Jul 14

The PNE Chef’s Garden

We are very excited to launch a new sustainability initiative here at the PNE in partnership with Safeway. The PNE Chef’s Garden is a fresh and local garden where we are growing over 500lbs of food for use by our PNE Food and Beverage team.

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Many people don’t realize that the PNE manages the over 105 acres of Hastings Park on a year round basis. We have staff on site seven days a week, year-round, maintaining the buildings, the grounds, the park space and now also our spray-free fruit, vegetable and herb gardens! Trained horticulturists in our gardening team tend to the over 20 plants including, cucumbers, strawberries, thyme, lettuce, basil, watermelon, kale and potatoes. You can see an exhibit of The PNE Chef’s Gardens during The Fair in Farm Country.

You may be asking at this point, ‘well what happens to all the ripe product?’ It gets eaten… by you! The product grown in the gardens gets incorporated by our Food and Beverage department into the food we serve at catered events onsite like the meals served to the artists who play at the Pacific Coliseum and in the dishes prepared for our private catered events. Hence the name, The PNE Chef’s Garden!

Don’t forget to visit Market Fresh at The Fair for healthy options straight from our gardens. As we grow this initiative, food will also be incorporated into many of our Food and Beverage initiatives onsite during Playland and The Fair. So just think, next time you order a Crazy Dog, Shrimp Boat platter or Unroutine Poutine, that sprinkle of chive, sliver of carrot or even slice of onion and lettuce came straight from our gardens that morning! This is just another small step in our journey on becoming a zero waste and fully sustainable site.

Check our blog frequently for updates from the PNE Chef’s Garden where we’ll be sharing what’s grown and how it’s all being used.

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Jun 18

Come Hungry…

… because The Fair’s got a lot of amazingly ridiculous new food offerings for you to devour!

This year’s Fair food lineup features 30% new food options over 2014! Some of which are mouth-watering healthy and local options and the others are, shall we say, more classic Fair works-of-genius, masterfully crafted for you to salivate over.  But until The Fair arrives on August 22, here’s what you can start dreaming about.

CIN CITY MINI DONUTS – Jalapeño Poutine Mini Donuts

Jalapeño Poutine Mini Donuts

Tasty cheese curds, smothered in gravy, and topped with spicy jalapeño slices over a bowl of freshly made mini donuts. Located in the MarketPlace 

REEL MAC AND CHEESE – Jurassic Pork

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Classic Gourmet Macaroni and Cheese topped with pulled pork and crispy onions. Located on the Main Line

PUB GRUB – Red Velvet Chicken Strips

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Already Delicious Grade A Chicken Strips dipped in Red Velvet Cake Batter and cooked again so they’re twice as nice. Located on the Main Line

FUNNEL CAKES – PB&J Funnel Cakes

PB&J Funnel Cakes

Located on the West Food Line

BACON ON A BUN

Bacon on a Bun

Canadian back bacon on an open-faced bun loaded with savoury fried onions, fresh tomatoes, and a layer of smokey cheese. Located on the Main Line

SLUSH ZONE – Screamers

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Soft Serve Vanilla Ice Cream with Coke Slushies poured over top. Located on the Main Line

CACTUS BURGER

Cactus Burger

Authentic Cactus Leaf, black beans, provolone cheese, roasted garlic mayo, roasted red peppers, sauteed mushrooms, lettuce, caramelized onion, tomatoes. Located on the West Food Line

RED VELVET MINI DONUTS

RED VELVET MINI DONUTS

A staple Fair food, with a 21 century twist. Red velvet mini donuts with real cream cheese glazing on a stick. Located on the West Food Line

AUTHENTIC MONTREAL SMOKED MEAT

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Slow smoked brisket of beef in steam water and cured with 26 different spices, thinly shaved on Hebrew Montreal rye bread with mustard. Located on the Main Line

ROCKY POINT ICE CREAM – Fat Elvis

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A stuffed sweet brioche bun with chocolate ice cream, local strawberry jam, crunchy peanut sauce, and sliced banana grilled to perfection to create a warm crisp outside and cold crunchy goodness inside. Located on the Main Line

HOUSE OF GOURMET BURGER – Maple Bacon Donut Burger

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Two maple glazed donuts surround a beef patty, american cheese and bacon. Located South West of Playland beside Keepers Doll Factory

 

View a list of all food vendors coming to this year’s Fair.

 

May 15

The Beast is Waiting For You…

Yesterday we played host to many of the local media who were invited to capture the fist images of our new thrill ride, The Beast. Plus, we needed a few more test rides before we were ready to open it to the public, so who better to put on the ride!

Check out images from the event below, and footage from the inside facing seats on YouTube. The Beast will be ready for you to ride this weekend during our Opening ‘Long’ Weekend Celebration.  We’ll be open, and The Beast will be ready to terrorize you, this Saturday through Monday from 10am until 6pm.

Save on Playland PlayPasses online or at Lower Mainland 7-Eleven, Safeway, Save-on-Foods, Urban Fare, PriceSmart Foods and Cooper’s stores.

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The Beast 

As wild and dark as its name depicts, The Beast will have you screaming with terror from before you even get strapped in. The Beast is the first of its kind to North America, and Canada’s most extreme pendulum ride. With one menacing pendulum arm, you will be swung 120° in either direction facing either inside the ride or out (another first in North America), reaching heights of over 125 feet (that’s nearly 12 storeys), all while flying 90 km/hr in a seat that spins you 360°. Sounds as scary as it is, trust us!