By Jaclyn Jularbal
Wednesday, June 21st marks the 21st Annual Celebration of National Aboriginal Day. Each year, thousands of people head to Vancouver’s Trout Lake Park for a fun-filled day of both traditional and contemporary Indigenous activities, entertainment, and food. And what would a community gathering be without a mouth-watering, stomach-filling feast? With food trucks, caterers, and bannock makers on site – come hungry and get ready to journey into the tastiest National Aboriginal Day festival of all time.
Great gatherings start with great food, and this year the PR Bannock Factory will join the festivities as the featured caterers serving a community favourite: Chef Paul Natrall’s bannock tacos.
For the first time ever, the National Aboriginal Day at Trout Lake site map includes a food truck village open all day from 12pm to 10pm. Park visitors can enjoy plenty of street eats both savory and sweet, full of pizza, poutine, pierogies, and pastries. Some food trucks are even offering special celebration menu items that commemorate the day – with ingredients like juniper berries, bison, and wild salmon on the menu.
Enjoy eats from morning to night with these local food trucks that are sure to satisfy all your cravings: The Bannock Wagon, Big Red’s Poutine, The Cannoli King, Community Pizzeria, C’est Si Bon, Flying Fish N Chipper, Old Country Pierogi, REEL Mac and Cheese, Say Hello Sweets, and Slavic Rolls.
If you’re heading to the festival for homemade bannock, don’t panic! From 12pm to 6pm the TWN Business Administration Program from Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations will be on site whipping up family recipes as they fundraise to “assist all Aboriginal People with their Training & Employment needs,” as stated on their website. Enjoy a warm piece of bannock as you wander through the vendor area enjoying the many paintings and crafts made by talented local artists. The Bannock Wagon food truck is also a great option with fresh bannock pieces, sandwiches and desserts served all day long.
Witness the diverse cultures and traditions of Canada’s Indigenous people and join the celebration! Take a canoe tour of Trout Lake, join a mini traditional Pow Wow, witness the talented Git Hayetsk dancers, and spend the evening enjoying Aboriginal Day Live in the park. With events planned for the whole family, there’s plenty to eat so you can keep fuelled all day long.
Wednesday June 21, 2017
Trout Lake, 3300 Victoria Dr.
For information about the day visit: National Aboriginal Day at Trout Lake or Aboriginal Day Live
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