Farm Fresh Sundays

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The last Sunday of the Farm Fresh Sundays is just around the corner. Sunday the 24th (Tuesday the 26 at Tap Restaurant) is the last weekend where you can choose from menus that feature local produce in restaurants in all of our town centres. There has been great feedback and support for this project and I look forward to next year. The imagination of the Chefs, to keep it local and great tasting, is amazing.

Our newest participant, Greek Islands (Fleetwood) will be having a draw for a couple of $50.00 gift certificates for those who order from the Farm Fresh Sunday menu. I wish them well with this added bonus to promote our local agricultural producers. It’s no secret I left there, last Sunday, full and delighted to support our local economy.

Participating Restaurants are:

  • Bozzinnis – 13655 104 Avenue, Surrey – website
  • Elements Casino – 17755 60 Avenue, Surrey – website
  • Maharaja Restaurant – 8148 128 Street, Surrey – website
  • Old Surrey Restaurant – 13483 72 Avenue, Surrey – website
  • Greek Islands – 9547 152 Street, Surrey – website
  • Tap Restaurant * – 101-15350 34 Avenue, Surreywebsite
  • The Taphouse – 15330 102A Avenue, Surrey – website

* Tap Restaurant will offer their menu on Tuesdays, as they are closed on Sundays.


Bon appétit!



Surrey Fusion Fest

Mayor Linda Hepner & Couscilor Mike Starchuk with the Canada 150 - Surrey Fusion Fest 'Thank You' Card to the Government of Canada - MikeStarchuk.comSurrey’s 10th annual Fusion Fest takes place on July 22nd and 23rd.

A Thank You card from the citizens of Surrey will be presented to the Government of Canada, as part of the Canada 150 Celebration, and the 10th anniversary of the Surrey Fusion Festival, just to say ‘Thank you’.

Inside of the card are the following words:

THANK YOU for helping to make Canada an inclusive and welcoming nation. We are fortunate to live in a country that celebrates its diverse range of backgrounds and beliefs of its citizens. Together our contributions make Surrey a thriving and vibrant community.


There have been many Surrey residents who have already signed the card in one of the languages they are fluent in, and had a photo taken with the card. 

Do you want to become a part of this event?

If you are a resident of Surrey, and are fluent in one of the languages listed below, please show up on Saturday at the FREE Surrey Fusion Festival in Holland Park.

We are looking for people to write ‘Thank you’ in their language, sign their name underneath, and then be photographed with the card. (Please be aware, that the first person to present themselves, with one of the below-listed languages, will be selected to sign the card.)

Many thanks to the 50 folks who have already signed the card, and represented their languages.

The languages not yet represented, are (in no particular order):

Hindi, Urdu, Cantonese, Persian, Japanese, Dari, Bengali, Sinhala, Tamil, Lao, Malyalam, Portuguese, Albanian, Pashto, Cambodian, Romanian, Karen, Pushto, Amharic, Swahili, Burmese, Indonesian, Panjabi, Telugu, Faroese, Sindhi, Kurdish, Malay, Creole, Tigrinya, Yoruba, Indo Iranian, Slovak, Khmer, Cebuano, Afrikaans, Iloko, Bulgarian, Niger-Congo, Aramaic, Ewe, Dinka, Finnish, Konkani, Sundanese, Tibetan, Bosnian, Chechen, Hebrew, Jamaican Creole, Kannada, Swedish, Hiligaynon, Kinyarwanda, Pampanga, Acoli, Armenien, Luo (Kenya and Tanzania), Marathi, Nubian languages, Oromo, Shona, Assamese, Danish, Ido, Igbo, Sino-Tibetan (Other), Guarani, Hmong, Lozi, Niger-Kordofanian (Other), Thagaloo, Abkhazian, Afro-Asiatic (Other), Avaric, Bini, Fukien, Ganda, Hausa, Kanuri, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malagasy, Norwegian, Pahari, Rajasthani, Sarsi, Semitic (Other), Tonga, Waray, Akkadian, Azerbaijani, Balinese, Bikol, Efik, French/African Patois, Halkomelem, Hare, Ingush, Kachin, Kwakw’ala, Lingala, Luganda, Maltese, Mongolian, Nahuatl, Nilo-Saharan (Other), North Ndebele, Nzima, Oriya, Pangasinan, Quechua, Squamish, Upper Sorbian, Uzbek, Vai, and Yugoslavian.

