Food trucks are arguably the best thing to hit four wheels, and since they’ve rolled in to Vancouver, foodies and the like can’t seem to get enough. So brace yourself, because it’s about to get a whole lot better. We’ve got 3 words for you: Food. Truck. PODS!!
Let’s have a crash course on food truck pods. The first generation of food trucks came about after the American Civil War in Texas. Food trucks (also known as chuckwagons) were invented by Charles Goodnight, a cattle herder who wanted to provide food for his fellow cattlemen as they were on the road for months at a time.
By the 1890s, wagons were popularized in big cities like New York to cater to night-time workers. Later versions of the food truck were mobile canteens that operated for the U.S Army in the 1950s.
Fast forward a few decades, and the food truck revolution came alive once more in Portland, Oregon, as a way to support its small and locally-owned businesses that didn’t have the capital to open up their own full-fledged restaurants.
Now ordering from a window has become all the rage thanks to good food and affordable prices. The rise in popularity may also be credited to social media, making it easier for vendors to connect with hungry feasters on menu items, hours, and location changes. The only issue you may have is deciding what to do when the line-up is too long. Some food trucks are equipped with wireless internet to allow their customers to tweet their experience or play at online gaming sites like FoxyBingo to pass the time. Which way do you chill out before you chow down?
Although plans are still in motion, word has it the city is already considering a few sites that could hold a cluster of food trucks in areas like Downtown, Kitsilano, Fairview, and Mount Pleasant.
So don’t forget to support local businesses and check out the food trucks offering cheap #ChowFinds around town!