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el_lobo_solo Jul 26, 2012 11:21 PM

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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    Georgia Strait Jan 13, 2013 03:10 PM

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

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    1. re: Georgia Strait
      Anne M Jan 14, 2013 08:43 AM

      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
        grayelf Jan 25, 2013 10:45 AM

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


        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
          grayelf Jan 25, 2013 01:49 PM

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


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

      2. grayelf Jan 13, 2013 11:55 AM

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

        1. KarenDW Sep 24, 2012 12:30 AM

          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.

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            dustthouart Sep 1, 2012 10:17 PM

            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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              grayelf Sep 10, 2012 12:50 PM

              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/west-end-festival-2012/

              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
                Anne M Sep 10, 2012 06:05 PM

                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. el_lobo_solo Aug 24, 2012 01:33 PM

              I know the Gastown Chili Fest (Sept 1-2) has gotten mixed-reviews here over the years:

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              1. re: el_lobo_solo
                Jzone Aug 24, 2012 09:41 PM

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

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                  el_lobo_solo Aug 24, 2012 09:49 PM

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


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


                  1. re: el_lobo_solo
                    grayelf Aug 29, 2012 12:40 PM

                    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
                      Sam Salmon Aug 31, 2012 03:18 PM

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


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                        grayelf Aug 31, 2012 08:08 PM

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

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                  Jzone Aug 23, 2012 02:50 PM

                  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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                    thatwhileifound Aug 23, 2012 03:42 PM

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

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                      grayelf Aug 23, 2012 07:54 PM

                      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. g
                    Georgia Strait Aug 1, 2012 09:39 AM

                    ... 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 --- http://www.sylranch.com/About/Paw-Causes (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 http://www.thewinefestivals.com/

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                    1. re: Georgia Strait
                      grayelf Aug 23, 2012 09:00 AM

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

                    2. grayelf Jul 30, 2012 08:14 AM

                      '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. 1newyorkguy Jul 28, 2012 05:53 PM

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

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                          Sam Salmon Jul 28, 2012 08:10 PM

                          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
                            flowbee Jul 29, 2012 08:49 AM

                            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
                              flowbee Jul 29, 2012 11:57 AM

                              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
                            dapperdon Jul 29, 2012 08:36 PM

                            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. grayelf Jul 27, 2012 11:35 PM

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

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                              grayelf Jul 28, 2012 09:53 PM

                              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. flowbee Jul 27, 2012 09:44 AM

                              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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                                fmed Jul 27, 2012 10:01 AM


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                                  grayelf Jul 28, 2012 06:00 PM

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

                                2. re: flowbee
                                  1newyorkguy Jul 28, 2012 11:20 AM

                                  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.

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                                    fmed Jul 28, 2012 11:54 AM

                                    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.

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                                      grayelf Jul 28, 2012 04:50 PM

                                      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.

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                                        clutterer Jul 29, 2012 12:20 PM

                                        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
                                        reiney Jul 29, 2012 10:02 PM

                                        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
                                          fmed Jul 29, 2012 10:19 PM

                                          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
                                            grayelf Jul 29, 2012 10:34 PM

                                            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!

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                                              fmed Jul 29, 2012 10:47 PM

                                              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
                                                clutterer Jul 30, 2012 12:05 AM

                                                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.

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