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Food Cart Fest: Community spirit meets delicious food

We’re proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of a number of food cart festivals this summer. By supporting our thriving local food scene, we’re supporting the local economy and the local food sector.

Want to have some fun in the sun, meet new people, and try delicious food? Join us at food cart festivals in Vancouver, Surrey and New Westminster, which showcase the area’s cultural diversity and talented chefs from the top food carts in the city. Come enjoy a community market, live music, DJs, activities for kids and much more. Plus...

Free admission at all of these festivals for Vancity members!

By being a member of Vancity, you can enjoy the benefits of our Member Perks. By showing your Vancity member card or Vancity Visa, you’ll get access to all three food cart festivals for free.

Vancouver event

Location: 215 West 1st (Between Olympic Village &
Cambie Bridge) Map
Time: 12 pm - 5 pm
Date: Every Sunday June 28 to September 6 (11 weeks)

Surrey event
new location & date

Location: City of Surrey Plaza, 13450 104 Ave, Surrey Map
Time: 11 am - 5 pm
Date: Saturday, July 25

Columbia StrEAT Food Cart Fest

Location: Columbia Street (6th to Elliot), New Westminster Map
Time: 4 pm - 10 pm
Date:Saturday, August 22.

Why this partnership is important to Vancity

1) Supporting our members and the local economy

Supporting and highlighting our local members is important to us and a large percentage of the vendors featured at the food cart festivals are Vancity business members. Vancity supports entrepreneurs to build their economic resilience with loans and advice, because we know the important role small businesses play in the local economy. These festivals are a great way for them to showcase their business and bring together the local community.

2) Encouraging environmental sustainability best practices

Vancity is proud to once again, work with the festival organizers to make each festival greener through our Zero Waste Events Partnership. Last year, we partnered with Recycling Alternative and Green Chair Recycling to create a Zero Waste Event at the Vancouver Food Cart Fest. It was extremely successful because over the 11 weeks, approximately 93% of the waste generated onsite was diverted from the local landfills.

We are excited to announce that, for 2015, Vancity’s Zero Waste Events partnership deepens impact in our community by integrating an inclusive employment component. United We Can will be providing staffing onsite as recycling and composting ambassadors to help on the divert efforts at the Vancouver Food Cart Fest.

To learn more about what green practices each festival is engaging in, please visit their respective pages.

3) Supporting the local organic food sector

Vancity has been investing in the local and organic food sector to grow a sustainable local food system that contributes to food security and a resilient local economy. Also we’re working with government, business and not-for-profit organizations toward the increased financial sustainability of this sector. We do this through learning, networking, resources and events.


All Photography by Lindsay Elliot |

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