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February is the month for love and family! See below for details on a special Valentine’s Day event like the Love is Blind Wine Tasting at Township 7 Winery and a garden event on Family Day at Darts Hill Garden Park. 

There’s lots of hockey too. We’ve only listed a few games so if you are interested check out the Vancouver Giants, Langley Rivermen, and the Abbotsford Canucks.

Abbotsford Events

Abbotsford Canucks

Abbotsford Canucks vs Stockton Heat
Stockton Heat at Abbotsford Canucks at Abbotsford Centre on February 4, 2022
Date: Fri, Feb 4, 7:00–11:00 p.m.
Location: Abbotsford Centre 33800 King Rd, Abbotsford, BC
Website: https://abbotsford.canucks.com/
Photo: https://www.instagram.com/abbotsfordcanucks/

2022 Fraser Valley Home and Garden Expo
Date: Fri, Feb 11, 1:00 p.m.–Sun, Feb 13, 9:00 p.m.
Location: Tradex – 1190 Cornell St, Abbotsford, BC

RV Show

Earlybird RV Show
Pick up your free campground guides at the Earlybird RV show in Abbotsford, BC, at the Camp and RV BC booth. See you at the Tradex! Read more on Camping & RV in BC
Date: Thu, Feb 17, 7:00 a.m.–Tue, Feb 22, 2:00 p.m.
Location: Tradex 1190 Cornell St, Abbotsford, BC
Photo: https://www.instagram.com/campinbc/

Chris LaneChris Lane is coming to the Abbotsford Centre on February 19th, 2022. Do you and a friend want to go? See website below.
Date: Sat, Feb 19, 7:00–11:00 p.m.
Location: Abbotsford Centre – 33800 King Rd, Abbotsford, BC
Photo – Facebook
Website: https://www.jrcountry.ca/contest/45119/info/

Chilliwack

marc atkinson trioMarc Atkinson Trio
Melodic, captivating, this virtuosic group, the marc atkinson trio, is one of the most captivating string trios in the world! Read more on Chilliwack Cultural Centre
Date: Feb 4–25
Location: Hub International Theatre 9201 Corbould St, Chilliwack, BC
Website: https://www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca/event/the-marc-atkinson-trio/#.YfG8rfVKi3I
Photo: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/marcatkinsontrio/

Langley Events

Vancouver Giants vs Kamloops Blazers – BCLC Community Heroes Night
Take in some WHL action at the Langley Events Centre watching the Vancouver Giants battle the Kamloops Blazers!
Single-game tickets can be purchased at the Langley Events Centre Ticket Office 1 hour before puck drop or online at vancouvergiants.com/tickets Throughout the season, the Vancouver Giants and BCLC will be recognizing different groups of community heroes. All community heroes in attendance will be entered to win a special “Community Hero” game-worn jersey.
Date: February 4, 2022, 7:30 pm
Location: Langley Events Center
Photo: https://www.instagram.com/whlgiants/

Langley Rivermen vs Coquitlam Express
Head to The Lodge to watch the Langley Rivermen take on the Coquitlam Express!
Single-game tickets can be purchased at the George Preston Recreation Centre “The Lodge” box office 45 minutes before puck drop and by calling 778-246-2245 or emailing tickets@langleyrivermen.com or purchase online at HappsNow.
Photo: https://happsnow.com/event/Langley-Rivermen-WK

Township 7 Love Love is Blind Wine Tasting
Visit our South Langley winery and treat your Valentine (or galentine) to a premium blind wine tasting. You will be greeted with a taste of our exclusive sparkling rosé wine, and then you will choose a blind tasting of either red, white or mixed flight of 4 wines. Enjoy your blind tasting paired with charcuterie and sweet treats.
Available Friday – Sunday, February 11 – 13 from 11 am until 5 pm.
Price $34.97 +tax. Reservations Required
Date: February 11-13, 2022, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Township 7 Vineyards & Winery – South Langley, 16 Avenue, Langley Township, BC, Canada
Website and photo: https://township7.com/reservation/type/love-is-blind-langley/

makersmessMakersmess Jewelry Workshop
They say… “today we forge sterling silver, give her texture, feed her love, adorn her with a bauble and admire this authentic piece you created with your own hands. this workshop covers our basic fundamentals of understanding precious metal, how it responds and how to move it. you will design, size, fire, forge, texture, solder and polish. trust in yourself! no experience required, all levels welcome!”
Date: February 26, 2022, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: 21999 96 Avenue, Langley, BC, Canada
Website and photo:  https://www.olympiakomianos.com/events/bangle-workshop-february-26

