Seasonal Sips to Try this Winter

Escape the chill and sip your way into the season with these suggested warmers. From hot mulled apple cider and spiced honey meads to hot chocolate porter and a fir tips brew, you’ll be loving the winter vibes in Abbotsford.

Brew

Bring a blanket, come hungry, and get ready to get cozy at our local breweries. At Field House Brewing, enjoy the latest Toasted Coconut Black Lager and brewhouse-made, farm-to-plate comfort foods. Warm up by a wood-burning fire or take in the cabin décor with sheepskin-covered benches and a heated patio. Launching mid-December, the Good Life Ale will be available – a woodsy beer made with fir tree tips!

Adding to Raven’s Brewing’s seven taps are two new releases -- the Jackdaw, a citrus-rye sour released on November 24th and the, fan-favourite, Hot Chocolate Porter available as of mid-December. A pop-up shop with One Fish Two Fish  is also scheduled for mid-month where fresh oysters and other seafood items are available for sale.
 

Apple Cider

Known as fall’s sweetest harvest, Taves Family Farms’ tree-to-bottle process takes farm-grown apples and creates a 100% natural apple cider. Nothing is added to this non-alcoholic bevvy, but you can mix it with your favourite spirit and mull it with a pinch of clove, cinnamon, and allspice. Or buy it spiced but be sure to serve it steaming hot! Available at stores across the Lower Mainland.


Mead

Mead is the oldest alcoholic drink known to man as was believed to be the drink of the gods. A little unknown fact, second century Romans and Europeans once sought spiced mead as a cure for winter colds but, since the late 1800s and ever since the Swedes first embraced mulled wine as a Christmas tradition, mead has graced many Christmas tables! Try the spiced cranberry or apple, zesty sweet, or dry mead from Campbell’s Gold.  Add honey, brandy, orange rinds, raisins, or simply savour the spicy elixirs as they come.



Field House Brewing | 2281 W Railway St, Abbotsford, BC | fieldhousebrewing.com
Raven’s Brewing Company | 2485 Townline Rd, Abbotsford, BC | ravens.beer
Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm and Meadery | 2595 Lefeuvre Rd, Abbotsford, BC | bchoney.com
Taves Family Farms | 333 Gladwin Rd, Abbotsford, BC | tavesfamilyfarms.com
Taves is closed for the season, but the cider is available at a store near you.


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Navigate your way through rooms of enchanting Christmas décor, pick-up vibrant winter greens, or escape to the country and experience what Mt. Lehman has to offer. Only a 40-minute drive from Vancouver so bundle up, and come on out to Abbotsford for the day. Better yet, make a weekend of it and enjoy all these holiday must do’s in the valley. Don’t forget to visit Santa at Highstreet while you’re in town!

Oh Christmas Tree

Nothing feels more festive than trimming a farm-fresh Christmas tree! Starting December 1st, Fir Valley Farms is welcoming everyone to come and choose their perfect pre-cut tree or, better yet, harvest one themselves.

  • Douglas Fir is a traditional choice, aromatizes with a sweet fragrance.
  • Noble Fir has excellent needle retention and stiff branches perfect for heavy ornaments.
  • Norway Spruce is whimsical, upward sweeping branches with an everlasting scent.
  • Fraser Fir has traits of a Noble Fir and Norway Spruce with excellent needle retention and an inviting aroma.
  • Grand Fir/Nordman Fir have softer needles with a robust citrus fragrance.
  • Blue Spruce is a rich dark green to powdery-blue needles.

Fir Valley Farms | 30077 Burgess Ave, Abbotsford, BC | firvalleyfarms.com
Ledgeview Tree Farm | 
36070 McKee Rd | facebook.com/Ledgeviewtreefarm

 

Visit Grandma Glenda

Celebrating its 28th year, Glenda’s Christmas Cottage is another can’t-miss destination that has become a local tradition. In fact, the parents coming today were the children who visited a generation ago. Navigate through rooms of enchanting Christmas décor, discovering rustic and classic ornaments and snow globes, that are sure to please even the hardest ones to buy for.  

