Vancouver Folk Music Festival July 13-16: Your Eating Guide

El Coroto Kitchen

The 40th Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival gets underway the weekend of July 13-16, 2017, starting off on Thursday evening this  year. To celebrate their 40th year of the festival, an extra day has been added to the beginning of the festival, with musicians performing from all over the world through Sunday night. This is one of my favourite music festivals, I have attended 30+ festivals over the years! Each year, as much as I look forward to the music I also look forward to the food; and this year the food offerings have been changed up with many new vendors in the festival.

Get ready to enjoy the food and the music!

Here is a run-down of what to eat and drink at the fest:


Arturos Mexico2go

Traditional Mexican burritos, enchiladas, and tacos; burrito salad bowls

B and B Concessions

Choose from a variety of yummy sweet or savory crepes.  A crepe a day keeps the blues away.

Beljam’s Waffles

Classic waffles, sweet & savoury hot waffle cones (apple, grilled cheese or bacon & egg)

Big Rock Beer Garden

Beer-inspired bar snacks, a pint of refreshing Big Rock ale or lager (or a glass of Barefoot Wine), and a view of the Main Stage or the North Shore Mountains. Life doesn’t get much better.

C’est Si Bon

Brioche sliders, beef bourguignon, crepes, french fries, French pastries

Culver City Salads

Culver City folks believe that ‘you do win friends with salad.’ (Plant based eats).

Dim Sum Express

Tasty stir-fried noodles and plump shrimp or pork dumplings will make your taste buds go ‘yum yum’ for dim sum.

Earnest Ice Cream

Can it get any better than enjoying Earnest’s mouth watering locally made artisan ice cream on a sunny day at the festival?

El Coroto Fusion Latin Kitchen

Traditional Venezuelan Arepa, attuned to a vegetarian and Vegan frame of mind. Prepared with locally sourced, organic ingredients, El Coroto infuses Latin culture with a distinctively West Coast approach (Plant based eats).

Gaia Ma 

Kitchari (a classic Ayurvedic dish), Kitchari waffles, mushroom burger, mushroom miso soup, pad Thai salad (Plant based eats).

Gary’s Kettle Corn

Sweet and salty kettle corn, caramel corn

G’s Donairs

Greek salad, falafel, pita with tzatziki, hummus and delicious donairs. Enjoy the magical combination of Mediterranean food and mesmerizing music!

It’s All About Grill

Oh those tasty meat skewers! Garlic chicken, rib-eye beef, spicy pork and bacon wrapped sausages have never tasted so good.

JJ’s Hot Cob

The festival would not be complete without at least one trip for steam-cooked, juicy cobs of corn slathered in melted butter and flavoured with savory salts.

Kaboom Box

We’ve invited this favourite downtown food truck to the park.  The Kaboom Box crew’s ‘kickass’ food is the stuff of legend and their oyster po’boy is to die for.

Marie’s Guilt Free Bakery

Come on, treat yourself and have a delicious gluten-free fresh, local and healthy goody at Marie’s. Come meet your new GFF.

Mediterranean BBQ and Paella

Pablo and his crew have been serving sensational grilled chicken, sausage and other delectable items for more than ten years.  Could we have a festival without them?

Meet2Eat Catering

Organic veggie falafel, lamb pita, fish & chips, chipotle chicken with salad, chicken nuggets and fries

Mexi Pops

Frozen fruit isn’t just a healthy way to cool off – it’s the most delicious way. Sample from a tempting array of mango and pineapple treats topped with shredded coconut and other fruits, created fresh on Hornby Island.

The New Taste Wraps

Serving up delicious chicken, beef and falafel pitas with fresh, crispy veggies, New Taste Wraps are a perfect snack to go along with your favourite music.

Old Country Pierogi

Traditional pierogies, cabbage rolls, grilled Polish sausages

The Original Hurricane Potato

Deep fried spiral potato and zucchini on a stick, with 15 seasonings and sauces

Pepper Pot

The Caribbean and the Pacific Northwest fuse at the Pepper Pot!  Experience a unique blend of flavours as they merge together to create a sensation of tastes like no other.

Rain or Shine

Small batch ice cream inspired by seasons, suggestions, holidays, cravings, beer, experimentation and much more.

The Reef Runner Caribbean

Roti, jerk poutine, Jamaican patties, plantain chips w/ jerk mayo, Tobago wraps, ginger beer.

The Rockin’ Wok

Enjoy fresh and healthy stir-fried rice and noodle bowls.  Down the highway and all the way from Whistler, this wok’s a-rockin’.

Salt Spring Island Fruitsicles

Fruit-focussed frozen treats from Salt Spring Island. Yummy and healthy … a treat for kids and adults alike!

Slavic Rolls

Ribbon-wound caramelized pastries baked on a slowly turned rotisserie, above an open fire

Smoke Shack 99

Pulled pork sliders, brisket sliders, brisket poutine, pulled pork poutine.

Taste of Thailand

Come sample a delicious plate of pad Thai, chicken curry or spring rolls.  The perfect spicy accompaniment to a day at the festival.

Urban Wood Fired Pizza

Gourmet pizzas with the freshest ingredients, cooked in a custom-designed wood fired pizza oven.

Whales’ Tails Fry Bread

Can you say you’ve been to the festival without trying a whale’s tail? Crispy fried dough with a choice of toppings.  Be part of the tradition!



Green Coast Coffee

Nitro cold brew coffee, cold brewed iced teas, freshly roasted coffee, maple coconut cold brew latte, loose leaf teas, lemonade

I’s Freshly Squeezed Lemonade

Feeling parched? Fresh squeezed lemonade to the rescue!

Matchstick Coffee

Hot espresso drinks

Milano Coffee

Iced lattes and Turkaccinos

Nineteen 02 Kombucha (Canada) Inc.

Blended on the Sunshine Coast, Nineteen-02 combine kombucha with fresh tea steeped in pure Gibson’s water to refresh your body and soul.


The festival offers up a multi-cultural mix of food offerings to match their global mix of music. If you haven’t already got tickets to the festival make sure you do so before the festival begins.

By: Richard Wolak

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