Street Food Season in Full Swing

18 May

Hey everyone! Hope you’re enjoying all the awesome street food that Ottawa and Eastern Ontario has to offer!

We’ve got almost 40 vendors open now, and that’s not even counting a bunch of great special event trailers (not included on this website).

If you see I’m missing a vendor, or know of a new business opening anywhere in the 613 area code, please let me know so I can keep everything up to date!

Happy street-eating to everyone!

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Cheers to a great 2014 season!! (with Tamara Bolger from Farm Girl)

 

C’mon Spring!!

17 Mar

Hope everyone has enjoyed our cold and snowy winter. I know a few of our hardcore truckers are very thankful for your business throughout the past few months!

Lots of updates to do on the site over the coming weeks, so stay tuned. All on-street vendors will be back out but there will be some changes to the crew of stationary trailers.

Fingers crossed that the weather warms up soon, so we can welcome back the rest of the vendors to our streets and lots!

Ottawa Food Truck Rally

24 Sep

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This Saturday a group of local entrepreneurs and their sponsors are putting on a Food Truck Rally. The event will take place from 12pm-4pm in a lot at the corner of Rochester and Pamilla, in the Little Italy area of Ottawa.

If you’ve been wanting to check out some of the vendors, here’s another great chance to try a bunch all at once!  All the latest info on the event, including a link to ticket sales can be found here; http://ottawafoodtruckrally.com/vendors-and-event-updates/

Street Food Ottawa has been donated 4 TICKETS to giveaway to a couple lucky followers. Stay tuned to our Twitter account @StreetFoodOTT for spontaneous contests this week!

Hope to see you out on Saturday!!

Wiggle Waggle Walkathon

30 Aug

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This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Human Society Iams Wiggle Waggle Walkathon! Last year the event raised $170,000 and is generally known to be one of the organizations biggest annual fundraisers.

Street Food Ottawa was approached by the planning committee last month to help feed all the hungry participants (and maybe even a couple pups too…shhh…we won’t tell!) As lifelong residents of Ottawa and animal lovers, we were very enthusiastic about getting involved.

The walk and run features a festival atmosphere for participants and supporters before and after the events. The festival plaza features entertainment, agility courses, kid zone, inflatables, VIP tents, marketplaces and a main stage…and of course, food trucks!

Participating vendors this year are Ad Mare, Mr. Churritos, Urban Cowboy, Angry Dragonz and The Merry Dairy. We think we’ve put together a great variety of food with something for everyone. Food will be served from approximately 11am-2pm. Cash only at most vendors.

The best part…15% of all food sales will be donated back to the Humane Society!!

This years event takes place at Queen Julianna Park, at the corner of Preston and Carling Ave. There’s still lots of time to sign up for a run or walk, or just come on out and try some of Ottawa’s new street food with your friends and family.

If you can’t attend the event, but would still like to donate, please check out the Humane Society’s online donations page!.

Hope to see you and all your furry friends there!!

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Angus and Simon – Street Food Ottawa “Supervisors”)

DERBY DAY!!

12 Jul

derbyHave you ever wanted to check out roller derby?? Well here’s your chance…and it’s FREE! In an attempt to make our hometown more awesome, the City of Ottawa has teamed up with the Capital City Derby Dolls for DERBY DAY. And to feed everyone, Street Food Ottawa is on board for the event to bring you some of the cities best food trucks and carts!

Mayor Jim Watson even declared July 20th, 2013 “Capital City Derby Dolls Derby Day”…

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CCDD President Bella Lewkowicz shows off the freshly signed declaration.

The event is being held OUTSIDE on the “Rink of Dreams” pad at Marion Dewar Plaza at City Hall. From 12noon to 6pm you will be able to go for a skate, learn the rules and watch mini-derby bouts put on by the girls.  All ages are welcome as there will be lots of activities for the family to partake in.

The Merry Dairy has been a long-time partner of the Capital City Derby Dolls, and on July 20th they will be joined by a variety from the bunch of new street vendors.  It’s a great opportunity for you to check a few of them out all in one spot!

In addition to The Merry Dairy, look for Ad Mare, Angry Dragonz, Lunch, Red Roaster, Mr. Churritos and a late edition Gongfu Bao to help keep your energy levels up and keep you hydrated for your skate around the rink.

Here’s the schedule of events for the day…

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Let’s keep our fingers crossed for great weather! See you at the rink!

Happy One Month Anniversary!

18 Jun

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So, we’ve survived a month on the street so far. And aside from the builders delays, I’d say things are going pretty well. Most vendors are selling out on a daily basis, and reviews from customers have been awesome!

Look for the rest of the trucks and carts to hit the road by early July (fingers crossed), and there’s a few fun events in the works for later this summer.

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Sadie’s Kitchen’s pulled pork crepe and fruit salad.