Glenda’s Christmas Cottage | 4457 Mount Lehman Rd, Abbotsford, BC | glendaschristmas.com

 


Winter Greens and Florals

A destination garden centre specializing in vibrant winter greens, poinsettia arrangements, and home décor. From peaceful garden strolls to beautiful Holiday statement pieces, Tanglebank is all about Christmas cheer. Located at the same place is Brambles Bistro. Bring a friend and brunch or lunch, choosing from classic breakfast favourites infused with global flavours, or end your visit with a hot cocoa.

Tanglebank Gardens and Brambles Bistro | 29985 Downes Rd, Abbotsford, BC | tanglebank.com

 


Warm the Soul

Escape to the country and experience what Mt. Lehman has to offer this holiday season at Sojourn in the Valley on Dec. 2nd. Wander through the grounds at Tuscan Farm Gardens, sip a lavender latte, and leave with lavender-infused handcrafted soaps and body products. Enjoy the thousands of twinkling lights and unbelievable ornament selection at Glenda's

Sip and savour around the cozy fireplace at Brambles Bistro, and then visit our three local wineries. Seaside Pearl Winery and Singletree Winery will be serving mulled wine with local cheese from Mt. Lehman Cheese. Also, you can pick-up Singletree’s latest release, wine jellies to pair with charcuterie or give as hostess gift.  Mt. Lehman Winery will be playing Christmas tunes and featuring a Brawny Tawny Port tasting in the Barrel Room, accompanied by figs, local Mt. Lehman Cheese, and handmade chocolates by Chocolatas. 

Mt. Lehman Sojourn in the Country | mtlehmansojourn.com

 


Shopping Finds in Downtown Abby

In addition to hosting the Annual Winter Jubilee Christmas Festival on December 2nd, complete with pony rides, fireworks, Christmas carols, an artisan market, and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, Historic Downtown Abbotsford is also an eclectic place to shop and walk.

Shop the mix of small businesses, independent restaurants, and boutique stores to get awesome stocking stuffers and gifts. Highlights include curated vintage goods, clothing, apothecary goods, local florists, handcrafted pottery, jewelry, restored furniture, vinyl from every genre, new and used books, artisanal bakeries and cafés, and craft breweries. So. Much. To. Explore!

Historic Downtown | Essendene & Montrose Avenues | downtownabbotsford.ca
 


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Heading into the holiday season, these free pop up Christmas Markets showcase Abbotsford's best artisans from crafts to local food. 
 

The Christmas Market at the Museum 

Featuring works by some of BC's finest and most gifted artisans and crafters, The Christmas Market is open daily for five days. You will find handmade items such as quilts, cards, glass art, and woodturning. 

Nov 20th - 25th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm | 1818 Clearbrook Rd. | Mennonite Heritage Museum

 

Maan Farms’ 3rd Christmas Market

Two back-to-back weekends with over 50 local vendors, a gift wrapping station by donation, Mama Maan's authentic eats, wine tasting with the wine expert Gaurav Maan, and delicious Country Kitchen sampling.

Nov 25th - 26th and Dec 2nd - 3rd from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm | 790 McKenzie Rd. | Maan Farms


Taste of the Market 

Lepp Farm invites you to meet the faces behind your favourite brands, with over vendors, and sample baked treats to smoked, cured and dried made right at Lepp. Get your Taste of the Market Passport stamped at each booth, and be entered to win a gift basket.

Dec 2nd from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm | 33966 Clayburn Rr. | Lepp Farm Market

 

Open Air Market at WINTER JUBILEE

Kick off the holiday season with your community at this annual tree lighting ceremony featuring an open-air marketplace full of local vendors in the heart of downtown. Bonus - live entertainment, a craft beer and wine garden, carollers, food trucks & more. 

Dec 2nd from 5:00pm to 9:00 pm | Essendene & Montrose Avenue | Downtown Abbotsford

Whether it’s attending a tree lighting, festival, or artisan market, we invite you to come and explore some timeless traditions and unwrap the holiday magic in Abbotsford. Find more seasonal events, go check out our calendar


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Abbotsford Shines Bright in the Valley

It's the most wonderful time of year and Abbotsford is celebrating with festive holiday shows, family-friendly festivals, dazzling tree lightings, and artisan events. Only a 40-minute drive from Vancouver, bundle up, grab a hot chocolate and come on out for the day. Better yet, make a weekend of it and spend the night!

Start the season at the 10th West Coast Christmas Show and Artisan Marketplace.

10th West Coast Christmas Show and Artisan Marketplace

From November 17th to 19th, the annual West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace returns to Tradex. Unique gifts include everything from doll clothing, wooden toys, teepee play tents, hand-painted silk scarves, upcycled table décor, and beard balm to craft spirits, artisan fudge, candy, doll furniture, personalized ornaments, ugly Christmas sweaters, and reclaimed wood furniture.

  • 200+ Vendors to shop
  • Festival of Trees
  • Seasonal home décor and poinsettia baskets
  • Carving workshop
  • Breakfast with Santa & Santa’s Workshop and Elf Activity Area
  • Sounds of the holidays with live music
  • Culinary and wine presentations

Fraser Valley Tradex | 1190 Cornell St | www.westcoastchristmasshow.com
 

Abby’s First Christmas tree lighting of the season at Highstreet Shopping Centre.

Hightstreet’s Tree Lighting & Holiday Show

On November 18th at 5:00 pm, Highstreet hosts its annual Holiday Show and Tree Lighting. Every Saturday afterwards, from November 18th to December 16th, shoppers can enjoy a 30-minute show featuring a multi-media light display set to musical favourites, and photos with Santa every single day. Visit Highstreet’s oversized Holiday Gift Box, complete with a private experience allowing each family to have an intimate photo snap with Santa (and you can book online!)

  • Santa’s arrival and the lighting of a 65-foot Christmas tree
  • Meeting Rudolf, Frosty, and Spandy Andy the dancing elf
  • A 40-piece marching band, holiday dancers, and stilt walkers
  • A guaranteed snowfall

Highstreet | 3122 Mount Lehman Rd | www.highstreetfv.com
 



From the west side to the east, experience Winter Jubilee.

28th Winter Jubilee in Historic Downtown

On December 2nd, from 5:00 - 9:00 pm, Abby takes it ‘old school’ and celebrates its second tree lighting and evening marketplace in Historic Downtown. Local vibes include fresh eats, on-site craft beer and wine, over 30 local vendors, and many of Abby’s best-known retail shops. Admission is free and all ages are welcome!

  • The arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus
  • Live entertainment
  • Craft beer and wine garden
  • Photos with Santa
  • An open-air Artisan marketplace
  • Festive fireworks display

Historic Downtown Abbotsford | Montrose & Essendene Ave | www.downtownabbotsford.ca 


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There's no shortage of kids inspired halloween events happening around the city. This week make your way through Maan Farms Haunted Corn Maze or a scary Scavenger Hunt around Highstreet. On Halloween bring the family to trick or treat around Downtown Abbotsford (at over 40 businesses!) or inside at Sevenoaks Mall. Let all of these events inspire your families spooky spirit while you #ExploreAbbotsford

The Land of Boo

Enjoy a super family-friendly Halloween Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win an iPad courtesy of London Drugs. Start in Central Plaza (outside of Cineplex Theatres) and make your way around the Podium Level stopping at each Halloween installation as you go.

Open Daily to Oct 31st | Highstreet | 3122 Mount Lehman Road

 

Maan Farms Haunted Corn Maze

Here's one for the older kids! Make your way through one of BC’s most terrifying haunted corn mazes, filled with creepy clowns, gouls and real chainsaws. Walk over the haunted bridge while making your way through the 10 shipping containers are placed throughout the maze, designed like haunted houses. *Recommended for guests 10 and older.

Oct 25 to 31st | Maan Farms | 790 McKenzie Rd

 

Trick or Treat Downtown

Loads of treats and lots of fun activities planned for kids with over 40 business's participating. Start off at Cobblestone Kitchenware's patio where you will get your trick or treating map! Bonus, Science World will be on hand to explore some Science On The Spot.

Oct 31, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm | Historic Downtown Abbotsford

 

Trick or Treat Sevenoaks

Enjoy a safe, warm and dry place to bring your ghosties for goodies. Look for the orange pumpkin for free candy at participating retailers for kids 10 and under while quantities last.

