Food and Music Festival

A relatively new event today, and maybe it was the threatened rain, but it did not bring a whole lot of people out.  There were a lot of food vendors and one stage for performers.  I made a video starting at around 2:00pm so I saw two performers – The Offbeats and the one man band Cale Crow.  There’s a list below of all those who were booked to play.  There were few non-food “vendors” but the axe throwing guy seems to show up at every event in Town.  People must like it but so far I’ve not seen anyone succeed other than the person operating the show.  The food vendors were all on King street – apparently they were not happy being relegated to Second Street for the Busker festival.

Also as usual, although there were scattered vendors West of George/Third, most of the action was between Division and Third.


11:00 – 12:00 Jeff Biggar
12:00 – 1:00 Hill and Landing
1:00 – 2:00 The Mainstreet – replaced by the Offbeats
2:00 – 3:45 Cale Crowe
3:00 – 4:00 The OffBeats – replaced by The Mainstreet
4:00 – 5:00 Storm the Palace
5:00 – 7:00 Grace, 2

The video gives an idea of what the event was like – the music was better live than the video might indicate – but I find that it’s always better live. Note that the official (unpublished) program indicated that the first band (in the video) was The Mainstreet but in fact it was The Offbeats – sorry about that.

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michal Hasek
8 July 2019 8:45 am

Two things #1. My wife is a killer with the axe throwing and the motto of the musician’s union (which I have always believed 100%) is ” Live Music is best”.

7 July 2019 10:56 am

I enjoyed my stroll along King Street yesterday, listening to the music and bumping into friends. I was unaware of any glitches. Without a leader in place to organize the many downtown events there is bound to be a few problems. We were so lucky to have Paige with us for a few years. Finding someone to take on her job is not easy. I presume the gap has to be filled by Councillors until someone is on board who actually stays.

Three cheers to our underpaid Council members.

Miriam Mutton
Reply to  What'sUpDoc
7 July 2019 11:22 am

It was very warm that afternoon, some might say uncomfortably hot. People may have found other things to do as a result. The music line-up looked fantastic. Always appreciate John’s reporting and videos.
A few things I noticed … transient food trucks in competition with tax and levy paying restaurant businesses on main street during regular downtown business hours. And there did not seem to be adequate seating for patrons. Perhaps, a levy was required from transient food truck operators. I do not know.
And, your comment that the gap has to be filled by Councillors … Was this a Town event or a DBIA event? I believe Paige was a DBIA staff person (yes, greatly missed!) and the gap needs to be filled by the DBIA Board of Directors. If a member of Council wishes to volunteer as a citizen of their community, that is a personal choice but filling in for a staff person is not justification for a pay increase and could in fact create a conflict of interest for Council business depending on circumstances.

Reply to  Miriam Mutton
7 July 2019 2:35 pm

Miriam, I try to be brief but sometimes that doesn’t work. I did not mean for helping out on a DBIA event constituted a raise in pay. I might even have assumed help was given by other than a DBIA person. In all fairness this Blog does help to clarify situations. There would be many who are not aware of the vacancy left by Paige. Despite whether I got my facts right or wrong, I thought the event was worthwhile.

Miriam Mutton
Reply to  What'sUpDoc
7 July 2019 7:54 pm

Thanks for the clarification!

Reply to  Miriam Mutton
8 July 2019 5:51 am

Wonder how much food trucks contribute to our community. I suspect zero. It’s a shame that the DBIA plans these events with out of town food vendors, and town council allows this to happen.