Bigger & Better Chilliwack Sunflower Festival return for 2019

Blooming bright for a second year, the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival returns on August 1st.  This year, a massive field of dahlias complements the acres of sunflowers, for a total of 20 acres of flowers, bringing even more colour to the Fraser Valley community,!

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival

Every day from August 1 to September 15, visitors can make their way through 35 varieties of peak-season sunflowers — from two-foot Dwarf Sunspots to 12-foot Mammoth Grey Stripes, in varying shades of yellow, orange, and red. Pick your own Sunrich Orange sunflowers to take home (while supplies last), as well as cut sunflowers and field flowers, sunflower-inspired gifts, and onsite-grown spring bulbs of tulips and daffodils.

The addition of 54 varieties of dahlias, a giant pumpkin patch, and a field of pick-your-own Chilliwack corn (while supplies last) bring even more to the 2019 Festival

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – Dahlias

“The success of last summer’s inaugural Chilliwack Sunflower Festival exceeded all expectations,” says festival co-founder Kate Onos-Gilbert. “It was so gratifying to welcome thousands of families, couples, and individuals to our fields, and to see them marvel at the bounty of seasonal beauty that Chilliwack produces at this time of year. The festival has grown so much since last year, too — so I encourage those who attended last year to make a return visit.”

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – Pick Your Own Corn

Around every turn, the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival provides countless opportunities to capture the perfect Instagram-worthy keepsake photos and videos. Roam the acreage to discover swing sets, an operational windmill, a vintage bicycle, face cut-outs, and more.  Take a break from the blooms with the many outdoor lawn games available to play: bolaball, “giant” Jenga, dominoes, tic-tac-toe, checkers, and more. 

Weekends include the added attraction of the Rotary Club of Chilliwack Fraser train, which offers free rides through the fields.

A dedicated covered area provides a shaded retreat from the summer sun to enjoy cold drinks, ice cream, and snacks, plus local food trucks will be on site daily.

The Chilliwack Sunflower Festival runs every day from August 1 to September 15 (hours vary; check website for full details). Location is 41310 Yale Road. Ticket and season-pass prices vary for individuals, families and bus groups; children five and under are admitted free.
On-leash pets are welcome — a water station and complimentary pick-up bags will be available.

Visit chilliwacksunflowerfest.com for directions, complete ticket pricing, and more information.

Pick your Pumpkin at these 5 Pumpkin Patches

If you haven’t already visited to one of the local pumpkin patches to pick up a pumpkin, this week is your last chance to find a perfect Jack O’Lantern.  Even if you’ve already had a carving party, you might want to pick a prime pumpkin for your porch.

GaleyPumpkin_img_9336Here’s a few Pumpkin Patches around the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island that will help you get your great gourd.

Southlands Heritage Farm: 6767 Balaclava Street, Vancouver, BC
The closest pumpkin patch to downtown Vancouver
Admission: by Donation
Pumpkins: $5 per pumpkin
Reservations: not required for families, groups requested to book ahead.

The Applebarn Pumpkin Farm at Taves Family Farms: 333 Gladwin Road, Abbotsford, BC
U-Pick Pumpkin Patch, Pony Rides, Hayrides, Corn Gun and Pumpkin Cannon plus many more activities for the whole family.
Admission: Free
Pumpkin Cannon: $5 per shot/pumpkin
Corn Gun: $3 per three shots/ears
Pony Ride: $6 per person
Hayride: $3 per person
Applebarn Pass: one pass for all activities

Richmond Country Farms: 12900 Steveston Highway, Richmond BC
Farm market, plus costumed entertainers, music, hayrides, Halloween decorated Pumpkin Patch.
Admission: $9 weekdays / $12 weekends
Pumpkins: admission includes kids-size pumpkin, others available from farm stand

GaleyFarm_img_9327Pumpkin Fest at Galey Farm: 4150 Blenkinsop Road, Victoria BC
Hayrides, Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Petting Farm, Haunted House, Crazy Train and more day and night fun and entertainment.
Admission: Adult $12 (single attraction) – $18 (combo ticket) / Child $8 – $13 / Family, 2 adults + 2 children – $48

McNab’s Corn Maze & Produce Farm: 4613 Yellow Point Road, Ladysmith, BC
Seven acres Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Hayrides, Produce Stand and more ‘family fun in the country
Admission: Adult $8 / Child $5 / Family, 2 adults + up to 4 children – $26

Haystacks & Librettos at Vista d’Oro Farm

VistadOroOn September 12 food, wine and song come together for a one-of-a-kind evening Haystacks & Librettos at Vista D’oro Farms & Winery in Langley.  The first of the Dairy Barn Sessions sees global opera star, tenor David Curry will be joined by two singers from Vancouver Opera’s Young Artist Program, Eden Tremayne (soprano) and Francesca Corrado (mezzo-soprano) to perform in the farm’s heritage dairy barn.

DavidCurryThe evening’s music is divided into two halves, the first will include works from Mr. Curry’s favourite operas he has performed in during his career including works by Mozart, Bizet, Verdi, and Puccini. The second half features hits from Broadway’s great songbook

An evening in the bountiful Campbell Valley wouldn’t be complete without a great meal. Between the music sets, Chef Chris Whittaker of Vancouver’s Forage Restaurant will prepare a family-style three course dinner with local ingredients paired with Vista D’Oro wines.