Mission Events

Jesse Cook

Jesse Cook
World, Latin/Salsa, Jazz The acclaimed guitarist Jesse Cook has spent a lifetime traveling the globe and absorbing rhythms from the diverse cultures of Africa, Europe, and the Americas. His exotic…Read more on Bellingham Events
Date: Fri, Feb 25, 7:30–11:30 p.m.
Location: Clarke Foundation Theatre 33700 Prentis Ave, Mission, BC
Photo: https://www.instagram.com/musicianjessecook/

Surrey Events

Musical Morning: Oboe d’amour
While away the morning listening to the enchanting sounds of the piano and oboe with the Bergmann Duo and Emma Ringrose. Simply Splendid!
Date: February 3, 2022 11:00am – 12:30pm
Loation: Studio Theatre at Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Avenue
Tickets & Pricing – $29
Website: https://www.surrey.ca/news-events/events/musical-morning-oboe-damour

The Lost FingersThe Lost Fingers in Concert
Enjoy a night of fabulous music with French-Canadian band The Lost Fingers!
Date: February 9, 2022 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Location: Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Avenue
Tickets & Pricing – Zone A $45, Zone B $35, Zone C $25.
Website: https://www.surrey.ca/news-events/events/lost-fingers-concert
Photo: @lepinch

Family DayFamily Day at Darts Hill Garden Park
Join us for a special winter opening on Saturday, February 19, 2022, from 11 am to 3 pm , and take part in free family-friendly activities celebrating Family Day. Event activities are free with entry to the garden.
Date: February 19, 2022 11:00am – 3:00pm
Location: 1633 – 170 Street
Tickets & Pricing – Entry by donation
Website and photo: https://www.surrey.ca/news-events/events/family-day-darts-hill-garden-park

FOOTNOTES
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Langley Events – https://www.tourism-langley.ca/events/
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Surrey Events – https://www.surrey.ca/news-events/events

Here’s a look at what’s happening in the market right now and what to keep an eye on over the coming months.

More Modest Home Price Gains
Prospective homebuyers may enjoy slightly favorable conditions. Inventory will likely remain tight, but prices — although still expected to rise — will be more tempered.1

Increased Desire for Separation
As people spent more time at home, the desire for a dedicated working space grew. More homeowners appreciate the benefits of closed-off, distraction-proof floor plans which may lead to a redesigning of open concept homes.

Still a Great Market for Sellers
While there’s been a slight increase in new listings, look for 2022 to still be a sellers’ market. More balanced conditions have recently emerged in some prairie markets, including Regina, Saskatoon, and Edmonton.2

Urbanization Trend Poised to Slow Down
If remote work continues to become a permanent option, some homeowners, especially those working from home in small spaces, might decide to look outside the city for more square footage and green space.3

Are you considering buying or selling this year? Give me a call! I’ll help you through every step of the process.

Mike Wilson
Royal LePage Northstar Realty
Web – https://fvlifestyle.com/real-estate-home/
604-538-2125
mike@fvlifestyle.com

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Looking for something to do in the Fraser Valley in December? You have come to the right place. From Holiday lights, to plays, to concerts, to holiday parties there is something for everyone on the list below.

Abbotsford

13th Annual Trees of Hope

The Trees of Hope is a community event introduced in 2009, which provides Abbotsford businesses the opportunity to share in the spirit of giving during the holiday season. This is a fantastic opportunity to ‘brand’ a Christmas tree showcasing your business while supporting the Abbotsford Police Foundation. The decorated trees will be displayed in the common area of Sevenoaks Shopping Centre.
Date and Time: Tue, Nov 16 – Wed, Dec 29, 2021, All-day
Learn More and Photo Credit

