- Maybe it’s because to me they scream ‘SUMMER’!?
- They often park up at our summer festivals and summer markets.
- They are the perfect stop on the summer road trip!
Fernie Food Trucks
Food! Glorious Food! When it comes to eating out, Fernie Food Trucks have so many great choices that is hard to choose. These choices really compliment all the great restaurants based in Fernie. But I love getting my meals from a Food Truck. To me, there is something about food from a truck that makes a meal taste even better.
This gives you an idea of my love for Food Trucks, so you can imagine my response when my manager suggested I write a blog about the Fernie Food Trucks. UM, YES PLEASE! So just for you, the reader of this blog, I have been eating my way through Fernie Food Trucks this summer. It has been a hard job… Just kidding, I loved every meal, but my next blog may need to be about gyms in Fernie.
Food Trucks have taken off around the world. They are the perfect opportunity for the person who wants to own their own business and has a passion for food (and well, can cook)! The Fernie community is full of talented, forward thinking entrepreneurs. This is true in the Fernie Food Truck business too!
What’s on offer?
The Fernie Food Trucks offer something for everyone. Feeling like something sweet? No problem, pick up a sweet Nutella crepe from Flippin’ Crepes for something that will hit the spot. Want to reminisce about your vacation to Vietnam and all that tasty street food you ate!? Go see The Chopstick Truck for a tasty Pho. Can’t make the get together with your friends at Yamagoya tonight but reeeeaaally want sushi? You definitely need to visit Yama2Go. Got a hankering for delicious Central American food!? Go see the Saucy!! Sombrero for some tasty tacos. Had a couple of drinks and need to get some food in the belly to cancel out the drinks? Track down Cooks Cabin for some traditional Canadian Poutine! Or, do you miss your Mom’s home cooking? Stop by Good Grubs for some hearty home cooking that may just rival your Mom’s cooking.
The Chopstick Truck
Our first visit was to The Chopstick Truck to visit Sydney and the team. The bright green truck is parked up most days, unless they are at an event of course. Sydney and team have been operational for a couple of years now. She decided to start The Chopstick Truck as she loves Fernie, the locals and the great food we have here in town. The menu is fresh Vietnamese street food made with locally grown produce. You can sit down and enjoy your food as well as the view of the mountain ranges!
We tried Banh Mi, fresh spring rolls and the Vermicelli noodle bowl with Spring Rolls, all washed down with a delicious bubble tea. The flavours were delicious and fresh. Sydney told us the most popular dish they sell is Vermicelli noodle bowl. Fun fact; it was our favourite dish too!
The Saucy!! Sombero
This funky food truck is painted in the Mexican flag colours and you can spot it a mile away! A food truck had always been Millie’s dream as she wanted options available for those to who live with Celiac disease. This is the second year of operation for Millie and The Saucy!! Sombrero. The truck was actuallyone of of the first food trucks in Fernie many years ago. When that business was no longer in operation, the truck spent many years stuck in a field up near the ski hill. Millie got the truck itself for free but when a truck comes stuck in a field with a tree in it, you kind of have to rebuild the truck from scratch!
We ate the popular Saucy Ground Beef Burrito, Redneck Pulled Pork Nachos and a Beef Taco Salad. This is delicious cheap and cheerful food; the Pulled Pork Nachos was the crowd favourite for us. The Saucy!! Sombrero sometimes sets up across the road from Red Tree Lodge along the main highway! This has been dangerous for my nacho addiction!
Most Fernie locals know how great Yamagoya is! The line outside the door tells us so. But what is better than sushi from Yamagoya? Sushi from Yama2Go!!! We found Yama2Go at the Wapiti Music Festival and boy-oh-boy did we have a good time at this truck (and the festival!). Cam and the team have been bringing us ‘solar powered roaming sushi and authentically unauthentic Asian cuisine’ for years now. You know you’re in for a good meal when you see the yellow truck parked up.
We dug in to the Tuna Tataki roll, Classic California roll, Korean BBQ Beef, Tuna Tacos and a Beef Sushi Burrito. Jody’s dish of the day was the Korean BBQ Beef and the sushi definitely hit the spot for me. The sushi hit the spot several times during Wapiti weekend actually!
What does a Friday night, a beer, a fire and a lifetime love for making Crepes equal? For Marie, it is a brilliant idea for a Food Truck. That idea became a reality about six years ago with a custom built truck and the business of ‘Flippin’ Crepes’. Marie and the team have been based in Fernie for the past three years. You can find Flippin’ Crepes at the regional Markets, Socials or parked up near Gear Hub. This is the perfect stop for those who want something sweet or something savoury!!
Jody and I sat down to enjoy a Nutella with Banana Crepe and a BLT (Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato) Crepe washed down with a Latte and Mango Smoothie. The Crepes were made to order, hot, fresh and DELICIOUS! There is something for everyone on the Flippin’ Crepes menu. It is a hard decision between the sweet and savoury crepes so best order both….think main and dessert!
