I have a confession to make. I have never consumed anything from a food truck.
Perhaps it is not completely hard to believe given that our office is based in Burnaby and I call suburbia home. After a long day at work or when the weekend hits, I cannot always bring myself to venture downtown. Although most other 20-something year olds may not agree with me, suburbia does have something to offer. When I do head towards Vancouver, I generally have some sort of plan and given how people operate, that typically involves food whether it be a coffee, lunch or dinner date. At some point, I know I will be eating and as of yet, the plans have not included a food truck.
Despite this, I am in tune with the media and consequently I am well aware that Vancouver’s food trucks have become part of the scenery, if you will, but have also become a tourist attraction in their own right and local favourites for those that frequent the Vancouver area. In fact, Vancouver recently ranked third in Travel + Escape’s list of “Top 5 North American Cities for Trailer Food.” I was not surprised we made the list or that Portland and its fleet of 700 food trucks placed first but I was surprised to note that Vancouver placed third beating out both Toronto and New York. Not long after this announcement, Vancouver has introduced 15 new food trucks and I must admit – I might have to try a couple of them out this summer.
The list includes at least five food trucks that offer healthy (or healthier) food and/or cater to specific diets (i.e. vegan and gluten-free):
Culver City Salads serving fresh daily vegan entree salads and brown rice bowls
Eat Sexy serving healthy fusion
JJ’s Trucketeria serving Healthy Filipino fusion
San Juan Family Farm serving fruit juices, smoothies, and fruit shakes. Organic fruit and environmentally-conscious!
Stir It Up Bike Cafe – Vancouver’s first pedal-powered food cart with sustainable coffee and gluten-free snacks