LangleyGlow

Glow Langley
November 18, 2021 – January 1, 2022 – 4:30 pm to 10:30 pm Experience a family-friendly drive-through winter festival as you enjoy towering light gardens and magical landscapes all under the twinkle of a million lights. Given last year’s success, our team is back with an even better drive-through event! This year, Glow Langley invites you to “A Fairytale Christmas“: a magical world surrounded by our beloved fairytale characters. Take a leisurely 20-minute cruise into an illuminated wonderland that brings winter dreams to life! Munch on some tasty treats while you cruise along this one-of-a-kind journey. Every ticket comes with popcorn and mini donuts, on us! And of course, it wouldn’t be Glow without our poinsettias! This seasonal favourite can be ordered in advance with your admission ticket and will be conveniently delivered curbside, upon your arrival.
Learn More
Photo – @glowlangley

Christmas in Williams ParkChristmas in Williams Park
November 26 – December 19, 2021 – 5;00 – 9:00 pm
The event this year will run every night from November 26 to December 19 from 5 to 9 pm. This extended time will mean there should be no need to purchase tickets and have extensive traffic controls. Come check out the beautiful Christmas light displays set up in Williams Park! The event will be DRIVE THROUGH only with no access to parking or washrooms so please attend to your needs before you come to the park. There is no fee to enter (and if it’s not busy you are free to go around the park more than once) but we are always happy to take any financial donation you can spare to keep the event alive…. we will again provide a tap option to donate for those who do not carry cash…. and that keeps us touch-free!
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Vancouver Giants vs Victoria Royals – Chevrolet Teddy Bear TossVancouver Giants https://www.instagram.com/rjmedia.tech/

Take in some WHL action at the Langley Events Centre watching the Vancouver Giants battle the Victoria Royals! Single-game tickets can be purchased at the Langley Events Centre Ticket Office 1 hour before puck drop or online at vancouvergiants.com/tickets. Bring your stuffed animals to the game and after the first Giants goal, toss them onto the ice from the stands! All stuffed animals will be donated to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau.
Date: December 10, 2021, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Location: Langley Events Centre, 200 Street, Langley, BC, Canada
Website: https://vancouvergiants.com/
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Dead Frog Brewery Customer Christmas PartyDead Frog Brewery
“Happy Holla Days!🎄🎅 It’s the 1st day of December and the holiday season is officially here! We’re throwing a Christmas Party on Saturday, December 11 to say THANK YOU to all of our amazing customers! It’s been a crazy year, and we want to say thank you to everyone that stuck by us and supported us through it all! 🌟”
Date: December 11, 2021, 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Location: Dead Frog Brewery, 201 Street, Langley Township, BC, Canada
Website: https://deadfrog.ca/tasting-room/customer-christmas-party-2021/
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Chistmas ParadeAldergrove Christmas Light Up Parade
Christmas Times’ A Comin’ to Aldergrove on Saturday, December 11th.
Elks Children’s Christmas Celebration, Aldergrove Christmas Light Up Parade and Carol Singing in the Aldergrove Plaza. The Aldergrove Food Bank will be on-site to collect donations.
Date and Time: December 11, 2021, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: 27214 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove, BC, Canada
Website: http://aldergrovefair.ca/

Smugglers TavernNew Years Eve Party
The Smugglers countdown to 2022 is on! Join us at the Brewery + Tasting room on December 31st, 2021 for Langley’s best New Year’s Eve experience! We’ve put together an awesome night featuring live music with Six Gun Romeo to keep things hopping all night long! Tag your buddies and secure your tickets to welcome in the New Year, Smugglers style! For full menu details and to purchase your tickets, check the Eventbrite link HERE!
Date and time: Fri, 31 Dec 2021, 7:00 PM – Sat, 1 Jan 2022, 1:00 AM PST
Location: Smugglers Trail Brewery and Restaurant 9339 200A Street, #Unit 140, Langley Township, BC V1M 0B3
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Surrey

stɑlə̓w̓ Christmas Craft Markholiday giftset
You choose whether to shop virtually or in person! In partnership with the stɑlə̓w̓ Arts & Cultural Society.
Shop Virtually or In-Person
stɑlə̓ w̓ Arts & Cultural Society and Museum of Surrey are delighted to offer a virtual and in-person craft market in 2021.
Virtual Fair: November 12 – December 19, 2021
In-Person Fair: Saturday, November 20, 2021
Learn More
Photo – Facebook

Music for 17 Pedals and 287 Strings!
Coffee Concerts are Back! Spend a Morning Listening to the Melodic Sounds of the Piano and Harp with the Bergmann and Otake Duos…Perfection!
Date: December 10, 2021 11:00am – 12:30pm
Location: Studio Theatre, Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Ave.
Buy Tickets
Photo Credit

