In 2020 this event was originally going to take place on Sunday June 21st. The event, however, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The hope was that it would be able to happen on September 27th instead. That wasn’t possible, however. The event now won’t be happening until June of 2021.
Food Trucks at Car Free Day
The Maple Ridge Food Truck Festival is one of a series of food truck events put on by the Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival in the Lower Mainland.
In past years the event took place in September in the parking lot at Haney Plaza at 22255 Dewdney Trunk Road in Maple Ridge. Haney Plaza doesn’t exist anymore though, so instead of that month and venue, since 2019 the food truck festival has been part of the Maple Ridge Car Free Day event in June instead.
In 2020 the Maple Ridge Food Truck Festival was scheduled to take place along 224th Street between Dewdney Trunk Road and the Lougheed Highway from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm on Sunday June 21st (which is the Father’s Day Sunday). Similar to previous years, the event was to feature over 20 food trucks serving everything from macaroni to Thai food to Italian.
Entertainment at the Maple Ridge event in 2019 featured music with the Coalmont Band and performances by stunt magician Wes Barker. Paw Patrol characters were also on site and available for photo opportunities with children.
The details of entertainment for the 2021 event are to be confrirmed.
About the Food Truck Festival
At the Food Truck Festival in Maple Ridge, in addition to the food trucks, there is a small artisan market and live music, as well as kid-friendly activities including face painting.
In previous years about a dozen or so artisan and other product vendors have participated in the event. Since becoming part of Maple Ridge Car Free Day, however, the festival is now larger, more of a street party, and takes over a couple of blocks and a park in the heart of downtown.
Admission to the event has always been free and food truck meals cost about $10 plus or minus.
What to do in the Area
Maple Ridge is a nice community with a number of great parks in the region.
Less than a 10-minute drive east of downtown Maple Ridge is Kanaka Creek Regional Park which is located in the 23200 block of River Road just off the Lougheed Highway. It’s a great park to walk around and it offers 10 km of hiking trails, 7 km of biking trails and 5 km of horseback-riding trails. Dogs on leash are also welcome.
Another fabulous park to check out in the Maple Ridge area is Golden Ears Provincial Park which is about a 20-minute or 16-km drive from downtown and the Maple Ridge Food Truck Festival venue. The park is home to Alouette Lake which has a beautiful beach as well as hiking, boating, camping and fishing opportunities.
For further details about the Maple Ridge Food Truck Festival, check out the Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival website.
For more information about the region and other things to do in the area, click Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows.