Vancouver’s first Indigenous food truck is ready to roll

Meet Mr Bannock

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A new food truck is rolling out in Vancouver this month, but its fare is unlike any other most locals have tried. Mr Bannock will be Vancouver’s first food truck to showcase Indigenous cuisine, with some fusion twists.

Mr Bannock is the project of Squamish Nation member Paul Natrall.

“Not a lot of people are aware of what (Indigenous cuisine) is,” Natrall told Pique last fall. “I believe everybody’s behind on it. But that’s because our culture was taken away… and some of those traditions didn’t get passed down. Just through talking to elders and other Aboriginals in my community, we want to bring that back. It’s very exciting.”

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Natrall has spent the last decade cooking and honing his craft, but it was specifically an Aboriginal culinary program at Vancouver Community College that sparked his interest in the cuisine of his own heritage.

Now Mr Bannock is gearing up for a launch on Saturday, January 27, with a menu of bannock-centric fusion foods. Bannock is a traditional quick bread that can be cut down or adapted into multiple forms; customers will find it as waffles, fried for a taco-style wrap, and in sweet mini bites on the Mr Bannock food truck menu.

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Mr Bannock will officially turn on the stoves for the public for the first time from 11 am to 5 pm Saturday at St. Paul’s Church (424 Esplanade West) in North Vancouver.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom