Vancouver Street Food Fest is a festival with food trucks and an artisan market in Concord Pacific Place at the edge of False Creek in June and September.
In 2018 the events took place on June 3rd and September 16th. 2019 dates are to be confirmed.
Food Truck Festival
Vancouver Street Food Fest is a one-day event held twice a year and organized by the Fraser Valley Food Truck Festival group which hosts other similar events throughout the Lower Mainland.
Vancouver Street Food Fest in 2018
In 2018 Vancouver Street Food Fest took place on Sunday June 3rd and Sunday September 16th. On both days the event ran from noon until around 6 pm.
They are both fair-sized food truck events that attract around two dozen food vendors, a fair number of artisan market participants and several thousand people in years with good weather.
Live entertainment at both events included the Pernell Reichert Band (starting at around 12:30), Pup-Up Entertainment and their “Paw Patrol” with a show for young children, and the Freedom 95 Band (starting in the mid-afternoon).
Note: entertainment times and details are subject to change.
In addition to food trucks and other types of food and non-alcoholic beverage vendors, at the event there are children’s activities, an artisan market and a live band.
These extra elements are a nice bonus and make the event extra worthwhile to attend (especially if you like food-truck cuisine, live music and things to keep your kids entertained while you eat).
Activities for children at the event include face painting, balloon animals, sand art and other activities. It’s not a lot, but still appreciated by young parents and their little ones.
The artisan market features a small number of vendors selling local art, crafts and various other handmade items including preserves and sometimes baked goods. This is a nice addition to the food trucks and something not present, at least to the same degree, at most other similar food truck events.
Entertainment at Vancouver Street Food Fest in 2017 was with The Pop Junkies. They are a local dance band that plays everything from 1960’s to 1990’s hits, modern rock, country and present-day radio favourites.
Things to do in the Area
Concord Pacific Place itself isn’t anything fancy – it’s basically just a giant asphalt parking lot. What’s nice about the venue though is its proximity to other things.
The Science World SkyTrain Station is just a few blocks away, which is convenient, and there is a fair amount of free parking available on area side streets (if you don’t mind a bit of a walk) and there’s pay parking at Science World.
Vancouver Street Food Fest is a great destination to combine with a visit to other places in the surrounding area. Not many folk go just to the food festival and then leave without doing anything else, except maybe some of the food and artisan vendors, the band members and their friends.
Most people combine their trip to Vancouver Street Food Fest with at least one of the following:
- A walk along the False Creek Seawall, either in the direction of Science World and the Olympic Village, or west towards Yaletown and David Lam Park.
- A visit to Science World (which is an especially popular activity for young families with children).
- A walk down Main Street to Chinatown.
- A boat ride on one of the tiny False Creek Ferries. Destinations include Granville Island and other places of interest along False Creek between Science World and Vancouver’s West End.
- A visit to the BC Sports Hall of Fame located on the far side of BC Place Stadium.
Fraser Valley Food Truck Festivals is the organization that hosts the Vancouver Street Food Fest. They also run other food truck events throughout the year including ones in Maple Ridge and Fort Langley, and other places in the late spring and early summer. For a full list of their various events, see the FV Food Truck Festival website.
For a list of other Metro Vancouver food truck-related events, including ones run by other organizations, click Lower Mainland Food Truck Festivals.