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Unlike last year due to the COVID-19, it looks like it will be safe to gather for Canadian Thanksgiving this year.  With that in mind, you might be starting to think about providing a Thanksgiving meal and the cost of doing so! To try and help you with that, here’s a repost of an article on “How to Plan a Thanksgiving Dinner on a Budget.”

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This time of year can be stressful and straining on our finances. There’s Thanksgiving, Halloween, and then Christmas. It’s tough sometimes to stick to a budget, especially when you want to make everything special for your family. Here are some budget-friendly Thanksgiving tips to help you save some money this year! 

Food

  • Make a menu ahead of time so you know what you are having and exactly what you need to pick up from the grocery store. If you go into the store with no plan, you’ll come out with things you don’t need! 
  • Shop sales! There are usually some pretty sweet deals on Thanksgiving staples this time of year. Check prices and see where has the cheapest turkeys.
  • Start early! If you plan your meal a few weeks in advance, you can keep an eye out for other ingredients you need to go on sale. 
  • Make it a potluck! Even if you want to provide the main meal, there are still a lot of other things to consider around a Thanksgiving meal. Have someone else bring drinks, or dessert, or appies, dinner rolls, salad or whatever else you need. Just because you are hosting, doesn’t mean you have to do it ALL. 
  • Keep it simple! You don’t have to go all out. Make larger amounts of the Thanksgiving classics rather than smaller amounts of everything. 
  • Don’t use disposable plates and cutlery. It may save time, but buying it all adds up! 

Decor

  • Again, keep it simple. Try to make some of your decor DIY style. Or even get your kids to help create a centrepiece for the table.
  • Hit up your local Dollar Store. Seriously, they have some pretty nice things. Sometimes just a little tweak here or there can make something so cheap look much more expensive! 
  • Find things from nature! My daughters and I made a really neat looking centrepiece last week. All we did was collect some things from outside like pinecones, rocks, leaves, pieces of wood. Then we arranged it all in a glass vase and voila! We had ourselves a centrepiece! 
  • Use things for multiple purposes. You can decorate some Mason jars with burlap and ribbon, then use them as utensil holders. You don’t have to make things specifically for decor, kill two birds with one stone instead. 
  • Put out a cornucopia or a bowl of fresh, seasonal fruit! These not only look great but if people want an apple or something after Thanksgiving dinner, they can just go ahead and grab one! 

Above all, take the time to enjoy yourself! Be thankful for all the things we have in our lives, be thankful you can host a big dinner. Spend time with family and friends, don’t get too caught up in the details. The memories being created are more important than the perfect centerpiece or creamiest mashed potatoes! 

From a fine art show at the Glass House Winery in Langley to a Country Music show at the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey, here are several Fraser Valley events you may want to check out in September 2021.

LANGLEY

FOREV CIRCUS SHOW: Join our adventures in life on stage
Date: Sat., Sep. 25, 7:30 p.m. – Sun., Sep. 26, 6:00 p.m.
Location: Circus Lab, 19840 96 Avenue, Langley City, Canada
Link and Photo: https://allevents.in/langley%20city/forev-circus-show-join-our-adventures-in-life-on-stage-80-min-pause/10000127527049839

BC8s Event: WrenchFest
Date: Sat., Sep. 18
Location: 19950 46 Ave, Langley, BC
They say: Meet other E31 owners and discuss common problems. Come to work on your car, help someone work on their car
Link and Photo: https://allevents.in/langley%20city/forev-circus-show-join-our-adventures-in-life-on-stage-80-min-pause/10000127527049839

Fall Finale: TBIRD (BC)
Date: Wed., Sep. 22 – Sun., Sep. 26
Location: Thunderbird Show Park – 24550 72 Ave, Langley, BC
Link: http://www.theyegequestrian.com/events/2021-09-22/

The West Fine Art Show
Date: Open Times: Friday, September 17 – 5-9 pm, Saturday, September 18 – 11 am -7 pm, Sunday, September 19 – 11 am -5 pm
Location: Glass House Estate Winery, 0 Avenue, Langley, BC, Canada
They say: “Presenting our the twelfth-annual Late-Summer edition of the West Fine Art Show. This spectacular destination-art-show, with free admission, will amaze you. We feature 18 exceptional artists in a three-day exhibition making it a perfect weekend adventure. The show also features John Gilliat performing on guitar. Hosted at Glass House Estate Winery at 23449 0 Avenue in beautiful South Langley, B.C., our show is in partnership with the Langley Hospice Society. Partial proceeds of all art sales at the show will be donated by the artists to the Langley Hospice Society.
Link and Photo: https://www.tourism-langley.ca/event/west-fine-art-show-late-summer-edition

Community Heritage Day
Date: Sat., Sep. 25, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Alder Grove Heritage Society – 3190 271 St, Aldergrove, BC
They say: Aldergrove Community Heritage Day is a chance for residents to come to the museum, learn about the area’s history and see many items that aren’t usually on display. This year we have a special…
Link and photo: https://www.tourism-langley.ca/event/west-fine-art-show-late-summer-edition

SURREY

Grand Opening of Mojitos Pub with Sonora Dinamita
Date: Sat., Sep. 18, 9:00 p.m. – Sun., Sep. 19, 2:00 a.m.
Location: Mojitos Pub – 12411 King George Blvd, Surrey, BC
Grand Opening of Mojitos Pub y Fiesta de Independencia with Sonora Dinamita!
Link: https://allevents.in/surrey/grand-opening-of-mojitos-pub-with-sonora-dinamita/10000166676639315?ref=footer-up-ep-upcoming

Aaron Halliday Light’em Up Tour
Date: Fri., Sep. 10, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Location: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 6- 17567 57 Ave, Surrey, BC
They say: Aaron Halliday returns with the release of his new Album Light’em Up! Aaron together with the full band is returning to one of their favorite venues in BC.
Link: https://allevents.in/surrey/aaron-halliday-lightem-up-tour/10000159032844519

ABBOTSFORD


Abbotsford Farm and Country Market
Date: Sat, Sep 4 2021, 9am – 12pm
Location: Weekly on Saturday at 9:00 am until Sat, Oct 30, 2021
They say: Visit the Farmers Market every Saturday from May 1 to October 30, featuring local vendors and fresh, real food.
Located in Jubilee Park, 2552 McCallum Road, on the edge of Downtown Abbotsford.
Link: https://www.abbotsford.ca/community-events/events-abbotsford/abbotsford-farm-and-country-market
Photo: Photo by Earl Wilcox on Unsplash

MCC Festival for World Relief – 2021
Date: Sat., Sep. 18, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Tradex – 1190 Cornell St, Abbotsford, BC
They say: Let’s change lives together this September! Join MCC, September 17 & 18 at the Tradex in Abbotsford for the MCC Festival for World Relief.
Link: https://globalnews.ca/event/8099028/mcc-festival-for-world-relief-2/

CHILLIWACK

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival 2021
Date: Sat., Sep. 4, 3:00 p.m. – Sun., Sep. 5, 2:00 a.m.
Location: 41310 Yale Rd, Chilliwack, BC
They say: Chilliwack Sunflower Festival brought to you by the creators of Chilliwack Tulip Festival on September 4, 2021
Link: https://www.wonderweek.ca/event/55043/chilliwack-sunflower-festival-2021-september-4-8-00am
Photo: @jennihunterphotography

City-Wide Garage Sale
Date: Sat., Sep. 25
Location: 8550 Young Rd, Chilliwack, BC
They say:  The City-Wide Garage Sale is a unique opportunity for residents to promote the reuse of materials. There are two City-Wide Garage Sales held each year, one in the spring and one in the fall.
Link: https://www.chilliwack.com/main/page.cfm?id=1204
Photo by Donatella D’Anniballe on Unsplash

MAPLE RIDGE

28th Annual Ridge Meadows Rivers Day
Date: Sun., Sep. 26, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Allco Park 13255 Alouette Rd, Maple Ridge, BC
They say: This year ARMS is celebrating the 28th Annual Ridge Meadows Rivers Day on September 26th, 2021. The Annual Ridge Meadows Event will be held at ALLCO Park this year.

Bard on the Bandstand
Date: Fri., Sep. 10, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Memorial Peace Park 22407 Dewdney Trunk Rd, Maple Ridge, BC
They say: Friday, September 10 through Sunday, September 12, from 7pm nightly, come see live theatre on the Bandstand at the Memorial Peace Park in Maple Ridge. The show is free, as always.
Link: https://www.mapleridge.ca/Calendar.aspx?EID=6715

FOOTNOTES
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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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Are things beginning to open up a little? The August events calendar suggests that they might be!
That said, please check into the details of the events listed below before you attend and follow the COVID protocols.
Here are some handpicked events happening in August 2021 in the Fraser Valley.
Have fun!

