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.
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.
Community and youth are at the heart of the PNE, so for us it made complete sense to develop a PNE Youth Council. The council’s objective is to provide local teens a unique opportunity to learn how a successful business operates and to nurture future business leaders of Vancouver.
Each year we select a group of 12 teens in grades 11 and 12 to join the Youth Council and we provide them key insights into the inner workings, business decisions and operational strategies of the PNE. The group gets access to our top leadership team and also have the chance to work on a major campaign or initiative, like a new ride or attractions launch or a special promotional day. The major takeaway for the students though, beyond having a great time, meeting like minded youth, attending a Vancouver Giants game, Playland, The Fair, and Fright Nights and working on a cool campaign, is that they leave the program gaining business contacts, learning teamwork and leadership skills and they get to provide a voice for the community.
Are you or someone you know interested in joining? We’re currently accepting applications for our 2015/2016 group. For details on the program and to apply Click Here. The application deadline is May 1, 2015.
Through funding from the British Columbia History Digitization Program, the City of Vancouver Archives has been able to digitized thousands of our historic Fair images that the public can now easily view and share. This is a program that we’ve worked closely on over the past year, and are excited to be able to now share it publicly.
Take a look back through fairs passed to see how The Best Part of Summer has evolved and changed with the times!
A few of our favourite photos…
This lion water fountain is still used today during The Fair. It’s a little piece of history that children, parents, grandparents and even great grandparents can share.
The SuperDogs have been a Fair-favourite show for over 35 years.
Some things never change. Even back in 1964, there were lineups to tour the PNE Prize Home.
Many of you will remember the Sky Glider chair lift that soared above The Fair grounds. This photo is from 1971.
Ernie’s Soft Serve Ice Cream is a classic Fair treat, and one enjoyed by many guests during their annual visit. Ernie, and this same stand, have been at over 65 Fairs! Try his hot fudge Sunday this summer, it’s like nothing you’ll get elsewhere in town!
If you can remember back to the fairs from the 50’s and 60’s you’ll remember the annual competition for Miss PNE! Here’s Miss PNE 1959 with The Fair clown.