Christmas Carol

A WONDERHEADS Christmas Carol
The holiday classic you love brought to life in a way you never imagined possible!
Date: December 11, 2021 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Avenue
Buy Tickets
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FOOTNOTES
Abbotsford Events  – https://www.abbotsford.ca/community-events/events-abbotsford/events-calendar
Langley Events – https://www.tourism-langley.ca/events/
Surrey Events – https://www.surrey.ca/news-events/events
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How are floods and pandemics impacting your Real Estate needs? During this conversation, we talk with Real Estate expert Mike Wilson about flood insurance, how a lack of supply impacts the market, interest rates, and new Real Estate Rules on the horizon in BC, and how they could impact you if you are selling or buying a home.

Listen Here:

Get in touch with Mike!

Mike Wilson
Royal LePage Northstar Realty
Web – https://fvlifestyle.com/real-estate-home/
604-538-2125
mike@fvlifestyle.com

Oh, by the way… if there is any way I can be of service to you or your family during this time, please call me. I’m happy to help you however I can in a way that is healthy and safe.

Heading into the Fall we felt the need to warm up a bit, so we thought we would ask you, our readers, what some of your favorite Fraser Valley Coffee Shops and Cafes were.

Here are your choices…

Laura’s Coffee Corner in White Rock

Laura's Cafe
Laura’s Coffee Corner

They say… “Home of the best coffee in White Rock Welcome to Laura’s Coffee Corner, home of the best coffee in White Rock! Everything we serve is made in-house and from scratch. We’re proud of the vibrant, warm space we’ve created and invite you to come see for yourself how stopping in at Laura’s feels like coming home. We’re located at the corner of Pacific Avenue and Fir (one of the historic Five Corners).”

Website – https://laurascoffeecorner.ca/
Instagram – @lauras_coffee_corner
Photo – @lauras_coffee_corner

 

Grounds and Greens in White Rock

Grounds and Greens

They say… “A vegan cafe dedicated to building a community that will embrace a plant-based lifestyle. grounds & greens cafe was the result of a love story between two accomplished chefs, Mannel and Ben Kilford. Their mission in opening a plant-based cafe was to build a community of people and families who value kindness and are committed to improving themselves, the community, and the environment. At Grounds & Greens Café, you will find plant-based dishes that were created with quality and creativity in mind. As their guest, you can trust to find nutritionally balanced menu items meant to nourish and sustain your body, and the elevated taste is meant to inspire plant-based eating. All dishes are made in-house with high quality, often locally sourced ingredients.”

Website – https://www.groundsandgreenscafe.com/
Instagram – @groundsandgreenscafe
Photo – @groundsandgreenscafe

Verandah Cafe by the Beach in White Rock

Verandah Cafe
Verandah Cafe

They say… “Scenic and serene – a boutique cafe with the best view on Marine Drive. At Verandah, we are pursuing our passion to create a unique experience in White Rock, inspired by the rich and flavorful culinary heritage of the Indian subcontinent. In particular, we want to evoke the delights of street foods by serving quirky and creatively put-together dishes.”

Website – https://www.verandahcafe.ca/
Instagram – @verandahcafe
Photo – @verandahcafe

Oldhand Coffee in Abbotsford

Oldhand Coffee

They say… “Now, in Abbotsford BC, where we were born and raised, our dreams come true every day. Oldhand Coffee is the dream we get to share with our reclaimed community, where we believe people want to create stronger bonds with their friends and neighbours over artfully prepared food and drink. We are grateful to be raising our daughters Else and Ingrid among the families and culture-lovers who visit us every day at Oldhand Coffee. As the Dutch say, heel gezellig, or ‘we will make every detail of our time together perfect.’ ~ Kristina and Johannes van Bommel van Vloten”

Website – https://oldhandcoffee.com/
Instagram – @oldhandcoffee
Photo – @oldhandcoffee

EverBean Cafe on the South Surrey/White Rock Boarder

Everbean Cafe
EverBean Cafe

They say… “A small group of service enthusiasts who are passionate about great coffee and awesome food, made with love and served with care. EverBean Cafe is designed with the idea of prospect and refuge in mind. Located in the lobby of the busy Hilltop Medical/Abby Lane Health Centre, it is a prospect where local information can be relayed; daily news can be exchanged, and spontaneous meetings can be facilitated. With spacious seating, plenty of natural light, and an outdoor garden patio, it is also a refuge where daydreams are protected; self-care is encouraged, and spirit can be recharged.”

