Wanna dance with somebody? Feeling footloose? Whether you lived through the ’80s, were born in the ’80s, or are just nostalgic for a decade you never knew, the Awesome ’80s Dance Party at Homecoming is an evening that you won’t want to miss.
Start your evening by enjoying an ’80s-inspired menu of culinary creations from UBC’s Executive Chef, David Speight. Then, dance the night away with Vancouver’s top ’80s house band Dr. Strangelove performing and a retro VJ screening the most iconic ’80s anthems. So dig out your leg warmers, neon headbands, and shoulder pads and get ready for the kind of party you haven’t seen in 29 years. Buy your tickets now to avoid disappointment as last year’s celebration sold out in advance.
Hosted by our special guest, former MuchMusic and Electric Circus VJ, Monika Deol and Man About Town, Fred Lee, BA’88.
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Robert H Lee Alumni Centre, UBC’s Vancouver campus
6163 University Boulevard
Attire: ’80s inspired. Let your true colours shine through – there will be prizes for the best dressed.
Have a favourite ’80s music video? Over the course of the summer we’ll be running polls so follow the event on Facebook and vote! We’ll play the most popular hits.
Buy Your Tickets Today!
Tickets are just $50. Includes ’80s-inspired food, two drinks (cash bar for additional drinks), and much more.
This is a 19+ event. All guests must bring two pieces of ID (one with a photo).
Please party responsibly. Consider taking transit, carpooling or taking a taxi.
’80s Inspired Menu
UBC Executive Chef David Speight has reimagined some of the fine culinary dishes of the decade. The result is an all-out ’80s-themed menu to go with the period soundtrack of greatest-hits. Beyond the incredible dance music and the neon outfits, the ’80s offered up some new and sometimes surprising developments, including the rise of nouvelle cuisine. Speight has gone back to the recipe vaults and provided his modern take on ’80s classics that have stood the test of time.
Highlights include Sushi, Surf and Turf, and Oyster stations. The creation of the California Roll ignited the full-on sushi craze and rise of Japanese restaurants in the ’80s, fully endorsed by yuppies that made going for sushi super cool. “Surf and Turf” was coined in the ’80s. Speight will offer up his combination of pan-seared beef tenderloin and Dungeness crab for the occasion. Oysters were also de rigueur for the period. Partygoers will get to slurp and swirl the region’s finest fresh-shucked oyster. Also worth noting is Speight’s blackened snapper with mango sauce, also on the menu. Back in the day, chefs literally blackened everything; a cooking technique of coating fish with ground spices in a red hot cast iron pan popularized by New York City Chef Paul Prudhomme.
For dessert, Speight has reprised UBC’s famous Cinnamon Buns. The sweet treat was a student staple and part of the UBC experience.
As well, there will be a signature candy bar featuring iconic candies of the time, and a Tiramisu Throwdown, where celebrated restaurants and pastry chefs will compete for bragging rights and the People’s Choice Award for their take on the period-dessert classic. Confirmed Tiramisu Throwdown participants include Chez Christophe, Minami/Miku, and Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver.