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Yes, they're usually pricey eats, but you get singing and dancing too. I'd be curious if the Peruvian fest won't just be represented by Mochikas or El Inka. It's more interesting when members of the community do their thing, especially if they're not from a restaurant, just like the Burmese picnic a while back at Trout Lake.

http://straight.com/article-742456/va...

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  1. Thx for the link!

    Don't forget the Y*lp food cart festival at the Waldorf every Sunday for the rest of the summer:

    http://www.insidevancouver.ca/2012/07...

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    1. re: flowbee

      Y*lp!!

      1. re: fmed

        Also sponsored by Vancouver Slop, it would appear...

      2. re: flowbee

        I don't get the that food cart festival..I went on Canada Day. Same carts that are available every other day, charging the same prices.

        1. re: 1newyorkguy

          They saw an opportunity. It was packed both times I had gone. It will give those who don't work right downtown a chance to check out the food.

          1. re: fmed

            True dat. I've been trying to get down to Guanaco for weeks and it just hasn't worked out so planning to head to the 'Dorf tomorrow afty. Closest thing we have to a food cart pod a la Pdx.

            1. re: grayelf

              Line-up today is Juice Truck, Soho Road, Pig on the Street, Cartel Taco, Off the Wagon, PazzaRella, La Brasserie, Street Meet, Guanaco and Holy Perogy, with Beta 5 and ice cream to boot.

            2. re: fmed

              I was there today and it was a *great* party - superb DJ, great vibe and had some delicious pork belly from Street Meet. Best event I've been to in YVR in a long time.

              1. re: reiney

                I too was there. Great vibe. I can see this happening on weekends all summer long. There might even be enough demand for a all-summer Saturday event...maybe in the west side?

                1. re: fmed

                  We went at 1 pm and lucked out with the Guanaco line, no one ahead of us and maybe five parties waiting for their orders -- the other lines were stupidly long, and Guanaco's became so shortly after. Really enjoyed the revueltas pupusa, would order it again. The yucca fries were better than I expected, and the curtido was a tad boring, mainly tasting of cabbage, and lacking in acid for my taste. REALLY wish they sold just the pupusa on its own. I will be heading back to try their pasteles muy pronto; they looked great but we had been snacking at President's Plaza earlier and had no room. My DC got the horchata which she enjoyed -- I'm not a lover of horchata so my opinion is irrelevant!

                  The only other thing I tried was a salted caramel from beta5 which was pretty damn fine. I think I will be heading over to their store for more.

                  Would love to try the risotto balls and the pork belly bites at Street Meet that reiney enjoyed soon.

                  One note on the setup: There was no *covered* area and it was really hot down there with the food trucks cooking at full throttle and reflecting the heat back at patrons and the asphalt radiating. I actually had to leave and go to Gourmet Warehouse to get out of the sun and drink some water, even though I was using a parasol. I can't imagine how the folks in the beer garden were feeling!

                  1. re: grayelf

                    Yeah - they need more shade there. I'm glad I wore a hat. Great event nonetheless.

                    Guanaco was in the weeds by the time I got there (>3pm). They make everything fresh to order so be forewarned that the wait for the food after you ordered is perhaps half-hour or more.

                    1. re: fmed

                      Good to see you were able to eat at Guanaco - they're not going to be there every week of the fest. (Neither is Beta 5, for that matter, though both will be back.)

                      Next week's line-up will be somewhat similar, though Mom's Grilled Cheese/Didi's Greek will be there, as well as Erin Ireland instead of Beta 5. Through the weeks to come, Earnest Ice Cream will appear for a few dates, as will Re-Up. I think they're still trying to nail down some Tacofino dates as well.

        2. Tomorrow and Sunday in N Van is Caribbean Days fest with "multi genre" food vendors: http://www.caribbeandays.ca/

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          1. re: grayelf

            The sausage contest they hold annually in the lane between Main and Ontario using D Original product is coming up again on Aug 4, though alas I will miss it this year. http://www.vancouverslop.com/2012/07/...

          2. anyone tried the Caribbean Days Festival? Wondering how good it is..especially the food for a pescatarian.

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            1. re: 1newyorkguy

              Caribbean Days is grossly over priced and just not that interesting food wise-Salt Cod fritters for instance were tasty but not worth half the price charged.

              Having spent time in various Caribbean locales in the past it was nice to meet some of the older more established members of the BC Caribbean community but overall the festival isn't worth the trouble.

              1. re: Sam Salmon

                Good comments, but for me I like to go at least once every couple years. Caribbean food is sorely lacking here so I have little choice! I like getting a trini roti and maybe some various fried things. Here's a couple pics from last year: goat roti (I think) and some cross between a tamale and a chinese "joong". I never noticed any seafood...maybe an escovitch snapper?? But memory on that is hazy.

                Slim pickin's but my fave caribbean restos are probably Taste Nice in Surrey and maybe Lion's Den Cafe next to Les Faux Bourgeois in Vancouver. Calabash in divetown is surprisingly expensive for the cuisine and location but the food is good. I've never been able to get to Rehanah's Roti in Port Moody when they're open.

                EDIT: I forgot to mention Kingston 11 on Lonsdale in North Van. I guess we DO have more caribbean options nowadays! But still nothing compared to Toronto.

                 
                 
                1. re: flowbee

                  I'm at caribbean days and you gotta get down here! Jamaican Thyme Jerk Centre has the only pimento wood smoked chicken at the festival. I usually go for goat curry but this chicken is fantastic.

              2. re: 1newyorkguy

                I went to the event for the first time this year. I have lived on the north shore for over 40 years.

                I wasn't that I was avoiding the event but given my working travel and family things it just didn't work out.

                I was interested in the idea of some snacks. Skewers of goat and Jamaican patties were what I was thinking of. The goat was only available as a meal ($12) and the patties were $5 ea. I bought two patties that were good but they were over priced.

                I think I a better time at the Caribbean pavilions at Folklorama in Winnipeg

              3. 'Nother venerable fest this weekend, the Powell Street Fest, Sat and Sun at Oppenheimer Park. List of food booths on p. 6 here: http://www.powellstreetfestival.com/d... Strangely, no takoyaki listed this year -- that is usually the most popular booth!

                1. ... outside of the city, there are the various road-trip worthy events hosted by several diff wineries / vineyards --- like Township 7 which is in Langley and also Penticton/Naramata. I notice that there is Bard in the Vineyard at Township's Naramata Bench location this coming long wkd.
                  http://www.township7.com/events/

                  and the really popular Naramata Bench event is in Sept - the Tailgate Party - lots of local chefs and wineries
                  http://naramatabench.com/calendars/ta...

                  in the Kelowna direction - Mission Hill has the big amphitheatre
                  http://www.missionhillwinery.com/gues...

                  Cedar Creek also has events (out the other side of Kelowna

                  )

                  and then down in Oliver area, Tinhorn often has music and

                  Hester has events (incl cooking classes) too
                  http://www.hestercreek.com/index.php/...

                  See Ya Later Ranch in upper OK Falls sometimes has fundraisers for animals --- http://www.sylranch.com/About/Paw-Causes (Dog Days of Summer: Come, Sip, Stay!
                  )http://www.spca.bc.ca/branches/south-...
                  (if you like dogs, you must check out the SYL Ranch website

                  )

                  and of course, the famous big annual fall wine festival throughout okanagan http://www.thewinefestivals.com/

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                  1. re: Georgia Strait

                    Oops, missed the Latin Summer Fest at Trout Lake Park last weekend (latinsummerfest.com) -- adding for completeness and future reference.

                  2. Not sure if it qualifies as a "festival" but the bbq on the bypass is an awesome bbq competition with amazing food. http://www.bbqonthebypass.com/

                    Only drawback for most of you is it's in Langley, but if you love real bbq, most even better than the old version of memphis blues, like 10 years ago when they were quite good, then you'll love it.

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                    1. re: Jzone

                      Man, I wish I could drive. I've always wanted to make it out to that one.

