The Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest is a free annual event that features live music and dozens of food trucks in the summer in downtown New Westminster.
New Westminster Food Truck StrEAT Festival
In 2019 the Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest takes place on Saturday, July 27th, from 4 until 10 pm. During the event New Westminster’s Columbia Street is lined with over 100 food trucks, half a dozen beer gardens, stages for live music, and thousands of people.
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2018 Food Truck Festival Schedule
In 2018 live music at the festival included performances by the following groups at the corner of Columbia Street and Blackwood (which isn’t far from the Columbia SkyTrain Station):
- 4:00 pm – Lenny Pallerstein
- 5:30 pm – Colin Sankey
- 7:00 pm – Patrick & Tosh
- 8:30 pm – Jesse McMann
The following groups also performed in 2018 on Columbia at the intersection with Begbie Street (which is a couple of blocks from the New Westminster SkyTrain Station):
- 4:00 pm – Malaya Cooks
- 5:30 pm – Dave Monks
- 7:00 pm – Dougie Greig
- 8:30 pm – Carmina Bolinao
The following performers entertained in 2018 at the corner of Columbia Street and McKenzie (which is between Begbie and Sixth near Bigfoot Industrial Supply at 641 Columbia Street):
- 4:00 pm – Kaya Kurz
- 5:30 pm – Daniel Green & Friends
- 7:00 pm – Windup Birds
- 8:30 pm – Cumbia Galera
Tips and Advice
Below are tips and suggestions on how to make the most of your experience at the Columbia Street Food Truck Fest.
TIP #1: Take public transit if you can because 1) parking in the area will be challenging and 2) you’ll be able to wash your food down with beer and not have to worry about driving home.
TIP #2: New Westminster SkyTrain Station is conveniently located at one end of the festival venue, and Columbia Station is at the other (so you don’t have to retrace your steps if you don’t want to).
TIP #3: While you’re in the area, especially if you arrive early or want to escape the crowds, go for a stroll along the waterfront. Columbia Street is only about a 5-minute walk from a beautiful walking (and cycling) area along the Fraser River.
TIP #4: If the weather is good then the street will be packed! If you hate crowds, then this event isn’t for you (unless you go on a rainy day!). The least busy time, however, is usually at the start, at around 4 pm, and then it gets continually busier as the evening progresses.
TIP #5: Go for the food and take your friends and an appetite! This is the biggest one-day food truck festival in the country, and admission is FREE! Vendors sell everything from Chinese dim sum to Japanese teriyaki, East European pierogis, German schnitzel, Thai noodles and gourmet ice cream! There’s something for everyone!
For further details about the event, see the Downtown New West BIA website.
To learn more about the town, places of interest and other events in the region, click New Westminster.
For a list of other major events throughout the year, see Vancouver’s Festivals & Events Calendar.