Food, friends and fun will all feature at this year’s edition of the Vanier Winter Carnival.
In its second year, the carnival at Richelieu Park is a jam-packed event skating, crafts and snow sculptures. Organized by the Vanier Community Association’s parks and recreation committee, this year’s edition will feature a special evening event, Après Snow offering residents the chance to mingle with friends and neighbours while sampling cuisine from local restaurants.
“We wanted to have the event go into the evening,” said Gyulia Borbely, board member at the Vanier Community Association at a meeting on Jan. 8.
Originally, the organization Taboo Eats was planned to take part in the carnival, but pulled out on Jan. 8. The committee worked to find a new food-related event.
The samples will be dished out by local Vanier restaurants from 7 to 10 p.m., at the Fontenelle Restaurant, 55 Montreal Rd.
Daytime activities include snowshoeing, a hockey game between police officers and Vanier residents, while representatives from the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health will host multi-cultural activities for all ages. Bonhomme de Carnaval will also be on hand to spread cheer.
The association has collaborated with the Vanier Beautification group, Vanier Community Service Centre, Muséoparc Vanier, the Vanier Sugar Shack, Ottawa Public Library, Vanier Snack Shack, Centre Pauline-Charron, Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre, the Wabano Centre, Vanier Rink Rats and The Village Church for the event.
The association received funding from the city to host the event on the Family Day weekend.
The free festival takes place on Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.