Fraser Valley Food Show & Gulten-Free Show

With more than 100 exhibit booths covering 1,000 square feet of the Abbotsford Tradex, this year’s Fraser Valley Food Show is back with something for everyone from the foodie to the gluten-free to the craft beer enthusiast.

New for this year’s show is the Edible Garden—for those interested in where their food comes from and also want to grow their own food—and the Spring Craft Market, hand-picked local artisans offering curated articles for outdoor living and entertaining needs.

And if you’re part of the ever-growing condo-dwelling population, there are special sessions and exhibits to help you create an apartment-appropriate deck garden or vertical planting system.

“Just because you have limited space doesn’t mean you can’t get into it too,” said event co-producer Heather Angeard.

Throughout the weekend there are ongoing seminars including the Great Canadian Sausage Making Competition on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and wine tasting and food pairing sessions with wine aficionado Kathleen Rake.

“One of my favourite things to do is have blue cheese and a sweet wine,” said Rake. “Even people who don’t like blue cheese end up liking it. It just works.”

Tasting seminars are included with admission and are first-come, first-served. Once you find your perfect pairing, you’ll find take-home bottles in the tasting area from local vendors. Also on the Grapes and Hops stage are exotic cocktail presentations by Bittered Sling Bitters and beer tastings with Just Here for the Beer.

Other showcase stages include the BC Pork Butcher Showcase Stage, the Dairy Farmers of Canada Cheese Seminars, and the Celebrity Cooking Stage featuring Food Network’s The Surreal Gourmet Chef Bob Blumer, Tojo’s Restaurant Chef Hidekazu Tojo, and The Inclusive Chef Dr. Theresa Nicassio.

The majority of the show’s presentations feature gluten-free cooking and there are a wealth of gluten-free ingredients and products available in the exhibition.

“People have told us it would take them a whole day going to different stores to get the amount of product they can get at the show,” said Angeard. “It’s a one-stop shop for gluten-free products.”

Admission includes access to the exhibition, Edible Garden, presentation stages, Great Canadian Sausage Making competition, seminars, restaurant pavilion, tasting gardens, Spring Craft Market, and the Gluten-Free Living Show.

Where: Tradex
When: April 1 (noon to 9 p.m.), April 2 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), April 3 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Cost: Adults $9, youth (ages 13-16), children (12 and under) free, seniors (65+) $7

Robyn Roste lives and works in Abbotsford. She loves telling stories and learning more about her city.