Noodles and bowls of noodles are back at the centre of a new Canadian tradition, and it’s a bowl that’s all grown-up.
A little over a month ago, about 1,000 people from all over the country gathered at a gathering at a farm in the rural town of Coquitlam, B.C. It was a potluck dinner, and while it was billed as a celebration of the Canadian homecoming, the participants were in fact sharing a pot of noodles.
Noodles, according to local lore, are often the first foods to be eaten after leaving home.
For a long time, there were only a handful of people in the world who could afford to make a homecoming potluck, but as the number of people on the planet has grown, so too has the demand for such events, said organizer Kevin Rocha, who runs a food truck business called Rochas Pizza and a popular YouTube channel called Canadian Food Truck.
In Canada, food trucks are a fixture in many communities.
For many, it is a way to support their local businesses.
But this year, for the first time, the Canadian Food Trucks Association (CFTAA) is hosting the first national potluck event in North America.
In the lead-up to the potluck Thursday night, organizers asked people to share their favourite foods.
“We wanted to bring it back to our roots, to be a celebration for homecoming,” said Rochanas Pizza owner and co-founder and chef Kevin Rocchi.
“We wanted it to be family friendly, and for kids, we wanted it be fun.”
For the past year, Rochoas Pizza has hosted a potlatch called “Homecoming”, and it is becoming a regular event in Coquitham.
It started in May, when Rochs Pizza’s owners heard about a local food truck, called “Noodlegames”, that wanted to hold a pot luck.
Rochis Pizza and Noodlegame have teamed up to run the event, and Rochasa Pizza is one of the food trucks that is hosting it.
A bowl of noodle soup was served during the “Noodle Bowl of Noodls” at the Coquitliman Community Food & Farm on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.
(Submitted by Kevin Roche)”We just had to make it happen, and we wanted to make sure that people can feel welcome and at home in our community,” Rochase said.
This year’s potluck is the first in a series of potlachings, which are meant to give people the opportunity to share homecoming memories and share food with friends.
Ruchas Pizza’s potlatching has been going on for three years, and in that time, they’ve seen a growth in the number and number of attendees.
“We have about 80-90 people every week, and so it is kind of growing,” Ruchasa said.
“It’s just been incredible.
I mean, it’s been a real joy.”
Noodlakings are really big in our city, and I think it’s really important to be able to bring the community together.
“Noodling is a traditional Chinese food, and although it’s not exactly a Chinese dish, it can be a staple in Chinese and Japanese cuisine.
And as the world becomes more connected, people are sharing stories about how they feel homecoming feels, with a pot full of food and some noodles in the middle.”
I just think that it is important to have people feel welcome, and to have them be able [to] share that,” Rocche said.
A local potluck also has some cultural significance.
Rachas Pizza uses the word “noodle” as its logo, and its food truck is also called Noodlaks.”
There’s an entire village, I think, called Noodle,” Roche said.
The next potluck in the series is expected to take place next year, with Rochascas Pizza hosting a second potluck this fall.”
It’s just like we say in China, ‘You bring the bowl, we bring the noodles.'”””
It’s like, ‘We’re going to do this one potluck.’
It’s just like we say in China, ‘You bring the bowl, we bring the noodles.'””
It gives you a sense of homecoming in that you’ve come home.”