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Jul 26, 2012 11:21 PM

Weekend festivals

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.

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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:

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      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:

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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.

          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: 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.

                  and the really popular Naramata Bench event is in Sept - the Tailgate Party - lots of local chefs and wineries

                  in the Kelowna direction - Mission Hill has the big amphitheatre

                  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

                  See Ya Later Ranch in upper OK Falls sometimes has fundraisers for animals --- (Dog Days of Summer: Come, Sip, Stay!
                  (if you like dogs, you must check out the SYL Ranch website


                  and of course, the famous big annual fall wine festival throughout okanagan

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                  1. re: Georgia Strait

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