                      1. re: thatwhileifound

                        Thanks for the link, Jzone. I always seem to read about that event after the fact (and it deffo counts as a fest in my book) and haven't made it out there yet. Maybe this year!

                    2. I know the Gastown Chili Fest (Sept 1-2) has gotten mixed-reviews here over the years:
                      http://straight.com/article-763926/va...

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                      1. re: el_lobo_solo

                        Isn't this the first one? the article suggests that... Just curious.

                        1. re: Jzone

                          ahh...didn't read all the way through. I just assumed it was this:

                          http://gastownbluesandchili.wordpress...

                          which was talked about on this hard-to-find (geez) thread and sounds like the reviews were alright:

                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/653774

                          1. re: el_lobo_solo

                            Taiwanese festival this weekend, Sept 1-3 on the grounds of the Vancouver Art Gallery at 801 W Georgia, 11-11, some things open/close earlier http://taiwanfest.ca/2012/vancouver/v... (site is a bit disorganized, beware)

                            1. re: grayelf

                              Mexicofest next weekend-I have Sat off too!!!

                              http://mexicofest.ca/

                              1. re: grayelf

                                Article in the Straight re food at Taiwanfest: http://www.straight.com/article-76621...

                        2. I went to TaiwanFest tonight. The prices weren't bad at all by Vancouver street food standards. The English translations of the foods were kind of weird. For example, instead of salt and pepper chicken (the standard translation) they called them chicken nuggets.

                          Fulfilling Vancouver's No Fun City reputation, some booths were closing by 7, and many more were closed/closing when we left at 7:40.

                          I particularly enjoyed the 大雞排 chicken cutlet, I forget what they called it in English, and the 大腸包小腸 which they called "Taiwanese hot dog". I believe this latter dish was responsible for the enormous line in front of that booth. Both of these dishes were $6.

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                          1. re: dustthouart

                            Missed a couple of fests this weekend but thought I would add for next year...

                            West End Fest (formerly Davie Day) was on Davie on Saturday Sept 8 noon to 7 from Burrard to Denman. There is food there though I couldn't find out what/who was vending: http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2012/09/we...

                            First timer Best Catch Sustainable Seafood Festival was on Saturday Sept 8 from 12-4 in Steveston with food tastings and food demos: http://gulfofgeorgiacannery.com/archi...

                            1. re: grayelf

                              I don't remember a lot of food at the West End Fest: some soft serve ice cream, Cho Pain had a table on the street, Gurkha? (in the former Mis Trucos space) had a set-up on the street. That's all I can remember.

                          2. Apple festivals: UBC on Oct. 13/14 at the Botanical Gardens, and The Sharing Farm, Oct. 14 at the Orchard at the south end of Gilbert Road in Richmond. Both will offer tastings and sales. Richmond event is small and low-key.

                            1. Russian Festival today 12-6 (Sun Jan 13/13) at 2114 West 4th Avenue in Vancouver

                              1. anything happening re: wkd fests on the FEB 16 wkd - downtown area?

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                                1. re: Georgia Strait

                                  I think the food cart festival is on at the Art Gallery north plaza.

                                  Nope that was wrong - it is Jan 23-27th. Part of Dine Out.

                                  1. re: Anne M

                                    A family event that has *FOOD* this weekend (full deets in link):

                                    http://www.kitsilano.ca/2013/01/05/fa...

                                    Annual Vanier Park Winter Wander

                                    10am to 5pm January 26

                                    History, science, music, FOOD CARTS and entertainment

                                    Location: Vanier Park and environs

                                    $5 entrance fee (kids 16 and under attend free) includes admission to Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Maritime Museum,

                                    Vancouver Academy of Music, City of Vancouver Archives, Bard on the Beach

                                    1. re: Anne M

                                      Here's a link for the food carts participating in the Dine Out food cart fest:

                                      http://www.dineoutvancouver.com/event...

                                      The first four are my favourites in the city right now, plus Le Tigre. May have to swing by tomorrow.