Abbotsford

Abbotsford Air Show

Abbotsford International Airshow 2021
Fri., Aug. 6 – Sun., Aug. 8
Abbotsford Int’l Airport – 30440 Liberator Ave, Abbotsford, BC
See Website
They say: “SkyDrive brings the aerial excitement of Canada’s National Airshow back to the skies over Abbotsford with a drive-in twist. Airshow fans will enjoy the show from the comfort of their own 400 square foot-space on the airfield alongside their vehicle. Performers include the snowbirds, F-22 Raptor, CF-18 Hornet and F-18 Super Hornet.”
Photo Credit Please see footnote below.

Ryan McCallistar

Sun & Soil Concert Series – Ryan McAllister
Fri., Aug. 20, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Mt Lehman Winery – 5094 Mount Lehman Rd, Abbotsford, BC
See Facebook  
They say: “This concert series celebrates our Handmade & Homegrown community of Abbotsford by featuring local musicians, local farms, and local food for an intimate and flavourful concert experience.”

Horsepower for Hospice Show & Shine
Sat., Aug. 21, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Mt Lehman Winery – 5094 Mount Lehman Rd, Abbotsford, BC
See Facebook
They say: “Join us for this FREE (by donation) Classic Car Show & Shine event at Mount Lehman Winery! There will be fun for the whole family with entertainment, food trucks, prize draws, and of course lots of vintage cars! Register your vintage car for only $35 on our website. The event will take place rain or shine. Join us for fun and support Abbotsford families! Event generously sponsored by TravelandRV”

Langley

Golf for Kids Sake

Golf For Kids Sake 2021
Wed., Aug. 11, 2021
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley – 20538 Fraser Hwy #201, Langley, BC
See Website
They say: “Proceeds from the golf tournament will ignite the potential of young people through the power of mentoring. Funds raised will ensure that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley is able to continue serving over 400 children and youth each year by providing them with another caring and trusting adult in their lives.”

City Summer Beats

City Summer Beats – Concert in Douglas Park
Sat., Aug. 14, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Spirit Square – 20550 Douglas Crescent #4B6, Langley, BCSee: City Summer Beats
See Website
They say: “Enjoy a fantastic lineup of live music at this family-friendly event. Everyone is welcome – Be sure to bring your dancing shoes!”

Twilight Drive In

Twilight Drive-In
Metro Vancouver’s Only Drive-in Theatre
Thu., Aug. 5, 9:10 p.m.
Twilight Drive-In Theatre – 3350 260 Street, Fraser Hwy, Langley Twp, BC
They say: “Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins stars Henry Golding as Snake Eyes, a tenacious loner who is welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan called the Arashikage after saving the life of their heir apparent…”
For more information and movies in August see http://twilightdrivein.net

Langley Eats Local
See Website
They say: This annual event celebrates the abundance of our region with a fantastic lineup of local vendors and activities for the whole family. Explore the diversity of what is produced in Langley and nearby, from vegetables to breads, cheeses, berries, wines and more. Join us to celebrate our local farmers and producers who care for this delicious array of ingredients, all the way from their field to your plate.

summerset festival

Summerset Festival
Fri., Aug. 27 – Sun., Aug. 29
Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada 23433 Mavis Ave, Langley, BC
See Website
They say: “Summerset Music & Arts Festival takes place inside the palisades of the Fort Langley National Historic Site on the majestic Fraser River, offering a venue with unsurpassed beauty and history. A former fur trading post of the Hudson’s Bay Company and the “Birthplace of British Columbia”, guests can tour the historic site, enjoying world-class music & art and mouth-watering local food and beverages.

“Summerset has set up a variety of activities throughout the festival including cornhole, a kid’s play centre, food trucks, vendors, and a dedicated merch area. Check out everything Summerset has to offer August 27 – 29th!”

Cambree Lovesy

Live Music Night with Cambree Lovesy
Fri., Aug. 27, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Fraser Valley Cider Company – 22128 16 Ave, Langley, BC
For more events at the Fraser Valley Cider Company see their website
They say: “The five foot firecracker from Abbotsford, B.C. brings an infectious energy with her onto every stage…”
Photo: @cambreelovesyofficial Please see foonote below

Surrey, BC

Summer Pop

Summer POP! — Devon More Music
Fri., Aug. 6, 7:00 p.m. – Sun., Aug. 8, 4:30 p.m.
Darts Hill Garden Park – 16th Avenue and 170th Street, Surrey, BC
See Website
They say: “Bring your own bubble to Dart Hills Garden Park for a POP! Summer Stroll. Take in one of many micro-performances – including a one-woman symphony, built from scratch by Devon – before you stroll your way to the grand finale. 4 chances to stroll by Friday, August 6th – Sunday, August 8th”

