Vaisakhi Street Festival w/ Free Food

We had a marvellous time last year. Can't wait for this year! 1pm is the best time to go because there is more food to choose from than at the beginning. Also, some people may want to stay forthe parade, which does not start until later in the afternoon.

This is an actual meetup, not simply an announcement of an event, so we will wait for you on the street corner for a few minutes. We won't be able to all walk around together, though, so we'll break up into small groups.

Vaisakhi is a huge annual Sikh celebration and parade.


In many ways Sikhism is a beautiful religion in that it specifically focuses on the freedom and equality of all people. Women, for example, have entirely equal status with men in this religion.


To celebrate Vaiksakhi, besides the parade, business and families set up tables on the street and graciously offer free vegetarian food to strangers. As far as we know, there is never meat offered at this event. The love and graciousness with which the food is often offered is something to experience. And the food is good! Some food is vegan but not all. Ask first if you want to be sure.


The streets are packed with people and there is lots to see--music performances, dancing, the parade and people watching are the main highlights.


Don't expect to get close with a car. The streets will be packed with people.


We'll have a memorable experience checking it out.  Can't wait!

 

 

 

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  • Yvonne S.

    Very good. Lots to eat and see

    April 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was there on time 1p.m. sharp but couldn't find anyone familiar. Not even Nancy. Went thru' the line where people queue for samosa but can't find Nancy. Waited for a while and couldn't find the group. So wonder off on my own.

    April 14, 2013

    • Nancy

      I'm sorry I was 5 minutes late. I ran as fast as I could down the street. Did you leave right away? We stayed until 1:20. Sorry to have missed you!

      April 14, 2013

  • Michael D.

    Good meetup! I was at "All India Sweets" at 12:55PM. Didn't see anyone at that time. Despite crowds, found Nancy at 1:05PM, in front of "All India Sweets." We were there 'til around 1:18PM. With the crowds, it was difficult. Four of us from Meetup wandered the festival. I foolishly ate before going, because riding bike. "No-one goes to Vaisakhi on a full stomach!" was the catchphrase. As with all Meetup events, I encourage people to make the best of it, and I look forward to seeing people at the next meetup. Great job, Nancy. Thanks for organizing.

    1 · April 14, 2013

  • Dr. Lindsay A. M.

    Great event despite myself being delayed by buses until about 1:20 also but missing everyone in the group. Agree with all the appraisals. Looking forward to the next one. Too much delicious food, great exposure to a proud people.

    1 · April 13, 2013

  • Nancy

    I was a few minutes late but managed to meet up with several people. One said he saw Brian. We waited at that corner until 1:20 and no one else came so a small group of us went off exploring together. I think others maybe left the meetup spot too soon. Sorry to have missed the others who came. I thought the event was better than last year, with far more variety of food offerings at the different tables. Lots of vegan samples-free 100% orange juice, free Starbucks Refreshers (soft drinks with Stevia), free water bottles, free pakoras, samosas, chole puris, and lots more! We watched some tween boys in pink skirts and hats doing bangra dancing. Lots of fun!

    1 · April 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Shong and I showed up. Couldn't find you, so we wandered off on our own.

      April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry i didn't cancel before hand!! see you all another time.

    April 13, 2013

  • Johnny Zakharia V.

    The "Free food was free rice"

    April 13, 2013

    • Nancy

      There were lots of pakoras and samosas and chole puris and many other dishes. Also free juice, free water, free bananas, free oranges, free fruit salad, free snacks, free desserts, seriously a lot of food beyond rice.

      April 13, 2013

  • tom k

    Do plan to be there, but don't wait for me.

    April 13, 2013

    • Nancy

      After the line up for samosas, I lost you!

      1 · April 13, 2013

  • Saurabh

    I arrived a little late and couldn't find anyone.. Hope to see you all in next meetup :)

    April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I couldn't find anyone except for Michael. Kind of a waste of time.

    April 13, 2013

  • Duane L.

    What area is everyone at???

    April 13, 2013

  • Duane L.

    I am late
    Needed to work on a few logistics for the potluck
    Next weekend

    April 13, 2013

  • Julia

    I will be at the parade but cant meet u guys at 1 sorry hope this is not too last minute

    April 13, 2013

  • Nancy

    The Weather Network says variable cloudiness, high of 9 for this afternoon. So, fingers crossed, we won't have rain.

    April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm a little iffy on my timing...i'll be out and about this morning and offline so I wont be able to check in if I cant make it. If i'm not there on time please go on without waiting and accept my apologies!

    April 13, 2013

  • Johnny Zakharia V.

    All Indian Sweets once a year. Right Nancy?

    All Indian Sweets once a year. Right Nancy?

    April 12, 2013

  • Ehtesham (Eh-te-sham) A.

    Another huge Vaisakhi festival:

    'Baishakhi' Bengali New Year 1420 Celebration on April 14th at David Thompson School Main Gymnasium, 1755 East 55 Avenue, Vancouver, BC 1pm-9:30pm

    April 9, 2013

  • Deborah L.

    I look forward to being part of this event! Thank you to those that take the time and energy to organize :-)

    April 8, 2013

  • Ehtesham (Eh-te-sham) A.

    I am representing www.successbiis.ca there all day! It would be a fun event. Looking forward to meet lots of new faces. Heppy Vaisakhi!!

    April 8, 2013

  • pauline

    I just wanted to tell you I went into the Roundel Cafe last Thursday for the first time the best eggs benny (vegy) you must google it soooo good !!! old diner type great items! East Hastings hear its actually well known to some! great food check out my review on there page! AND GO!

    April 7, 2013

  • cricket f.

    This Sikh street fest is always beautiful & fun.

    March 21, 2013

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