Website – https://www.everbeancafe.com/
Instagram – @everbeancafe
Photo – @everbeancafe

Honorable Mention…

Cafe Amarti Abbotsford
Cafe Amarti

Abbotsford – Cafe Amarti Photo – @cafeamarti
Chilliwack – Cultivate Cafe
Langley – Blacksmith Bakery
Maple Ridge – Gratia Bakery and Cafe
Mission – The Penny
Surrey – Prado Cafe

 

 

 

 

FOOTNOTES
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Looking for a local pumpkin patch in Fraser Valley, British Columbia? Scroll down and see several that we could find. Visiting these farms is a fun family activity and most of the venues have extra activities like hayrides, corn mazes, petting zoos, baking, and food.

If you know of one that we missed, please let us know! Also, always call or check out the venue’s website before you go to confirm the information.

Pumpkin Patch at Aldor Acres @aldoracres
DESCRIPTION: Come visit Aldor Acres for the Fall Pumpkin Patch & Market!
– Wide variety of Pumpkins of all sorts of different shapes, sizes, & colors
– Farm Market open with fresh produce, preserves, honey, meat, eggs, snacks, & much more
– Open-air animal interactions spread out across 5 acres – pigs, ducks, goats, donkeys, chickens, sheep, bunnies, emus, horses, cows, & much more!
DATE: September 18 – October 31, 2021
TIME: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
LEARN MORE – https://aldoracresfamilyfarm.ca
VENUE – Aldor Acres Family Farm, 84 Avenue, Langley, BC, Canada

2021 Chilliwack Corn Maze
DESCRIPTION: Along with the corn maze they have pumpkins and hayrides
DATE: October 1 – October 31st
TIME: Check website for various times
VENUE: 41905 Yale Rd W, Chilliwack, BC V2R 4J4
WEBSITE:  https://chilliwackcornmaze.com/events/

Pumpkin Patch at Eagle Acres @eagleacresdairy
DESCRIPTION: Pumpkin Patch? Let’s GO!!
DATES: October 1-31 Excluding – October 4, 12, 18, 25
TIMES: Check website
LEARN MORE – https://eagleacres.tickit.ca/events/11948
LOCATION – Eagle Acres Dairy & Pumpkin Patch, 240 Street, Langley, BC, Canada
PHOTO – @eagleacresdairy

Upick Pumpkin Patch at Krause Berry Farms @krauseberryfarms
DESCRIPTION: Find and pick your own pumpkins or select them from our pre-picked pumpkins.
DATES & TIMES: Open Wednesday to Sunday 930-5 pm right up to Christmas. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays including Thanksgiving Monday
LEARN MORE – https://www.krauseberryfarms.com
LOCATION: 6179  248th Street, Langley, BC, V4W 1C3
PHOTO: https://www.krauseberryfarms.com

Laity Pumpkin Patch @laitypumpkinpatch
DESCRIPTION:  We will be open for the 2021 season from September 30 to October 31, 2021 at each of our TWO locations. New attractions for 2021 have been added to each location. We look forward to seeing you!
DATE: September 1 – October 31
TIME: Check website
VENUE 1 – 21145 128 Ave, Maple Ridge, BC V4R 2R9
VENUE 2 – 12725 Laity St, Maple Ridge, BC V2X 5B4
LEARN MORE – https://laitypumpkinpatch.com
PHOTO CREDIT – @laitypumpkinpatch

PUMPKIN PATCHPumpkin Patch at Loft Country Farms @loftcountry
DESCRIPTION: Loft Country Farms is excited to be opening its doors as a pumpkin patch for the first time this October! They will have beautiful acres of pumpkin patches, horse-drawn carriage rides, a petting zoo, an Old Western Town, live entertainment and so much more! It is the perfect family fun day in the fall.
DATE: October 1 – 31, 2021
TIME: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
LEARN MORE – https://www.loftcountry.org/farms
LOCATION – Loft Country, 248 Street, Langley, BC, Canada
PHOTO CREDIT – @loftcountry

FOOTNOTES
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Do you know how to tell if cybercriminals have gone “phishing” for your personal information? Learn to spot the red flags of a suspicious email so the identity thieves never get their big catch! Below are some tips for identifying fake emails so you can click with confidence and keep your personal information protected. Remember these best practices whenever you run through your inbox!

