HARE KRISHNA! Every Sunday the ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple in Burnaby opens its doors to host a free Sunday feast program to the public (donations encouraged). It's not just eating but an entire celebration that includes dancing, music and a class on the ancient Indian Bhagavad-Gita. When I was in high school, I went here on a field trip and had an amazing time! The main temple (where we will be meeting) is, I believe, a large pink building. Inside the room is ornately decorated with the ceiling depicting a sky. I did attend to hear some of the lessons taught in here and even partook in the awesome dances. The food, based on hearsay and on Yelp, has been described as Vegetarian but extremely delicious! Please read below for some important details:
***Please note: you do NOT need to be religious or a follower of Hare Krishna to join in and have a good time on this event! I am not religious but I still recommend this place as I had so much fun the last time, particularly during the dancing!
When: Please arrive no later than 5:15pm as the program begins promptly at 5:30pm. The program ends at approximately 7:45pm. I won't be waiting for any latecomers!
I was told that I could not make reservations for the food or the entire program as it is open to the public and on a first-come, first-serve basis. As such, I have put a cap on the attendance. Please be mindful of others who are on the waiting list and adjust your RSVP's accordingly. Thank you.
Where: The Hare Krishna Temple ISKCON is located on 5462 Marine Drive in Burnaby and is both vehicle and transit accessible.
How to find us: I will be standing at entrance of the main temple doors. It should be the largest pink coloured building. Please note: I won't be waiting for any latecomers, so please do not be late!
Sunday Feast Program: http://vancouver.iskcon.ca/Sunday%20Feast/sundayfeast.htm
Parking: There is free parking in the temple parking lot.
Cost & Donations: Although I was told by a couple of temple staff that the entire program is free, donations are as welcomed as they are encouraged. I would recommend that you bring some monies with you.
The Feast: The food itself is vegetarian and of Indian cuisine. Seating is primarily on the floors (mats provided) and some on stools and chairs along the sides. I was told that I could not make reservations due to the fact that this is a first-come, first-serve program that is open to the general public.
Phones must be either turned off or set to vibrate during the entire event! You are also expected to take off your shoes when you arrive inside the temple.
Wait list: Due to the aforementioned first-come, first-serve thing with the entire program, I have no choice but to put a limit on the amount of people attending. As such, please be mindful of those who are on the wait list and adjust your RSVP's accordingly. I have also implemented an automatic wait-list.
No-shows & Latecomers: You would not believe how much I strongly detest no-shows, especially on a limited attendance event! So please, please, PLEASE do not be a devilish no-show person. It is not only disrespectful to me but for those on the wait list. Latecomers will not be honored. If you think that you're going to be late please arrive at the temple and find us. I will not be looking for you.
WAIVER: All participating members are responsible for their own overall well-being, and will not hold the host and the group in its entirety responsible of illnesses or anything else that is bad.