The annual flood of food trucks onto summer streets shows no sign of slowing down.
Our favourite meals on wheels are packing out Broadway every weekday, and this year, a new ‘food truck alley’ along Israel Asper Way has everyone meeting at The Forks. Owning a food truck has proved to be a great way for creative types to try out their wildest culinary dreams with the freedom of a relatively low cost set-up. These mobile mavericks are churning out fresh, inventive fare.
Chef Darryl Crumb of Tot Wheels has proved high concept eats can have staying power if executed deliciously. Piles of fluffy, golden homemade tater tots are loaded with complex and unexpected flavours. Try tots topped with frogs’ legs, the dish that started all the buzz. @totwheelswpg
If there’s one thing more impressive than retrofitting a freightliner with a woodfired pizza oven, it’s The Red Ember’s end product. Gourmet toppings from figs to housemade sausage are piled on puffed and crispy, charcoal-edged crust and served through the window of this bright red behemoth. @theredember
The Poutine King offers tastes straight from the cobblestone world of Montreal, but these piles of fries loaded with gravy and stretchy cheese curds don’t cling too close to tradition. Find everything from red curry-spiked chicken to smoked salmon at the gourmand-friendly truck. @poutine_king
Having secured their place as a neighbourhood haunt, Sherbrook St Deli is taking to the streets with a mobile meat truck at once futuristic and retro. The shiny sandwich shop features a menu of housemade meaty favourites. @sherbrookdeli
The Bannock Factory serves traditional quickbread from a wood panel-printed trailer. Dense, chewy bannock makes up most of the menu, upgrading street food classics like sammies and hot dogs with local flair. Try it warm with butter or jam, or as a sandwich piled with juicy pulled pork. @BannockFactory
The Farmers’ Market is home to a variety of fresh produce and food kiosks. Photo: Courtesy Calgary Farmers’ Market.
On Friday, September 7, visit the Calgary Farmers’ Market in the city’s southwest for the Sundown Chowdown. A competition between local vendors and 12 food trucks will take place, with winners selected by a panel of local celebrity judges, including Where contributing editor, author and restaurant critic John Gilchrist. Village Brewery will be on hand serving refreshing brews. The event is free and runs 5 pm – 9 pm. Visitors will also have the opportunity to win a block party catered by their favourite participating truck. – Adele Brunnhofer
Enjoy Calgary’s beautiful August weather at these great outdoor events this weekend and relax on Sunday by watching the Summer Olympics’ closing ceremonies.
AFRIKADEY! FESTIVAL Saturday Aug 11
On Saturday, the Afrikadey! Festival at Prince’s Island Park celebrates Calgary’s rich African culture, 10 am until 10 pm. Merchants and food vendors will be set up around the park, and the main stage features a star-studded lineup including Sudanese hip-hop act Emmanuel Jal and contemporary Ethiopian ensemble Krar Collective. Tickets $25 adult, $20 youth, available at the gate.
MARDA GRAS Sunday Aug 12
Experience that vibrant New Orleans Mardi Gras atmosphere right here in Calgary at this weekend’s annual Marda Gras festival. The event will be held between 33rd Avenue and 34th Avenue SW in the Marda Loop neighbourhood. (more…)
The Perogy Boyz. Photo: Blair Hill
Calgary’s incredible summer weather provides the perfect excuse to get outside and grab a bite at one of the city’s eclectic food trucks.
Culinary treats cover a broad spectrum, from Perogy Boyz savoury sauerkraut perogies, to Alley Burger’s mouth-watering roasted garlic pork burger and rich duck fat poutine, to delicious hot pho from the Noodle Bus.
Calgary Food Truck menus include a variety of ethnic treats (such as Shogun Teppanyaki’s Japanese grill and Los Compadres’ traditional Mexican fare) comfort foods (Fries and Dolls, SteakOut and Red Wagon Diner) and desserts (SnoBerryIce and Fiasco Gelato).
Vancouver's Roaming Dragon. Photo by Christopher Porter.
We’ve asked our editors from coast to coast where to find some of their favourite street-food vendors and food trucks; from an Andy Warhol–inspired hot dog to fries made from PEI potatoes, you won’t want to miss the results.