On Saturday we went to the YVR Food Fest at Olympic Village. Known for the past 4 years as the Vancouver Food Cart Fest, the event has rebranded and expanded to include more food vendors, parties, and food talks. Wandering around the venue and seeing what’s on offer in street food in Vancouver was an awesome way to spend the day.
The trucks were laid out in a large circle chuck wagon style which made it easy to wander around and check things out.
The event was very family friendly with some good things to do.
There was also a pop-up marketplace selling everything from sunglasses and T-shirts to handmade crafts.
And there were DJs.
Some of the vendors had small tasting plates available. Here is a mini taco salad (without the taco) that we tried from Vegan vendor Gypsy Trunk.
At this point we decided to check out the liquid refreshments on offer. There were yummy juices…
Oh look, a bar!
We sampled two different styles of Rosé, each with a distinctly different colour, flavour and body.
Then, more food. After much thought and debate we chose the spicy tempura prawn sandwich from Hunger Management. It was spicy, it was rich, it was HUGE.
After sharing that we decided we were pretty much done. We were going to try some Hurricane Potatoes but we were just too full for more food. They did look good though and we probably would have gone with a garlic parmesan flavour.
On our final circuit of the Festival (walking off the food) we stopped to watch Slavic Rolls being made. Slavic Rolls are a traditional Eastern European dessert made from sweet yeasty dough. Here’s a short video of the charismatic vendor making them.
After being given a teaser taste of the home-made Bavarian cream we just had to try a roll. We chose the Bavarian cream with raspberry jam. Yum!
Done, done and done. We couldn’t fit in a single morsel more.
The food festival was really enjoyable. Many of our favourite food trucks were there including Tacofino, Nuba, and Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck, but for us the YVRFoodFest was a great opportunity to try new foods and find new favourites. We had a great day out and left feeling filled and chilled.