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June Events: Flicks, Tunes, Trivia, Fun

Believe it or not, summer will soon be here and, while we are enthusiastically anticipating those warm sunny days, we are eager to start our summer fun a bit early this year.

So, while we patiently wait for summer’s arrival, we have devised another fantastic lineup of events to brighten up the month of June.

On June 5, we screened the iconic comedy To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, starring Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, and John Leguizamo.

Snipes, Leguizamo, and Swayze in To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

Just last night, we welcomed back sibling musicians, Mike and Katie Penton for another evening of heartfelt covers and traditional Newfoundland tunes.

Mike & Katie Penton

And, we can’t forget Dad! While he may say he doesn’t want anything, you can be sure a meal with us will put a smile on your father’s face; especially when he has the chance to win a $25 Bangbelly Gift Card! So, even if it takes some convincing, come on by on June 16 to give your Dad the best breakfast or lunch ever on Father’s Day. We’re open 9 AM to 4 PM, so you can even treat him twice if he is especially deserving.

To cap off the month, we’re hosting our second-ever Trivia Night. Join us Saturday June 25, and test your knowledge with new categories and questions that are sure stump even the most studious trivia buffs. So, gather your team, or come solo, and get ready for some laugh-out-loud fun!

Special menu items will be available for purchase to fuel our brainiest contestants. This time, our winning team will receive a Special Bangbelly Prize Pack!

Doors open at 6 PM for registration. Trivia starts at 7 PM.

We hope to see you all for our June fun-tivities. Stay tuned for more events and happenings by following us on Instagram and Facebook, or by signing up for our blog!

Bangbelly & the Rainbow Flag: Why Pride Is So Important to Us

Here at Bangbelly Café, our mission is to provide a space where everyone feels welcomed and embraced, which is why partnering with Fogo Island Pride is so important to us.

Founded on May 14, 2019, Fogo Island Pride is dedicated to providing support to members of the Queer community and their allies in rural Newfoundland and Labrador.

The new non-profit organization encourages the acceptance of the Queer community and aims to reduce prejudice and discrimination of disenfranchised and/or otherwise marginalized groups.

This summer, Fogo Island Pride will be facilitating a series of events to celebrate LGBTQ2+ Pride, many of which Bangbelly will be helping to host.

Throughout the coming months, Bangbelly will be assisting with fundraising initiatives and showcasing events in support of Fogo Island Pride.

On June 5, we will be screening the classic comedy To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, starring Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, and John Leguizamo. The road trip caper marks a milestone in queer representation on screen, and has become a favourite in mainstream media and with drag audiences alike.

The movie is free for all to attend, and we recommend that you do, because this movie is a can’t-miss!

At the end of the month, Bangbelly will be hosting a brand-new event: “Enigma: Mystery Art Show + Auction.”

Throughout the month of June, artists and makers of all kinds are invited to create ‘’mystery” artworks, which will be sold in support of Pride.

Beginning on Thursday June 27, Bangbelly will be pre-showing the artists’ contributions, so you have time to pick out some favourites. Then, on June 29, the anonymous works will available for sale during our silent auction.

Work from many of the island’s most talented artists and makers will be available, but no playing favourites, because you won’t know who made your piece until it has been purchased! 100% of proceeds from the event will go towards Fogo Island Pride and its initiatives.

These are just a few of the ways in which Bangbelly plans to support Fogo Island Pride. We wholeheartedly and enthusiastically support this initiative and encourage you to do the same!

Your contributions will go a long way to realizing the initiatives of Fogo Island Pride and helping to bring about real, positive change (not to mention a few fun events along the way).

After all, a message of acceptance and love is one we should all get behind.

TRIVIA NIGHT!

Bangbelly Café is preparing for its inaugural Trivia Night, and we couldn’t be more excited!

Our Master of Ceremonies, Devin, has been working hard to create a series of questions that are as entertaining as they are challenging. The game will span a large range of topics, which means the more diverse your team, the better! Players of all ages are encouraged to participate.

To compliment our quiz, we have devised a special menu of pub favourites including: Chips + Queso, Veggie Flatbread, Ribs, Sausages and, of course, our fan-favourite: The Tip of the Iceburger.

Gather your team, or brave our game alone for the glory of both bragging rights and a $50 Bangbelly Gift Card.

Registration begins at 6 PM

Trivia will start at 7 PM

Make sure to come early to find a good seat because we are operating on a first-come-first-registered basis!

When you arrive, please make sure to register your team (of up to 6 people) with Devin and come up with a clever team name for a chance to win a special bonus prize!

Trivia will consist of 10 rounds of questions, with 8 questions per round. Phew! 80 whole questions? Don’t worry, we’ve got plenty of drinks and snacks for that.

And, while it should go without saying, those caught using their phones during the game will be disqualified and their teams will not be eligible to win, so we recommend “Airplane Mode.”

See you tomorrow Trivia Buffs!

May: Music, Trivia, Brunch, + More

To celebrate the Spring thaw, Bangbelly has devised some exciting new events that are sure to gather those from near and far.

First in our series of May events is a night of music and song with Mike & Katie Penton on May 10. Hailing from Fogo Island, the brother and sister duo are immeasurably skilled musicians, and we couldn’t be happier to host them. Join us at 8 pm for a night of heartfelt tunes and original songs along with some special menu items available for purchase. Doors open at 7 pm. No reservations required.

Two days later, on May 12, Bangbelly will be hosting its inaugural Mother’s Day Brunch, featuring a whole array of mom-themed dishes sure to delight the special person in your life. We are taking reservations from 10 am to 3:30 pm, so be sure to call, e-mail, or message us through social media to secure your table. Check out our Mother’s Day Brunch Menu here.

Our final May event to round out the month is Trivia Night! Gather your team, or come solo, and start practicing your knowledge. Triviaphiles can flex their factoids and prove their expertise with a range of categories, sure to stump even the most seasoned trivia buffs. To compliment the evening, special menu items to make it a true game night. The winning team will receive a Bangbelly Gift Card, valued at $50! Doors open at 6 pm for registration and Trivia starts at 7 pm.

We can’t wait to see you all for May’s festivities. Stay tuned for more events and happenings by following us on Instagram and Facebook, or by signing up for our blog!

Bergs & Burgers: Spring Time on Fogo Island

Here on Fogo Island, Spring is one of our favorite times of year. Not only can we get the dust off our barbecues after a long winter, we can also look forward to iceberg season once more!

Each year from May until July, Fogo Island serves as the perfect lookout for the thousands of icebergs that make their way down from western Greenland. Icebergs, for those unfamiliar, are fragments of 10,000-year-old glaciers that fall into the sea each year. After being detached from their glacier, these behemoths float around until they pass through the Davis Strait and are swept into the Labrador Current, carrying them straight south down Iceberg Alley.

In honour of our frozen visitors and grilling season alike, we have created a delicious new menu item for Spring: The ‘Tip of the Iceburger.’

Made with Newfoundland beef, white onions, bacon crumb, burger sauce, pickles, sweet grainy mustard, and served on a house-made sesame bun, our burger is the perfect compliment to your iceberg adventures.

The ‘Tip of the Iceburger’ is one of the many new items we are offering this Spring as part of our new menu, which can be viewed here.

So, why not celebrate the arrival of spring by dropping in to test out our new burg, then keep your eyes peeled for the 10,000 bergs that pass by Fogo Island each year.

What’s in a Name?

We are often asked why we named our business Bangbelly. It’s a funny sounding word, and some people even think it’s kind of… suggestive. Can you blame them?

The answer to this oft-asked question is simple. After a long brainstorming process, many almost-right names (and a few disagreements) we landed on the entry for Bangbelly in the Dictionary of Newfoundland English.

It was perfect.

Here’s what we read:

bangbelly n Cp N & Q ([1914] 1940) 22 June, p. 434 W. A pudding, cake or pancake, originally prepared by fishermen and men in the woods, made with flour, fat pork, etc, and boiled, baked or fried, now usu served as dessert; also attrib.
1896 J A Folklore ix, 35 ~ a low and coarse word denoting a boiled pudding consisting of flour, molasses, soda, etc, and not uncommonly seal-fat instead of suet. 1937 DEVINE 7 Bangbellies. Pancakes made of flour, fat and molasses, fried on a pan. 1939 DULEY 17 In the winter the stomach was frequently filled with the bulk of pea-soup floating with fat white bang-bellies. [1894-1929] [1960 BURKE] (ed White) 41 “McGinnis at the Rink”: And his bullseyes were plastered all over his face / Like the whorts in a bang-belly pie. T 96-642 You can make up the bangbelly with bread soda and flour, mix it together and fat pork in it, cut it into squares; it’s lovely. C 69-10 To make bangbelly you put blueberries, sugar and hot water in a pot and add a pinch of salt. When it begins to boil you drop in doughballs and let it continue boiling until the doughballs are cooked and the blueberries are thick. Serve it hot. 1973 BARBOUR 47 [Tea] consisted of a slice of molasses bread, raisin buns, pork toutons, or bang-belly.

So, it can be many things. And everyone we talk to has their own understanding of, and some even their own recipe for, Bangbelly. This we like.

As Newfoundlanders-By-Choice (a.k.a CFAs) we often have our own take on traditional Fogo Island fare. Bangbelly just so happens to be one of those dishes.

If you’ve yet to try Bangbelly, we highly recommend a visit around breakfast time, when you can try our “Chitty Chitty Bangbelly”, which comes with mustard pickle, two poached eggs, and a warm kale salad. Yes Please!

Film, Food, Fun

Cinephiles and foodies be advised: Bangbelly has just announced its participation in National Canadian Film Day 2019.

This April 17 the café will be screening not one, not two, but three films in celebration of Canadian cinema.

The very good news? Tickets to the screenings are free, and all are welcome to attend. The even better news? Snacks and concessions will be available to purchase throughout the day, so serious film buffs can stay for the triple feature, and enjoy a selection of treats and light eats.

Each screening has a limited capacity of 40 people, so make sure to reserve in advance by contacting bangbellycafe@gmail.com

Bangbelly’s screening schedule is as follows:

3:00 PM – You are Here: A Come from Away Story

5:00 PM – Maudie

7:00 PM – The Grand Seduction