2nd Annual Food Awards at the Vancouver Folk Fest

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During the weekend of July 19-21, 2013 I enjoyed countless hours listening to music from musicians who performed at the 36th Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival that was held at Jericho Beach Park. In addition to the music, I ate and drank my way through the festival weekend by trying many of the dishes the food vendors were selling.

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Mexi Pops

 On Saturday night July 20th I joined Grant Lawrence (Host) on the Main Stage to talk food and to tell everyone what I had been eating and enjoying at the festival this far. On Sunday night July 21st, I joined Grant Lawrence on stage again to present my 2nd Annual Food Awards for Most Unique Dessert as well as Best Food at the festival, I also announced an award for the healthiest dish that I ate at the festival.

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Chicken Karaage

My #1 Best Food Award went to Mogu Food Truck for their Chicken Karaage

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Quinoa Salad on the side of the Veggie Burger

My #1 Healthiest Food Award went to Street Meet Truck for their Quinoa Salad.

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Coconut Espresso Popsicle

 My #1 Dessert Award went to Mexi Pops for their Coconut Espresso Popsicle

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Sharon the owner of Whales Tails with her most popular Herb & Garlic and Cinnamon Sugar!

I met Sharon the current owner of Whales Tails who gave me a history lesson of the popular Whales Tails that have been part of the festival for 34 years.

Gene Freott and his wife Jenny Morris founded the company in 1979 after being asked by a friend, then Director of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival to provide food to sell during the Vancouver Folk Music Festival as well as the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Five years ago the Winnipeg Folk Festival honored Gene Freott on the main stage for his years of service. Sharon worked for him for several years, she then bought the company 5 years ago and still does both music festival in Vancouver and Winnipeg which now employs her entire family. Their Whales Tails are made of a Whole wheat dough and are Vegan friendly, you can find them on twitter @WhalesTails_tm

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Crazy Jack and his wife

I also had the opportunity to meet Crazy Jack who owns Mad Jack’s Chunky Fries another vendor who has been part of the festival for almost 20 years, known for his yelling Chunky fries repeatedly. He uses Canola oil and all his fries are Hand cut, he is known as Crazy jack.

Other foods and beverages that I tried worthy of mention include:

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Mango Pop

Mango Pop at Mexi Pops frozen mango on a stick with a DIY lime & chili bar

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Cold Brew Coffee

Cold Brew Coffee at Salt Spring Coffee

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Peanut Satay Corn

Peanut Satay Corn at Cup a Corn

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Curry Wurst

Curry Wurst at Serious Sausage

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Apple Strudel made by Chris and her team Blackberry Hill

Apple Strudel made by Chris and her team Blackberry Hill

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Cardomom Ice Cream

Ice Cream at Ernest Ice Cream

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Pakoras

Pakroas at Varinicey Pakoras

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Kabocha Korokke Sandwich

vegetarian Kabocha Korokke Sandwich at Mogu Food Truck

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Stay tuned for next years festival happening on July 18-20, 2014

By: Richard Wolak