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.

The Food

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.

Gourmet Burgers Veggie Burger at 2017 PNE
Gourmet Burgers Veggie Burger at 2017 PNE

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.

Rocky Point Ice Cream from PNE 2017
Ice cream time! Thanks Rocky Point for always being delicious

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.

Oreo Churro from 2017 PNE
Terrible photo but delicious Oreo churro!

The Activities

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.

2017 PNE Hockey Hall of Fame Exhibit
Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit had tons of neat memorabilia, including these original trophies
2017 PNE Toytopia Etch a Sketch
Glen and Evelyn check out a giant Etch a Sketch at Toytopia
2017 PNE Super Dog Show
Waiting for the 2017 PNE Super Dogs show to start

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.

2017 PNE Down Time
Taking some time between activities and food to chill in the grass

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.


1 Comment

  1. 3 New North Van Ice Cream Joints You HAVE To Try - Kateish

    September 6, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    […] are big, big fans of ice cream in this house. Just in case you didn’t get the hint in my PNE post. Most desserts I can take or leave, but there is just something magical about ice cream that makes […]

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