Food Truck fest returns next weekend to Chilliwack Heritage Park

Organizers say they won't run out of food - with more than 20 trucks lined up to arrive Sept. 20-21 in Chilliwack

FV Food Truck Fest organizers promise more trucks at Chwk Heritage Park next weekend - unlikely to run out of food like last time.

The mobile deliciousness rolls into Chilliwack next weekend.

The return of the Fraser Valley Food Truck Festival is at Chilliwack Heritage Park Sept. 20 and 21.

They’re in town an extra day, and with more trucks, less than six months after the last time.

“It will be better than ever with a two-day event to accommodate all the attendees,” said event organizer Laine Ogilvie.

Last April the inaugural food truck event was a huge success, attracting thousands to Heritage Park. Unfortunately some of the attendees had to leave the site hungry and frustrated, when most of the trucks ran out of food a little early.

“We promise not to run out this time!” pledged Ogilvie online. “The people behind the food are passionate about what they are doing and work their butts off every day to make their businesses successful. That is why we do these events.”

Look out for Barry and Darlene Mawson with their bright yellow truck.

The retired Chilliwack couple is bringing The Bannock Wagon to the festival, serving up old-fashioned fry bread with a gourmet touch.

“Our signature dish is barbecue salmon bannock,” she said. “We had such good reviews when we were at the Food Truck fest in Cloverdale. They were ranting and raving. So we said ‘Let’s give it a go’ when we heard the festival was coming to Chilliwack again.”

They sell the salmon bannock sandwich for $7.50. She cuts horizontal squares of wild Pacific smoked chum salmon, tops them with a sprig of dill, maple-syrup mayo, a thin slice of red onion, and spinach.

Many people ask the Mawsons specifically if they use wild salmon to make the dish.

“You would not believe how many people ask that question,” she noted.

There are no eggs or milk in the fry bread recipe she’s perfected.

She picked up the technique years ago doing volunteer work with a Métis group.

“We get told by some it’s the best bannock they’ve ever had,” she said.

Some have come back for a second helping and thirds.

“Their Bannock Sandwiches are so unique and delicious!” raved Ogilvie.

She said their bannock truck was a huge hit in Cloverdale, and Chilliwackians may have sampled their wares at Party in the Park this summer.

Other varieties served by the Mawsons include a cheddar melt bannock with garlic butter and italian seasoning, or cinnamon and sugar. They’re working on bringing out some new recipes.

Fraser Valley Food Truck Festival is at Heritage Park, Sept. 20-21, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be family friendly activities and crafts, face-painters, as well as beer gardens, live music by Voodoo Chill on Saturday and The Deluxe on Sunday, and after the bands, a DJ will spin some tunes.

Tickets are $2 at the door and kids get in free.