Street food is a big part of any city’s culinary scene. But until last summer, Vancouver’s street fare was limited to hotdogs, popcorn and chestnuts. City officials recently lifted the ban, setting off a food cart renaissance. But there’s one catch: New vendors are selected based on whether they offer healthy, fair-trade and organic options, among other criteria. I blogged about the unusual requirements for In Transit, The New York Times’ travel blog.
New Street Food Rules in Vancouver Emphasize Health and Diversity
By Remy Scalza
In Vancouver, street food is an emerging mini-industry. But new vendors who want to sell hot dogs and cheese steak sandwiches may need to switch to healthier options. A controversial city council decision made last month requires vendors seeking licenses to conform to a range of new rules, which emphasize healthier fare; organic, local and fair-trade foods; and an increased diversity of options.