Wednesday , 14 April 2021

Feast at the Beach ready to kick off new event

The Lakeland’s first food truck festival is set to kick off this weekend at Kinosoo Beach.

Feast at the Beach put on by the Cold Lake and District Chamber of Commerce starts tomorrow and continues with a full day of activities Saturday.

It is a free event to attend with one dollar tickets available to purchase for the food trucks.

Nine food trucks will be at the beach, including six from the Edmonton area, said chamber president Ryan Lefebvre.

“We’re going to encompass the whole beach as a festival. There’s going to be a kids zone. Basically, we wanted a summer wrapup festival, something that’s around here and local that the Lakeland can come to and they don’t have to drive too far to celebrate the last week in the summer before kids go back to school,” he said.

The entertainment includes the Give’em Hell Boys, J.J. Shiplett, before the folk/country style headliners The Dungarees take the stage on Friday night.

On Saturday, the musical acts include local band FKB, Kane Incognito, and Vancouver girl-group Nice Horse will round out the evening.

Indigo Circus will kick off each day with a stage show and will continue to rove around during the festival.

City councillor Chris Vinning said it’s nice to see local groups take the initiative and put on a community event.

“For the City, it’s always a big deal when we have groups come forward like Ryan and the Chamber of Commerce that want to try and host some of these events,” he said.

“We’ve as the City have put a lot into the beach over the past few years and when the Chamber came forward with this idea, we really looked at ways to help out because it’s a pretty exciting thing, it’s a new thing, we really haven’t done this before.”

The M.D. of Bonnyville is another major sponsor for the event.

“The M.D. is a really strong supporter of both Chambers, the Bonnyville one and the Cold Lake one…they represent just under 600 businesses in the area so as the M.D. we are strong supporters of the businesses around the Lakeland,” said M.D. councillor Ben Fadeyiw.

“When we were involved with the Fish Fry, we saw a lot of people from Meadow lake and from Lac La Biche and we’re going to see the same thing. It also checks off the box for economic development,” he said.

You can pre-purchase food and drink tickets at the Cold Lake and District Chamber of Commerce office or buy tickets at the event.

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