Oct 31, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm | Sevenoaks | 32900 South Fraser Way
 

Moo or Boo Ecodairy

The annual family-friendly indoor Halloween party! $4.00 per child ages 14 and under, & Adults party for free! Proceeds from this event will help support affordable, educational programs like spring & summer camps, Pro D Day camps, and special community events.

Oct 31, 2017 1:30pm - 5:30pm | EcoDairy | 1356 Sumas Way

 

Highstreet Party in the Plaza

A family-friendly Halloween evening at Highstreet! There will be a fun photo booth, live DJ, treats, balloon artists, and more! Trick or Treat at 8 themed installations and enjoy the Land of Boo Scavenger Hunt.

Oct 31, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm | Highstreet | 3122 Mount Lehman Rd
 



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Reputable breweries all over BC are pumping out liquid gold, but it’s the smaller towns where you’ll find the diamonds. These hidden gems in Abbotsford are crafting memorable, multi-dimensional beers and we asked the brewmasters what they'd recommend you try!

Make a day out of your valley visit - designate a driver and be prepared to come home with a trunk full of growlers!


FIELD HOUSE BREWING co. 

Field House is all about the vibes, marrying good beer and fun times. Brews are carefully-crafted and you have ten taps to choose from. They also offer craft cider, local wine, local Kombucha on tap, and cold-pressed juice. Walk into a tasting room stirring nostalgia as you inhale the fragrant wood-burning fireplace, a community table, and a growler-fill station -- guests walk away with more friends than what they came in with.

Their Canteen takes it beyond farm-to-plate with the Field House crew, actually, growing and harvesting their own produce. Everything is made on site with a seasonal menu consisting of the favourite 'Faspa Board', flatbread pizza, tacos, and comfort classics like Grilled Cheese, Mac ‘N Cheese, and soups. 


 

WHAT TO TRY

Fresh Hop Sartori Sour IPA
The team’s own hands harvested these Columbia Hop Cones straight from the Sartori Hop Ranch in Columbia Valley, and met the Sour Red IPA, infusing fresh earthy flavours. fruity melon, and tangy citrus, nestled in a tart IPA.

Field Saison
One of Field House’s originals, inspired by the fields and seasons of the Fraser Valley –the saison is a floral and sessionable Belgian-style Table Beer with hints of pepper, citrus, and clove.

Wild Riesling Ale, Beer and Wine Hybrid
West Coast Riesling grapes are smashed into a tart Farmhouse and aged on wild yeast with traditionally used Elderflower and Sweet Woodruff, yielding an eccentric slant on the time-rooted German Mai Wine.
 



RAVENS BREWING COMPANY

Located minutes off the highway, the bright and airy tasting room welcomes you. With communal tables and bar seating, there are plenty of seating options around to enjoy your beer. Ravens creates approachable beers, while honouring the ingredients that make it great, and collaborates with local businesses to develop their products -- from hops, strawberry, and raspberry farmers to coffee and bake shops and chocolatiers.

Choose from seven beers on tap and four core beers -- English Dark Mild, West Coast Pale Ale which uses Abbotsford-grown hops, India Pale Ale (IPA), and Sumas Mountain Lager. Rotating seasonal offerings and one-off experimental releases range from a Dry Irish Stout to a Rhubarb Strawberry Sour.

What to Try

Dry Irish Stout
Where dark-roasted flavours dominate. A well-balanced stout with hints of a crisp bitterness, espresso, and chocolate. Pair your beer with samosas from a local restaurant or fresh popcorn from Ravens’ tabletop popcorn machine.

Sunset Wheat Ale
A balance of citrus, hops, and clove, the Sunset Wheat Ale is a sweet addition to Raven’s flight line-up. Best served on its own or paired with seafood.

IPA
This India Pale Ale is brewed with the sole purpose of celebrating the hops. Tropical fruit, citrus, and pine are at the forefront as the aromas and flavours balance a firm bitterness with light body.
 

OLD ABBEY ALES

Old Abbey Ales has up to 25 beers on tap! The spacious, industrial-style tasting room offers Belgian-style ale styles with a Belgian Tripel, Tripel IPA, and Quad. The Innovation Series includes selections such as Dank Tank Double IPA, Portrait Thief Amber Ale, and Old Abbey Ales’ signature Sour Raspberry.