Vineyard Lunch

Vineyard Lunch with wine & Rock n’ Roll live music
Sun., Aug. 15, 12:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Vinoscenti Vineyards – 15560 Colebrook Rd, Surrey, BC
See EVENTBRITE
They say: “A long awaited vineyard lunch and music event will be the highlight of this summer. Served in the vineyard & buffet style, the lunch includes multi course items such as roast beef, salmon filet, vegetables, fresh seasonal fruits, and a glass of wine, from 12 noon to 2 pm. Live Rock n’ Roll music begins from 2:15 to 4:30 pm with a break from 3:15 to 3:45 pm.”

YARD

“YARD” Biggest Jamaican African fusion party of the summer
Sun., Aug. 22, 4:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: 13565 105 Ave, Surrey, BC
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They say: “A VIP experience with premium drinks 3 top-class Dj at the turn get your drip & come get lit with us.”

Alfresco Festival

Alfresco Festival 2021
Fri., Aug. 27, 11:00 a.m. – Sun., Aug. 29, 4:00 p.m.
Colebrook Park – 14311 Colebrook Rd, Surrey, BC
See Website
They say… “It’s in the trees and it’s coming – oh it’s coming. Yes, our favourite foray onto the foliage is finally returning and we can’t wait to join our Alfresco family for a three day wiggle in the woods. And with the first announcement of artists wetting our disco whistle just right – how could Daniel Avery, Daniele Baldelli, Lowlife, Crazy P Soundsystem, Sophie Lloyd, Jonjo Jury, Jaye Ward, Tech Support and the many more incoming not? – we’ve got our plans made, our disco bags packed and our festival head ready. Finally. See you in the trees! Alfresco Festival Friday 27th- Sunday 29th August 2021 Colebrook Park, Tunbridge Wells.”

FOOTNOTES
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(Abbotsford, BC) Tourism Abbotsford celebrates BC’s Restart Plan with a tiered campaign starting with Let’s Go Do Something, which launched on June 17th. Everyone from across BC is invited to experience Abbotsford’s ever-changing handmade and homegrown experiences where farm meets table, spirit meets nature, and travelers meet our cultivated city. Suggested itineraries are themed by outdoor adventures, farm excursions, seasonal sips at wineries, cideries, and breweries, boutique shopping and local eats, and arts culture.

Sun & Soil Concert Series Returns

Starting on July 23, presented again by the Abbotsford Tech District, Tourism Abbotsford’s Sun & Soil Concert Series returns for its second year, showcasing a diverse mix of genres and local musicians. Various locations are featured select Friday evenings throughout the summer.
• Date: Friday, July 23rd from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: At Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm & Meadery, with orchard views

Musical Artist: Nelson Padilla
• Date: Friday, August 6 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: the Eco Dairy with views of Mt. Baker

Musical Artist: K.C. Roces
• Date: Friday, August 13th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Maan Farms with views of Mt. Baker

Musical Artist: Chelsea Amber
• Date: Friday, August 20th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Mt. Lehman Winery with views of the vineyard

Musical Artist: Ryan McAllister
• Date: : Friday, August 27th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Ripples Winery and New Wave Distilling, amidst the gardens
Musical Artist: Kyler Pierce

“It’s been a difficult year for our tourism and hospitality businesses. We are thrilled to see travel begin to re-open and are tremendously excited to see Abbotsford come back to life this summer with events and things to do throughout the community. Let’s Go Do Something encourages people to come out and have fun again, to explore our nature trails, cycling routes, wineries, breweries, restaurants, shops, and farms. Sun & Soil unites farm-fresh food, diverse music, and beautiful country views. With vaccination rates increasing and life slowly returning to a post-pandemic state, we are pleased to welcome people back to our community,” says Craig Nichols, Executive Director of Tourism Abbotsford.

Although gathering sizes for outdoor events have been greatly increased as of July 1st, attendance for each concert will be limited to under 70 people to maintain an intimate experience. Tickets are $65/person, sold in packages for two or four people, and include local wine, beer, or cider, and charcuterie and picnic boxes with ingredients sourced from local farms. Concert attendees are invited to bring a picnic blanket but chairs will also be provided.

