Food Truck Festivals in 2018
In addition to all the many general festivals in the region that happen to have food trucks at their events, there are festivals whose primary focus is the food vendors themselves.
Most Lower Mainland food truck festivals feature free admission, some form of live entertainment and dozens of food truck vendors, not to mention tons of tasty things to eat and sometimes even beer.
Food Festival Locations
Major food truck festivals in the Lower Mainland each year include the following:
- YVR Food Festival – formerly known as just the Food Cart Fest, this used to be a fairly large food truck event held near Vancouver’s Olympic Village in July. Admission to the event cost about $12. (Last year might have been the final YVR Food Festival event, but maybe not. 2018 details are unclear.)
- Columbia Street Food Truck Fest – a massive street festival in New Westminster that features over a hundred food trucks and two or three live entertainment venues in the summer. Admission to the event is free.
- Fraser Valley Food Truck Festival – two free medium-sized food truck events in September. One is the Fort Langley Food Truck Festival along Glover Road in Fort Langley and the other is at Haney Plaza in Maple Ridge.
- Vancouver Street Food Fest – affiliated with the Fraser Valley Food Truck Festival events in Fort Langley and Maple Ridge, Vancouver’s version takes place in both June and September at Concord Pacific Place not far from BC Place Stadium and False Creek. It too is free and features around two dozen vendors.
Fraser Valley Food Truck Festival Events
The Fraser Valley Food Truck Festival also hosts a number of other small to medium-sized food truck events in late spring and early summer. In 2018 they include the following:
- April 14, 2018 – at Inlet Park at 3000 Murray Street in Port Moody from 11 am to 5 pm.
- April 28, 2018 – at Thunderbird Square at 32388 Veterans Way in Abbotsford from 11 am to 5 pm.
- May 12, 2018 – at Chilliwack Heritage Park at 44140 Luckakuck Way in Chilliwack from 11 am to 5 pm.
- May 26, 2018 – at Town Centre Park in Coquitlam from 11 am to 5 pm.
- June 2, 2018 – at Douglas Park at 20550 Douglas Crescent in Langley from 11 am to 5 pm.
- June 2, 2018 – during Airport Days at the Pitt Meadows Airport from 2 until 6 pm.
- June 3, 2018 – at Concord Pacific at 88 Pacific Boulevard in Vancouver from noon until 6 pm. Click Vancouver Street Food Fest for more information.
- September 8, 2018 – at 9137 Glover Road in Fort Langley from 11 am to 5 pm. Click Fort Langley Food Truck Festival for information. CANCELLED FOR 2018 (or at least that is our understanding).
- September 16, 2018 – at Concord Pacific at 88 Pacific Boulevard in Vancouver from noon until 6 pm. Click Vancouver Street Food Fest for more information.
- September 22, 2018 – at Haney Plaza at 22255 Dewdney Trunk Road in Maple Ridge from 11 am until 5 pm. Click Maple Ridge Food Truck Festival for more information.
As noted in the list, apart from a few exceptions, most of the above food truck festivals run from 11:00 in the morning until around 5:00 in the afternoon. In most cases between about 20 and 25 food trucks participate as well as 8 to 10 local artisan vendors.
At all of the above Fraser Valley Food Truck Festival events, except for on May 26, Pup-Up Entertainment (a.k.a., Paw Patrol) is tentatively scheduled to be on site and providing kid-friendly entertainment from around 12:30 until 2:30 pm.
The Pernell Reichert Band is also scheduled to perform on the same dates, starting at 11:30 at most venues but at 12:30 on the Vancouver dates. Another local band plays most days starting at 2:30 pm too.
For the full list see the Fraser Valley Food Truck Festival website.
Other Major Food Truck Venues
If you love food trucks other events that feature especially numerous food truck and carnival-type food vendors, then you’ll likely also like the following:
- The Pacific National Exhibition – the PNE features dozens of food truck vendors from mid-August until the beginning of September.
- Shipyard Night Market – a night market with live music and, on especially busy days, up to a couple of dozen food trucks on Friday evenings in North Vancouver.
- Richmond Night Market – the Lower Mainland’s largest night market has dozens of food vendors selling all kinds of Asian and other exotic and tasty kinds of festival foods on weekends in the summer.
Vancouver Food Truck Companies
Participants at food truck festivals range from vendors selling curly-fried potatoes on sticks to ice cream, fried octopus, Thai noodles, Indian curries, kettle corn popcorn, pizza and lemonade.
Examples of specific vendors often found on Vancouver’s streets and at Lower Mainland festivals include the following:
- Mom’s Grilled Cheese – a popular sandwich food truck.
- Vij’s Railway Express – an East Indian food truck related to Vancouver’s famous Vij’s restaurant located at 3106 Cambie Street. The food truck menu portions aren’t large, but the food is tasty.
- Rocky Point Ice Cream – an ice cream company with a home-base at Port Moody’s Rocky Point Park that’s a frequent participant at Metro Vancouver festivals.
- Mr. Shawarma – a vendor selling Middle Eastern cuisine.
- Roaming Dragon – a street food provider with an Asian-Fusion menu.
- Japadog – a Japanese-style hot dog stand that became popular during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. It has a number of semi-permanent on-street locations including near Waterfront Station and on Robson Street. Occasionally you’ll also see them at a festival.