First there were the Mini-Donuts, now it's time for a meaty fest. For their second drive-thru micro-event, the Fair at the PNE is holding a "Car-B-Q" that's all about some of their most popular rib-slingers.
Taking place June 18 through 21 at Hastings Park, the advanced-purchased event will feature two concessionaires from other provinces, as well as two local vendors. All of the food must be pre-ordered, and you'll drive through and pick up your eats. Plus, as a special treat, the PNE hopes to "get dad’s engine running" courtesy the first-ever indoor drive-through car show, featuring classic, vintage, and muscle cars, and hot rods from across the region.
These drive-through mini events are how the PNE is coping with having to curb their usual Fair operations due to COVID-19. With gatherings limited to fewer than 50 people and mandated physical distancing measures, organizers have gotten creative with how they can still bring people together, as well as support many of the Fair's vendors.
Now, back to the grub. Selling eats will be Smith family of Ontario with Gator’s Barbeque and Reinhardt family of Saskatchewan with Prairie Smoke, both popular picks at the PNE's Ribfest zone. And our own local Reel Mac and Cheese truck, and The Fry Guys have grub up for grabs, too.
Ticket purchasers will choose their day and time, and pre-purchase all their food. Ticket purchases include two tickets to the opening day of the 2021 PNE Fair. Prices are: $29 for one rack of ribs (plus two tickets to the 2021 Fair) and sides of mac and cheese or poutine can be purchased for $12 each. Entrance to the drive-through car show is free with your food purchase.
A Taste of the PNE – Car-B-Q Edition!
When: June 18-21, 2020 from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 4-8 p.m.
Where: Hastings Park/PNE Grounds: Enter off Renfrew Street, North of the Pacific Coliseum
Cost: Build your own food package, prices are $12-29 per item. Purchase online.