Dine Out Vancouver brings back food trucks this month

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      Street Food City is making a comeback at this year’s Dine Out Vancouver Festival.

      The food-truck pod was a fixture on the north side of the Vancouver Art Gallery in šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square during the annual event dating back to 2011. But last year, due to the pandemic, organizers put Street Food City on hold.

      This year, there will be 13 food trucks ready to dish up meals in the giant square bounded by Hornby, West Georgia, and Howe streets. Participants include: Chickpea, Disco Cheetah, Mama’s Fish & Chips, Melt City Grilled Cheese, Mom’s Grilled Cheese, Mr. Arancino, Old Country Pierogi, REEL Mac and Cheese, Salty’s Lobster Shack, Shameless Buns, Super Thai, Taste of Malaysia, and Via Tevere Pizzeria Napoletana.

      Street Food City will be open from Saturday (January 15) to next Sunday (January 23) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

      “Absence makes the heart grow fonder, so we’re especially excited to bring Street Food City back this year—and we’re sure the public shares our enthusiasm for its return,” Dine Out Vancouver festival manager Lucas Pavan said in a news release. “We and the participating food truck operators look forward to welcoming guests to the Square for some delicious food and good times. It’s a great way to kick off the new year and for Vancouver to reignite its love for our local food trucks.”

      The Dine Out Vancouver Festival is produced by Destination Vancouver and runs from Friday (January 14) to January 31. It’s Canada’s largest food and drink festival and is celebrating its 20th year this month.

      As part of the Dine Out Vancouver Festival, hundreds of local restaurants, breweries, and winemakers offer multicourse, fixed-price menus, which can be viewed online at dineoutvancouver.com. On this website, it’s possible to search by name, menu price, cuisine, and neighbourhood, as well as make reservations. In addition, visitors to the site can choose whether they’re interested in menus for breakfast/brunch, lunch, dinner, takeout, and vegetarian or gluten-free dining.

      Participating hotels are offering a $50 Mastercard prepaid gift card per night that can be used to cover some of the cost of dinner, a room, or for shopping. There’s a three-night maximum on the gift-card offer.