Truckin’ Locavores: Start Your Engines!

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Bao from GongFu Bao, fish tacos from Ad Mare, pizza from the Flat Bread Pizza Co and soup from Stone Soup, panang spices up a desk lunchtime from Angry Dragonz


When I was living in Spain a friend of mine sent me an article listing Ottawa as one of the top 10 street food cities in the world. I was (happily) surprised.

I came home this summer to find that the city of Ottawa had greatly expanded the street food program, welcoming many newcomers to the street food scene. While there were a few hiccups here and there with some vendors getting on the street much later than anticipated (or not at all for some of them?), I was thrilled and made it a summer mission to try all the new trucks in the city. …I failed. But I made it to a good number of them, and liked what I tasted! From Ecuadorean empanadas to fish and chips, bowls of traditional soups or a bowl of bimbimbap, the city delivered on diversity.

Lunch box from Roya Fruti Cart, The Lunch Truck serves up tasty sandwiches and salads, bowls of bimbimbap from Raon's Kitchen

Lunch box from Roya Fruti Cart, The Lunch Truck serves up tasty sandwiches and salads, bowls of bimbimbap from Raon’s Kitchen

Tomorrow, many of the city’s trucks will come together for the first annual Ottawa Food Truck Rally. The public gets to vote for their favourite dishes, and the proceeds are going to a scholarship fund (win-win, no?). I’m looking forward to tasting more of what is cooking on the streets of the capital — see you there? Start your engines and your appetites!

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