Sip, Savour and Share on the Abbotsford Beer & Wine Tour! Meet all the local craft breweries & wineries and start tasting the unique flavours of our valley. From honey mead and berry fruit wines to salted stouts and raspberry ales, you'll discover something new. Download your tour map here or pick a copy up from one of the locations below. Cheers!
At Field House Brewing Co., we believe it’s about a full craft beer experience, we brew great beer that we love and want to share with our community and beyond. We’ve also created a unique gathering place for friends and family to create new experiences and learn more about the world of craft beer. Whether you are new to craft beer or a seasoned pro - we offer a range of styles, all with a high drinkability factor and we’re always searching for new inspiration and ideas. Cheers.
2281 West Railway St
Old Abbey Ales brews and serves 30 beers on tap. Brewed with the finest ingredients and employing the time-tested traditions of Belgian beer brewing methods with West Coast creativity affectionately called Belgian Forward. Visit our tasting room for pints, flights, and growler fills.
1A-30321 Fraser Hwy
Ravens Brewing Company is inspired by the agricultural roots surrounding the Abbotsford area. We will be brewing European and West Coast beers, respecting the ingredients traditionally found in these great brews. Working with local growers and suppliers to craft great beers full of character and style, we look forward to welcoming you to our tasting room.
2485 Townline Rd
A culmination of three generations of farmers, has brought forth a taste of true distinction. From ground to glass, Maan Farms wines are soley produced here, leaving no room for anything less than the best. Showcasing wines made from Maan Farms mouth-watering berries, expanding to now include grape wines, and a VIP Wine Club. Visit our fun family farm for our tasting room, great country food and family activities.
790 McKenzie Rd
Believed to be the oldest known alcoholic beverage, Mead or Honey Wine was first discovered by the Samarians in Mesopotamia thousands of years ago. Campbell’s Gold produces these ancient elixirs including the traditional Mead. In addition, they offer Pyment (honey wine & grapes), Melomel (honey wine with fruit or berries), Metheglin (spiced honey wine), and Cysor (honey wine with apple juice/cider).
2592 Lefeuvre Rd
Mt. Lehman Winery is a family owned boutique winery specializing in small lots of premium naturally made wines. Come tour
our beautiful farm and vineyard where we have over 15 acres planted of a variety of grapes including Pinot Noir (our flagship wine), Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot, and others. While you’re here, drop by our tasting room to sample our unique award winning wines.
5094 Mt. Lehman Rd
Join us at Singletree, a family operated Vineyard and Winery located in Mt.Lehman. The site where the farm is located has a rich farming history, with activity starting in the late 1800’s. We are proud of our focused portfolio of wines, crafted by family member and winemaker, Andrew Etsell. We welcome you to taste a new generation of wines in our rustic tasting room and also enjoy the vineyard and surrounding area in our licensed picnic area located right beside our winery.
Not that anyone is quite ready for summer to be over, but it’s hard to deny that these cooler summer days don’t have us heading into fall mode! And, fall means fall harvest with apples and pumpkins.
Opening on August 19th, the Applebarn at Taves Family Farms is ready to welcome everyone on the farm. The late spring warm weather has ripened these apples, earlier than anticipated, and the trees are loaded with beautiful red apples. There is nothing quite like spending the day with family and friends, reaching for that highest apple and, of course, ‘testing’ it to make sure it passes inspection. U-Pick begins with Alkmene and Gravenstein followed by Ambrosia, Fuji, Gala, Honeycrisp, Spartan, and, the Taves’ signature apple, the Jonagold. Elstar and Sunrise are only available in the Country Store.
Types of Apples grown on Taves Farm:
Alkmene: Originates from Germany, related to the Cox, but with a more robust flavor. Slightly sharper than the Cox and commonly known as the Early Windsor. White to cream to pale yellow. Sweet and aromatic.
Gravenstein: An older apple variety from Denmark. High quality flavor. Sweet and sharp. White to cream to pale yellow.
Ambrosia: Medium-sized. White to cream to pale yellow. Honeyed, scented, aromatic.
Fuji: Originating from Japan. Attractive, crisp, very sweet modern apple.
Gala: One of the most well-known apples. Medium-sized. White to cream to pale yellow. Sweet and sharp.
Honeycrisp: Medium-sized white to cream, pale yellow. Crisp, and predominantly sweet, modern variety from the USA.
Spartan: Attractive, crunchy, sweet and with the characteristic of a delicate wine-like "vinous" flavor like the McIntosh family of apples. Sweet and aromatic. Honeyed. White to cream to pale yellow.
Sunrise: Originates from Canada. Medium-sized. White to cream to pale yellow. Sweet and sharp, leans towards sharp.
Elstar: Successful offspring from the Golden Delicious and Cox’s Orange Pippin. Excellent flavour quality and great for cooking. Honeyed and scented. Medium-sized. White to cream to pale yellow.
Jonagold: Originates from the US and inherits many of the good qualities of its parents, the Jonathan and Golden Delicious. Great for cooking and cider. Exceptional flavour, bold and sweet. White to cream to pale yellow.
For those who don’t feel like U-Picking, the Country Store has bags of freshly-picked apples ready to go. Be sure to watch the U-Pick page for expected picking dates and frequent updates. No need to bring your own containers as the Taves have that covered, and tour buses and larger groups are always welcome.
The Taves invite you to spend a full day at the farm for that taste of the country experience. The kids will be bouncing away on jumping pillows, petting adorable farm animals, gazing at alpacas and peacocks, feeding the goats, riding ponies, bumping along on a hayride, shooting pumpkins and corn cobs, swooshing through the air in tire swings, watching bees make honey, sliding and zip-lining, and running through a corn maze. A concession stand is available on weekends, but everyone is also welcome to bring a packed lunch and rest at a picnic table.
A visit is not complete without trying an apple cider slushy and bringing home a few jugs of cold-pressed cider. So sweet and delicious, but contains nothing more than pure apples. The viewing window shows the process in action. Healthy and tasty? I know, hard to believe!
Visit www.tavesfamilyfarms.com & www.circlefarmtour.com
Q: What is Restaurant 62 (R62) and what is the secret to your success?
R62 is a stand-alone, farm-to-table restaurant that has been serving the Fraser Valley for a decade. I have been working in kitchens and, as a chef, for the past 25 years, and wanted to bring the ‘Vancouver dining experience’ to the Valley. Even though Abbotsford was a chain-restaurant community, I recognized the opportunity and decided to take the plunge.
Our secret is to simply to put good food on the table and to keep people coming back. The rest of the dining experience brings great service, and a wine list that best complements the food.
Q: Why did you decide to become a farm-to-table restaurant?
Truth be told, initially, we didn’t set out to be a farm-to-table destination. I was used to the Vancouver scene where you couldn’t source farm-fresh ingredients easily, but I would drive to and from the restaurant, around the local neighbourhoods, and just saw beautiful mountains, farms, and rolling pastures. I became inspired, and then the farmers came in to experience R62 and we started developing relationships.
I visited their farms, met their families, and learned about their philosophies and relationship to the land. I felt their pride and knew how emotionally invested they were in the foods that they produced. The quality of the food wasn’t comparable to anything else I could source, and the taste spoke for itself. The savings and reduced carbon footprint were added benefits as deliveries were made from within a few miles.
It just made sense.
Our team was challenged and forced to be creative as we were given seasonal products. Sometimes, we planned a longer run with a menu item, but had to cut it short due to uncontrollable weather fluctuations. People care about where their food comes from, and we can answer those questions. We watch our guests’ faces light up when they see familiar farms on the menu, and they feel great knowing they are supporting their very own community. The gifts of buying locally and supporting local farms has been rewarding in so many ways, and Abbotsford has a very strong community built around supporting one another.
Q: Has Abbotsford embraced R62 and what changes have you witnessed within the community?
At first, people thought of us as a special occasion restaurant—a place to celebrate your anniversary or birthday—but now they just see a team cooking up a storm in the kitchen, followed by smiles and welcoming hello’s. Our guests know that we are passionate about farm-to-plate and celebrating the landscape that Abbotsford has been blessed with.
