Rock the Block’s strong return in 2022

By Manor Park Chronicle

Manor Park Community Council (MPCC)'s Rock the Block returned with great success in the fall of 2022. MPCC’s glitter tattoos remained a popular destination for kids and adults. Photo: MPCC

Everyone was asking when it would return. We tallied your votes for which movie to show. We calculated the timing carefully. When it all came to life on October 1, Rock the Block was back, bigger and better than ever!

With the addition of craft beer from our friends at Good Prospects Brewing Company and Dominion City Brewing Co. and live rock music from the immensely talented Jason Kokkovas— the crowd was buzzing on that Saturday afternoon. Guests arrived in droves, eager to check out the vendors and be a part of the atmosphere.

The annual pie baking contest was a massive hit with over 17 pies arriving to be judged. Shout out to the pie judges (Peter B., Kailey M. and Cart N.) who remained calm and collected in the face of sampling over so many pies.

Each pie was lovingly handcrafted by community members young and old. Judges spent close to an hour tasting and deliberating over which pie was best. Jessica Kenney’s peach caramel pie took the award for top pie! Honourable mentions of “Best Apple Pie” and “Best Crust” go to Hollyn Davies, and “Best Filling” to Clara Gragg.

Families and children gathered, socialized, played and laughed. Guests enjoyed amazing food from our local restaurant vendors: Snack O Shack, Almanac Grain and Papa John’s pizza! The Korean corn dogs were a huge hit, along with the spicy focaccia and pizza slices!

On site as well were our friends from ARC Studio School, Box of Life, MPCA, St. Columba Church, Girl Guides, Naturals & Oddities, Sunflower Soaps, Market 13, Little White Lantern and RTB alumni Scouts Kub Kar Racing! Shrek (2001) rounded out the night on the outdoor big screen! Popcorn and cotton candy included!

MPCC’s glitter tattoos remained a popular destination for kids and adults. The volunteers running the station were fantastic, tattooing with care and patience. An informational MPCC tent served as home base to get in-the-know on all upcoming MPCC programs and events–with glow sticks included.

A strong return after two years away, Rock the Block 2022 was an epic afternoon of friends, fun and community.

Article written by Manor Park Community Council staff.