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:
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.
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).
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
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.
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?
Organic veggie falafel, lamb pita, fish & chips, chipotle chicken with salad, chicken nuggets and fries
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
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!
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!
Hot espresso drinks
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