Armies of street food vendors expected at local summer festivals
If you’re more relaxed about food cart surrendipities, the Food Cart Fest is the answer. No need to wear out the treads in your Keds. In its second year, the festival rounds up the ‘best of the best’. Last year, it was at the Waldorf Hotel parking lot but we know what went down at that venue
Most Vancouverites know the best place in town to get a taste of the islands is The Reef. With popular locations on Main Street and Commercial Drive, The Reef packs them in with a laid-back vibe, great tunes and johnny cakes. Now, thanks to the wonder of the food cart, the Caribbean vibe is loose on the streets of downtown Vancouver. The Reef Runner is here and just in time for summer.
Hot dog and roasted chestnut stands have been a staple of the Vancouver streets for years, but dozens of full-fledged restaurants have sprung up in this cosmopolitan city in recent years.
Vancouver’s street food program continues to grow, showcasing some of the best culinary talent in our city,” said Mayor Robertson. “Our street food vendors are gaining international accolades, and this year’s additions are enlivening our streets with even more diverse flavours.
Both food carts make amazing gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and make them affordable, we’ve established that. But how do they shape up when it comes to the customer experience? Both carts appear quite different, with Taser being a tiny push cart reminiscent of your basic hot dog vendor and Mom’s being one of the biggest, nicest looking food carts in Vancouver. While they vary greatly in size and presentation, both of these food carts deliver top-notch customer experiences. At Mom’s, you’re always greeted by smiling faces, with Cindy and her team doing a fantastic job of feeding huge lunch rush lineups while chatting and getting to know the customers. Smiles and conversation are definitely complimentary here.
The case study concluded that food trucks, particularly similar ones, should be located a few blocks apart from each other – within walking distance – instead of being cluttered around Robson Square.
The salted caramel wasn’t overpowering, goes perfectly with the sweet apricot and was much more refreshing than I initially envisioned. I credit that to fresh and (when possible) local ingredients. My friend downed a straight-up Strawberry and judging by the fact that it was gone in about 6 pecoseconds, I can assume he loved it. The fan favourite so far has been the Raspberry Lime, a quenching delight that Johnny’s Pops sells out of regularly.
Aussie Pie Guy is bringing savory and sweet Australian style pies to the streets of Vancouver via their decked out “Aussie road trip” themed truck. Pies like the Aussie Pie made with BC beef and pepper gravy are more traditional while pies such as Shane’s Pie made with short ribs and a apricot hoisin sauce are more unique. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are also available.