Old Abbey Ales also supports buying local by incorporating fresh and local ingredients including berries and hops from Abby farms. Pair with Old Abbey Ales’ brewery-made charcuterie board, hummus and crackers, nachos, tandoori chicken bites, and mini pizzas. You can also order a glass of red or white wine, even French-pressed coffee.
 

What to Try

Coastal IPA
Rusty, orange colour with aromas of orange zest and pepper. The flavour is a blend of caramel and honey, offset by bitter citrus fruit, creating a sessionable IPA.

Sour Raspberry
The perfect balance of ripe, red raspberry, and sour tang. Juicy, fresh fruit, and lactic sourness harmonize to create a crisp and refreshing beer.

Purple Draank
Blueberry flavours dominate this fruity sour with just a hint of raspberry.
 


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The fields in Sumas Prairie are budding with rows of vibrant, green hops to accommodate an exploding craft beer industry. Before the craft beer scene, decades ago, hop fields covered the Fraser Valley, but due to low demand, the hop crops were replaced. 

Today, they have come back full circle and are even celebrated at festivals like BC Hop Fest. Abbotsford’s climate with fertile soil and gentle breezes makes it one of the best hop-growing environments in the Pacific Northwest. See this short clip on how hops are harvested, right in time for the BC Hop Festival.
 

The Hop History

From 1902-1950, the BC Hop Co. operated over 300 acres of hop yards in the Fraser Valley. This rich history was what prompted a conversation between brewery owner, Paul Sweeting of Ravens Brewing Company, and local entrepreneurs Dwayne and Diane Stewart in 2014. Sweeting was looking for a place to grow hops, for his upcoming craft brewery which opened in 2015, and Stewart was looking for a way to generate new revenue for his family farm.

The first hop yards were installed in spring of 2015 and a modernized BC Hop Company was born. The entire processing plant was completed just in time for harvest in 2016. In collaboration with partner farmers, BC Hop Co. harvests and processes Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Cashmere and, the newly released –Lumberjack -- varieties.

“We recognized, early in our business development, that quality was fundamental to everything we would be doing. BC brewmasters are discriminating and demand the highest quality for the ingredients they use in their beer. We have been working hard with the amazing BC brewer community to bring more high quality BC-grown hops to every beer in BC, while helping to preserve family farms," states Dwayne Stewart, Owner of BC Hop Co. and founder of the BC Hop Festival.

Ravens Brewing Company is now using Abbotsford-grown and harvested hops! One of the first beers ever produced was Ravens’ West Coast Pale Ale, creating a strong, malty beer before adding a generous amount of Centennial and Cascade hops.  This hop-forward approach showcases some of the best hops that Abby has to offer.

“Raven’s Brewing is founded on creating approachable beers for our community while honouring the ingredients that make great beer. We celebrate Abbotsford whether it’s our Heritage Series with branded labels sharing Abby’s heritage or working with community partners to develop our products, from hop, strawberry, and raspberry farmers to coffee and bake shops and chocolatiers,” says owner, Paul Sweeting.

Examples include the Raspberry Hefeweizen, Coffee IPA showcasing BC-roasted coffee in a strong India Pale Ale, and a Hot Chocolate Porter featuring cocoa nibs sourced from ChocolaTas.

While Abby has always been proud of being a strong agricultural hub and sharing farm-to-table stories, it’s clear that our farm-to-brewery movement is just getting started.
 

Photo Credit for photos 1 - 4 to BC Hop Co. 


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Fresh-pressed apple cider, harvested hops, and crisp breezes are all signs that fall HARVEST has arrived in abbotsford

Let’s add vibrant pumpkin patches, local apple orchards, and a beer-tasting corn maze. While most destinations are family-friendly, a few activities are better suited for the adult kid in us. Come prepared. Bring shoes and pants you can get dirty. And, don't forget to layer! Looking for lunch spot along the way? Check out our local eats page to plan your fill up stop.  
 

Back for its second year, Abby Roadside is a family and dog-friendly harvest social. Designed for adults, but with something for everyone.
 

1. Abby Roadside

  • 3 corn mazes including BC’s first beer-tasting corn maze
  • Snack shack, food trucks & beer garden
  • Doggie bar & photo booth
  • Kids zone & apple cannons
  • Duck races, tether ball, bean bag toss, sandbox, jump pad, slack line, x&o tables, and potato sack races.