Sincerely,

Mike Wilson
Royal LePage Northstar Realty
Web – https://fvlifestyle.com/real-estate-home/
604-538-2125
mike@fvlifestyle.com

Oh, by the way… if there is any way I can be of service to you or your family during this time, please call me. I’m happy to help you however I can in a way that is healthy and safe.

Our publisher Mike Wilson was at the White Rock Market recently and was impressed by the Whisky he tasted from a local Fraser Valley distillery, Mainland Whisky (see more below). That got us wondering about other local distilleries and we discovered that the Fraser Valley is a host to a number of older and newer distilleries that sell a variety of high-quality Spirits including…

Central City Brewers and Distillers have been around for a number of years and are quite well known for their Red Racer Craft Beer, but did you know that they also make Lohin McKinnon Whisky, Sparrow Premium Rum, and Queensborough Japanese Style Gin? Link: Central City https://centralcitybrewing.com/visit-us/distillery

Crows Nest Distillery in Abbotsford makes Vodka, Rum, and Spiced Rum. The Crows Nest Distillery was started by Stefano Paolone way back in the early 1900s. He brought his winemaking and spirits making skills with him from the old country. Fast forward to today and Daniel Paolone and his friend Ian Jarvis are rekindling the family tradition and combining years of family knowledge to make a variety of spirits using local ingredients found in British Columbia.1 Link: Crows Nest Distillery in Abbotsford https://www.crowsnestdistillery.com/index.html

Dragon Mist Distillery is in Surrey and they make vodka gin and a number of different liqueurs. They say, “We are proud to distill some of the finest quality spirits made in British Columbia. We follow the craft distillers’ code of conduct when creating all our products. Whether it’s our flagship Baijiu Vodka or Gin or any of our delicious liqueurs we’re confident you’ll find something to delight your palate.” 2 Link: Dragon Mist Distillery https://dragonmistdistillery.com

Goodridge and Williams Distillery and Cocktails Company is one of the craft spirits and crafted cocktail leaders in the industry in Canada. They make an array of interesting tasty spirits and drinks. Their brands include NUTRL Vodka, Tempo Gin, Goodridge and Williams Canadian Whisky, Sid The Handcrafted Vodka, Yes Guy Hard Iced Tea, and Still Maker Old Fashioned. Link:: Goodridge and Williams Distillery and Cocktails Co. https://gwdistilling.com

Lucid Spirits uses only BC-grown products to make their base alcohols. They do all of their fermentation and distillation on-site to create their ultra-premium products such as Vodka, Vodka Pina Colada, two types of Gin, and a variety of liqueurs, Rye, and a Spirit called Cinnamon Kiss. Link: Lucid Spirits https://lucidspirits.ca

Mainland Whisky says their craft American-style Whiskey and Whiskey liqueurs are influenced by American Moonshine recipes. Their small-batch corn Whiskey and Whiskey liqueurs are made in a hybrid reflux still with organic ingredients in Surrey BC. There are no additives, they are non-chill filtered and they are a craft distillery.

If you want to stop by and have a tasting, you can! At the Mainland Whiskey Cocktail Lounge and Whiskey Shop. They take private bookings for their tasting lounge that has a 15-foot bar and 125-inch projector screen. They have a new cocktail list each month and small snacks are available. They are also open Wednesday to Sunday during the afternoon and evening. Call them at 604-372-4424 for more information or see their website. 3 Link: Mainland Whisky https://mainlandwhisky.com Photo: @mainlandwhisky

New Wave Distilling is in the heart of the Fraser Valley tucked into a garden oasis. At their tasting room in Abbotsford BC, they offer cocktails, beer, and wine by the glass and wine and spirit tasting flights. They also have charcuterie and bistro snacks, a heated patio, and a grassy picnic area. They say, “our product line is inspired by our love for the Fraser Valley and the surrounding mountains.” They are a locally owned and operated family business. Many of their spirits are made from organic blueberries grown and picked on their family farm. Link: New Wave Distilling https://newwavedistilling.com

