Maan Farms, Abbotsford
By Sheliza Mitha
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 four you might what to explore including a grape-stomping event, Cranberry Festival, Fall festival with pumpkins, a corn maze and more, plus a Craft Beer Fest.
Mark down October 27 and 28 for the 2018 annual Grape Stomp at Township 7 Winery – 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 Saturday, October 6th – 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. Now in its 22nd year, 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, a fashion show and much more!
Fort Langley National Historic Site has long been a part of BC’s proud cranberry history and is offering free admission on October 6th. There are various activities, events and festivities on site.
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.
A long-standing Fort Langley tradition, the annual Cranberry Festival welcomes thousands of people each year from throughout the region – from the Chilliwack countryside to those living across the Burrard Inlet in West Vancouver.
For more information, visit Fort Langley Cranberry Festival.
This annual festival in Abbotsford offers plenty of things to do for the whole family. This year there are two new attractions – the Snow White Pumpkin Patch which is a first in North America and The Giant Tire Crawl, a first in Canada. Hayrides, pumpkin pies, petting zoo and a corn maze (which is haunted for this Halloween season – tickets can be purchased online) are just some of the activities on hand. A delicious apple-filled crepe breakfast is also available. The fall festival continues until Sunday, October 28th.
October is Craft Beer Month throughout British Columbia with many communities celebrating locally made craft beers. One such festival is Craft Beer Fest in Harrison Hot Springs, with three events held October 26th & 27th.
This year festival includes: Cask Night with an Irish theme – think Irish music, tartans and green (beer perhaps!), Beer Festival with 21 craft breweries, and the Oktoberfest Dance with the Beer Barrels Band and German beer. A delicious buffet is offered at each event. These events sell out quickly so book soon.
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Published: October 4, 2018
Sheliza is a freelance writer and editor who enjoys blogging about her family’s adventures throughout British Columbia. For the latest on food and travel, connect with her on Twitter via @shelizawrites or visit her at www.copyprose.com.