By Kristi Alexandra

It’s no wonder that New Westminster’s downtown hub is warming up to its nickname “Delicious Downtown.” It’s home not only to a handful of hip eateries, but to Canada’s largest-ever food truck festival.

The Royal City’s residents and their neighbours are about to get all trucked up as the annual Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Festival celebrates its sixth year on July 28, 2018. With more than 150 vendors on the docket for the mouth-watering milestone, there will be no shortage of options to treat the taste buds.

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From newly-scouted trucks such as the Frying Pan (crispy fried chicken) and Taco’N Todo (authentic Mexican fare) to returning favourites like Vij’s Railway Express and Gypsy Trunk Vegan Food Cart, there’s a nosh or nibble for everyone. REEL Mac & Cheese, Japadog, Crab Park Chowdery, and Feastro the Rolling Bistro also feature on the lineup — but food isn’t the only thing on offer during the foodie fete.

C’est si Bon | Image Courtesy of Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Festival

Running in conjunction with the food truck festival, is a special artisan market. Tucked in the air-conditioned comfort of The Anvil Centre, the British Columbia Artisan Society is hosting more than 50 local artists. Feasters can take a break from the heat and shop for jewellery, paintings, chocolate, tea, clothing, beauty products and more.

New Westminster-based boutiques such as Mila + Paige will be styling up fashionable feasters, along with Grand Central Consignment, Inner Fire, Lofty Living, and the city’s very own brewery Steel & Oak will be hawking their suds-inspired duds.

For those who would rather lay back and relax, there are four different stages to catch some live music acts, while sipping on a draft under a shaded patio or in one of the eight beer gardens.

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“Like always, we’ll have tons of bands and performers through the Arts Council of New West,” Whitfield assures, “and we’re once again showcasing the Artisan’s Market inside the Anvil Centre, and the Farmer’s Market will be part of the event.”

As if food trucks, live music, arts, and fashion still weren’t enough to entice you to strut Columbia Street during the festival, admission for the event, as always, is free!

#GetTruckedUp at the fifth annual Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Festival on July 28, 2018 from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m.

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