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Arrival Agency, Streetfood Vancouver, and Vancity present the Fourth Annual Food Cart Fest, the city’s largest gathering of street food carts. Last year drew over 5,000 food lovers to Olympic Village to take in Vancouver’s beloved street food scene.

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Launching this year on Sunday, June 28, Food Cart Fest will run for 11 consecutive Sundays until September 6.

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Get your appetites in gear! Participating trucks include Aussie Pie Guy, Beljam’s Waffles, Blue Smoke BBQ, Brown Paper Packages Ice Cream, Chouchou Crepes, Cloud Nine Cotton Candy, Community Pizzeria, Culver City Salads, Disco Cheetah Korean Tacos, DougieDog, Eat Chicken Wraps, Eli’s Serious Sausage, Feastro: The Rolling Bistro, Guanaco Salvadoran, Johnny’s Pops, Juice Truck, Kaboom Box, Le Tigre, Lemon Heaven, Mangal Kiss, Melt City Grilled Cheese, Mogu, Mom’s Grilled Cheese, Pie Hole, Reel Mac n Cheese, Roaming Dragon, Rocky Point Ice Cream, Slavic Rolls, Soho Road, Tacofino, Reef Runner, Varinicey Pakoras, Via Tevere Neapolitan Express, Urban Kernel, Vij’s Railway Express and Yolk’s Breakfast.

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The festival has expanded to include the Sunday Local. Situated next to the festival, this 400-person capacity, licensed live-music patio will showcase local acoustic talent on stage while offering BC’s best craft beer and wine for purchase. The lineup has just been announced on the event’s Facebook page.

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Other activities include a giant ping pong area hosted by Ping Pong Club’s Michael Unger for both casual play and tournaments. An expanded recreation zone presented by Brick4Kidz will keep kids busy with educational activities and giant Lego bricks. There will also be open-air markets produced in collaboration with the Eastside Flea and Blim. Food Cart Fest favourites The Rad Pack DJs will liven the scene.

“We’re so excited about what Food Cart Fest has accomplished over the past four years, and we like to think of it as community block party” says Ernesto Gomez, of Arrival Agency. “The festival has really come to represent everything that is great about summers in Vancouver. Sunny weather and hanging out with your friends and family while enjoying delicious, locally made food.”

Feastro/Dirty Fries: Kennebec potatoes, pulled pork, BBQ sauce, onions, tomato, salsa, jalapeños, hold the lemon garlic aioli
[Feastro/Dirty Fries: Kennebec potatoes, pulled pork, BBQ sauce, onions, tomato, salsa, jalapeños]

Food Cart Fest is bringing in more food trucks than ever this year (over 20 each week). All participating trucks are members of Streetfood Vancouver, a non-profit association that represents the best and most unique food trucks in the city. To support local growers, each food truck will have a signboard showcasing which local ingredient they’ve sourced for the day.

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In addition to all the food and fun, Food Cart Fest takes its environmental footprint seriously. Thanks to a sponsorship initiative from Vancity, last year the festival was able to run for 11 weeks while diverting 93% of the waste generated onsite.

This zero waste initiative was achieved through a partnership with Recycling Alternatives and Green Chair, utilizing compostable, recyclable packaging only. Vancity has been instrumental in making this partnership happen and will continue to support it throughout the 2015 season.

United We Can will provide onsite staffing as recycling and composting ambassadors to help on the divert efforts, aiding Vancouver’s Zero Waste Events partnership.

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“Our values-based banking model is grounded in the local economy, which means we support initiatives that help build healthy communities. Food Cart Fest is a great example of how we can all work together to support the local and organic food sector, bolster social enterprise, and bring communities together,” according to Catherine Ludgate, Vancity’s Manager of Community Investment. “Since last year’s festival, we’ve hosted some workshops for food cart vendors, and we’re very excited to be providing the support and tools towards achieving a zero waste event this year.”

Starting Sunday, June 28, come experience what makes summers in Vancouver great: food, fun, and sun. Food Cart Fest will take place every Sunday until September 6.

Vancouver Food Cart Fest

Dates: June 28 to September 6, noon to 5 pm
Venue: 215 West 1st Avenue along the seawall, under the Cambie Bridge, Vancouver
Cost: $2.50 (free for kids 13 and under, seniors 65+); free for Vancity members or a non-perishable food donation to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society

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Getting to Food Cart Fest
The Food Cart Fest is conveniently located along the seawall, a short walk from Canada Line’s Olympic Village Station, Aquabus’ Spyglass Place Dock, and major bus routes along Broadway, Cambie, Main and West 2nd Avenue. Park your bike free of charge courtesy of The Bicycle Valet.

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