A Day at the 2017 PNE
This year is going too bloody fast. I can’t believe the end of summer is creeping up on us already! For us Vancouverites, this time of year brings an annual tradition: the Pacific National Exhibition, or PNE. Glen took the day off work today, so we decided to take some family time to visit this den of culinary debauchery. The 2017 PNE did not disappoint.
Every year the number of food trucks and stands at the PNE seems to grow, and every year they try to outdo each other with wild offerings. Some years I can’t wait to get in on the new action. This year, I was a little more cautious, because I heard chicken feet and bugs were on the menu and I’m just not that adventurous.
There were plenty of other calorically-dense options for us to feast on though. And feast we did! First up a PNE staple – greasy burgers and fries from Gourmet Burgers. In a thinly veiled attempt to appear healthy I opted for a veggie burger. It came loaded with mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, veggie patty, and provolone; with so many veggies it can’t be all that bad right? WRONG! Any calories I saved by skipping the beef were immediately replaced with the pool of mayo the burger was drowned in. It was delicious don’t get me wrong, but next time I’ll go halfsies on the sauce.
Next up, frozen delight courtesy of Rocky Point Ice Cream. Glen, Evelyn and I are all huge ice cream fans. Since Rocky Point makes ah-mazing stuff, we make sure to hit up their food truck at every PNE. This year I went with a scoop of chocolate and a scoop of cookie dough. Perfection.
Finally, what trip to the PNE would be complete without some snack foods? We grabbed some fresh-squeezed lemonade, another perennial favourite, and rounded out our menu with an Oreo Churro. It. Was. Ridiculous! If you are tempted to try, I recommend having lots of wet naps or napkins nearby. Between the filling, the icing, and the powered sugar, every inch of you will be sticky before you know it.
I don’t know why, but this year’s PNE seemed to have more to do. We were lucky because the weather was decent but the crowds weren’t too bad, so we didn’t have trouble with lines or anything. And yet we spent over 4 hours there and didn’t come close to seeing everything. The Hockey exhibit and Toytopia were great additions to the fair and we spent a lot of time exploring both areas. We also got a chance to check out Toon City, Xtreme Bugs, some live entertainment at the PNE amphitheater, and of course, the Super Dogs.
If I were to go again, I’d probably skip Toon City and the Bugs to spend some time with the animals. I also would’ve liked to go through the prize home, but I don’t think Evelyn’s patience would’ve accommodated that. As it was, our sleepy little girl passed out in the car on the way home.
All in all, I have to say this was another successful day at the PNE in the books. We are all full, happy, and tired – which is exactly what you should be after a day at the Fair. There is still a week left in this year’s fair, and I sincerely recommend you check it out if you get the chance.