It is hard to miss the bright yellow Good Grubs Food Truck! Jessie and Lesley have been offering Fernie yummy homemade food in some capacity since 2006! That was when they started a frozen food company selling at markets. In 2013 they started catering for events like weddings and luncheons and now they also have their Food Truck! Jessie and Lesley serve “made from the heart” good grub!
We found the Good Grubs truck at the Sunday Mountain Market in Fernie and ordered some Perogies, Cabbage Rolls and a Sausage Roll. Each dish tasted great and definitely had that homemade taste that reminds you home. In fact it inspired a phone call home to Mom!
That’s not all folks…
Not only will you spot the above Food Trucks out, there are still MORE out there!! Happy Cow Ice Cream, Cooks Cabin, The Gut Truck and many others from the Kootenay area will appear at regional markets and events!
That’s a burrito…
Fernie Food Trucks are the perfect summer accessory! Who doesn’t love fun, quick and tasty food from Fernie locals with a passion for community, culture and food!? And with not much summer left, check out the Tourism Fernie website for the latest events because this is where you find the Food Trucks! Can you eat at them all in your next visit? Pro Tip: Wear stretchy pants!
I wanted to start this blog with a poutine pun but they were all too cheesy! Ha! But seriously, fries, cheese curds and gravy is really a magical mix of calories and yum! In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, the Red Tree Lodge Deskies had the oh-so-difficult job of taste testing poutine in Fernie. Before that, let’s take a minute to get the low down on the history of this famous dish.
History of Poutine
There are a few stories that lay claim to poutine floating around. We do know it originated in Quebec sometime in the 1950’s. And we do know it is delicious!! A common story is that of Fernand Lachance, the owner of a restaurant called Le Lutin qui rit in Warwick, Quebec. He added cheese curds to fries after a request from his customer Eddy Lainesse and remarked “Ça va faire une maudite poutine,” or, “That’s going to make a dreadful mess.”
Love your work Fernand and Eddy!
Fernand started serving fries and cheese curds to customers in a paper bags. Customers would add their own condiments like ketchup or vinegar and make a ‘dreadful mess’. Trying to contain that mess, he started serving fries and cheese curds on a plate however customers started to complain their food was getting cold. Fernand’s genius idea was to add gravy on top and keep everything warm! At this point, the common name for this dish was “mixte”. In Québec, the term poutine is slang for mess and it was years later in the 1980’s that large chains started to sell it and it became known as Poutine!
It was around the 1990’s that poutine was added onto menus across the nation. McDonalds added it to its nationwide menu after being available in Quebec for several years and other chains followed suit not long after.
However the creation of this now national dish came about, I salute you Quebec, for the awesomeness that is poutine!
Poutine in Fernie
Nowadays, it seems most restaurants will serve at the very least a traditional poutine. Have you also noticed how lot of restaurants get creative making their own version of a poutine? I love that often it will reflect the personality of the business or town.
As I mentioned, the Red Tree Lodge Deskies had the oh-so-difficult job of taking some of the finest poutine in Fernie. We went to The Fernie Hotel & Pub, The Northern Bar & Stage and The Pub, ordering up a poutine storm so we could offer you our thoughts.
Poutine at the Fernie
There are three different poutines on The Fernie Hotel & Pub menu. We tucked into the Traditional, Donair and Porky Blue. All three were delicious, but it was the Donair that came out as our favourite. The Donair is a traditional poutine but with gyro beef, tomato, onions and sweet & spicy sauce which somehow made the whole dish feel lighter! Spot on combination! If you like meat with smoky bbq sauce then the Porky Blue is for you. It is a traditional poutine with bacon, spicy pork sausage, and some very yum smoky bbq sauce! Our Deskie Kelly especially enjoyed the Traditional Poutine as she is a “traditional gal”.
The Northern Bar & Stage has one poutine on the menu called ‘Poutine of Your Dreams’ and it was actually was. Get ready for it…this dreamy dish comes with waffle fries , pulled pork, peppered bacon, cheese curds, gravy, bbq sauce, and is topped with coleslaw. It sounds like a lot but all the ingredients work like magic. There was a nice smoky taste from the bbq sauce but it wasn’t too overwhelming. We cleaned up our plate and seriously considered seconds. Yum!
Poutine at the Pub
The Pub offer a ‘build your own’ every Wednesday. We tried a Tex Mex version that had taco chicken, tomatoes, green onions, nacho cheddar cheese, sour cream, and bacon! Of course, we got ourselves a traditional poutine too! Both dishes were extremely tasty, however, our Tex Mex creation was decided as the favourite. We had a lot of fun getting creative and customizing our own dinner!
Poutine for your thoughts…
Who’s hungry? I know I am after writing this!
Whether you prefer a traditional poutine or like to “mixte” it up with fancy waffle fries, sauces or veggies; the poutine in Fernie is pretty tasty. All poutine dishes from The Fernie Hotel, The Northern and The Pub come highly recommended by the Red Tree Lodge Deskies! We would love to talk poutine all day so feel free to strike up a conversation on your next stay.