Vancouver Gets Friendly with its Food Trucks
|January 20, 2012||Posted by Alex under Canada, Meal Delivery|
The city of Vancouver is one of, if not the only, place in Canada where one can go and chow down at a roaming food vendor.
Known especially for it’s diversity of flavour filled ethnic recipes, the city has decided its time to host a couple of competitions to show their support for the vendors.
Earlier this year, and last, the city set up a street food idea competition, where anyone could submit their thoughts on the meals they would like to see more of. The most common suggestions were to see more local and healthy foods, like salads and non-fried meals, along with Afghan Kababs as a second and more Thai / Laotian curries in third place.
Not everyone can just buy a truck and start selling meals on the streets, as prospective cooks have to go through a screening process first and panel first. Three people who submitted entries into that competition will soon be chosen, at random, to sit on a tasting panel for part of the 2012 selection process for which meals will make it to the streets.
For a while, it seemed as if the street chefs were more of an oddity than anything else, however that’s starting to change. With the city getting more friendly with it’s fiery street chefs and vendors, it could be time we start seeing vendors like this in other parts of Canada.
Unfortunately, as it is, food safety regulations prevent chefs like this from setting up shop here in Montreal. However, if Vancouver can find a way to safely provide quick, roaming meal services to its inhabitants, who’s to say we can’t do the same here?
When I was in Vancouver a few years ago I was lucky enough to try out a few of the dishes being served by these vendors. While most of them served sandwiches or “deluxe” hot dogs, often tinted with a spicy or ethnic flavour, I did manage to see a few of the other options and was quite amazed at what I tasted.
I think having more services like this, or at least opening the way for these services, would be quite key. Fast food restaurants could use the competition and, who knows, maybe 21st Century Food could one day find itself taking to the streets with its message of fresh, healthy food!