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Day Trip: Explore the Harvest

With some sunny autumn days still on the horizon, now is the perfect time to enjoy a tour of some of Abbotsford’s best fall experiences. This family road trip is a great way to get outside and celebrate the harvest season! The adventure starts only an hour from Downtown Vancouver on Highway 1. 

Fall Festivals and Events

To some, the end of summer signifies a return to routine and the end of the carefree fun that is abundant in July and August. But that’s not the case here in Abbotsford! 

Farm Fresh Picnic Ideas

Get inspired by the bounty of farm fresh food that is available here in Abbotsford, or pick up a meal to go from one of our local markets or restaurants.

Explore Abbotsford's Circle Farm Tour

Long summer days are on the horizon which means more time for a leisurely journey through the countryside. 

Seasonal Sips to Try this Winter

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. 

Hop History, From Farm to Brewery

The fields in Sumas Prairie are budding with rows of vibrant, green hops to accommodate an exploding craft beer industry. 

Top 5 Harvest Experiences

Fresh-pressed apple cider, harvested hops, and crisp breezes are all signs that fall harvest has arrived in Abbotsford.

Eat, Play, Love Abby: Family Friendly Adventure!

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

Abbotsford Must-Visit Fall Destinations

A refreshing, crisp breeze, the leaves changing colour, pumpkin-spiced lattés…all signs that fall has arrived. The change of seasons doesn’t mean that we should be spending time indoors. In fact, quite the opposite!

We are talking about colourful pumpkin patches, vibrant apple orchards, daunting corn mazes, bumpin’ hayrides and so much more. Our list of fall destinations has something for everyone.

And, while most are family-friendly, we have a few activities that are better suited for the adult kid in all of us, like craft beer stations and haunted experiences in corn mazes.
So, whether you're looking to stock up on decorative gourds, master the perfect pumpkin pie with locally grown pumpkins, make jars of tree-fresh applesauce, or spend the day having ‘fall family fun’, Abby has you covered.

Come prepared. Bring shoes and pants you can get dirty. And, don't forget to layer.
 


Abby Roadside (NEW!)

Family-friendly | Dog-friendly (on leash) | Designed for adults, but fun for the whole family.

Highlights

  • Roadside social
  • BC’s first beer-tasting corn maze with local breweries (Fieldhouse, Ravens, Old Abbey Ales, Old Yale). Two other mazes for all ages. (please check their social channels for closure updates due to weather) 
  • Craft beer garden
  • Doggie bar & photo booth
  • Pumpkin patch
  • Apple cannon
  • Autumn Eats at Food Trucks

Open September 30th to October 23. (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
Admission: Free for 2 and under, $5 for 3-18 years, and $10 for 19 plus.
@abbyroadside on Instagram and Facebook
 



Taves Family Farms (Applebarn Pumpkin Farm)



Family-friendly | No dogs | Free admission to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch

Highlights

  • U-Pick apples for couples, families, and friends. Smaller trees that are perfect for the little ones.
  • Large pumpkin patch to choose that perfect Jack-o-Lantern and stands with several pumpkin varieties and gourds to choose from.
  • Fresh cold-pressed apple cider (100% apples), made before your very eyes.
  • Hayrides and ponyrides
  • Petting Barn
  • Corn maze, with a quest, that is best suited for children ages 3 to 12.
  • Farm foods to keep you energized like caramel apples and apple cider slushies

Admission for attractions: Applebarn pass includes most attractions. Free for children 2 and under. See website for details).
Open daily until November 1st.
@tavesfarms on Instagram and Twitter and @tavesfamilyfarms on Facebook
 



Maan Farms COUNTRY EXPERIENCE & ESTATE WINERY 



Family-friendly | No dogs | Family-friendly with experiences just for teenagers and adults

