Fun, food, and philanthropy were on the menu at a recent new Maple Ridge festival.
Despite heavy rain, a food-, friend-, and fundraising event at Meadowridge School was an “overwhelming success,” said Eileen Karmali, president of the school’s parent guild.
She described the inaugural Feast-ival as a welcome and welcome back celebration held inside and out at the 240th Street school.
More than a thousand people attended, helping raise in excess of $7,000 “to enhance the educational experience of Meadowridge students,” Karmali said.
And, on top of generating the money, Feast-ival also provided a chance for newcomers to see the school, learn about the community enhancement projects, and take part in a family-oriented, fun event, she explained.
The focus of the new festival was food. While augmented by a street hockey tournament, and children’s activities including pony rides and an obstacle course, the four-hour event focused almost exclusively around food: from food trucks and farmers market vendors to pie sales and a cake walk.
For instance, the food truck crazes came to Maple Ridge in the form of the Meadowridge “Eat Street” featuring the cream of Vancouver’s food truck crop serving up Tacofino’s Diablo cookie, Hunger Management’s Shrimp Po’ Boy, and potato cheddar selections from Holy Perogy.
Those looking for lighter fare, flocked to the British pavilion for scones provided by Vancouver’s Pastry Training Centre, and served up with congenial conversation by the ladies providing tea service, Karmali said.
Although indoors, the Lordco beverage patio provided refreshing refuge from the storm outside, as well as a perfect vantage point to watch the excitement that unfolded in an old-fashioned cake walk.
“Children and adults together vied for the prizes of beautiful, creative, and delicious donated cakes made by Meadowridge families and friends,” Karmali said, who received a lot of feedback in the days following the Sept. 29 event.
“Way to go on the Feast-ival,” said parent Nancy MacKenzie. “Awesome fun, even in the rain. My family of four had a good time, for sure.”
Christine Bickle credited the organizers with kicking the school year off with a bang.
“It was a tremendous day,” Bickle said.
“Attendance was remarkable when you consider the weather, and the sense of fun and interaction of families that participated brought warmth to a cool day,” said Don Hincks.
“Kudos to all who participated in any way to make this event happen,” he added.
Even headmaster Hugh Burke commented: “The Sunday event was excellent. Congratulations to you, Eileen, and the team for your hard work, thoughtfulness, and extraordinary success. Not even a Tempest could get the better of you,” Burke said. “Well done, and thank you.”
Karmali said plans are already in the works for next year, with hopes the event will become an annual affair at Meadowridge School.
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