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.
This year’s Fair is full of new shows, attractions and drool-worthy food options, plus a few returning favourites… SuperDogs anyone?!
We just announced the 2015 Fair at the PNE lineup and are so excited to bring BC so many unique, brand new and unprecedented events this year, most of which are FREE with your Fair gate admission.
For this year only, come out to see The Broadway Musical, Peter Pan
Over 35 new nightly concert acts
Attractions including The Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition, Superhero Discovery Centre and Dinosaurs Alive! A Jurassic Experience.
We have a brand new Craft Beer Fest that is sure to become a fan favourite alongside the 5th annual Vancouver Rib Festival and Dueling Pianos!
There’s even a new Rapid Pass to help you get onto your favourite rides faster, including our brand new extreme-thrill ride, The Beast – a must for any ride enthusiast planning to experience the over 50 Fair-time rides.
See this year’s exciting Fair lineup of shows, attractions, food, rides and everything in-between at www.pne.ca.
Fair at the PNE – August 22 to September 7 (closed Monday, August 24 & 31)
If you’ve driven down East Hastings Street over the past two weeks you should have noticed a daunting new addition to the Playland skyline. The dark black and green legs of our new ride, The Beast, have been erected, the menacing pendulum arm is attached and we’re now working through final design details and of course its operation.
The Beast is the first of it’s kind in North America and is only at Playland. Deemed ‘Canada’s Most Extreme Pendulum Ride’, it is the tallest and largest pendulum ride in Canada reaching 125 feet at full swing and speeds of 90km/hr.
The Beast will be ready for you to experience, if you’re brave enough, on Playland opening day, Saturday, May 16, 2015. The new ride is included in a Playland PlayPass, which you can save on if you purchase ahead of time online or at participating retailers.
Check out the time lapse of The Beast being lifted into place (photos below).