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Foodie Fridays return this summer

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

The City of Prince George is again inviting food trucks, sidewalk vendors, and hungry residents to come downtown for Foodie Fridays.

The award-winning and popular program, which allows licensed sidewalk and mobile vendors to sell their prepared food on Fridays during the summer, will be held once again at Canada Games Plaza in front of the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre. Last year, there were more than 5,000 visits to the event, which will again feature live music through the lunch hour. Foodie Fridays will be held each Friday from July 19 to September 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Starting in 2020, Foodie Fridays will be held at the City’s new downtown park, Wood Innovation Square, which is nearing completion on Fifth Avenue next to UNBC’s Wood Innovation and Design Centre and Wood Innovation Research Lab. Wood Innovation Square will be officially opened later this summer. Previously, Foodie Fridays was held in front of City Hall until adjacent construction activity required the program to be relocated.

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. In 2017, 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 Jen Rubadeau, Civic Events Coordinator. “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: