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Vancouver has a thriving foodie culture. You can tell that this is true by the quality of fresh produce at your local farmer’s markets and the variety of cuisines available everywhere you go. More recently, Vancouver has jumped on the food truck bandwagon and is home to several innovative ones that roam around the city. However, what is good food without some entertainment and culture as well? We have compiled you a list of summer food festivals that are not to be missed:

FOOD CART FESTIVAL

This festival brings in about 20 of Vancouver’s tastiest food trucks at two locations. If you’re in Vancouver, catch them every Sunday this summer at 12pm-5pm at 215 West 1st Avenue (between the Cambie Street Bridge and Olympic Village) near the Olympic Village Skytrain Station. Visit Food Cart Fest Surrey every Saturday from August 2 -30, 2014 from 12pm-5pm at City Hall Plaza, near the Surrey Central Skytrain Station. Each festival has live music and community markets to keep you entertained. Admission is $2 per entry but free for Vancity and Car2Go members. You can also gain free admission by bringing one non-perishable food item for donation to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

SURREY FUSION FESTIVAL

Unlike other music and arts festivals, the Surrey Fusion Festival is special because it is also a unique celebration of cultural diversity in Canada and worldwide. Where else can you enjoy 2 days of live entertainment from 6 stages and hundreds of performances by live musicians, theater groups, traditional cultural dancers and skilled martial arts masters? And not to mention a large pow wow? The festival is 100% family-friendly and includes lots of events for children too. Visit Kids World for fun, educational activities or Flavours of Surrey to learn more about food and agriculture through presentations and live cooking demonstrations.

The event happens on July 19-20, 2014 from 11:00am-8:00pm at Holland Park, at the Southwest Corner of King George Boulevard and Old Yale Road. Admission is free but you will have to purchase tickets to buy food at the event as food vendors will not take cash.