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)
Tips & Tricks from the PNE’s Chef, Aaron Jeffs.
Aaron Jeffs weighs in on his top kitchen must-have which happens to be a staple gadget here at the PNE.
A Mandoline or V-Slicer should be in everyone’s kitchen! It’s great for fast meal prep or for those times when you need consistency in your presentation. There are tons of options in the market ranging in price from just a few dollars for a plastic model to several of hundreds for a stainless steel version. With so many options to pick from it can be hard to determine how much you really do need to spend. Jeffs comments that for him personally and for use at the PNE, the more economical units ranging from $20-$40 have worked out perfectly. At the PNE we use ours daily for our classic Scalloped Potatoes (look out for the recipe next month!) and the Sweet Pickled Cucumbers on our Braised Beef Short Rib Sandwich.
The V-Slicer is what we use at the PNE. They’re extremely sharp and will stay sharp for several years so Jeffs recommends to always use the slicing guard, no matter what. Ours are over 4 years old and still have a great edge. Believe it or not, we got them at The Fair’s MarketPlace!
V-Slicer from the MarketPlace at The Fair. Pick one up from this year’s MarketPlace at The Fair running August 22 – September 7.
The Sweet Pickled Cucumbers on the PNE’s Braised Beef Short Rib Sandwich are cut using our MarketPlace V-Slicer.
The Japanese Mandoline which can be purchased at most Asian grocery stores, is also very sharp and will stay sharp for many years. The Japanese model is adjustable to allow you to choose your thickness of slice whereas the V-Slicer and many other kinds are not. Again, always use the slicing guard, no matter what.
Potatoes Gratin (Scalloped Potatoes) being made using a Japanese Mandoline here at the PNE. Check out the recipe next month on our blog!
To make long thin slices of vegetables, and if you don’t have a slicer of any kind, you can always fall back on a handy vegetable peeler!
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.