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With the kids back at school and summer now likely to be a distant and vague memory, we have officially fallen into fall. But, of course, the cooler temperatures bring with it a perfect season to finally harvest – and benefit from – BC’s lush, verdant and fruitful landscape. In fact, the Fraser Valley offers up many reasons to celebrate the fall season but here are a few you might want to explore including a grape-stomping event, Cranberry Festival, Fall festival with pumpkins, plus stock up on the freshest local fruit and vegetables.
The Annual Grape Stomp at Township 7 Winery is on October 1 this year – which calls all grape stompers near and far to this South Langley vineyard. Get your teams assembled and ready to get your juices flowing, or just go along and watch the fun.
How does it work? For this event, each team will need a practiced stomper for the barrel to squeeze and squish that juice out of the grapes just by using their feet. Other team members will then skilfully work to keep that juice flowing into the wine bottle, while also gathering more grapes for stomping. Oh – and yes – there are prizes.
For more information, visit Grape Stomp at Township 7.
On the Saturday before Thanksgiving in October (October 7, 2023) make your way to Fort Langley to get in the Thanksgiving spirit and celebrate the harvest and history of this bright, delicious and versatile fruit. With over 25 years under its belt, the Cranberry Festival presents one-of-a-kind vendors, an array of free entertainment, a pancake breakfast and a host of family-friendly activities.
This all-day event plays homage to this colourful fall fruit with – among other events – a popular cranberry stomp, an array of cranberry- and farm-related games and other activities. Here – at Fort Langley’s largest event of the year – you’ll also find contests, live music, cooking demos, and much more!
One of the many highlights of this event is perusing the cranberry-themed market and incredible selection of other tempting products. From unique jewellery and specialty candy to organic coffee, handmade crafts and more, the festival’s Market Place has it all.
Oh, and while you’re here, be sure to pick up some fresh cranberries for your Thanksgiving feast.
For more information, visit Fort Langley Cranberry Festival.
Maan Farm in Abbotsford offers plenty of things to do for the whole family at Fall at the Farm. Held from mid-September there is the Forest Pumpkin Patch, a petting zoo, corn maze, jumping pillow, zipline and more. And you can enjoy some seasonal eats. Check out the fall festival and other activities and events at Maan Farm.
Stock up on fresh and delicious local fruits and vegetables at one of the several Farmer’s Markets in the Fraser Valley. Here are three: Chilliwack – Sundays to October 15 from 10:00-2:00; Mission – Saturdays to October 21 10:00-2:00; Abbotsford – Saturdays to October 28 9:00-12:00. For information on other markets throughout British Columbia check out The BC Farmers’ Market Trail.
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Published: September 21, 2023
Last Updated: September 22, 2023