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There’s nothing like a giant block party to bring neighbours together to share and celebrate what it means to be part of a community
The ninth annual Fair in the Square was held on Sunday, May 31 in Victory Square Park adjacent to Vancouver Community College’s downtown campus.
VCC has been involved the Fair in the Square for the past seven years, invited by the Central City Foundation to provide refreshments to the more than 2,500 revellers. Local Downtown Eastside residents, businesses, social enterprises and community groups turned out and were treated to entertainment by a variety of bands and artists, from First Nations performers to the Project Limelight kids’ dance troupe. New this year was even a rousing swordplay display.
In a true demonstration of “neighbourocity”, more than 100 VCC volunteers donated their talents and services to entertain and feed the crowd . Students from VCC’s Culinary Arts program fired up the grill and served more than 2,000 burgers, along with 1,500 cupcakes by Baking and Pastry Arts students and 60 watermelons cut and served by VCC employees. Special thanks goes to Gordon Food Service and Snow Cap for providing the supplies.
VCC is proud to support the community and to be a part of such a vibrant neighbourhood for the past 50 years. We are also proud of our partnership with the Central City Foundation, founded more than 100 years ago to provide support and solutions that improve the lives of our neighbours in need.
It was a great way to celebrate our 50th anniversary year and to learn more about being a neighbour in the truest sense of the word. We’re already looking forward to next year’s Fair in the Square!
Learn more about Neighbourocity
See our Fair in the Square photo gallery!