Chances are, if you’ve lived somewhere west of the Rockies and north of the 49th, you’ve heard of Dine Out Vancouver. In its thirteenth year of operation, DOV has encouraged culinary exploration of our city, and for the third year, they’ve held Street Food City III, a food truck gathering set at one of Vancouver’s most recognizable buildings: the Vancouver Art Gallery. No fewer than twenty-three food trucks were showcased over the last five days, and I had the pleasure of being able to visit all of them within the VAG’s cozy courtyard and peruse the eclectic menus and diversity of offerings on display.
Having tried almost every food truck there, I can say with certainty that nothing sucks. Some people’s palates might be more aligned with particular types of food, but I can assure you that we definitely have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the quality and volume of Vancouver food trucks. There’s still an inexplicable fascination that people have with food trucks centred around cheese, because the biggest lineups when I walked by were at Mom’s Grilled Cheese and REEL Mac. I’ve tried them before (and liked them), but I wanted something different that day.