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 fifth year on July 29, 2017. 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.

Image Courtesy of Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Festival

From newly-scouted trucks such as the Flying Fish & Chipper and Holi Masala to returning favourites like Vij’s Railway Express and Gypsy Trunk Vegan Food Cart, there’s a nosh or nibble for everyone. Tacofino, Japadog, C’est si Bon, 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

“For the first time ever, we’re incorporating fashion into the Food Truck Fest,” says Angie Whitfield, the Downtown New Westminster Business Improvement Association’s programs and events manager, “we wanted to express that we support local, which is why we’re rolling out the first-ever Style Hive that includes local shops.”

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 the beer gardens.

Image Courtesy of Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Festival

“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, Whitfield notes one last thing.

“Admission for the event, as always, is free!”

#GetTruckedUp at the fifth annual Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Festival on July 29, 2017 from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m.

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