Vista D’oro owner Lee Murphy says, “we know this will be the single most magical and romantic evening of the summer for those who join us”

Haystacks & Librettos takes place Saturday, September 12, starting at 4pm, at Vista D’oro Farm – 346 208th Street in Langley.
Tickets $300, including opening cocktails & canapes in the vineyard,concert, 3-course dinner with wine pairings plus return transportation from Vancouver

UPDATE: Organizers have advised that this event has been postponed until further notice.

Vancouver Farmers Markets turn 20!

Yaletown Farmers Market
Yaletown Farmers Market

In 1995, a few hundred people descended upon the Croatian Cultural Centre where 8 brave farmers had set up the first Vancouver Farmers Market. Now 20 years later, Farmers Markets are firmly entrenched in the city’s landscape and are a welcome shopping destination for hundreds of locals.
The first of this Summer’s weekly markets, in Yaletown, gets underway this week, bringing local produce and food products to your neighbourhood:

Yaletown Farmers Market
2pm – 6pm each Thursday, May 7 – October 29, 2015
1200 Block Mainland Street, between Davie & Helmcken

Trout Lake Farmers Market
9am – 2pm each Saturday, May 09 – October 24, 2015
North Parking Lot of John Hendry Park at Trout Lake

Kitsilano Farmers Market
10am – 2pm each Sunday, May 10 – October 25, 2015
2690 Larch Street at 10th Avenue, Parking Lot of Kitsilano Community Centre

West End Farmers Market
9am – 2pm each Saturday, May 30 – October 24, 2015
1100 Block of Comox Street across from Nelson Park at Mole Hill

Main Street Station Farmers Market at Thornton Park
2pm – 6pm each Wednesday, June 3 – October 7, 2015
1100 Block Station Street along Thornton Park across from the VIA Rail Station and near the Main St Skytrain Station

Kerrisdale Village Farmers Market
10am – 2pm each Saturday, June 13 – October 10, 2015
East Boulevard between 37th and 41st Avenue – near Kerrisdale Arena

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
10am – 2pm each Sunday, June 14 – October 11, 2015
Guelph St at 8th Ave – near Mt Pleasant Elementary

Check out eatlocal.org to find out more about the Vancouver Farmers Markets near you.

Food Talks Vol 12 – April 27

Food TalksSpring is here and with the coming growing season it’s time for a new season of Food Talks.

Food Talks Volume 12 hosted by Vancouver Foodster, Richard Wolak, is coming up next week, bringing a new cycle of great speakers to discuss their food based businesses and relation to the local food chain.

This edition of Food Talks welcomes;

Peter Van Stolk, CEO – SPUD (Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery), online grocery store. 

Dominique and Cindy Duby – Chefs and Co-Owners Wild Sweets, Canada’s only science-based artisan cocoa bean-to-bar chocolate-maker

Takayuki Omi – Chef at The Raw Bar, sushi restaurant at the Fairmont Pacific Rim

Barbara-jo McIntosh – Author and Owner of Barbara-jo’s Books to Cooks located in Vancouver’s Armoury District

Loren Taves – Owner, Taves Family Farms and Applebarn Pumpkin Farm, Abbotsford based artisan vegetable growers and Apple Cidery 

Join other foodies and friends at Momento Coffee House, 577 Great Northern Way, on April 27, 2015 and listen to the distinguished panel discuss Perfectionism in our Food CommunityFood Talks Volume 12 begins at 6:30pm for mixing and mingling over light refreshments before the speaker’s talks at 7:15 followed by a Q&A session.  Tickets are on sale for $20 online now at Eventbrite

We Heart Local Awards – Vote Now

we heart localMore and more people are looking for the best and brightest in their food community.  The We Heart Local Awards supports BC’s local food system and encourages people to share their picks.

This year’s awards are well under way, the nominations have been collected and now there’s just one week left for you to cast your vote for the short list in each of the 15 categories.  After the main voting concludes on September 14th, the top five in each category will have just 2 days to be chosen the ultimate winner, to be announced on September 17th.


We Heart Local BC is your go-to source, online or via mobile app, to find local growers, producers, retailers and providers. Log on now 

 

Vancouver Farmers Markets Summer 2013

The weather is starting to clear and along with spring comes a fresh crop of local farm produce. As the popularity of farm to table eating grows so does the popularity of Vancouver Farmers Markets.

Here is a list of the upcoming season of the Farmers Markets around Vancouver so you can eat local too.

Trout Lake Farmers Market
9am – 2pm each Saturday, May 11 – October 19, 2013
North Parking Lot of John Hendry Park at Trout Lake

Kitsilano Farmers Market
10am – 2pm each Sunday, May 12 – October 20, 2013
2690 Larch Street at 10th Avenue, Parking Lot of Kitsilano Community Centre

West End Farmers Market  
9am – 2pm each Saturday, June 1 – October 19, 2013
1100 Block of Comox Street across from Nelson Park at Mole Hill

Main Street Station at Thornton Park
3pm – 7pm each Wednesday, June 5 – October 2, 2013
1100 Block Station Street along Thornton Park across from the VIA Rail Station and near the Main St Skytrain Station

Kerrisdale Village Farmers Market
10am – 2pm each Saturday, June 15 – October 12, 2013
East Boulevard between 37th and 41st Avenue – near Kerrisdale Arena