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Second Annual ‘Pie in the Plaza’ Treats 2,400 to BC’s Largest Blueberry Pie

Councillor Mike Starchuk cuts BC's largest blueberry pie at 2017's Pie in the Plaza event.

September 11, 2017

For immediate release: September 11, 2017

Surrey, BC – The City of Surrey’s second annual ‘Pie in the Plaza’ welcomed residents and visitors to taste BC’s largest blueberry pie this past Saturday. In celebration of Agriculture Week and created in partnership with PricePro, the John Volken Academy and City of Surrey Farm Fresh, the pie spanned 8 feet in diameter and fed 2,400 attendees.

“Pie in the Plaza was a great success, both as a celebratory event and an education opportunity to showcase Surrey’s thriving agriculture industry,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “Surrey’s roots lie in agriculture, and the industry is a key contributor to the city’s economy and community health.”

Presented by Westminster Savings, Pie in the Plaza drew over 5,000 guests throughout the day. After the pie was distributed, attendees enjoyed afternoon of live music and education about Surrey’s agricultural sector at the Surrey Urban Farmers Market tent and other agricultural exhibits. Family-friendly activities also included pony rides, an inflatable corn maze, seed planting, face painting and a photo booth.

“Events like ‘Pie in the Plaza’ help Surrey residents and visitors to understand the many benefits of local agriculture,” said Councillor Mike Starchuk, Chair of the Agriculture & Food Security Advisory Committee. “The event took a fun, family-oriented approach to highlight the importance of purchasing and consuming local produce.”

“As a credit union with a strong community focus, we were really pleased to sponsor an event that brings the community together to celebrate food and farming in Surrey,” said Greg Oyhenart, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Chief Strategy Officer at Westminster Savings. “Sponsoring the Pie in the Plaza event aligns with our core values and our commitment to help make our neighbourhoods better places to live, work and play.”

For more information, visit www.surrey.ca/events.

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Photo caption: Surrey resident and farmer, Mike Bose, helps Councillor Mike Starchuk, cut the 8’ round blueberry pie.

For event information:
Mary Rukavina
Manager, Special Events & Filming
marukavina@surrey.ca
604-591-4598

For media interviews:
Oliver Lum
Communications Manager, Office of the Mayor
OWLum@surrey.ca
604-591-4519