Abbotsford International Airshow

From August 6-8th, the Abbotsford International Airshow is returning with a Skydrive theme where attendees may remain in their vehicles or set up lawn chairs. The skies will be active for 3.5 hours per day with evening fireworks planned on August 6th and 7th and daytime performances on August 7th and 8th, I Closing the season, Tourism Abbotsford announces a Taste of Abby running from September 17th to September 25th. Plans include launching with a food and entertainment night festival and ending with a long table dinner. Details will be announced throughout the summer.

To learn more about Let’s Go Do Something, visit www.tourismabbotsford.ca/lets-go-do-something/

To purchase Sun and Soil tickets, visit www.tourismabbotsford.ca/store
Tickets are available as of Friday, July 9th.

To learn more about Skydrive, visit www.abbotsfordairshow.com/faq/

FOOTNOTES
Photos: Robyn Bessenger Photography. Used with permission
Article written and provided by Summer Dhillon, summer@slapcommunications.com, 604.614.4609

Summer is officially upon us, with temperatures reaching up to the 30-degree range. And nothing accompanies good weather like a picnic. Today we’ll be taking a look at the best events and catering in the Fraser Valley this year, plus 3 great picnic spots. Read our last article about the 10 best picnic spots in the Fraser Valley here. Let us help you plan the perfect picnic outing. 

Events & Catering  

Dirty Apron Picnic for Two  Dirty Apro

Dirty Apron has curated the perfect picnic basket, complete with two sandwiches, two salads, two cookies, and two drinks, for you and that special someone to enjoy a nice day (or evening) together.  They also offer a Gourmet upgrade, coming with local cheese, crackers, and fruit. Visit dirty apron.com to pick yours up today in preparation for a lovely outing.  

Dirty Apron on Instagram
Dirty Apron Website
Photo: 📸 @kevinclarkstudios @figure1publishing

Olive & ThornOlive & Thorn  

A fine event curator, Olive & Thorn specializes in event decor and design for not only picnics but parties,  proposals, and plenty more. Check out their Instagram (@oliveandthornevents) to find out more. 

We actually ran into Olive & Thorn on Mother’s Day at Elgin Heritage Park and saw firsthand what they can do. They had a beautiful setup and what looked like delicious food.

Photo: 📸 @oliveandthorneven

Haven Events  Haven Events

Another event curator, Haven Events is a go-to if you’re looking to have a lovely setup complete with decor. They’re also an Instagram-based company (@haveneventsltd), showcasing their great work. And you won’t be disappointed. 

Photography: 📸 @diamondsedgephotography
Charcuterie: @indulgedbyher
Floral Arrangement: @thebundlesstudio

Pick Up Picnics  

Here’s a neat one. Stop by Downtown Langley to check out the participating restaurants of this year’s Pick Up Picnic. Meals are complete with your food and drink order, plus a special picnic package. Participating restaurants include Brogan’s Diner, Dal’s Poke, Egg BomB, Hot & Toasty Cafe, and more. 

Poster Design – @renecreative 

 

 

Top 3 Picnic Spots of 2021  

Chilliwack Lake  Chilliwack La

There’s a ton of lake-side spots down Chilliwack lake road, and all make for a nice picnic location. Sit down by the clear water with your family or even just that one special person and enjoy a fun day of outdoor bonding, featuring blue shiny water. 

Photo: 📸 @rempelstilskin 

Boundary Bay  

Bordering between the United States and Canada, Boundary Bay is sure to provide you with the perfect beach for a beach picnic. Relax by the ocean and look out on Washington as you sip your wine, or even just sparkling water (whatever your preference is). But you’re sure to have a good time here. 

Photo: 📸 @sandkeet604

Alouette Lake  Allouette Lake

Located in Golden Ears Provincial Park, Alouette lake is the perfect spot whether you want to go for a  weekend trip or even just a day trip. A great waterfront location as well as hiking and camping spot,  there’s something for everyone at Alouette Lake.

Photo:  📸 @bcvettech

So that’s it for our top spots, events, and catering. Now get out and enjoy this nice weather we’re having. 

Have your own picnic catering and event ideas? Want to share your favorite picnic spots? Let us know in the comments below. 

Credits:
Written by Josh Leowen
Main photo 📸 @haveneventsltd
Please message @rjanz for credit or removal

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY BE PREPARED*

It’s almost impossible to predict when a crisis may occur, but there are a few basic measures you can take to be prepared for unexpected weather or life events. And not to be a downer, but studies have shown that Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley will inevitably experience a major earthquake and tsunamis, so once and a while it’s worth considering in case of an emergency: are you prepared?

