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article imageBritish Columbia: Vegan food coming to Parksville market

By C. Schroeder     Jun 7, 2012 in Travel
Parksville BC’s Craig Street Summer by the Sea market just became a whole lot healthier. La Vida Vegan announced yesterday that they were officially confirmed as a food vendor for the upcoming 2012 summer market season.
Running from June 12 to August 28 this year, the Craig Street Summer by the Sea market is home to over 100 artisans and food vendors from across Vancouver Island. While mini-donuts and ice cream might be popular with some market attendees, a growing number of Parksville residents and tourists are turning to the sumptuous vegan creations of La Vida Vegan.
With decadent vegan treats like roasted red pepper veggie tacos, Chia “grawnola” bars, and their famous “Chemainus” veggie drink, it is no wonder that La Vida Vegan has been the talk of town since their Parksville arrival in April of this year. Originally planning to open near the Departure Bay ferry terminal in neighboring Nanaimo, La Vida Vegan’s Oswaldo Aviles Bahena and Sheila Dubroy ended up opening in sun and sand soaked Parksville instead. Nanaimo’s loss has definitely been Parksville’s gain. Residents and tourists alike have been discovering this vegan food truck sensation since they set up shop right next to Parksville’s Lady’s Mantle at 716 E. Island highway. With no preservatives, refined sugars, canned products, or animal products in their trans fat free vegan creations, customers have been able to partake in the food truck experience while enjoying tasty menu items that are good for their bodies.
Offering everything from vegan tamales and tacos to salsas and licuados, La Vida Vegan’s menu tempts the taste buds with Mexican flavors inspired by Bahana’s childhood in Tijuana, Mexico. It is no wonder La Vida Vegan’s arrival at the Summer by the Sea market has been so eagerly anticipated. Both the City of Parksville’s official Twitter feed and the Parksville Tourism Association’s Twitter feed responded when La Vida Vegan announced their confirmed attendance. While also planning to be in attendance at the Qualicum Beach Uptown summer market on Thursday nights this year, it is the Parksville Craig Street market that is expected to cement La Vida Vegan’s place as a bona fide local foodie success story.
La Vida Vegan is by no means the only food truck to launch successfully in Parksville. Both Karma Coffee and AA Texas BBQ have mobile vending locations set up at the Parksville Visitors Center at 1275 E. Island highway. Perfectly located for visitors and locals alike, the Visitors Center location offers Karma Coffee and AA Texas BBQ an excellent opportunity to introduce their tempting wares to Parksville’s summer tourist population. Also home to the Parksville Chamber of Commerce, the Visitors Center staff is going to have to keep an eye on their waistlines if the food truck sensation keeps happening. It is a good thing there are plenty of walking trails in the area.
With the addition of La Vida Vegan to the Oceanside summer market scene, the future definitely is looking bright for Parksville and Qualicum Beach residents and tourists. It is no wonder that visitors come from around the globe to enjoy the spectacular summer sights Oceanside offers. La Vida Vegan’s arrival is just one more bragging right Oceanside residents can now lay claim to.
Update: Both Karma Coffee (at Infinity Gifts) and the Extreme Eatz mobile food truck have advised they will also be in attendance all summer at the Parksville Summer by the Sea street market on Craig Street. Should be a tasty summer in Oceanside.
La Vida Vegan s Parksville food cart
La Vida Vegan's Parksville food cart
Image Courtesy of La Vida Vegan
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La Vida Vegan s  Grawnola  bars
La Vida Vegan's "Grawnola" bars
Image Courtesy of La Vida Vegan
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La Vida Vegan s Chemainus veggie drink
La Vida Vegan's Chemainus veggie drink
Image Courtesy of La Vida Vegan
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