New temporary location for Foodie Fridays

Getting the chicken shwarma just right at the Shiraz booth at Foodie Fridays. Bill Phillips photo

The city is again inviting food trucks, sidewalk vendors, and hungry residents to come downtown for Foodie Fridays.

This year, the program will be held at Canada Games Plaza in front of the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre due to the ongoing construction of a major condominium and parkade development adjacent to City Hall. The event has been held the previous two summers on the City Hall front lawn around Veterans Plaza. Foodie Fridays will be held each Friday from June 22 to August 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Foodie Fridays allows licensed sidewalk and mobile vendors to sell their prepared food on Fridays during the months of June, July, and August. Last year, more than 5,000 people attended the event for some pre-weekend outdoor refreshment. This year, we will again be featuring live music through the lunch hour,” said Jen Tkachuk, City Events Coordinator, in a news release. “The development next to City Hall precludes us from using that space due to the construction activity and insufficient electrical power for vendors, but we expect to return to that site when circumstances allow it.”

The idea of an outdoor food court was brought forth in response to suggestions from local businesses and as a means to help activate the downtown core, support business, and provide a beautiful space for locals to enjoy cuisine outside. Last year, the program was recognized at the BC Economic Development Awards as best community project.

“The idea was first brought to the attention of City staff by local businesses wishing to add a new dimension to the City’s downtown to complement our already fantastic restaurants and cafés,” said Tkachuk. “Foodie Fridays helps to make use of our fantastic downtown outdoor venues, and give the thousands of people who work in the area, as well as residents and tourists, a pleasant, social, outdoor place to go for a casual lunch.”

The city encourages any food truck operators, restaurant operators, or licensed food vendors who are interested in participating in Foodie Fridays to contact the City of Prince George:

Jen Tkachuk
Civic Events Coordinator
250-614-7880
jen.tkachuk@princegeorge.ca