the Cobalt; a huge outdoor market by Eastside Flea; and the city’s best DJs playing music all day long.

For those looking for some nourishment of the mind, another great event at YVR Food Fest is Food For Thought, a speaker series on Sunday, August 7. Food For Thought is an evening of genuine and personal stories about food-related topics that engage, provoke, and inspire. Speakers will include chefs, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders who bring their unique insight to the stage.

Presenters at Food For Thought include the Globe and Mail’s food critic Alexandra Gill delivering a talk entitled “New Wealth, New Food”, Faculty Brewing’s Maurico Lozano speaking on “Yeast Husbandry aka Brewing Beer”, and sommelier Kurtis Kolt addressing “Building a Wine Culture in Prohibition’s Shadow”. Other speakers include Fable Kitchen’s Trevor Bird, Scout Magazine’s Andrew Morrison, Let’s Cooking author Hana Etsuko Dethlefsen, Foodline Radio host Annika Reinhardt, Holistic Nutritionist Kristin Price, and Exile Bistro’s Vanessa Bourget. Food for Thought will be hosted by Michael Unger.

“It’ll be like a food-centric TED Talks,” says Danny Fazio. “We’re inviting people that we consider to be truly contributing to our society though food. We wanted to create an event that’s fun and engaging, but at the same time addresses the real issues food culture creators are facing.”

Tickets for YVR Food Fest are on sale now at Follow YVR Food Fest on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest news and announcements: @YVRFoodFest.


Street Food Showdown
Olympic Village | Saturday, August 6 & Sunday, August 7

VIP Tasting Event (11am – 2pm)
Doors/VIP registration 11am-12pm / All Access VIP hour from 12pm-1pm

$59 — Big Feast ticket includes access to the All You Can Eat Taster Menu from 11am-2pm and two drink tickets (alcohol or non-alcohol).

$30 — VIP Taster ticket includes access to the Street Food Showdown from 11am-2pm, four tasters, and two drink tickets (alcohol or non-alcohol)

Main Event (1pm to 8pm)

$10 — General Admission ticket includes access to the Street Food Showdown after 1pm and one drink ticket (non-alcohol).

List of Vendors. More TBA.
Amoda Tea, Aussie Pie Guy, Beljam’s Waffles, Big Red’s Poutine, Bread and Cheese, C’est Si Bon, Cannoli King, Central City Brewing, Cloud Nine Cotton Candy, Cocofrio, Delish Bakery, Didi’s Greek, Dim Sum Express, Disco Cheetah, DougieDog, Feastro, Four Winds Brewery, Guerilla Q, Gyspy Trunk, Holi Masala, Hunger Management, Hurricane Potato, Kafka’s Coffee, Kampong, Le Tigre, Mangal Kiss, Meet2Eat, Melt City, Mom’s Grilled Cheese, Mr. Arancino, Neille Vietnamese Cuisine, Nice Vice, Old Country Pierogi, Parallel 49, Red Racer Brewery, Red Truck Brewery, Rocky Point Ice Cream, Say Hello Sweets, Slavic Rolls, Soho Road, Stolovaya Catering, Strange Fellows Brewery, Tacofino, Teriyaki Boys, The Flying Pig, The Reef Runner, The Twisted Berry, Tubify, Via Tevere, Vji’s Railway Express, Victoria’s Mexican Bakery, Wakiki BBQ.

Food For Thought
Speaker series: fresh ideas about food culture
Omnimax Theatre at Science World | Sunday, August 7
6pm – 10pm

Tickets are $24

List of speakers and topics
• Trevor Bird (Fable Kitchen/ – Sustainable Meat
• Andrew Morrison (Scout Magazine) – Evolution of Vancouver’s Food Scene
• Alexandra Gill (Globe and Mail) – New Wealth, New Food
• Mauricio Lozano (Faculty Brewing) – Yeast Husbandry aka Brewing Beer
• Hana Etsuko Dethlefsen (Let’s Cooking) – The Authenticity Trap
• Vanessa Bourget (Exile Bistro) – The Future of Food
• Kristin Price (Holistic Nutritionist) – Communicating Healthy Eating
• Annika Reinhardt (Foodline Radio/Social Bites) – Building Impactful Communities Through Food
• Kurtis Kolt (Sommelier/Georgia Straight) Building a Wine Culture in Prohibition’s Shadow

Hosted by Michael Unger

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