Food carts roll into Robson Square for Dine Out Vancouver 0
Food carts at Robson Square in Vancouver, B.C. on Thursday Jan. 16, 2014. Food carts will congregate at Robson Square next week for a five day food cart festival as part of Dine Out Vancouver. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
The city’s growing fleet of food truck owners will descend on Robson Square starting Jan. 22 to showcase their culinary offerings as part of the Dine Out Vancouver festival.
“It’s an opportunity for people to get out and enjoy the weather,” Tourism Vancouver’s Lucas Pavan said of the annual foody extravaganza. “There’s buskers and tents just in case it does rain and seating. It’s just an opportunity to really amp up the whole festival feel of Dine Out Vancouver.”
Pavan said up to 25 food carts will be rotating throughout the festival during lunchtime into the afternoon through Jan. 26.
It’s a boatload of carts but operator Andrew Fielding of Kaboom Box said while street-food vendors do compete it’s a tightly knit community.
“We find that when we all get together it brings more people out and makes it a better event for everyone involved,” he said. “We all know one another and of course we’re in competition with one another, but we all recognize that we’re doing the same thing.”
Fielding said operators are being encouraged to offer specials during the event to encourage more visitors to see how the trucks are different than restaurants.
“People can expect a lot of variety of food,” he said. “(It’s) A good festive atmosphere.”
Food carts were introduced to the city just a few years ago, but have taken off in popularity. Fielding feels this is because they offer quality food in a relatively fast manner as well as variety.