NorthWest Distilling Co. makes handcrafted Spirits made with British Columbia ingredients. They are owned and operated by “young people” from British Columbia. Their company focuses on a small-batch approach to distilling. They say, “by diligence on quality we aim to create products as beautiful as the scenery we make it in.“ they make Northwest Extra Smooth Vodka that is distilled 10 times before mixing it with “world-famous BC mountain freshwater“. This Maple Ridge company has a lounge coming soon. 4 Link: NorthWest Distilling Co. https://www.northwestdistillingco.ca

Ravens Distillery is a new venture from Ravens Brewing in Abbotsford BC. They say “after the success of our beer we thought we could contribute something fresh to the world of spirits. The first of which is our flagship Vodka.” They also make Gin. If you want to try them out, you can visit their tasting room in Abbotsford. Link: Ravens Distilling https://ravensdistilling.com Photo: @ravensdistillery

Roots and Wings Distillery makes artisan spirits. They are homegrown and handcrafted at their farm in Langley, British Columbia. You can also visit the distillery for tastings and craft cocktails. Roots and Wings Distillery is Langley‘s first craft distillery. They are located in Fort Langley and they welcome visitors to sample and purchase their fine spirits in their tasting room. You can also browse in their vintage bar gift shop. The products include Vodka, Whiskey, Gin, and Absinthe. Link: Roots and Wings Distillery https://www.rootsandwingsdistillery.ca

SR Winery and Distillery makes locally handcrafted rice wine and barley spirit in the Korean tradition. They are a small company founded by Master Distiller Yoo and his family who have been supplying restaurants throughout Metro Vancouver for over 10 years with unpasteurized Makgeolli (Korean cloudy rice wine). With changes in legislation in 2013, it became feasible for craft distilleries to start producing local spirits and master Yoo and his family started to produce better quality Soju (Korean spirit) with local ingredients. “The company’s intention is to help people rediscover the original taste and tradition of High-quality Soju and Makgeolli.” 5 Link: SR Winery and Distillery https://www.facebook.com/MAQsoju

Do you have a favorite Fraser Valley distillery? Let us know in the comments below or comment on our Instagram or Facebook page.

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FOOTNOTES

1 Crows Nest Distillery in Abbotsford https://www.crowsnestdistillery.com/index.html

2 Dragon Mist Distillery https://dragonmistdistillery.com

3 Mainland Whisky https://mainlandwhisky.com 

4 North West Distilling Co. https://www.northwestdistillingco.ca

5 SR Winery and Distillery https://www.facebook.com/MAQsoju

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As you know, Father’s Day on June 20th is coming up fast, and you know what that means; it’s that time of the year to commemorate the father figures in our lives. There’s always something going on in the Fraser Valley, whether it’s an event or a new restaurant opening up, and we’re here to help you find what you’re looking for this year. So let’s get into it, shall we?

Quality Time

Before we dive into events, activities, and such, don’t forget that nothing beats quality time. Take the family for a fun adventure, and just spend time with each other out and about. For a couple of cool adventure spots, check out one of our recent articles: Fraser Valley Events for June 2021

Events

Old Yale Brewing Co. – Chilliwack

And of course to start off our events, what would be better than $5 pints from Old Yale Brewing Co. They say, “In the heart of our Brewery is our Tasting Room, Patio & Campfire Kitchen, where you can always count on us for delicious food, great beer, and even better friends. Don’t hesitate to swing on down and check out what they have to offer. READ MORE HERE

Langley Fresh Father’s Day Box

Tourism Langley has put together a way to support local businesses while getting a gift the father figure in your life is sure to enjoy. Complete with cranberry pepper jelly, hot sauce, and turkey spice, and a few more food items (but you can check that out on their website), we all know at least one person who would love the thought behind this. READ MORE HERE

Township 7 – Langley

Township 7 has been holding special Father’s Day celebrations for years and 2021 is no exception. This year on June 20th they are holding their 7th Annual Wine and Swine event. They say: “This Father’s Day, treat dad to our 7th annual Wine & Swine event with a fun and delicious afternoon of delectable barbecued dishes paired with our award-winning wines in our south Langley vineyard.” We (Rod – editor) had friends attend this several years ago and they still rave about it. READ MORE HERE

Father’s Day BBQ Dinner at The Estate at Glass House Winery – Abbotsford

It’s good to see the Fraser Valley Winery’s stepping up (healthy competition?) and planning events for Father’s Day. Here’s what the Glass House Estate Winery is offering this year: “Celebrate Father’s Day with a BBQ Dinner at Glass House Estate Winery from 2:30pm to 7:30pm. Enjoy a special set menu for $69 + taxes per adult and live Music from 3pm to 7pm.

