Foodies, we live in exciting times living in Vancouver. Not only is Richmond a world class asian dining mecca, the City of Vancouver is super keen on bringing a healthy and diverse food culture to Vancouver.
After a year of growing pains, Vancouver Street Carts recently formed their own society and with Tourism Vancouver and the DVBIA's help were able to take part in Tourism Vancouver's annual foodie event Dine Out Vancouver.
For three days, the food carts gathered downtown in one centralized location, rather than their usual designated spaces. Vancouverites love their food, love their food carts and showed up in droves at the Vancouver Art Gallery to prove it. Covered heated communal tables were a thoughtful touch for an inaugural event.
It was a huge success with most of the food carts selling out on the second and lastday. There is a good chance that due to the massive support that other food carts will be eager to join in for an even bigger event in the near future with some buzz about it happening as soon as summer. It's no surprise that even Food Carts like Mangal Kiss, who were not part of the Food Cart Society and opted out of the program but benefited from the festival overflow, should be interested in hosting again.
I ordered a Meatloaf with Mozza sandwich on Multigrain from Mom's Grilled Cheese, one of the more popular food trucks during the celebration. It was delicious and worth the unusually long 40 min wait. I enjoyed that the meatloaf was juicy and flavorful.
I have the interesting distinction of never having meatloaf during my childhood. My mother, in an effort to give me an authentic canadian experience prepared many western staples like grilled cheese, macaroni and cheese, and burgers, however unlike usual convention she did so in a wok. To this day burgers don't taste right unless they have that special 'wok' flavor or shape :)
It wasn't until I was an adult I was exposed to the culinary wonder that is a solid brick of beefy protein. It was love and first bite and I've never looked back.
I'm looking forward to trying the Naan Wrap sometime soon. The chef was trained in India and had a ridiculously delicious Tandoori Chicken.When he caught me admiring the meat from behind the truck and he snuck me a piece like I was a child in his kitchen.