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New Westminster's StrEAT monster devours Columbia

This year no one went home hungry.

There were more than triple the trucks to feed the masses Saturday evening at the second annual Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest than the inaugural party in 2013.

Last year many of the 15 trucks that showed ran out of food early on because so many foodies had flocked to Columbia. This year there were 52 trucks along with eight vendors from the Royal City Farmers Market, and they were prepared for the onslaught of people. And there was a huge onslaught with Columbia jammed from Sixth Street to the other side of Fourth Street.

"It was pretty crazy. There were points where it was very busy, but overall positive feedback where the lineups were a lot less than last year and the variety of trucks were better. We got way more positive feedback than last year," said Kendra Johnston, Downtown New Westminster Business Improvement Association executive director. "I would say they're [the truck owners are] beyond happy. Everybody said they wanted to come back."

Johnston said she could see the festival taking up the entire street like it does for its annual Show & Shine because so many of the trucks, and people, were squeezed close to together.

"The street traffic was very busy at times so it was tough to get through. We'd like to see more space next year and make people more comfortable," said Johnston.

There were lots of calls on social media for the festival to be held more often. Johnston said the BIA might look at holding it twice a year.

"It's a possibility. I wouldn't want to do it too often because it would lose its specialness in a way," said Johnston.

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