Street food options to expand in Vancouver

June 21, 2010 | Arts and Culture

A call for applications has been issued to bring nutritional and diverse foods to up to 17 new locations on Vancouver streets under the first phase of a new food vending pilot program, Mayor Gregor Robertson announced today.

“Vancouver is a world-class city, and it’s time we had a street food scene that reflects the diversity of the people who live here,” said the Mayor. “Having a wide variety of culturally diverse and healthy food options on our streets adds to the vibrant and enjoyable nature of our city. Our new program will provide opportunities for small business operators and expands the menu of interesting food choices now available on our streets.”

Under the request-for-application process, interested vendors have until 4 pm June 30 to submit an application indicating menu offerings, up to three preferred locations and waste management and diversion options.

Vendors are encouraged to offer foods other than hot dogs, packaged ice cream, popcorn, pretzels and pre-packaged and non-perishable items such as soft drinks, chips, candy bars etc.

On July 9, a lottery draw will be held to match qualified vendors with the new vending locations. Vendors must be prepared to start operations by July 31.

Complete details about the program, including operational and food safety requirements administered by Vancouver Coastal Health, lottery details and street locations are available at: http://vancouver.ca/StreetFoodPilot

The pilot program is part of a long-term plan to expand street food options to City and private property Downtown and in other neighbourhoods. This phase of the program will operate on City sidewalks and curbside locations. Consideration is being given to extending future phases of the program to private property locations such as parking lots.

“Cities around the world have shown how popular street food can be, and it’s time we did the same in Vancouver,” Mayor Robertson said. “There is a huge demand in our city for a wider range of street food options, and I’m excited that our new pilot program is underway.”

The pilot project supports the Greenest City Action Team and Greenest City 2020 goals of enhancing human health.

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