Hours & Admission: Sept. 16 to Oct.15 every Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm. $8 for 3 -18 years, and $18 for 19 plus. Free for children 2 and under and they have family passes available. Website 

 

For almost three decades, Taves Applebarn has been hosting people, of all ages, from across the Lower Mainland. 
 

2. Taves Family Farms Applebarn

  • U-Pick 8 varieties of apples
  • Pumpkin patch
  • Watch and try cold-pressed apple cider being made
  • Corn quest maze, hay rides, pony rides, pedal karts, jumping pillows, petting barn, farmville, bee observatory, and more.
  • Autumn eats like pumpkin-spiced lattés, caramel apples, 100% natural apple cider slushies, and farm-fresh roasted corn. 

Hours & Admission: Open daily, 9 am to 5:30 pm. Free admission to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch. $9.75 for 3-17 years and $6.75 18 plus, includes most attractions and it's free for children 2 and under. Website

 

Be sure to ask about their award-winning fruit wines and Mama Maan’s famous butter chicken samosas and farm-made fudge.
 

3. Maan Farms country experience

• The Fraser Valley's scariest Haunted Corn Maze
• Pumpkin Patch and regular corn maze 
• Pedal Karts and petting zoo, you can’t leave without holding a baby goat!
• Wine tasting in the Estate Winery
• Mama Maan’s Country Kitchen

Hours & Admission: Open daily from 9 am to 6 pm. Free for children 2 and under. Day, Family, and Season’s Passes available check their website for pricing.

 

This family-owned and operated farm is a quiet and quaint farm with 14 varieties of apples to U-Pick. Did we mention plums and pears too? 
 

4. Willow View Farms

• U-Pick a large variety of apples, plums, and pears.
• Pumpkin patch
• Home of the annual Farmer vs. Farmer’s wife giant pumpkin growing contest
• Hayrides through the orchard

Hours & Admission: Free Admission. Open Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 5:30 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 5:30 pm. *There is no access to the yard, playground or animal barn at this time. You can visit the goats and sheep in their outside pasture. Website 

 

A bustling craft beer scene means demand for local hops. The Fraser Valley was once a hoppin’ playground and is coming full circle.  
 

5. Hops HARVEST

BC Hop Co. works with our farmers, using modern innovation to process and distribute a standard of excellence that the Fraser Valley is known for. To celebrate our local fresh hop harvesting, The BC Hop Festival is taking place on September 30th this year.
 



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This fun filled itinerary is loaded with family friendly experiences that will have your children sharing memories for years to come.

If you’re heading from the west, start with the award-winning Campbells Gold Honey Farm and Meadery in Mt. Lehman and end the day swinging and sliding at Delair Park. If you’re starting from the east, begin the morning with a playful workout at Delair Park before entertaining the kids with educational ‘Did You Know’s’ and farm-to-plate goodness.
 

Campbells Gold Honey Farm and Meadery

The ‘busy bees’ create a honey-sweet experience! Owners, Judy and Mike, love meeting new people and teaching their guests everything there is to know about bees, how they communicate, and what they produce.

You can sample honeys and go home with a bottle of mead (honey wine), or beeswax ointments and tinctures, honey soaps, beeswax & honey creams, and other unique gifts! The honey sticks are a perfect treat for kids and if you ask nicely, you might even be able to put your hand in a buzzing bee hive!
 

Eco Dairy in Partnership with Science World

As agricultural advocates, EcoDairy is the first demonstration farm of its kind in Canada! Offering a highly interactive learning environment, the EcoDairy experience has been developed in partnership with Science World.

Test your skills at milking a cow, take a journey through a cow's digestive system, learn how they use cow manure to power the farm, and experience cow-comfort on the cow bed. Meet the Vitala Cows face-to-face and see Robbie, the Robotic Milker, go at it.
 

Maan Farms Country Experience

Known for growing raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries, Maan’s U-Pick fields offer the authentic berry-picking experience. Take a break and pedal go-kart on the race track, run around the playground, zip-line over the farm, and pet the sweet barn animals.

In the fall, add the corn maze and pumpkin patch. Little treat for mom and dad--don’t forget to stop by the tasting room on the way out and sample some award-winning wines. 
 

