By Carolyn Ali | Straight Vancouver Online Source
Food truck enthusiasts who have a dual interest in sustainability may want to head over to VanDusen Botanical Garden this weekend. That’s where EPIC: the Sustainable Living Festival takes place on July 6 and 7, with a new Food Truck Alley.
Nineteen food trucks are scheduled to show up, including Varinicey Pakoras, Arturo’s Mexico to Go, Street Meet, and the Reef Runner, which is an offshoot of the Reef Caribbean restaurant. There will also be a beverage garden where imbibers can try locally made craft beer and B.C. wine and spirits.
EPIC explores the connection between the economy, the environment, and community. The festival features live bands, a marketplace, gardening workshops, and more.
On Saturday (July 6) at 6:30 p.m., Sandra Oldfield, who is the president and winemaker of Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, will speak on the main stage about sustainability practices in her vineyard.
Elsewhere Saturday evening, at 6 p.m. in the VanDusen Floral Hall, a documentary will screen called GMO OMG. Directed by Jeremy Seifert, the film explores how loss of seed diversity and corresponding laboratory assisted genetic alteration of food affects children, the health of our planet, and freedom of choice.
The EPIC festival takes place both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The $21 adult daypass admission includes entrance to VanDusen gardens; tickets cost a few dollars less online through the festival website.