Vancouver Street Food Vendors

Comments 11 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Yesterday the Sun reported that City Hall is poised to expand Vancouver’s street food menu by launching a pilot project this summer that will allow mobile kitchens on wheels to operate alongside our existing hotdog and chestnut carts.

Photo credit: stevelyon on Flickr

The move will likely expand the menu available on city sidewalks from pre-cooked packaged foods such as hotdogs to more freshly prepared fare. The city soon will issue a call for expressions of interest seeking vendors who want to offer streetside food service, according to the acting manager of streets administration…

…Vending trucks are governed by national standards, the same standards that apply to mobile catering, according to health protection manager Angelo Kouris of Vancouver Coastal Health. [Vancouver Sun]

I posted this link on Twitter and received the following responses from my readers:

  • From @Vancouver: What do u want to see? Minidonuts? Tacos?
  • From @doublePinc: Bring on the street tacos!
  • From @TravizBonez: Can’t wait, bring on the food! Yum!
  • From @jpiwowar: This should be awesome
  • From @Hez: Foot-dragging suits should buy us all lunch 4 makin us wait
  • From @ littlemisskelli: That’s fantastic news! I’m always jealous when I read about other cities’ mobile treats. There’s even a dim sum truck in LA!
  • Having spent this past week in New York I can say that there sure is no shortage of roadside munchies here; from falafel and warm pretzels to the flame-grilled shish kabob and soft-serve ice cream trucks.

    In downtown Vancouver we have lineups out the door at two types of places: Babylon Cafe (with shawarma, gyros, falafel etc.) and anywhere that serves ramen.

    Photo credit: Barnaby (left) / anitasarkeesian (right)

    I’m expecting to see those types of foods take to the streets or anything fusion given the success of Japadog. The pilot project will launch in July.

    Update August 2010 With the project now launched, the following is a map of the 17 vendor locations around Vancouver.

    New street food vendor locations

    East Side of 200 Howe St – 100 metres North of W Cordova St
    Wong, To Choi – Chinese Dim Sum

    South Side of 400 W Georgia St – 12 metres East of Richards St
    Lee, Yong Sook – Korean food with meat and vegetarian options

    North Side of 700 W Cordova St – 14 metres East of Howe St
    Revuelta Cue, Arturo – Burritos, whole wheat, rice, beans, sauces, fillings

    East Side of 700 Homer St – 20 metres South of W Georgia St
    Yong, Ming Cheak – chicken salad with lettuce, tomato. Fruit cup with melon, kiwi and mixed fruit.

    East Side of 700 Hornby St – 22 metres South of W Georgia St
    Kaisaris, Michael – Southern BBQ, Rice, Veggies

    South Side of 700 W Georgia St – 20 metres West of Granville St
    Li, Hongyu – Traditional Chinese and Japanese Cuisine

    South Side of 900 W Hastings St – 24 metres East of Burrard St
    Fang, Emily – Skewers of beef and pork

    West Side of 1100 Burrard St – 28 metres South of Helmcken St
    Samaei Motlag, Babak – Greek Donair

    West Side of 1100 Burrard St – 25 metres North of Davie St
    Yeo, Allan – Modern Satay Barbeque

    South Side of 2000 Beach Av – 30 metres West of Chilco St
    Zhao, Mei Liing – Fresh squeezed Lemonade

    East Side of 600 Granville St – 50 metres North of W Georgia St
    Ip, Derek – Fresh Bakery

    West Side of 600 Granville St – 95 metres North of W Georgia St
    Rodgers, Katie – Healthy meals & snacks, roll ups, sandwiches

    East Side of 6400 Cambie St – 20 metres North of W 49th Ave
    Yien, Alan – speciality noodles

    East Side of 1300 Main St – 12 metres North of Terminal Ave
    St. Denis, Jean Francois – Falafel

    West Side of 1100 Station St, or West Side of 400 Burrard St
    Morra, Giorgio – Authentic Italian stone ground pizza

    West Side of 1200-1300 Arbutus St, or North Side of 1000 W Georgia St
    Duprey, David – Fresh & frozen fruits, chocolate dipped fruits

    West Side of 1400 NW Marine Dr, or East Side of 800 Hornby St
    Kosmowski, Roman – Central European foods from Poland, Russia, using local organic products, borscht, schnitzel, kosher

    I’ve been reading some mixed reviews of the street vendor pilot program as Scout Magazine provides plenty of food for thought.

