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Vancouver Park Board concessions and food carts a resounding success

September 17 2015

Concession at Second Beach

Vancouver Park Board concessions and food carts have reaped the benefits of a long, hot summer.

Concession revenue this summer is up 10 per cent to budget over last year with healthy options such as fresh fruit cups being particularly popular.

The BerryMobile sold 50 per cent more local fruit this year over the previous year – about 100,000 pounds or 50 tons in total. BerryMobile operated three fresh fruit stands at Second Beach, Kitsilano Beach, and David Lam Park.

“This summer has been a resounding success for concessions and food carts such as the BerryMobile,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair John Coupar. “We attribute this marked increase to community awareness of food carts and concessions and, of course, the excellent weather we've enjoyed.”

Some seasonal concessions are still open

Fourteen concessions operate on a seasonal basis, some of which closed after the Labour Day long weekend and others remaining open, weather permitting. Concessions are located on or near beaches such as Jericho, Kitsilano, and Trout Lake.

Food carts

This year, the Park Board granted permits to 19 vendors operating in 10 sites – the highest number of participants to date. Food carts began operating in three park sites in Vancouver in 2012.

Some food carts will operate as late as October 12, depending on the weather. BerryMobile ended its season September 7.