Vancouver, BC: Expanded Street Food Program Celebrates One Year

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By TRACY SHERLOCK | Vancouver Sun

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Vancouver now has 97 food carts offering unique food on its city streets, with the expanded program celebrating its one-year anniversary Sunday.

There’s now a free iTunes app to keep track of which carts are nearby at any given time, and which are most popular.

Street Food Vancouver, the free app by Tatlow Park Software, shows each cart’s opening hours and location, along with some daily specials.

“Since expanding our street food program last year, we’ve broadened the range of available food options to offer the kind of diverse, tasty and nutritious food people told us they wanted,” Mayor Gregor Robertson said in a news release. “We are proud that Vancouver now has a selection of street food that represents the cultural diversity and the culinary skill of our city.”

Since February 2011, 19 new food carts have been added to the program to offer a greater variety of international flavours, including Korean fusion, Baja-style tacos, matzo balls, and seafood chowder. Last year, 17 vendors helped launch the City’s expanded food-cart program with menus that included pulled pork, dim sum, crepes and Pan Asian offerings.

Up to 15 new street food vending locations will pop up each year in Vancouver for the next three years, the city said in a news release.