Meet Tyler & Cassandra of Duft and Co.



MEET 
Tyler Duft and Cassandra Crocco, Owners of Duft and Co. Bakehouse IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN ABBY.
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Q: Tell US about Duft and Co. What led to this dream?

Cassandra: Tyler and I wanted to start our own businesses before we even met, so when we started dating the conversation naturally flowed. We decided to go to Europe and spent six months going to all the coffee shops and bakeries that we could find.

We returned with inspiration and starting writing down recipes. I’m a pastry chef and Tyler is a savoury chef. We had all the pieces, but weren’t sure which avenue to take.  And, then we thought, “We work really hard for other people, so why wouldn’t we for ourselves?” At some point, you want to be creative on your own terms.

Tyler: We decided it was better to lose sleep and sweat for ourselves rather than someone else, and Abby was a European community that loved bread and pastries. There used to be a bakery where this little, older Ukrainian lady made the best rye bread and butter buns. Every Christmas, it was my job to pick up the rye bread.

Cass and I just knew that it was an appropriate time to give the community back what it once had access to. We grew up eating real food, made by hand.  We don’t do it the European way, we simply do it the old-fashioned way, the way things were.


Sophia at Kariton Art Gallery (Tyler & staff at Duft and Co.)

Q: From the moment you arrived on the scene, what have you experienced from the community?

Tyler: The Valley had a deficit. Vancouver is a great food city--you can get everything from Korean to Russian—but, this side of the Valley was still growing up and we knew that it was a calculated risk to move here.

Cassandra: We wanted to create a place where our customers felt like they were sitting in our living room, as though we made it just for them. I feel like the whole town has rallied together to support us and that’s a really neat feeling.

Abby was ready for a concept like Duft and Co. We have welcomed people from all over the Valley, Vancouver, and across the border. And, the downtown businesses of like-minded people are amazing. It’s the best thing to ever happen to Abby. We all want to make Abby a better place-- where people want to stay here-- and love hearing that we have inspired others to pursue their dreams. Our collective thinking is community over competition.

Tyler: We love seeing people enjoy what we have created and want to hit every high note. It’s about tasting, feeling, and smelling the love. We were the new kids on the block, but have been so lucky that the result has been positive.


(Tyler & Cassandra in Historic Downtown Abby)

Q: Are you happy living here?  What are your future plans?

Tyler: I grew up here. We love visiting local farms and seeing the food grown that we eat. We have a beautiful landscape from creeks, rivers, and lakes to snow-capped mountains and the ocean is within an hour’s drive. Not many places can make a claim like this.  I have never been more optimistic about the future. Our small town has been given a dose of much-needed culture. We are seeing a turning of the tides and we are fortunate to be a part of this paradigm shift.

Cassandra: We are expanding and launching Duft and Co. Brickhouse soon!  We’re full of ideas, and opening a restaurant was one of them. The Brickhouse is a small, casual eatery with good food like roasted meats, home-made sausages, wood-fired pizza and local drinks. We love the growth that is happening in historic downtown Abby and want to continue our journey here.  Duft & Co Brickhouse is just another way for us to share our love of food.


(Tyler & Cassandra visiting a local farm)

Watch their #FreshFacesofAbby story here.

Find your spooky spirit in Abbotsford

There’s no shortage of Halloween activities in Abbotsford to participate in this year for young and old alike. Whether it’s a haunted corn maze or kids pumpkin carving, you’ll discover your spooky spirit just in time for Halloween. If these aren't enough, check out our Must Visit Fall Destinations in Abbotsford for more ghostly fun. 





Maan Farms "Haunted Corn Maze" | Oct 7-31
This year Leatherface and his accomplices have been joined by a band of crazed clowns. Try to survive this terrifying corn maze with many dead ends that are full of surprises. Don’t forget to dress for the weather and remember that you are on a farm. (path of maze is all gravel )

Where: 790 McKenzie Rd.
When: Now until Oct 31, 7pm to 10pm
Website
 

The Land of Boo | Oct 21-31
Enjoy a super family-friendly Halloween Theme Scavenger Hunt around Highstreet Shopping Centre for your chance to win an iPad, courtesy of London Drugs.

Where: 3122 Mount Lehman Rd.
When: Anytime during Highstreet Shopping Hours
Website 
 

Haunted House for Canucks Place | Oct 29-31
Looking for a scare for a good cause? Check out “Sandpiper Sanitarium Indoor Haunted House” featuring 7 scare rooms. (Not for the faint of heart, recommended 8 yrs of age) Entry into the Haunt is by donation. Suggested donation is $2 pp or $10 per family. 100% of the money goes to the charity.

Where: Sandpiper Sanitarium - 3037 Sandpiper Dr.
When: 6pm to 9pm
Website 

 

HALLOWEEN DAY
 

5th Annual Trick or Treating | Oct 31
Loads of treats and lots of fun activities planned for the kids this year. Grab your list of trick or treating stops at Oldhand coffee in Historic Downtown. Make sure to bring a non-perishable Food Bank donation and you will receive an entry for the amazing Gift Basket filled with all sorts of goodies from the participating Downtown merchants!

Where: Historic Downtown, Starts at Oldhand Coffee, 2617 Pauline St.
When: 1pm to 5pm
Website 
 

Moo or Boo | Oct 31
EcoDairy is bringing back MOO or BOO for its third year in a row! Families can look forward to games, crafts, cows and more, come on down to the farm, it's all indoors so rain or shine the party's ON!