Meanwhile, here’s a quick update on things;

  • Red Roaster has a new home at Bank and Clemow in the Glebe. They took the spot that was originally designated to ” Ragin’ Cajun“, as they are no longer pursing a food truck business.
  • Dosa Inc. and LeRoy’s are getting final inspection this week…we’ll see them soon!
  • Ad Mare and Urban Cowboy hope to have their trucks out of the manufacturers this week, and on to the next step of inspections.
  • Mr. Churritos, Bobites and Gongfu Bao are all about 2-3 weeks away…pending inspections (anybody tired of hearing about inspections yet?)

Out in the Belleville and surrounding area, Herb on the Curb is almost ready to go and in the town of Foxboro, check out Earl Angelo’s Steak Machine (@SteakMachine1). I’ve heard their gourmet burgers are some of the best in the area!

And here’s a taste of what we’ve been eating the past couple months;

Red Roaster's "Jhal Muri" a Bangledeshi salad made with fresh veggies, puffed rice and a bunch of other random awesomeness.

Red Roaster’s “Jhal Muri” a Bangledeshi salad made with fresh veggies, puffed rice and a bunch of other random awesomeness.

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The Angry Dragonz “Dragon Bowl”

And what I’m pretty sure has become the favorite dessert of @Street_Eater;

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Maple butter and bacon “Dragon Puff” from Angry Dragonz

We also just wanted to take this opportunity to thank Tamara and Peter Bolger from Farm Girl Food in Kingston for inviting us up to their private launch party. It was a great day on the farm!! Congrats on all your success!!

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Party time on the farm!

So Ottawa, Kingston, and the rest of Eastern Ontario…which vendor is YOUR favourite so far?!?!

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Slowly Growing

2 Jun

Well Ottawa, we’re almost 3 weeks into the “official” street vendor program and so far things are going great. The vendors that have opened are enjoying very good business thanks to your support and love for street food!

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Raon Kitchen’s beef bibimbap

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Lunch is temporarily located at Slater and Lyon.

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Royi Fruta Cart rocks the classic umbrella.

There has been, of course, the inevitable growing pains for most trucks and carts. Aside from the delays at the builders there are several health and safety certifications that need to be completed on each vehicle. These cannot happen overnight, so we appreciate your patience through this period. That being said there are 4 or 5  that should be ready to go around mid-June. Fingers crossed.

The city has still not put up the signs that will save the street parking spots for the vendors, so if you’re looking for a truck and they are not at their location (and you know they are open), please just take a peek around…they probably aren’t too far away.

Most vendors that operate in the downtown core will only be open during lunchtime hours Monday to Friday to serve the government/business community. On weekends and evenings you may find them at local festivals.

Here are a few more updates on vendors;

  • The Red Roaster Truck will no longer be located at Argyle and O’Connor. They are hoping for approval on a new spot on Bank near Clemow.
  • Royi Fruta Cart does not currently use social media or have a website (we are trying to convince them to get online). Their hours are approximately 10-3pm. 7 days a week.
  • Relish Truck has left the lot at 236 Richmond Rd and will be back on the Ottawa U campus in the near future.
  • Sadie’s Kitchen (crepe truck) will join the crew at 236 Richmond Rd as soon as they get the certifications complete. Look for the little bright purple trailer!
  • Well known local Thai restaurant Green Papaya is about to get their new trailer delivered and will also be joining the 236 Richmond Lot.
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Trailer Pork Boys’ pulled pork grilled cheese.

And in the western rural region…

  • We want to welcome to our site, My House in Carleton Place!! It’s a great little trailer on the corners of Highway 7 and 15. Only 15 mins from Ottawa. Menu is varied from BBQ to fresh salads and homemade salsas and sodas. Please check them out if you are out that way, or are just looking for an excuse to go for a drive one day!

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  • In Almonte, there is a grilled cheese truck opening. Will update as we get more information.
  • In Carp, the Sweet Potato has been in operation for several years. They have more than just sweet potato fries, but be sure to get some of those as well. And try the chipotle mayo!
  • Xronos Fish & Chips is a bright rainbow coloured trailer that seems to have made it’s rounds in the Ottawa area over the past couple years. It’s currently set up just off the 417 at the March Rd exit in just outside of Carp.

Be sure to check out all the vendors individual pages and social media feeds for further information and up-to-the-minute details on opening hours and daily menus.

On behalf of all the vendors, thanks for all your support!

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Just a few updates…

15 May
  • Reminder – Even though today is supposed to be the official start date for all the trucks and carts, there are VERY FEW that are ready to go. Lots of delays with the builders….it’s the nature of the beast. Be patient, they will all hopefully be out soon!
  • The City of Ottawa is late putting up the signs to reserve parking spaces for the trucks at their allocated spots. For the few that are ready, this means that they may not be able to get to their spot if its taken by a car.  They will be allowed to move just down the road to another open spot.