LUNCH SPOTS

By this time, we guarantee that the kids will be starving and in need of a recharge. Our recommended lunchspots are Maan Farms Kitchen and Anne Marie’s Café. Maan Farms Country Kitchen offers home-cooked local food and fresh baking every day.

Anne Marie’s is a ‘blast from the past’ with the nostalgic 1950s ambiance. The menu is loaded with traditional favourites like chili fries, loaded burgers, and creamy milkshakes while the walls and a classic jukebox whisper tales from long ago.



You can’t leave the area before stopping for a farm-fresh ice cream cone at Birchwood Dairy. But we warn you, with over 50 flavours, the kids might not want to leave.

Abbotsford is full of great parks, but Delair Park is closest and full of green spaces, playgrounds, and welcoming picnic spots. Bring tennis rackets and enjoy a late afternoon game at the tennis court or you might catch the start of a baseball or soccer game. Did we mention that the Highway #1 is only a quick 3-minute drive away?
 


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Spend the day in Abby as you eat, play, and love your way throughout the city. This jam-packed itinerary is loaded with authentic farm-to-table, arts and culture, and natural experiences designed to impress even the most seasoned foodie and experiential day-tripper.
 

Brunch Bites

At Brambles Bistro, brunch is more than just a meal-- it’s food for all your senses. You’ll find yourself seated in a tranquil, garden setting as you choose from farm-fresh entrées, such as the Citrus French Toast and Duck Confit Panini.

Be prepared for a crowd as the place is always full, but we promise that the food is well worth the short wait. Be sure to explore the European-inspired Tanglebank Gardens and gift store, filled with hand-made creations. Before you know it, your table will be ready!


 

Afternoon Sips and Savours

There’s no better way to spend an afternoon than by sampling some of Abbotsford’s locally-produced wines. The Fraser Valley’s agricultural history and rich terroir serves as an ideal location for growing premium grapes.

Mt. Lehman’s newest winery unites old-world charm with new-world convenience. Seaside Pearl Farmgate Winery’s iconic Chapel Tasting Room is surrounded by rolling fields and picturesque country roads, and invites to bring a picnic to be enjoyed patio-style. Or, listen to the winemaker’s stories as you sample Reserve Petit Verdot, Pinot Gris, Red Blend, and a sparkling white straight from the barrel.

Singletree Winery’s heritage estate specializes in growing cool-climate varietals like the Siegerrebe and Gruner Veltliner. Be sure to visit the picnic area and pair locally smoked meats, artisan cheese, and other seasonal selections.

Before leaving the Mt. Lehman area, a must-visit is Mt. Lehman Cheese where the owner, and cheesemaker, Jason Dykstra specializes in goat and buffalo cheese, preparing edible works of art!  Ask about the Matsqui Goat Cheddar, Mt. Lehman Tomme, and Fraser Valley Goat Feta.
 

More Must Have Eats and Cultural Treats

Kickstart the second half of your day by nurturing your soul with a visit to The Reach Gallery Museum. The Reach is a centre of cultural and creative innovation, a platform for excellence in visual arts, and a monument to Abbotsford’s diverse heritage while showcasing rising talent from across Canada.

Featured exhibitions include Ready Player Two, Jim Adams: The Irretrievable Moment, and Ericka Walker: The Great Experiment.

Now, a pick-me-up from Abbotsford’s newest bakery is in order. True to most of Abbotsford’s foodie hotspots, The Polly Fox Bakery bakes and brews with only locally-sourced ingredients.

And there’s no need to feel guilty when devouring a double chocolate vegan cookie or a cashew bar made with coconut milk dulce de leche and toasted cashews. Loaded with deliciousness and only lacking unhealthy fillers, Polly Fox specializes in preparing gluten, peanut, and soy-free treats along with freshly-roasted java.

End the evening with a stroll around Abbotsford’s hidden oasis, Mill Lake Park, and indulging in a farm-to-table meal at Restaurant 62 (R62). R62’s talented culinarians pride themselves on using only the freshest ingredients, earning rave reviews throughout the blogosphere.

Starters and sides are designed to be shared and the warm, contemporary interior lends itself to everything from a date night to a meal out with friends.

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