In memory of New Westminster’s golden age: Wild Rice pays tribute to the King Neptune

Photograph shows a street view of Eighth Street, looking toward the river, showing the intersections of 8th and Victoria, Carnarvon, Columbia, and Front streets. Shows edge of CPR station, The Old Spaghetti Factory on the right, and a full view of The King Neptune restaurant at the foot of the street.
Photograph shows a street view of Eighth Street, looking toward the river, showing the intersections of 8th and Victoria, Carnarvon, Columbia, and Front streets. Shows edge of CPR station, The Old Spaghetti Factory on the right, and a full view of The King Neptune restaurant at the foot of the street. Photo: New Westminster Museum & Archives.

It’s been nagging at me to write about a particular Feast On The Fraser event that caught my eye: Wild Rice’s Tribute to the King Neptune on Thursday, October 1. Most people who moved to New West or came of age after 1982 will have no idea what the King Neptune is or why it deserves a tribute, but mention it to anyone who lived here during New West’s golden age when Columbia Street was the place to shop, and they will tell you that the King Neptune was the place to eat.

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Feast like never before from Sept. 25 – Oct. 4 in New West

Featuring 12 tasty events over 10 days, the new Feast On The Fraser festival showcases local arts and culture as well as eateries.
Featuring 12 tasty events over 10 days, the new Feast On The Fraser festival showcases local arts and culture as well as eateries.

Get your stretchy pants ready: you are about to feast like never before. From September 25 – October 4, even the healthiest eaters in New West will want to take at least one “cheat day” to enjoy the mouthwatering delights on offer for Feast On The Fraser, a 10-day long gloriously indulgent foodie festival.

Organized by Tourism New West and presented in partnership with the City of New Westminster and the Brewery District by WesGroup Properties, Feast On The Fraser is designed to show off our city, pairing New Westminster’s top chefs with some of our brightest cultural talent. It’s much more than two weeks of tasty meals: each day of the festival features a one-time-only collaboration between an eatery and one of our other local arts, entertainment, or retail movers-and-shakers to create a one-of-a-kind culinary experience that can be found only in New West.

“New Westminster has long distinguished itself as one of Metro Vancouver’s premier culinary destinations, and it’s time for us to expand our dining scene and pair it with some fun experiences,” said Tej Kainth, Executive Director, Tourism New Westminster in a press release about the event.  “Feast on the Fraser is the perfect opportunity to further showcase the city’s delicious offerings, along with our rich arts, culture and entertainment scene.”

The festival kicks off on September 25 with Boathouse Brews & Bites, a beer-themed menu at the Boathouse Restaurant incorporating Steel & Oak’s delicious local brew. Other events over the 10 days include live music, painting your very own work of art, watching a Monday night football game, geeking out playing the “Rock Band” video game, dancing, cooking demonstrations, a boat cruise, belly dancing, a master chef cookoff, and even a tribute to the famous King Neptune restaurant (New West old-timers still talk about how amazing it was).

Participating businesses include 100 Braid St. Studios, Anvil Centre, The Boathouse, Boston Pizza, Heritage Grill, Longtail Kitchen, Pacific Breeze Winery, Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours, Steel and Oak Brewery, Taverna Greka, Truffles Fine Foods and Catering, Wild Rice, and more.

All events are ticketed, and I would suggest you snap yours up quickly – many are sure to sell out. The cost ranges from just $20 to $94 per person, so there is something to fit every budget.

Here’s the schedule:

Full details about the festival are found on Tourism New Westminster’s website.

Canada Day in New Westminster

Canada Day fireworks are at the New Westminster Quay on July 1, 2015
Canada Day fireworks are at the New Westminster Quay on July 1, 2015

For Canada Day fun in New Westminster, head to Queens Park and the Quay this Wednesday, July 1.

The festivities begin at 11:30am in Queens Park, with activities and displays from community organizations and live music in the Bandshell until 3:30pm. The spray park and petting zoo will be open as usual, so there’ll be lots for families to do.

Then, after 3pm head down to River Market for face-painting, balloon-twisting and other activities for the kids. For the adults, head out to the boardwalk to catch some live music outside the Paddlewheeler Pub. The shops at River Market will be open late for those who want to pick up dinner on site.

For the literary-minded, there is a Poetry in the Park event from 6-8pm in the Queens Park Bandshell, featuring poetry readings and an open mic. Poetry in the Park is a weekly summer event hosted by the Royal City Literary Arts Society.

The day will finish with fireworks on the Quay at 10pm. Gather on the Quay Boardwalk near River Market for a great view, or watch in style from the Wild Rice patio (reservation-only seating after 8:30pm, so book ahead if that’s your plan!).

How do you plan to spend Canada Day?

Happening in New West: Thursday, June 24-Wednesday, July 1

Starting this week, writer Laura Grady is contributing a weekly selection of events, activities and other fun stuff to do around New Westminster. If you have an event to add to this list, or want to let us know about something that’s coming up, please leave a comment to let us know about it! 

Opening this week

Mermaids Are Real: A photography exhibit presented by the Arts Council, June 23 - July 19.
Mermaids Are Real: A photography exhibit presented by the Arts Council, June 23 – July 19.

Arts Council of New Westminster: Mermaids are Real
Dive into the mystical world of swimming mermaids. Through a series of stunning photographs, visitors will be swept away into a beautiful underwater world. The exhibit includes videos and the children’s book The Pink Mermaid and Other Tails.
June 24–July 19
1pm to 5pm
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