The following message was recently posted by Ottawa Streat Gourmet on their Facebook page;

“The city is behind on putting up signage indicating our street spot. They have said that until they get caught up, if our spot is taken when we show up we can use the no parking zone in-front of CBC entrance on Queen St. We only just found this out – too late to get ready for wednesday the 15th.
So… We will be there Thursday May 16th. Open at 11AM”

Furthermore, if there is construction at a designated truck spot it is our understanding that they are permitted to move to the next closest spot.

  • Raon Kitchen starts today, so get out there and check them out on Bank St between Slater and Albert for some great Korean bibimbap!
  • Royi Fruta Cart has already been out a couple days last week and is likely to be open now on Elgin at Lauier, however they do not use social media and could not confirm hours or days last week when we spoke with them.
  • Name change – “TURN Rotisserie” is now known as The Red Roaster Truck.
  • Name clarification – Listed initially as “Asian Fusion with a Twist” the truck name is Angry Dragonz.
  • Not listed on the map is LeRoy’s Detroit Style Soul Food. Once his truck is ready, LeRoy will be set up on Courtwood Cres near Woodward Dr.
  • While we wait for all the trucks and carts to be finished, please check out the local trailers when you get a chance!

Ottawa’s Street Food Showcase

13 May

This past Wednesday the City of Ottawa held the official launch party for Ottawa’s newest street vendors. If this event is any indication, street food is going to be very popular this summer!

With all the proceeds going to Sheppards of Good Hope, over 500 wristbands (at $10 each) were sold in approximately 20 mins. Most people arrived much earlier than the 12 noon start time, and they were the lucky ones to get samples. As we roamed about the crowd, many people were disappointed that the lines were too long. But don’t worry, there will be ample opportunity this summer to get out to all the vendors. City officials later admitted that there could have been better communication prior to and during the event, however they were not expecting the high turnout.

Eat St host and cookbook author James Cunningham was on site for the official launch and to meet with the vendors.  Although most carts and trucks are still not out of the shop, there were several vendors that served “pop-up” style in order to showcase their food.

Here’s a few pics from the event. Looking forward to a great summer to come!

City Officials and Eat St. host James Cunningham launch Ottawa's 2013 street food season

City Officials and Eat St. host James Cunningham launch Ottawa’s 2013 street food season

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Olive Green was one of the first to sell out.

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Raon Kitchen’s Korean dishes were immediately popular with the crowd.

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Red Roaster wasn’t ready to serve, but they joined the party to show off their big red truck!

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Royi Fruta Cart on site to serve empanadas and fresh drinks.

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Churros…our favourite Mexican dessert!

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Tarek from Gongfu Bao is excited to get the street food the season started

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A sampling of Gongfu Bao’s awesome street eats

So, what do you think Ottawa….are you ready??

Ottawa Streat Gourmet Debuts at Kichesippi Beer Co!

14 Apr

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The first of the new batch of street food in Ottawa debuted tonight at Kichesippi Beer Co. Ottawa Streat Gourmet was on hand for their inaugural service at the Mixed Spring Greens event for Young Environmental Professionals.

Chef Ben Baird’s truck is colourfully wrapped with iconic scenes from around Ottawa. The truck itself may be almost 20 years old, but the equipment inside is brand new and spotless. Baird proudly displayed the trucks first earned $20 bill on the pristine kitchen walls above the large industrial sinks.

The menu is diverse and inspired from many regions around the world. We dug into the slow roasted lamb taco first, and were not disappointed..

Chili marinated pork, lemon sour cream, salsa, queso fresco.

Chili marinated pork, lemon sour cream, salsa, queso fresco.

Baird is also working closely with new local soda maker Harvey & Verns and included their ginger beer in the dipping sauce for his shrimp lollipops.

Whalesbone shrimp lollipop, H&V's ginger beer dip and sesame slaw

Whalesbone shrimp lollipop, H&V’s ginger beer dip and sesame slaw

No good Canadian can turn down a poutine, and Baird’s (almost healthy) Indo-Canadian version was a perfect way to top off the dinner experience.

Yam fries, coconut/chickpea curry, yogurt paneer.

Yam fries, coconut/chickpea curry, yogurt paneer.

The overall quality of the food was excellent and the truck was definitely a hit with the crowd. As they discussed business and roamed around the brewery, the participants were often heard raving about the food. Food trucks and craft breweries are regularly seen pairing up for events across North America and it seems that Kichespippi and Ottawa Streat Gourmet are well on their way to a successful partnership for future endeavours.

Baird and his staff are enthusiastic about the upcoming summer and look forward to May when they can finally get set up on their street location at the corner of Queen and O’Connor. Until then, stay tuned to their Twitter and Facebook pages for possible pop-ups and be sure to catch them outside Scotiabank Place for the final 4 games of the Ottawa Senators season, as well as during the playoffs!!

Congrats Chef Baird, welcome to our street food community!!

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