The businesses along Burnaby Heights celebrated Hats Off Day on Saturday, June 1st by serving up some of their signature dishes, hosting face painting and activities, and offering special deals to the tens of thousands of participants that took to Hastings for the festivities.
From Boundary Road to Gamma, the street was car-free but filled with families, dogs and their owners, bouncy castles, live music (from bands and Staccato Studio students), and the signature show and shine. Restaurants served up samples indoors and out, with some lines were at least 50 people deep (like at Rocky’s Meats, Cioffis, or Fortuna Bakery).
A few new shops were open this year, with recent developments being completed, and new tenants like Netherworld, Burnaby Height’s own horror shop. There also seemed to be more indoor activations this year (like dance demos from Dance Addicts) — I’m guessing since there was a downpour last year — but the festivities seemed to stretch further along Hastings, with crowds fairly thick from end to end of the ten block stretch.
While Hats Off Day is only once a year, we always find ourselves saying “we have to come back and try this place” – especially if the long lines, delicious aromas, and crowds of happy customers sitting on the sidewalk digging into their samples are any indication. Mark the first Saturday in June in your calendar for next year to check out this free community event and check out Burnaby Heights at any time of year when you have the chance. You can view the rest of John’s photos in his set on Flickr.