Feature Story Sunday, July 16, 2017
We the Party!
Month-long festival reaches midway point
A beautiful "smash" cake to pretty to eat from Jakes Cakes.
he second night of four-Friday Chilliwack outdoor music/food event went off without a hitch last week with what seemed like more people and more vendors. Traffic is closed and barricaded on Victoria Ave., Mill St., Wellington Ave and a a stage set-up at Central Park.
This week the stage featured Brook Potter, Gerald Charlie and the Black Owl Blues, One Nite Stand, Soundscape, and Lost & Loaded.
When the event was first conceived, it took place on Saturdays throughout July and August for a total of eight days. That has been whittled down now to 4 Days in July.
Aside from almost every imaginable food from South Asian food to real juice momo popsicles and gorgeous hand-decorated "smash cakes" for kids from Jakes Cakes, and 1950 style food from Jukebox Johnnies in an authentic setting. Can't forget Panago's Pizza and the mmm familiar candy floss stand.
Every kid there had to check out bubbles from a pop-up lemonade truck. A cool recumbent bike from Giantshead Free Ride. Activities for the kids included: break dancing demonstrations, street hockey and martial arts demonstrations. A roped-off pub had a stage with acoustic musicians.
Next week the event will Nelson Padilla, The Johnsons, KO’s, Floe Pham, and Awake O Sleeper on the main stage.
Friendly vendors included: GoodDog Biscuits, Sweetlegs, body care lotions from several vendors lotions including Jennifer's nerium.com, household and building supplies from Restore together with the Littler Cabinet Shop who work along with habitatforufv.com in the old HY Louie Building on Yale Rd.
You'll find them and women's vendors like Kelly Barry's Lash Beauty Lounge featuring Kelly Barry and her aesthetician and laser tech centre on Hocking Ave who specialize in women's personal care, Arbornne lotions, Ginger Gem's pearl jewelry, The Guess How Many gals with their varieties of makeup. There was Affordable Beautiful Bling, Henna handpainting,
Household items like beautiful handmade streamers and sewing items on Mill St. and also from Mel and on Wellington wonderful her handsewn placemats and household items.
Knotty Rustic Signs and the wonderful signage that brought you back to your childhood days and further.
Tupperware, Scentsy, Caribou Candle Co. had a great selection of aromatic candles that smelled good enough to eat. Artisan treats from Lil' Slice of Heaven. Beau Jangles home decor and women's accessories. Work's Crazy Wraps for women puts a new spin on an old item. Ancient Mantra Naturals had essential oils.
A boothfull of friendly people at thetablegathering.ca multi-nation mission.
There was a boatload of kids books from Dianna at her barefootbooks.com business. Personally sandblasted glassware from Shelley McColeman's Everything Glassy Some great groups to look for include the Terry Fox team, Save-On, 529 Garage with anti theft tips and bicycle registration, Crime Prevention Services display staffed by none other than Santa from the Christmas parade. Chilliwack Community Services had a youth and child display.
If you wanted to impress someone in your life with flowers there was a great selection of personally designed or learn to dance with Chilliwack Dance School.
Clothing boutiques included the Bee Lady from Geezbeez.ca promoting awareness with tees, tanks and locally produced mugs and water bottles.
Watch for these vendors and a whole lot more at the next event on July 24.
You can't forget the great Traffic management staff at Streetwise. Give them a wave and thanks and maybe even bring them some water in the bottled water if you see them working with traffic throughout the summer months.
The event is hosted by the Downtown Chilliwack BIA and emceed by Trevor Macdonald. Go-Audio, a local company hooked up and handled the sound.
For more information, visit downtownchilliwack.com.
See more photos below.