After the success of the first lunchtime Tastes of Our Town event, Aldergrove Business Association vice-president Veronica Cave is predicting there will be another.
“We’re going to do it again, make it bigger,” Cave remarked after the Saturday Aug. 14 event that presented live entertainment in the new plaza space in downtown Aldergrove as part of an eat-local promotion for participating local businesses, who were offering special take-out menus for people to nosh while watching.
On the day of the event, Cave, owner of Veronica’s Gourmet Perogies, was kept busy keeping up with demand.
“It went really great,” Cave summarized, “just a lot of good vibes.”
Cave said the promotion was put together in a short period of time.
“It was really quick,” Cave recalled, but interest was immediate.
“All the restaurants were very eager to participate.”
Tastes of Our Town ran from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the new plaza (27214 Fraser Hwy).
Members of the Kick It Up A Notch Academy of Dance were featured performers in the temporary public space, available for use by local groups to have public gatherings, that was created by the Township after the Alder Inn hotel was demolished.
Attendance was good, said Alyssa Nielsen, singer and MC, who estimated most of the seats were occupied, something remarkable given the hot weather and the smokey haze.
“Especially for a first-time event,” Nielsen added.
The event came about because a small group was invited by resident Marie Gold to meet and share ideas for community events in the new space.
There was plenty of shade and free bottles of water at the plaza to keep everyone cool and hydrated Saturday, and various community groups were present, includingLangley Arts Council, the Aldergrove Food Bank, which was onsite to accept donations, and the Earth Ninjas, who shared tips and tricks for keeping the community clean and green.
More photos from the day can be viewed online.
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