Wednesday 27 July 2022

Khatsilano Returns After a 2 Year Hiatus for its 10 Year Anniversary

Khatsilano has returned and for its 10-year anniversary, the iconic street party was bigger than ever. Every summer I look forward to a couple of events: Canada Day, Celebration of Lights and Khatsilano! The massive street party kicked off at 11 AM and the festivities did not end until late into the evening. Comfortable walking shoes are a must because it takes place between Burrard Street and McDonald Street along West 4th. 

Khatsilano did not disappoint with its multiple performance stages, activity areas, food truck block and phenomenal sales. We all know the shopping on West 4th is superb and every year for Khatsilano, the shops offer amazing deals for that day only. My favourite shop, Hills Dry Goods had fabulous sales and an additional 20% off EVERYTHING in store! I took advantage of the sale and bought myself an organic cotton sweater in a gorgeous pink. I do regret missing the Ganni crewneck on sale for $40, but you cannot get them all. Most of the stores set up little sale tents outside. I found a great sample sale piece from Anian for nearly 70% for my friend. Cannot wait to see him rock it during the winter. Other notable deals include Clearly Contacts, Old Faithful Shop and Ming Woo. 

I discovered a new brand too, Kissamo, a quirky customizable pet tag brand. Using recycled plastics, each pet tag is precisely cut using a laser engraver from their Vancouver studio! Their designs are adorable with many of them being food-centric. 

In addition to the sales, there is so much great food. An entire block was devoted to food trucks which was packed with hungry people. I myself prefer to hit up the West 4th restaurant booths. Trattoria was dishing up their iconic meatballs in basil tomato sauce over rigatoni. The Pad Thai from Maenam was scrumptious that I nearly got a second one. The crowd favourite though were the TreStelle cheese stalls because nothing beats free cheese. TreStelle gave out mini pizzas piled high with gooey melted mozzarella. There was also a refreshing cucumber, black and feta cheese salad as well as little skewers of Bocconcini, cherry tomatoes and a dollop of pesto. 

Popular activities made a return for 2022 like Blundstone's Boot Toss, Gold Gym's obstacle course, kid's fun area, and multiple music stages. New for this year's Khatsilano was the Pop-Up weddings which took place under a beautiful pergola adorned with macramé and fresh blooms by Leis De Buds. With wedding costs skyrocketing, the Pop-Up wedding seems like a fantastic idea. I hung around for a bit to listen to the vows and cheer on the newly married couple! 

A recent addition to West 4th's shopping scene is Fatwhip, an electric scooter boutique with unique designs. I want the pink and mint green three-wheeler so badly. I am currently in the process of convincing my father that he needs to gift me the $4,000 electric scooter because it would save me a fortune in gas. 

I did not get a picture of the streets, but trust me, Khatsilano was packed with people. Everyone was having a great time and enjoying the street festival. Khatsilano 2022 was a blast and I am already looking forward to 2023. 


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