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Steveston has some fun with World Cup theme

Blue Canoe’s Cormac Brennan shows the Dutch flag and orange colours on display at the Steveston waterfront restaurant, which is getting into the World Cup spirit.  - Martin van den Hemel photo
Blue Canoe’s Cormac Brennan shows the Dutch flag and orange colours on display at the Steveston waterfront restaurant, which is getting into the World Cup spirit.
— image credit: Martin van den Hemel photo

For the next month, Steveston Village will have a little extra kick in its step.

The fishing village—behind the efforts of Davood Khatami, owner of Bean and Beyond coffee shop, and Alan Clark, vice president of the Steveston Community Society—will be flying the international colours of the 32 soccer teams currently vying for the World Cup in Brazil.

More than two dozen retailers have adopted a country, and have decorated their stores in that country’s national colours.

Visitors will be invited purchase a passport—which costs $5 at select merchants including Bean and Beyond, and comes with a free White Spot Pirate Pack meal—and visit each retailer on their national day to collect a sticker. On each passport, which are limited to 500, there’s an entry form that can be dropped off at the Steveston Community Centre for a chance to win one of three prizes from area merchants.

It’s no surprise that Jim van der Tas, owner of Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant, wanted to snag Holland, considering his Dutch heritage. A perennial soccer powerhouse, the Netherlands has made 10 appearances at the World Cup, on three occasions making the final, including in 2010 when it lost to Spain.

Khatami’s coffee shop will be hosting Iran Day today (Friday). This weekend will feature England Day at Steveston Barbers, and Portugal Day on Sunday at Hog Shack.

The World Cup continues until Sunday, July 13, when the Army Navy Air Force Unit 284 will be hosting a special celebration during the championship final. Also on that weekend, Steveston Park will become the centre of fun, with a number of special activities and promotions planned.

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