UPCOMING FOOD TRUCK FESTIVALS
The Cloverdale Food Truck Festival takes place at Surrey’s Cloverdale Exhibition Grounds on Saturday, May 25th.
The Coquitlam Food Truck Festival meanwhile takes place the following week, at Town Centre Park, on Sunday, June 2nd.
Over two dozen food truck and artisan vendors participate in each of the above two events. There is also live music and appearances by Paw Patrol characters (which young children will love). Both events run from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm and admission is free.
See the Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival website for details.
Vancouver Food Truck Festivals in 2019
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:
- Street Food City – a small food truck event featuring about 20 food truck vendors (including about a dozen at a time) in the plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery in January as part of the annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival.
- 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. In 2019 the festival takes place on July 27th.
- Fort Langley Food Truck Festival – the event has taken place along Glover Road in Fort Langley in the past but was cancelled last year. It will likely take place again in 2019, but details are to be confirmed.
- Maple Ridge Food Truck Festival – a fair-sized event that has taken place at Haney Plaza at 22255 Dewdney Trunk Road in Maple Ridge in mid-September the last few years. In 2019, however, it instead happens on Fathers Day (Sunday June 16th) along 224th Street between Lougheed Highway and Dewdney.
- 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. 2017 was the final YVR Food Festival event (to our knowledge), but maybe not. The same group did take part in Market Mexico in September of last year, so they are still around.
- Vancouver Street Food Fest – affiliated with the Fraser Valley Food Truck Festival events in Fort Langley and Maple Ridge in the past, Vancouver’s version has taken place in previous years 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. The Fraser Valley Food Truck Festival group isn’t hosting the Vancouver events in 2019, however, so it is unclear whether they will be happening again this year or not. Consequently, 2019 dates and details are to be confirmed.
Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival Events
Formerly called the Fraser Valley Food Truck Festival, the Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival also hosts a number of other small to medium-sized food truck events in late spring and early summer. In 2019 they include the following:
- April 27, 2019 – at Inlet Park at 3000 Murray Street in Port Moody from 11 am to 6 pm.
- May 4, 2019 – at Chilliwack Heritage Park at 44140 Luckakuck Way in Chilliwack from 11 am to 6 pm.
- May 11, 2019 – by Thunderbird Square and the Civic Plaza at 32388 Veterans Way in Abbotsford from 11 am to 6 pm.
- May 25, 2019 – at the Cloverdale Fair Grounds in Surrey from 11 am to 6 pm.
- June 2, 2019 – at Town Centre Park in Coquitlam from 11 am to 6 pm.
- June 15, 2019 – at Douglas Park at 20550 Douglas Crescent in Langley from 11 am to 6 pm.
- June 16, 2019 – at the Maple Ridge Street Festival in Maple Ridge from 11 am to 6 pm.
The Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival also organized the following events last year, but isn’t involved in 2019. Consequently, the events may or may not be happening again in 2019 with different organizers.
- June 2, 2018 – during Airport Days at the Pitt Meadows Airport from 2 until 6 pm.
- September 8, 2018 – at 9137 Glover Road in Fort Langley from 11 am to 5 pm. Click Fort Langley Food Truck Festival for information. (In the end it was cancelled for 2018 but might take place again in 2019.)
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 or 6:00 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 Pup-Up Entertainment (a.k.a., Paw Patrol) is scheduled to be on site and providing kid-friendly entertainment in 2019.
The Pernell Reichert Band also performed last year at most venues, and is scheduled to do the same again this year at the event in Abbotsford. In 2019 entertainment will also be provided by Stunt Magician Wes Barker at the Abbotsford, Langley, Maple Ridge and Port Moody events. The Coalmont Band also performs at the Cloverdale, Coquitlam, Langley, Maple Ridge and Port Moody events. And finally, DJH2O is the house DJ for all of the events.
For the full list see the Greater Vancouver 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.