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.
FESTIVAL CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
New Westminster’s annual food truck festival has been cancelled for 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Hopefully it will happen again in 2021!
For details about other cancelled Lower Mainland events, click Vancouver, COVID-19, Closures & Cancellations. To learn about events and attractions that are still running, click Open & Reopening Places. To learn more about the Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest, see below.
New Westminster Food Truck StrEAT Festival
In 2020 the Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest was scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 25th, from 4 until 10 pm.
During the event, in years when it doesn’t get cancelled, 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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Food Truck Festival Schedule
The 2020 schedule had not been confirmed prior to getting cancelled. Consequently, for an idea of what to expect in 2021, see the following 2019 live music schedule which included performances by the following groups at Stage One:
The following groups also performed in 2019 on Stage Two:
- 4:00 pm – Varadero
- 5:30 pm – LuiFox
- 7:00 pm – Patrick Kao
- 8:30 pm – Amber Tsang
The following performers entertained in 2019 on Stage Three:
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 Columbia StrEAT Festival 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.