    Vancouver’s 1st Cupcake Challenge

    Comments 13 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Vancouver’s first Cupcake Challenge is taking over the Roundhouse in Yaletown on Sunday June 20th, filling it with sprinkles, frosting, and some healthy competition.

    Photo credit: Aaron Landry on Flickr

    What Vancouver’s 1st Cupcake Challenge
    Who Various cupcakes bakers and businesses in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland
    Where Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown
    When June 20th, 2010 from 11:00am – 3:30pm

    The event is free for the public, $50 for vendors table before June 4th ($75 following June 4th, 2010). Vendors must have an operating business license and be able to provide samples for judging. Contact Nicole[at] for more information.

    Vancouver’s the perfect town for a cupcake competition as a) there are plenty of foodies around b) we’ve kept Cupcakes in business, and now they have their own reality series c) we’ve hosted CupcakeCamp.

    The competition itself will have a panel of judges who will decide the Best Exhibitor Cupcake and there will also be a People’s Choice Award for the Best Cupcake. Each will have two categories for both chain and non-chain cupcake vendors.

    Cupcake bakers from across the Lower Mainland are invited to take part by showcasing their creations, services, products and other promotional material.

    It will combine a bake-off with a tradeshow for all things cupcake. Pass this along to someone you know someone in the cupcake or baking business and be sure to stop by for the challenge on the 20th.

    Update June 17, 2010 As confirmed by one of the organizers in the comments below, there will be cupcake samples to purchase at the event on Sunday.

    LCD Soundsystem at Malkin Bowl

    Comments 70 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    LCD Soundsystem is coming to the Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park for an outdoor concert May 31st.

    John introduced me to LCD Soundsystem a few years ago and their songs are the perfect addition to anyone’s iTunes playlist (and always a treat when they come up mid-shuffle).

    Tickets are currently available through LiveNation and if you would like to attend the concert I also have two tickets to give away.

    Here’s how to enter to win:

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  • Enter to win tickets to LCD Soundsystem at the Malkin Bowl from @miss604

    I’ll draw the winner in the morning on Friday, May 28th.

    Update The winner is Kevin – have fun at the show!

    Loud Shirt Day 2010

    Add a Comment by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Friday May 28th is Loud Shirt Day in Vancouver benefiting The Children’s Hearing and Speech Centre in BC.

    Photo by: Loud Shirt Day on Flickr

    The idea is to register yourself, your workplace or your friends and raise funds while wearing your loudest, wackiest, craziest shirt possible. Think Jeans Day but for another cause and with crazy prints.

    Participants are encouraged to send in their loud photos for a chance to win 2 tickets to see Michael Bublé live in concert, dinner for 2 at The Shore Club, plus other prizes that include dinner at The Keg, Hy’s and Gotham’s.

    There will also be a Loud Shirt fashion show at The Bay on Friday at 6:00pm. Follow them on Twitter @loudshirtday_ca for news and updates.

    2010 Jessie Awards: Nominees Announced

    Comments 1 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    The Jessie Awards (for theatre achievements in Vancouver) will take place June 21st, 2010. Tonight in a special ceremony the nominees for the 28th annual event were announced.

    Photo credit: dmealiffe on Flickr

    Ryan Beil has been nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role (Large Theatre) for his performances in Billy Bishop (Arts Club) and The Comedy of Errors (Bard on the Beach). He is also nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role (Small Theatre) for American Buffalo (Main Street Theatre Equity Co-op).

    Outstanding Production (Large Theatre) nominees:

  • Beyond Eden, Playhouse Theatre Company (co-production with Theatre Calgary)
  • Billy Bishop Goes to War, Arts Club Theatre Company (co- production with Persephone Theatre)
  • Les Miserables, Arts Club Theatre Company
  • The Comedy of Errors, Bard on the Beach
  • The Miracle Worker, Playhouse Theatre Company
  • Outstanding Production (Small Theatre) nominees:

  • after homelessness (Headlines Theatre)
  • American Buffalo (Main Street Theatre Equity Co-op)
  • Palace of the End (Touchstone Theatre/Felix Culpa/Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre)
  • The Edward Curtis Project (Presentation House Theatre)
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Blackbird Theatre)
  • In the Large Theatre category, the Vancouver Playhouse leads the pack with 20 nominations in total thanks to Beyond Eden with 8 alone. The Arts club as 18 total nominations with Les Miserables with 7 of those. Bard on the Beach has 15 total nominations with Comedy of Errors bringing in 5 of those. For Small Theatre, Blackbird Theatre has 6 nominations for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

    Tickets for theJessies ceremony are available for $26.75 from Ticketmaster and will be held at the Commodore Ballroom.