To really understand what an impact the city’s food cart initiative has had, just take a walk past the Vancouver Art Gallery on a sunny day at around noon and you’ll see what the fuss is about. Queues of hungry Vancouverites snake down the pavement, all of these people patiently waiting for their grilled cheese sandwich, fish taco, or bacon sandwich.
It’s because of these line-ups that I know that I’m not alone in my excitement for food carts. It is quite obvious that Vancouverites have embraced their arrival with open arms and wallets. For those who don’t work downtown, or find it difficult to invest the time to queue (it can be quite ridiculous sometimes), you no longer have to miss out completely.
Starting on July 29 until September 2, the Waldorf Hotel on East Hastings is hosting the free “Food Cart Fest” every Sunday. From noon until 6pm, local food carts such as Pig on the Street, La Brasserie Street, Re-Up, Mom’s Grilled Cheese, and Holy Perogy, will be dishing up their food to festival-goers. A beer garden will be open for those looking to wash down their food with something stronger than just lemonade, and a small community market will also be open for shoppers to get their fix.
Pig LT – Pig on the Street
Beer Brined Chicken Sandwich – La Brasserie Street
Grilled Cheese – Mom’s Grilled Cheese
I will definitely be popping down to check out this event before it finishes up in September. It will be a great opportunity to try some of the carts that I haven’t had a chance to get to, and back to those that I love (Pig on the Street, I’m coming for you!!).