Food Cart Fest 2014 opened its gates to media and public today and will be sticking around its Olympic Village venue every Sunday for the rest of the summer! You can read more about the details here.
I got take part in the 11am hour preview and sample the goods from a number of awesome food carts – unfortunately Q was busy so I brought along my good friend BC!
As with the previous years, the space is huge and the carts are all parked in a giant circle. There are a lot of familiar carts, and it was great to sample some new offerings from them!
The first cart we stopped at was Vij’s Railway Express who served up some really great chickpea salad.
While scarfing this one down, we started lining up next door at Yolk’s, which was giving out some amazing waffles with salted caramel sauce. There was a lot of caramel sauce!! In fact, I gave my container of sauce back to Yolk’s as one container was enough for both our waffles.
It was only 15 minutes in at this point, and already the place was starting to get packed with fellow Yelp Elites. BC and I was about to hop across to the other side to avoid the lines building up, but noticed Johnny’s Pops was giving out full sized popsicles. Score! Last time I was at Food Cart Fest, Johnny’s Pops was one of my favourite eats.
I never had the Mango-Yogurt-Straw flavour before so I decided to try that one out. It was a great choice, as it was three flavours in one pop! BC got the Blueberry Mojito flavour, and that one is still one of my favourites!
After digging into this refreshing treat, we went to the other end to skip some lines. A new truck caught our eye – was Jamaica Blue, a food truck that serves up cold brew coffee!!
Jamaica Blue imports Jamaican blue mountain coffee beans and roasts, brews, and bottles them right here in local YVR. They’re really new to the scene, as this is really only their fourth foray into the wilderness. They were giving out samples, but I couldn’t resist and got a full sized cup! The taste is less smooth and ‘creamy’ than the cold brew from Timbertrain (probably because it’s not a cool nitro tap!), but the coffee has a lot of depth and nice medium flavour to it.
Next up is the awesome food truck Mogu. I’ve had their Karaage several times at different venues, and each time they still knock it out of the park – it made me really happy to know that they were giving out samples of their chicken karaage!
After finishing up our Karaage, we started back tracking to where we started. Because of the lines, we ended up missing the samples from Kaboom Box, which was serving up their poutine.
To be honest, it was a bit meh. The fries were good but there really wasn’t anything special about their cheese curds or gravy. I’d pass on this and stick with what they do best, which is fish burgers!
Fairly closeby and originally sporting a huge line was Zebite. They were passing out some of their Ze Francais sandwiches, which is delicious rosemary ham sandwich.
Loved this one – simple and delicious! The dijon mayo is epic.
As we continue to glutton on, we reach one of my most anticipated carts – Holy Perogy. I’m a sucker for perogies, they just make me so happy. Holy Perogy wasn’t ready to pass out any samples when the preview hour started, but 45 minutes in they had some of their potato perogies up for grabs. Biting into one of these is heavenly.
In a flash, the preview hour was fast coming to a close. Our stomachs were pretty stuffed at this point and we had to strategically choose our last location. People coming from Feastro were holding an amazing looking poutine that I just had to try.
Looking at what people were leaving with, it had to be the Dirty Fries Feastro’s Original, which is a fries dish topped with pulled pork. Sold!
It was huge for a sample so BC and I split it. This dish was one of the top things I tried at today’s preview!
With that, BC and I tried nearly all the food trucks at the festival. Much like the previous years, Food Cart Fest had a really nice upbeat atmosphere with awesome music and activities. In the middle of the food truck circle was some art being built up from recycled materials.
This year, there’s also a new activity – Ping Pong! There was a ping pong tournament being organized with apparently great prizes for winners. BC and I couldn’t stick around to check it out, but it looked fun!
Food Cart Fest 2014 already looks like a better iteration of the already awesome event, so definitely check it out. There aren’t a whole lot of family-friendly events that can include your furry pals (doggies!), so take advantage of this one!