Finding Food Carts


Food Cart Fest

Photos via Arrival Agency.


Weekly ‘Food Cart Fest’ coming to New Surrey City Hall every Saturday.


By Sarah Berman


In with the beach weather also comes food cart season. These brightly-coloured trucks may seem elusive at first, but with a little preparation, you can make the most of Vancouver’s diverse collection of street foods. We at Guidebook have scouted out the easiest ways to find lunchtime pupusas, curries, perogies, tacos, grilled cheese sandwiches and more.


One of the fastest ways to find food carts is to follow them on Twitter. Mobile restaurants like Vij’s Railway Express (@vijsrailway) or Mom’s Grilled Cheese (@momsgrilledchz) keep their feeds updated with addresses, intersections and events they’re attending.


But the simplest way to browse Metro Vancouver’s diverse selection of food carts is to attend the summertime Food Cart Fest, beginning July 21, 2014. Full of great food, music, and friends, this weekly event is not to be missed.


Like last year, more than 20 food carts will get together every Sunday at a parking lot on 215 West 1st Avenue in False Creek. The site is next to the Seawall and a short walk from the Canada Line’s Olympic Village Station. Guidebook recommends Japanese-style sandwiches from Mogu, Salvadoran pupusas from Guanaco, grilled cheese sandwiches from Mom’s and Tacofino tacos.


This year Food Cart Fest is expanding to two more locations. On Saturdays beginning on June 21, the same food carts will meet at the new City Hall Plaza in Surrey from noon to 5:00 p.m.


Plus, on select Friday nights you’ll find the food carts at Sunset Beach in downtown Vancouver, at an event called the Sunset Social. That’s happening June 27, July 11 and August 15 starting at 5:00 p.m. The social offers a crafts market by Blim and roller disco organized by Daniel Pitout from the local band Nü Sensae.


All of these events are presented by Arrival Agency and Street Food Vancouver (a local coalition of food carts).



Food on Wheels


Guanaco specializes in a Salvadoran staple food: pupusas, a thick handmade corn tortilla filled with your choice of cooked pork, chicken, seasonal beans, and a mixture of fresh cheeses and vegetables.


Mogu offers Japanese-inspired fast food. Try their pork katsu, chicken teriyaki, and kabocha korokke (sweet squash) sandwiches.


Le Tigre delivers a contemporary interpretation of classic Chinese cuisine with a West Coast influence. Chefs Clement Chan and Steve Kuan cook up beet fries, fried chicken, pork buns and kimchi fried rice.


Mom’s Grilled Cheese serves classic home-style grilled cheese, soups, and other comfort foods. Trust us, if you like cheese, you won’t be disappointed.


Tacofino is the lovechild of three young tree-planters, serving Baja-style cooking with international influences. Try their tuna ta-takos.


Vij’s Railway Express is the mobile restaurant of celebrated Vancouver Chef Vikram Vij. Featuring Indian-fusion favourites.


Food Cart Fest girls

Photos via Arrival Agency.


Mom’s Grilled Cheese @ Food Cart Fest

Mom’s Grilled Cheese @ Food Cart Fest/ Photos via Arrival Agency.