Aug 22

Get Bucked Together – Challenge a Friend to Bull Riding!

This year in the Revel District at the PNE Fair, you can indulge your wild with mechanical bull riding.

Meet two competitors who rose to the challenge: Mama Lou and Carlee… The two met at our bull riding “arena” and hit it off right away.

Mama Lou – the strong woman performing three times daily on the Tim Horton’s stage at Revel District – took on a different challenge this time. The last time Carlee rode a mechanical bull was ten years ago; after tonight’s competition, she realized her skills have gotten a little rusty. Both had an incredible time and encourage couples, friends, parents, siblings to come, challenge one another and get bucked together!

Watch them performing some synchronized falling bull riding…

Aug 22

Everything You Need to Know About the PNE Fair

If there is one family, must-see, flagship, food-filled, end-of-summer event that you just shouldn’t miss… it’s the PNE Fair!

Here’s your go-to guide on everything Fair so the only thing you have to stress about when you visit is which food truck to try.


Which pass do I need?

  • Fair Gate pass: This gets you into the PNE Fair! This includes access to the marketplace, the exhibitions, agriculture barns, lots of entertainment and stage shows including Reveen, pig races, and of course… the SuperDogs.
  • Fair Ride pass: This lets you ride on all the roller coasters and rides in Playland PLUS 12 more rides brought in for the Fair. You must have the Fair Gate pass in order to use this pass. Playland season passes are not valid during the PNE Fair.

Psst. If you know you want to access the amusement park and ride all the roller coasters, get the Fair Gate and Fair Ride Combo Pass in advance to save some money! Also don’t miss out on some of the promo days we have this year. Find out more on the ways to save here.


Where can I park my car? My bike?

Parking your vehicle is convenient as can be! Lots are located off Renfrew Street and Bridgeway Street. Additional parking is also available at Hastings and Windermere Street. During the PNE Fair, bike valet service is available on site to provide free and secure bike parking. You can find them inside the Red Gate on the corner of Hastings and Renfrew Street. There are also bike racks (without valet service) outside the Red and Purple Gates!

For those who have never been to the PNE Fair, welcome! Just so you know, the main gate entrance is on the corner of Hastings and Renfrew Street.


So are Summer Night Concerts free or… do I have to pay?

Every year, we give fans the option to purchase tickets for reserved seating and private suites in advance. Reserved seating tickets start at $25. However, we also have 2000 to 4000 free tickets available per show for general admission. These free tickets will be released at 11:00am during the day of the show, and can be obtained online (with a $3 service fee) or in-person at the PNE Amphitheatre box office. There’s an option for everybody!


There’s so much to do at the Fair and I don’t want to miss anything… where are the washrooms? Where is everything?!

We hear you and we got you covered! This year, we introduced an exclusive PNE Fair app that can be downloaded onto your mobile device through Google Play Store and the App Store for free. From maps to show lists and food options, this app gives you all the information you need to safely navigate through the Fair… and not have FOMO.

And if apps aren’t your thing, pick up a Fair brochure and show guide on your way in! These give you all your information you need to make your way around the area with confidence and snatch the best deals too!


 

Whether it’s your first time at the PNE Fair, or it’s an annual tradition, we want you have a stress-free experience.  If you ever have any questions or need any assistance, find our team at the Guest Services counters or message us on our social media channels. Happy Fair!

Aug 1

Food Glorious Food!

 

It’s that time of the year again where our eyes get bigger than our stomachs and we salivate over the variety of terrifically tasty to wonderfully wacky food options coming to the PNE Fair. In addition to classics you’d expect to find, the PNE Fair is expanding its offering to include more vegan and plant-based dishes.

Lettuce celebrate the new, the favourites, the healthy, and the deep fried…

Around the World in One Fair Day

  • Chana Tater Tots – Travel the world at the Fair and get a taste of India from Wiggle Chips! These crispy tater tots are topped with sliced onion, green chilies, diced tomato, chickpeas and sliced chicken, all tossed in a house-made chana masala sauce and garnished with fresh coriander and ginger. Did we get you hungry yet?

  • Italian Pizza Perogies – You’ll definitely want a piz-za this from International Perogies. This is the perfect dish if you don’t want to get your hands dirty from pizzas and still want the taste of Italy all in one plate.

  • Rice Burger – Let’s head to Japan! This booth features their famous rice burger – choose from chicken katsu, beef yakiniku, and Japanese curry flavours and much more.

The Sweets (and the Salty)

  • Pickle Cotton Candy – Some say it’s the best of both worlds – sweet and salty. But others may think it’s dilly crazy. Find out at Next Gen Sweet Side Candy.

  • Butterbeer Soft Serve – All muggles and wizards will enjoy this one! There’s nothing better than a refreshing soft serve on a hot summer day at SummerLand SoftServe.

For all our veggie-lovers!

  • Beyond Meat Burger – You asked and we heard you! This year at the PNE Fair, we are bringing in more vegetarian and vegan options, so no matter your food preferences, there will be something for everyone – like the Beyond Meat burger at the Handmade Stuffed Burger Booth and Lookout Grill in Playland!

  • Buddha-Full – it’s beautiful and it’s vegan, it’s Buddha-Full! Find their Buddha-bowls and wraps on their popular double decker bus at the Fair!

New Fair-vourites

  • Sugar Cinn Pretzel – It’s the Fair classic from Mr. Pretzel! If you’re feeling adventurous, try the Napolitano, caramel, and Toscana pretzels – all hand-rolled and baked fresh to order.

  • Beauty and the Beef – Yes, you read that right. Find yourself indulging in a comforting mac and cheese dish topped with grilled smoked beef and crispy onions from Reel Mac and Cheese.

  • Banana Bread French Toast & Bacon Pancake Dippers – Get breakfast all day at Stacks Bacon Pancake House! These brunchy bites are great choices for those who crave sweet and savoury flavours.

  • Foot Long French Fries – We’ve all seen the foot long hotdogs and foot long subs. But have you seen these foot long French fries from Freakk Fries?

The Novelties

  • The Mighty Zeus Onion – It’s a whole onion cut and dipped in homemade batter and garnished with green pepper, red onion, tomato, feta cheese and much more from The Onion Factory. Onion breath may be included.

  • Devil’s Ramen – The name says it all – it’s hot and it’s spicy! If you’re up for a challenge, then slurp away at Saltspring Noodle Bar.

  • Cheesy Ramen Corndog – It’s corndogs gone trendy! The classic fair fave is wrapped in mozzarella cheese, dipped in batter, rolled in crispy ramen noodles and fried until golden brown… check them out at Next Gen Corn Dog.

  • Flaming Hot Cheetos Corndog – If you’re dying for some fiery goodness, look no further. This corndog ups the game and leaves your lips feeling tingly numb. Head to Chicky’s Chicken to satisfy the craving!

Adult Bevvies

NeFAIRious beer

  • NeFAIRious Cerveza: The PNE collaborated with local craft brewery *Parallel 49* on an easy-drinking Mexican-inspired beer. Look for it at P49’s tasting room and of course, at the Fair!

  • Tipsy Unicorn – It’s as magical as it sounds. This colourful, smoking cocktail will be sure to make your Fair experience a special one. And it looks good on Instagram. 😉

From finger-licking favourites to festival goodness, this year’s PNE Fair will have options for all Fairgoers. Food glorious food!

Find out more about the PNE Fair and save on advance tickets here.