I will be in the Canada Pavilion from 12:00 to 3:00 on Saturday, July 22nd, with this wonderful card for you to sign.

The Surrey Fusion Festival is a free celebration of multiculturalism and diversity, and all are welcome to join in, and enjoy the festivities.  I look forward to seeing everyone there!

For more details about the 2017 Surrey Fusion Festival, please click this link!




SFU Surrey Campus Expansion

Today there was a remarkable announcement made by Prime Minister Trudeau, Premier Clark, Mayor Hepner and SFU President Petter, regarding the SFU Surrey campus expansion.

This is a great collaboration of all levels of government, which make this new expansion possible.

The architecture of the late Bing Thom leaves the Downtown Surrey core with legacy building for all to enjoy.

It was said today that “all great Cities have great Universities”. Well said, Mayor Hepner!


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Surrey Fire Fighters Annual Boot Drive

Stop by Guildford Mall, this weekend, and you can help our Surrey Fire Fighters out with their Annual Boot Drive.

A great photo opportunity with a very unique antique fire truck… and the proceeds go to Muscular Dystrophy and the BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund.

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Surrey’s First Agriculture Week

Today in the Plaza at Surrey City hall, we ended (in fine fashion) Surrey’s first Agriculture Week. The week was a great success in our first year and I hope we can take the positive feedback from the attendees and grow (pun intended) this event that highlights the importance of food security and the vastness of our agriculture in Surrey.

The bus tours on Tuesday and Wednesday identified the priorities of preserving our ALR land base in Surrey and Metro Vancouver. Participants were Metro Vancouver planners, elected officials and their staff and our own Agricultural Food Security Advisory Committee (AFSAC) members. Visits were made to Evergreen Herbs, Heppell Potato Corporation, John Volken Academy (Bio Pod), International Herbs and Nicomekl Farms. Thanks to the owners for taking time out of their busy schedule to show us their operations.

On Thursday an Agriculture Land Lease Workshop was held at City hall to roll out the City’s Farmable Now website that is developed to identify and match up future farmers with land owners that have unused farm property. Thanks to the Ministry of Agriculture and Vancity for their sponsorship with this ground-breaking (yes pun intended again) program. On Friday the City hosted the field to food speaker’s forum regarding the Dairy Industry.

The culmination of the first Agricultural week finished with Pie in the Plaza. The rain did not stop BC’s largest blueberry pie from being constructed and deconstructed on site. Many visitors to this free event got a piece of this pie. Thanks to Mark from Price Pro and his crew for building this 8 foot (diameter) blueberry pie and handing out pie to the attendees. The event wrapped up with what I will call the “revenge of the mascot farm animals.” Members of AFSAC, Mike Gay, Bill, Pat and I, lined up to get a pie in the face from various farm mascots. A fan favourite to say the least.
Thanks to all of the Staff and volunteers who set up (in the rain) and tore down Pie in the Plaza. This event could not take place without you!

As part of Agriculture week, our Farm to Table event continues until the end of September. Please take some time to enjoy a Sunday dinner (Tuesday in South Surrey) that features our local farms, which translates to better tasting foods and supports our local economy. (

The participating restaurants are:
• Bozzinnis – 13655 104 Avenue
• Elements Casino – 17755 60 Avenue
• Maharaja Restaurant – 8148 128 Street
• Old Surrey Restaurant – 13483 72 Avenue
• Royal Oak Restaurant – 15336 Fraser Highway
• Tap Restaurant – 101-15350 34 Avenue ***
• The Taphouse 15330 102A Avenue
*** Tap Restaurant will offer their menu on Tuesdays in September, as the restaurant is closed on Sundays.

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