We have watched a younger generation hit the ‘nail on the head’ as they pour their hearts into their businesses. People are picking their own fruit again, capturing the freshness and quality with canning, and abandoning chain-restaurants in favour of privately owned restaurants.
We’re going back to the way it once was.
Check out Jeff's Fresh Faces of Abby video story here.
Learn more about Restaurant 62.
Celebrate Abbotsford’s rich farming history at the 2016 Abbotsford Agrifair. With a focus on promoting the importance of agriculture, this year’s fair will showcase the Gate to Plate program. Participants from 4-H Clubs across British Columbia will educate visitors on where our food comes from.
Held at Exhibition Park, you’ll be greeted by llamas, rabbits, donkeys and maybe even a buffalo as you enter the fair. Head over to the Thunderbowl and enjoy in the mini chuckwagon races and chariot racing. Take advantage of the centre grassy area and relax by the misting tents.
What’s New for 2016
Emphasising family fun, this year’s fair features an indoor family area with parents’ room for kids who need a break. Inside you’ll also find loads of activities like mini golf, climbing wall, Science World shows, video games, arts and crafts, and more.
All weekend long enjoy roving entertainment from clowns, magicians, drum bands, balloon artists, and on-site games with Gallery 7.
Shooting Star Amusements is bringing new rides for the family-friendly midway and each evening a community-chosen movie will play on a 33-foot screen.
This year’s fair is action packed and full of surprises. With demonstrations from Twisters gymnasts, BC Buzz Honey, Fraser Valley Antique Farm Machinery Association, and Laughing Stock Ranch, these new and returning attractions ensure there is something for everyone at the 2016 Abbotsford Agrifair.
Make sure to visit Poultry in Motion and Mobile Dairy Classroom and don’t miss the horseshoeing and sheep shearing demos.
And back for a third year, the Country Horse Classic show features wheelbarrow races as well as the hilarious horse and hound show.
See agrifair.ca/attractions for the full list of attractions.
This year’s live shows are an exciting mix of new and returning acts throughout the long weekend.
Enjoy shows like Richards Racing Pigs and Ducks, X Corps Drumline, wrestling, and the West Coast Lumberjack Show. The popular demolition derby is back and has an entire parking lot dedicated to the smashing good time.
New for 2016 is the Global FMX Motorsports and Sport Bike show and Segway education road safety zone.Yuk Yuk’s Abbotsford and CiVL radio talent contest winners will take to the main stage throughout the weekend and community groups will provide fair-goers with strolling entertainment.
With an emphasis on family fun, affordability, and agricultural awareness and education, this year’s fair aims to be the best little country fair on earth. From July 29 through July 31 enjoy the country fair with weekend passes from $15. Visit agrifair.ca/pricing for more information.
Robyn Roste lives and works in Abbotsford. She loves telling stories and learning more about her city.
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The BC Summer Games are in Abbotsford from July 21 to 24th. We're excited to welcome all the participants, families and friends to our city. Find time in between competitions and take a few hours to explore these exciting ideas and adventures below. Go Abby Games!
1. Circle Farm Tour
While in Abbotsford, don’t miss our Circle Farm Tour. This self-guided tour takes you through our country side and will lead you to a variety of specialty farm gate vendors, charming eateries, a barn full of antiques and the best ice cream you will ever eat. Download Guide
Walk through the heart of Abbotsford and discover vintage stores, charming boutiques and delicious eateries while in Historic Downtown. It’s the perfect meld of past and present, where you will find unique restored heritage buildings and shopping.
3. Castle Fun Park
A free-admission, family amusement park offering year round excitement for everyone. From mini golf, go carts, batting cages and arcade games, Castle Fun Park is a great place to bring the kids for an afternoon in Abbotsford.
4. Beer & Wine Tour
Sip, Savour and Share on the Abbotsford Beer & Wine Tour! Download the map to start your self-guided tour of our local craft breweries and wineries. While tasting, take time to discover the unique flavours of our valley. Download Map
5. Walks, Trails & Mountain Biking
Enjoy the great outdoors with the whole family in Abbotsford's 157 parks consisting of over 2,584 acres of parkland and 98 kilometers of urban trails. From Mill Lake Park to Sumas Mountain, there is so much terrain to be discovered by you. More info here. Photo Credit: Mona Lucas
6. Comedy Show
Enjoy a laugh at Canada’s national stand-up comedy club, Yuk Yuk’s. Shows run nightly Wednesday to Saturday. Check out their website to see who's in town while you're here.
7. Visit a Museum
Abbotsford is a city rich in talent, culture and history. While you check out all the museums, galleries, & artisans, don't forget to tour all the public art that can be found throughout Abbotsford. More info here.
Let us be your guide as you hunt for those one-of-a-kind items during your stay. Sevenoaks Shopping Centre is centrally located and likely has all that you need. If you’re looking for an outdoor shopping centre, check out Highstreet – a new, open-air shopping centre located at Mt.Lehman interchange.
The lush greenery of Abbotsford is home to a variety of courses that are open year-round! Regardless of your swing, there is a tee waiting for you. During your next stay, take a visit to Fraserglen or Ledgeview Golf Course. More info here.
Seeking thrill & adventure? Why not book a trip with Vancouver Skydive and experience the Drop Zone which is located in scenic Abbotsford. All of their Tandem Skydives are done with an experienced and qualified Tandem Instructors!
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Let the fun and festivities of summer begin with the 35th Annual Berrybeat Festival. Bring the family down to enjoy and explore beautiful Historic Downtown Abbotsford during this two day festival celebrating local music, agriculture, and community.
When: July 9 (9am – 6pm) & July 10 (9am – 4pm)
Where: Montrose and Essendene Avenue, Abbotsford
BeerBQ in Abbotsford is a spectacular culinary experience that pairs the best BBQ pitmasters with BC craft brewmasters. Staged with the Fraser Valley backdrop of hop fields in full bloom, guests meander from tent to tent tasting great food and sipping equally great beer. Don't miss your chance to taste a bit of Abbotsford.
When: July 16
Where: Kinloch Farms 1893 Cole Road, Abbotsford
Website & Tickets
As many as 3600 participants will be coming to Abbotsford to compete in 18 different sports all around the community. Abbotsford is the perfect outdoor destination offering hiking, mountain biking, fishing, golf and water sports. With more than 2,400 acres of parkland and a 33 km paved outdoor trail system, this will be an amazing 4 day event for you, your family & friends to be involved with or enjoy watching.
When: July 21 - 24
Where: Abbotsford Exhibition Park & Various Community Locations
There’s something for everyone at the Annual Abbotsford Agrifai, the best little country fair sice 1911! Traditionally when people think of an agriculture fair, they think animals, tractors, and farmers. Agrifair is still proud to present many of your favourite and memorable agricultural attractions, but they have so much more planned for 2016.
When: July 29 – 31
Where: Exhibition Park, 32470 Haida Drive, Abbotsford
The keystone annual event-- The Abbotsford International Airshow is an aviation festival that has grown well beyond its borders over the past 5 decades while beginning in 1962. Abbotsford Airshow will feature diverse aerial and aviation-related displays, and offer exciting entertainment to all ages. As well, don’t miss the twilight show featuring beautiful fireworks on Friday evening.
When: August 12 - 14
Where: Abbotsford International Airport, 1595 Townline Rd, Abbotsford
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Table Rice Field, Abbotsford
For five years Masa and Yukiko Shiroki have farmed rice paddies in Abbotsford. In the summer if you venture behind EcoDairy off Sumas Way, you’ll find the husband and wife team knee-deep in the flooded fields, weeding. “It’s day-in day-out weeding until September,” said Masa.
Although possible to weed the four acres using specialized machines imported from Japan, the Shiroki’s must also spend time hand planting rice in areas where the ducks and geese have feasted, leaving notable gaps.
“It’s part of the game” he said, explaining birds love eating the rice seed in the spring but once they migrate they’re not such a disturbance.
Started from seed in greenhouses, the seedlings are transplanted to the paddies by machine in late spring. Before planting, the field must be prepared.
“You flood the field until it’s mud soup. Then you till and plant,” he said. The machinery used for field preparation must be modified so it doesn’t get stuck in the mud.
These fields stay flooded for the entire growing season, which is why ducks and geese find the crops so attractive. The only rice paddies in Canada, this is also the most northerly rice production region in the world.
Sake Rice Field, Abbotsford
Masa said he grows rice in the Fraser Valley because it’s sustainable, he can control what goes into it, and he can educate local farmers about the industry.
Climate and rainfall in the Fraser Valley have helped rice production. After beginning with homegrown sake rice for their OSAKE premium sake winery on Granville Island, the Shiroki’s now also produce signature marinades and dressings from the sake by-product as well as organic rice for table rice. This year they’re also testing a crop of ancient rice, a type of ornamental rice.
Artisan Sake Winery, Granville Island
When harvest season comes in September, the rice is threshed with a specialized combine and processed similar to other grains.
Both sake and table rice are dried and dehusked in the same way. The table rice is then milled, packaged, and distributed to local retailers and the sake rice travels to the Artisan SakeMaker winery for fermentation.
Table Rice sold at Nature's Pickin's
In Abbotsford, Nature’s Pickin’s Market carries the OSAKE marinade and dressing as well as BC Rice Northern Lite table rice. At the market, the response has been positive to the hyper-local product.
Masa has a passion for sustainable rice growing because rice production is pertinent to the pressing global need for food security and food sovereignty. He is proud he can call his OSAKE and table rice 100 per cent Canadian-made and hopes other farmers will be inspired to pursue rice growing in British Columbia and elsewhere in Canada.
Visit Artisan SakeMaker for more information.
Family friendly farm offering berry u-pick, country kitchen and a fun petting zoo. The farm also has a pedal go-kart race track, zip-line, playgrounds and more!
Location: 790 McKenzie
Phone: (604) 864-5723
A family amusement park offering year round excitement for everyone. From mini golf, go carts, batting cages and arcade games, it’s a great place to bring the kids.
Location: 36165 North Parallel Road
Phone: (604) 850-0411
Offering a unique, highly interactive learning environment, the EcoDairy experience has been developed in partnership with Science World British Columbia, the province's leading science and technology education facility.
Location: 1356 Sumas Way
Phone: (604) 557-5481
Come visit the Country Farm Market, restaurant & ice cream parlour offering over 50 flavours of gourmet ice cream & farm fresh dairy products.
Location: 1154 Fadden Rd
Phone: (604) 857-1315
Play Abby is a 10,000 square foot indoor playground and laser tag entertainment centre in Abbotsford, BC.
Location: #5-2043 Abbotsford Way
Phone: (604) 853-7529
If you're looking for more family-friendly activies and adventures, check out our 107 Days of Summer guide.
It’s time to explore Abbotsford! The 107 Days of Summer Guide provides daily ideas and activities for you, your family and friends to enjoy all summer long. No matter what your interests are, there’s bound to be an exciting adventure waiting beneath the pages.
This guide is packed full of indoor and outdoor destinations everyone can enjoy. From a variety of Circle Farm locations, special events and kid zone fun to local wineries, breweries and eateries to try. When you’re wondering what to do with the kids this summer or planning a date night, just grab your guide!
107 Days of Summer is available at the Abbotsford Visitor Centre at 34561 Delair Rd. where our friendly staff can help answer any questions you may have. It’s also at many of our local partners around the community or download it directly to your computer or mobile device here.
Looking for more information on Abbotsford and things to do? There is an outdoor trails guide which provides information and maps of the various trails throughout the community. It’s a great way to stay activate in summer with the family and all the trails are dog friendly. This can be picked up from our Visitor's Centre. Photo below provided by Mona Lucas.
Also, if you haven’t already, grab your copy of the Abbotsford Beer & Wine tour. This self-guided tour takes you through our local wineries and craft breweries letting you discover the many unique flavours of the valley. Download your copy here.
Remember to share your discoveries and adventures with us by tagging #ExploreAbbotsford on your photos. Connect with Tourism Abbotsford on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and at www.tourismabbotsford.ca.
Enjoy the Summer!
The Abbotsford Specialty Beer and Wine Tour came to fruition as a way to showcase and educate about our newly developing industry of craft breweries and wineries. While tasting and touring, take time to discover the unique flavours of our valley. Read more about our Beer & Wine tour partners below.
Come taste the flavours of what’s believed to be the oldest known alcoholic beverage, Mead or Honey Wine was first discovered by the Samarians in Mesopotamia thousands of years ago. The romantic tradition of offering mead to newlyweds led to the sweet potion being known as the “drink of love” in the middle ages. Campbell’s Gold produces these ancient elixirs including the traditional Mead. In addition they offer Pyment (honey wine & grapes), Melomel (honey wine with fruit or berries), Metheglin (spiced honey wine), and Cysor (honey wine with apple juice/cider).
Tasting Room Hours: Tuesday to Friday 12pm–6pm, Saturday 10am–5pm, Sunday 12pm–5pm
Maan Farms Estate Winery, a culmination of three generations of farmers, has brought forth a taste with true distinction. Their wines begin with only the most luscious and flavoursome handpicked berries. Loyal to the Fraser Valley, these complex yet elegant wines capture the delicate accents, and indulge the senses with a wine that incorporates the finest flavours of British Columbia. From the ground to your glass, Maan Farms’ wines are solely produced here, leaving no room for anything less than the best that we have to offer.
Tasting Room Hours: Closed until Spring
This is a family owned boutique winery specializing in small lots of premium naturally made wines. Mount Lehman winery has 15 acres planted to a variety of grapes including Pinot noir (flagship wine), Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot, and a smattering of others. Today, they’re well known for their award winning wines, and commitment to growing a local, family run business. Come tour the beautiful farm and vineyard and drop by the tasting room to sample their unique award winning wines. Photo Credit: Christine McAvoy
Tasting Room Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 12pm to 5pm
At Old Abbey Ales, their thing is beer, and the master brewer Tony skillfully crafts every batch by hand, producing what is believed are some of the finest beers in the market. The main reason for the brewery was to have a demonstration brewery so customers buying brewing equipment could actually see the equipment in action. Customers can purchase a full turn-key brewery from Brew-Stuff, and then learn how to use it at Old Abbey Ales. In staying true to their mission, all of our beers are bottle conditioned, thus creating natural carbonation, producing what we call Real Ale. Check out their 22 beers on tap!
Tasting Room Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 11am to 7pm
Ravens Brewing Company is inspired by the agricultural roots surrounding the Abbotsford area. Head Brewer Nick Fengler, a Fraser Valley local and resident, with his vast knowledge and creativity, was brought on to help create beers that focus on utilizing traditional and locally sourced ingredients to produce European inspired West Coast beers. They are committed to working with neighbours using locally sourced ingredients to create the Ground to Glass series, featuring the popular Raspberry Hefeweizen with whole raspberries picked within 3 km of the brewery. They look forward to welcoming you into their tasting room. Photo Credit: Christine McAvoy
Tasting Room Hours: Wednesday & Thursday 12pm – 6pm Friday & Saturday 12pm – 7pm and Sundays 1pm – 5pm
Singletree Winery is a family owned estate vineyard and winery. The site where the farm is located is rich in farming history, with activity starting in the late 1800’s. The warm summers and mild winters of the Fraser Valley climate make it an ideal growing region, and Mt. Lehman’s bountiful soils also create the perfect conditions for growing lush, bumper crops of fruits and vegetables. With this in mind, they realized the potential for Mt. Lehman to be a heart of agri-business in BC. They’re proud of the focused portfolio of wines, crafted by a second generation family member Andrew Etsell, made in Summerland under the guidance of winemaker Matt Dumayne. Taste a new generation of wine from an emerging region. Photo Credit: Christine McAvoy
Tasting Room Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 12pm to 5:30pm
Download your copy of the the Speciality Beer & wine tour map.