Highlights

  • Flashlight Corn Maze opens after dark. Only a flashlight can guide corn maze-goers through the rows.
  • Haunted Corn Maze: This year, Leatherface and his accomplices have been joined by a band of crazed clowns. It’s a terrifying corn maze with many dead ends and full of surprises from starving zombies and chainsaw-wielding murderers to killer clowns.
  • Maan’s Estate Winery, award-winning wine with a free tasting room.
  • Moonlight Wagon Rides
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Petting Zoo
  • Country Store with farm-fresh foods and home-made fudge

Admission: A la carte pricing. See website for details.
Open daily until November 11th
@maanfarms on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook
 



Willow View Farms



Family-friendly | No dogs please | No general admission rates

Highlights

  • U-Pick apples for couples, families, and friends.
  • Pumpkin patch with several varieties to choose from in different colours and sizes.
  • Home of the annual Farmer vs. Farmer’s wife giant pumpkin growing contest. This year ‘meet Ugly Randy’, an 800 lb pumpkin! (see photo above) 
  • Hayrides
  • Playground and petting zoo
  • Country-chic décor

Open daily until November 1st. Hayrides are available on weekends only including Thanksgiving Monday.
@willowviewfarms on Instagram and Facebook
 



Directions

Coming from the east on Highway 1, head to Abby Roadside and then take the Sumas Way exit to Huntingdon Road where you can visit Maan Farms, Taves Farms, and Willow View Farms all within a 10-minute stretch.

Coming from the west on Highway 1, reverse it and take the Sumas Way exit to Huntingdon Rd to visit Maan Farms, Taves Farms and Willow View Farms before heading back on the Highway to hit Abby Roadside.
 

Celebrate Hop Harvest at BC Hop Fest



Although the recent boom of craft beer may make it seem like hops are a new crop to the Fraser Valley, it has been grown in our fertile soil for more than 100 years.

Until the 1940's, the Fraser Valley was a huge hop-growing region but dissipated as demand dropped. Now with 120 local craft breweries and more launching every month, the demand for local hops has returned.

On October 1, it’s this rich tradition BC Hop Company celebrates, as well as the emerging craft beer industry, at the second annual BC Hop Fest at Kinloch Farms on Sumas Prairie.

“What makes it unique is there aren’t festivals focusing on wet-hop beer,” said event organizer Donna Dixon. The festival is timed to coincide with the hop harvest and the beginning of BC craft beer month.

Wet hop, or fresh hop, beer is a challenging type of brewing utilizing the green hops of the harvest. Hops are fragile and don’t survive long after being cut, and are meant to be drunk within weeks of brewing. Wet hops are said to taste different than traditional kiln-dried hops.

“The hops add a vibrancy, a fineness, a definition, and a chlorophyll-driven energy you don’t get in standard hopped beers,” said Dixon.

Kinloch Farms grows some of the hops used for the festival and is the only hop farm in Abbotsford. Using the best European technology to preserve the quality of the hops, they’ve just completed building a world-class processing plant.

Traditional large-scale processing involves drying thousands of pounds of hops over direct fired furnaces and can take up to three days from harvest to bailing. This European technology uses indirect heat and air conditioning so the hops are in final bailing condition in less than one day.

“We’re very excited because we grow hops and process them and a lot of the breweries attending are using our hops,” said Dixon.

More than 30 of the province’s best craft breweries are bringing their fresh-hopped beer to this year’s BC Hop Fest. Attendees will not only get to sample fresh-hop beer but also enjoy field and plant tours, take in a panel talk from local brewers discussing how they use wet hops, learn home brew tips and tricks, shop at the artisan marketplace, and take in live entertainment.

“Breweries love coming out here to the Fraser Valley because they can engage with a new customer base. Customers love the breweries coming to them.”

Last year’s event sold out so they’ve added more space for this year’s event, which happens rain or shine. Tickets to the 19+ event are only available in advance.

BC Hop Fest
October 1, 2016
1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
1905 Cole Road, Abbotsford BC

Robyn Roste lives and works in Abbotsford. She loves telling stories and learning more about her city. All photo credit: PhotoArt by Simpson & BC Hop Co. 
 



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