“Menu highlights include a choice of Beef Roast or Pork Chop or Cauliflower Steak and all mains include Southern Coleslaw, Chicken & Apple Salad, Mac N Cheese, Roasted Garlic Potatoes & Grilled Vegetables served family-style along with Chocolate Mudcake for dessert.” READ MORE HERE

Activities

As we begin to emerge from the COVID-19 gathering restrictions there still isn’t a lot of public gatherings taking place. Of course, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get out and enjoy the day with your loved one(s). Go fishing, go on a boat trip, camping on the weekend. There’s really there’s an endless amount of adventures to be had. Maybe you could have a picnic too – just an idea, but we’ll save that for another article in the near future.

Have your own ideas for the perfect Father’s Day? Let us know your event and activity ideas in the comments below!

Note: As of June 8, 2021 Provincial restrictions remain in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Some restrictions are made by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) under the Public Health Act and others are made under the Emergency Program Act (EPA). Most orders can be enforced by police and compliance and enforcement officials. Please check to see what the COVID-19 guidelines are before attending any of the events listed above.

Credits:

Written by Josh Loewen
Main photo – Photo by Daiga Ellaby on Unsplash
Photo: Old Yale Brewing Company Co.
Photo: Township 7
Photo: Glass House Esate Winery

The last month has brought with it increasingly warmer and nicer weather, and with better weather comes more events. Of course, while we are still kind of in the middle of a pandemic, it’s always good to keep your distance. But that shouldn’t hinder you from having a fun family outing.

Today we’ll be looking at a few more upcoming events in the Fraser Valley area, specifically for June.

June 6, 13, & 20 – Downtown Chilliwack Community MarketDowntown Chilliwack Community Market

To start us off, we have the Downtown Chilliwack Community Market. A great place to find and connect with new businesses and products you might really enjoy, the DCCM is open from 10 am to 2 pm and a great place for locally grown, crafted, and brewed products. Maybe you just need some fresh carrots, well head on over to Cultus Lake after and it could be a trip worthwhile. If you’re okay with the commute, the Chilliwack Community Market could provide you with not only handmade items and fresh produce but also meaningful community interactions. You can read more about the market here: dccm.ca

June 6 – Ride for Doug 2021 (Langley)

Ride for Doug, a motorcycle charity riding against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, is on its 15th year this June. Starting at Langley’s Colossus Theatre and ending at the UFV campus in Abbotsford, you can either pick up tickets and ride in support or watch the live stream and support from home. If you feel like a midsummer cruise, this ones for you. Or maybe you just want to show your support, but don’t like objects with two wheels and an engine. That’s totally okay, you can still donate to their cause and even keep up with the ride online.

Every Saturday in June – Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market

At the Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market, you can meet our local BC farmers, BC Prepared food vendors, BC Craft beer, spirits, and wine vintners, and our “Best of BC” Artisans.

When: Every Saturday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. April 10th – December 18th, 2021

Where: Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market is located at 9025 Glover Road, Fort Langley B.C. (site of St. Andrew’s Historic Chapel)

June 18 – Golf for Kids’ Sake Tournament & Silent Auction (Abbotsford)

That brings us to another neat gathering happening this month. The Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation is hosting a golf fundraiser at Ledgeview Golf and Country Club, which would be perfect for the golfers of the family. With tickets starting at $250, your package includes lunch, dinner, a cart rental, and 18 holes, and you can be assured that your donation is going towards a good cause. You can find out more at the Big Brothers Big Sisters website.

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Those are just a few of the interesting events to come this year, hopefully, you found one worth checking out. Remember to follow all COVID-19 safety precautions, to protect you and your family as well as the community. Do you have your own event suggestions? Let us know in the comments below.

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Written by Josh Loewen

Photo Credits:
Downtown Chilliwack Community Market – https://www.instagram.com/ChilliwackMarket
Ride for Doug – ridefordoug.com
Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market – fortlangleyvillagefarmersmarket.org
Golf for Kid’s Sake – fraservalley.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/event/golf-for-kids-sake-2021