Here is everything you can eat and drink at this year’s Powell Street Festival

You'll want all the food at Vancouver's summertime Japanese cultural community event.


Vancouver’s annual Powell Street Festival is one of the best ways all year to get to know the city’s Japanese culture. The most delicious part is that there is so much to eat and drink, including specialty items that are a little harder to find in Metro Vancouver.

Taking place August 4-5, 2018 from 11:30 am to 7 pm each day at Oppenheimer Park, the Powell Street Festival is free to attend. Of course, once you get a look at the menu, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got cash on hand to feast on an array of sweet and savoury treats.

There are over 20 food vendors confirmed who will be on hand to serve up authentic Japanese eats. Past Fest attendees know this is the spot for items like takoyaki, spam musubi, imagawayaki (wheel cake), chicken karaage, osaka balls, ramen, okonomiyaki, sushi, and even a wild salmon bbq.

Japadog (Photo courtesy Powell Street Festival)

Familiar vendors like Japadog and Mogu from the city’s street food scene will have signature items like fusion hot dogs and sweet and spicy fried chicken. There’s going to be tons of ice cream, matcha, cold drinks, crepes, noodles, teas, grilled squid, and of course those giant “hurricane” potatoes on a stick.

If you’re still hungry after the festival, head to neighbourhood spot Dosanko to check out their homestyle Japanese eats and their special offerings for the weekend.

Here is the full list of all the amazing foods you’ll find at the 2018 Powell Street Festival.

Artisan Sakemaker
Ginger Rice Cream, Cranberry Rice Cream, Chocolate Rice Cream, Apple juice, Cherry juice, Sake kasu

Chicco Café
Odaifuku Ice Cream, Beef Rice Burger, frozen ice S’more

Coconama Chocolate 
Namachoco – many flavours of fresh Japanese chocolate

Damien’s Belgian Waffles 
Japanese themed waffles and mini waffles, Meringue, Madeleines, Cookies, Pearl Sugar


Hatchan (Photo courtesy Powell Street Festival)

Squid Takoyaki, Octopus Takoyaki

Ichiyo’s Matcha Bar 
Usucha, Matcha/Hojicha Latte, Iced Matcha/Hojicha, Matcha/Hojicha Frappe, Matcha Affogato

A variety of Japanese-inspired hot dogs (Kurobata Terimayo, Okonomi, Oroshi, Gomamiso), French Fries (with toppings), Ramune, Fries

Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association
Wild salmon BBQ dinner, Spam musubi sushi

Japanese Crepe Sasuke 

Japanese Crepe Sasuke (Photo courtesy Powell Street Festival)

Crepes (Strawberry, Banana, Half/Half, Japanese Luxury, Ice Cream)

Konko Church Imagawayaki 
Imagawayaki, Cold Green Tea, Iced Tea, Rice Crackers

Mogu Food Cart
Sweet & Spicy Chicken Karaage

Osaka Ball 
Osaka balls (Shrimp, Scallop) in original, wasa mayo, and teri mayo flavours

Otowa Ryu Dance Group 
Gyoza dinner, Gyoza side dish

Potato San 
Hurricane Potato (Spicy, Sweet Miso, and Miso Garlic flavours)

Republica Coffee Roasters
Coffee, Iced Coffee, Lattes, Iced Lattes, Organic Agave Syrup, Cold Brew, Roasted Coffee Beans

Benkei Ramen


Ramen (Tokyo Shoyu, Negishio, Kokumiso Tonkotsu, Spicy Miso, Shirunashi Tantanmen), CC lemon, Oolong Tea

Tea Lani
Handcrafted teas

Tenrikyo Yonomotokai 
Yakisoba, Korokke (fried croquette)

Teriyaki Boys 
Teriyaki Don (Chicken, Beef, Tofu), Ikayaki (grilled squid), Garlic Shrimp

The Uncommon Café

The Uncommon Cafe (Photo courtesy Powell Street Festival)

Yakiniku Pulled Pork Sandwich, Yakiniku Jackfruit Sandwich, Fresh Prawn Sunomono Salad, Frozen Watermelon, Peppermint Lemon Iced Tea, Kombucha on tap

Tonari Gumi 
Cold Ramen Salad, California Roll, Inari Sushi, Sushi Set, Mochi Manju, Mugicha, Shiso Juice

Vankoji Foods 
Homemade Koji products

Vancouver Buddhist Temple 
Curry Beef on Rice with Salad, Inari Sushi, Manju, Mugi Cha, Corn on the Cob, Ice Cream

Vancouver Japanese Language School (VJLS) 
Chicken Yakitori, Okonomiyaki (Beef and Vegetarian), Yakionigiri, Kakigori (snow cone), Uji Kintoki (Japanese shaved ice dessert)

Powell Street Festival

When: August 4-5, 2018 from 11:30 am to 7 pm daily
Where: Oppenheimer Park – 400 Powell Street, 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, 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: // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom