The 60th annual Beef on a Bun lunch takes place at Invermere’s Home Hardware this Saturday, November 4th from 11-3 p.m.
Home Hardware owners Al and Lucy Miller invite the community to come to the store for the annual customer appreciation day, complete with free food, coffee and pop, and a cake to celebrate the sixth decade for this unique local event.
“We love doing this event,” shared Mr. Miller. “We have as much fun doing it as people enjoy coming to it.”
Mr. Miller has noticed over his 23 years of hosting the Home Hardware Beef on a Bun that it is a great social outing, with people from all walks of life gathering together for a visit and some good food. He encourages people to come for lunch and stay to visit with friends and neighbours.
The event started back in 1957, when Home Hardware owner of time Charlie Osterloh decided to start selling major appliances. A supplier of the day brought in a roast of beef to show the team how well the oven worked, explains Mr. Miller. After they had cooked it, so the story goes, Mr. Osterloh said they should carve it up and serve it to customers.
“It started off with one roast 60 years ago. This year, I ordered 250 pounds,” exclaimed Mr. Miller.
He buys the meat from Konig Meats, helping make this a true local, community affair. Invermere Bakery makes the buns, and will also be baking the cake for the party.
The event is free, with all food donated by Home Hardware. However, they typically have donation jars set up if people want to give; the money will be donated to STARS Air Ambulance.