Here are several things to do to help be prepared…

KNOW YOUR EVACUATION ROUTES
These may change depending on the situation, so you’ll want an idea of the different scenarios you may face. Identify your area’s major evacuation centres.

SELECT YOUR MEETING PLACESIn case of emergency
Set one in the neighbourhood, one in town, and one out-of-town. That way, your family can regroup if something pops up when you’re not together.

STAY CONNECTED
Sign up for emergency alerts from your local municipalities. Police Facebook and Twitter pages are great sources for real-time updates during emergencies.

ASSIGN ROLES
Discuss what each family member will handle in an emergency. For example, mom turns off the electricity and water, dad gets the important documents, kids get the pets, etc.

generatorCONSIDER A GENERATOR
Generators will help you keep the lights on should you lose power. Some are powered by gas, others by rechargeable battery or solar.

stock upSTOCK UP
See what already you have. If the electricity goes, use the food in the fridge first before consuming nonperishables. Have at least three days’ worth of bottled water ready.

COLLECT IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS
Store physical documents like birth certificates, financial information, and family records in a fireproof or waterproof box and take it with you in an evacuation.

dog walkKEEPING YOUR PETS SAFE DURING AN EMERGENCY
If you’ve got a four-legged friend or another pet in your family, make a plan for them too! here are some items to include in your pet’s emergency kit:

  • 3-7 days worth of food and water
  • Pet’s documents – Medical records and current photos (in case of separation)
  • Extra litter/ disposable trays
  • Cage liners
  • Extra collar, harness or leash
  • Travel carrier
  • Blankets
  • Garbage bags

Humane CanadaACCESS AN ANIMAL EMERGENCY KIT FROM HUMANE CANADA.
Includes a window sticker so rescuers know if your pet is still in the home during a rescue.

 

GOING TO AN EVACUATION SHELTER? LOOK FOR ONE THAT ALLOWS PETS SO YOU’RE NOT TURNED AWAY.

Download pdf – CLICK HERE

FOOTNOTE:
*© 2021 Buffini & Company. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission. RMMK JUNE C

Main Photo by Spencer Davis on Unsplash

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

As the days draw closer to summer, it’s still uncertain whether or not COVID-19 will stay a social barrier. The allowed social gathering numbers have increased to 10 people, but what about those concerned about health and safety? Or maybe you just want to plan a fun, family-friendly outing in the Fraser Valley. There are many fun outdoorsy adventures waiting to be had, and today we’ll take a look at 5.

Hiking at the Community Forest (Chilliwack)

If you live in Chilliwack or don’t mind the drive, the Community Forest is a great spot for a COVID-friendly family adventure. Located off the Annis Road exit of Highway 1, this hike is fun for the whole family. Dogs love it if you have one, and bonus: with a couple of different routes to choose from, you might not even run into anybody else. If you love hiking, or maybe you’re on the prowl for some new spots, the Community Forest won’t disappoint.

Fraser Valley CreekFishing in the Mountain Slough (Agassiz)

Mountain Slough, located beside Highway 7 coming from Agassiz, is a neat little area. I’m not sure if or when it gets busy, but each time I’ve gone I was the only person there. Featuring a nice little fishing spot, as well as a bit of a trail, both the fishermen and hikers and joggers of the family are sure to have a good time. The scenery is incredible as well, both on the trip too, and at the destination.

Fire Creek (Mission)

As the days are getting a little warmer, swimming season is almost upon us. And what could be better than natural rock pools? Fire Creek is personally my favorite place to go in the Fraser Valley. It’s up Stave Lake road, which means you get to do a bit of 4x4ing, plus there’s still a little bit of a hike to get to it. But once you’re there, endless hours of fun for the whole family. If swimming, cliff jumping (please be careful), or even just wading in pools is your thing, I’d recommend checking this one out.

GeocachingFraser Valley Trail

Geocaching is a classic activity. Maybe you know what it is, maybe you don’t (I’m assuming you might), but one of the fun things about geocaching is that it’s not limited to one location. Another adventure for a fun family day, I’d suggest checking this out if you like hiking.

Fishtrap Creek (Abbotsford)
And last but not least, here’s a location for families with younger kids, or even if you just enjoy walking. A good spot for biking too, Fishtrap Creek is a mix of fun. Enjoy the scenery, birds, and more, with the whole family.

So there you have it. The pandemic may be lurking, but there’s still a lot of adventures to be had.

Have you been to any of these places? Have your own suggestion for a COVID-friendly time? Let us know in the comments below!

Written by Josh Loewen