Il Centro was the result of a collaborative effort by several regional associations joining together to give birth to the Italian Folk Society of BC which later became the Italian Cultural Centre.
Explore the stories of our membership. Each legacy helped in making the Centre into what it has become today.
This timeline follows the story of Il Centro, from its initial creation to its current form in the community of East Vancouver.
2015 – Building and Opening of the Community Garden
At the beginning of 2015 the creation of Il Centro’s Community Garden (ICGG) at Beaconsfield Park was conceived and implemented. Besides the community garden, we also have and orchard of fruit trees and an apiary housing beehives filled with Italian Honey Bees.
2016 – Construction and opening of Vancouver’s first Community Bake Oven
In 2016 Il Centro opened Vancouver’s first Community Bake Oven in Beaconsfield Park! Historically these communal ovens in Italy acted as a gathering spot through which the art of bread making was passed on throughout the community. Il Centro hopes to reignite this tradition of communal baking, learning, and furthered appreciation for locally sourced food and products through our already solidified partnerships with Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society, Slow Foods Vancouver, and Farm Folk City Folk.