(This story is sponsored by Hastings Racecourse and Casino.)
After a summer schedule jam-packed with awesome events and entertainment, Hastings Racecourse is capping off a successful season with another reason to celebrate. That’s because the legendary location in East Vancouver just won Best Place to Make a Bet for more than 10 consecutive years in the Straight’s Best of Vancouver (BOV) readers’ choice awards.
With spectacular mountain views, simulcast racing from many of the world’s most prestigious tracks, a variety of dining experiences, and more, Hastings Racecourse is a must-do for racing enthusiasts and novices alike.
But the BOV win is not the only exciting milestone for Hastings in 2019, because this year also marks the 130th anniversary of horseracing in B.C. And, thankfully, for those who have yet to experience the exhilarating action; there’s still time. Throughout October, visitors can expect giveaways, food trucks, and, of course, lots of live racing.
On Saturday (October 5), Hastings Racecourse will be hosting its first ever Chili Festival. Admission is free and guests at the event will be able to taste chili creations by Chef Fabrizio as well as culinary delights from select food trucks. There will also be options for vegetarians.
Budding chili critics will be able to sample the food all afternoon and will be asked to vote for their favourites. Live racing kicks off at 1:50 p.m., so there will be plenty to keep everyone entertained.
The season will end on a high with a celebration fit for a very special year. On Saturday and Sunday (October 26 and 27), guests will have their last chance to catch live-racing action on the Grand Finale Weekend. From 1:50 p.m., there will be full racing cards, racing-program discounts, gift-shop sales, food and beverage specials, exclusive contests, and more. This is a finale you don’t want to miss.