Where: 1356 Sumas Way
When: 2pm to 6pm
Website
 

Halloween Trick or Treating | Oct 31
Enjoy a safe, warm and dry place to bring your ghosties for goodies! Look for the orange pumpkin for free candy at participating retailers.

Where: 32900 S Fraser Way
When: 3pm to 4pm only.
Website 


Party in the Plaza | Oct 31
Trick or Treat at the 8 themed installations while enjoying the Land of Boo Scavenger Hunt. There will be a photo booth, live music, treat, balloon artist & more!

Where: 3122 Mount Lehman Rd.
When: 5pm to 7pm
Website
 



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Valley embraces West Coast Women’s Show, Popularity soars with move to Tradex

Murat Olcay, show producer and manager for the West Coast Women’s Show, said attendance skyrocketed by 70 per cent 14 years ago when the show was moved from the Vancouver Convention Centre to Tradex.

“The people of the Fraser Valley . . . Surrey, Hope, Mission, Abbotsford, Langley and Chilliwack . . . really embraced the show,” said Olcay. “Last year alone we experienced a 15 per cent increase in attendance over the year before, and that is unheard of in these interesting times.”

He added: “This show is all about the exhibitors, and we have 400 of them. Yes, we’ve had stars coming, including recording artist and humanitarian Bif Naked, renowned interior designers, actors Josh Morrow, Sharon Case and others from The Young and the Restless. They’re great, but a small percentage of women come to the show for the celebrities, they really want the whole experience.”



The West Coast Women’s Show, Oct. 21–23 this year, has grown to become the largest and most successful women’s event in Western Canada, Olcay said. Women come to be “entertained and informed . . . we have a terrific lineup of speakers. It is a unique shopping experience. It’s relationship building with the exhibitors . . . it’s a reaching out. Our visitors like to see the booths. It’s the ultimate girls’ experience.”

The shopping fantasy includes five stages of fashion, wellness and beauty secrets, entertainment, cheese and live calendar firefighters. A second artisan marketplace, for a total of 60 artisans, was added this year because of its popularity when it was introduced in 2015.



Olcay, who is with Encore Productions, has been in the show business for some 30 years. He loves Tradex because it is easy to move the show in, and move it out. “Those huge doors are a real bonus,” he said. “It’s a nice facility. Where else do you find one like that?”

Murat relies on his two adult daughters, his wife and an amazing “team of talented ladies” to get feedback on the shows and to constantly improve them.

He remembers Tradex from the days before the Abbotsford Airport passenger terminal was built and when he and others, who were running home shows at Tradex in the 1990s, were knee-deep in mud to post huge signs in farmers’ fields to point patrons toward the 120,000 square foot facility.

“Back then no one knew Tradex, but now after 25 years, they do. I’ve watched the community and area grow. I’ve appreciated the Tradex renovations, and we’re still here,” he said.

Olcay worked with Ron Price, one of the founders of Tradex when both were with Airshow Canada. “It was a lot of fun.”

“We’d head out of Fort Langley in a floatplane, go to the Gulf Islands for lunch and fly back. At 59, I still don’t feel old. The trick is, like the West Coast Women’s Show teaches: Stay active, stay vital, get the most out of life.”

Meet Sophia Suderman

MEET SOPHIA SUDERMAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE ABBOTSFORD ARTS COUNCIL.
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Q: What is the Abbotsford Arts Council?

Established in 1971, the Abbotsford Arts Council (AAC) is a non-profit society, dedicated to developing and promoting the arts and culture scene in Abbotsford. We embrace accessibility. Essentially, the AAC is a grassroots approach to supporting the arts community in Abby, serving emerging and established artists from diverse backgrounds.

Sophia at Kariton Art Gallery (Sophia at Kariton Art Gallery)

Q: Why do you feel that the AAC is important to Abbotsford?

The arts bring people together by fostering creativity, igniting ‘artist talks’, expanding networks, and creating community. For many artists, the AAC provides their first opportunity to showcase their work. We remove the barriers to entry for artists, frequently rotate exhibits, and offer free admission to Kariton Art Gallery, located at Mill Lake.

Cultural events are an important part of the fabric of our society and what it takes to build relationships. Different cultures are pulled together and engage in dialogue that may not have happened otherwise. For example, our last exhibit, Cultural Treasures, connected artists who shared stories about where they came from.

Another example is Atangard, a community project that emerged out of the transformation of the run-down Fraser Valley Inn into an intentional community for students between the ages of 19 and 35. Colourful artwork lines the walls of this communal living space.


(Atangard communal living space)

Q: What keeps you rooted in this community?

Like a lot of people, I grew up in Abby and have family here, but what I love most is the opportunity that is available. You could look at Abbotsford as missing a lot or seeing the opportunities to make things happen. The younger demographic has stayed here like I did, or moved back after spending time in more developed cities, recognizing that there are markets to serve. Jam in Jubilee is another example. It is successful because people wanted a music scene that highlighted different genres and supported local musical talent. They were receptive and this ‘derelict park’ became iconic for a positive reason.

Cultural consumers move to the city but the entrepreneur stays here. Together, we develop programs and create opportunities as opposed to competing to be a part of over-saturated markets.

Knowing that there are so many others who share my perspective, we work together to achieve our common goals.

(Sophia & Friends down by the river)

Q: What is your response to the opinion that there isn’t much to do in Abbotsford?

We have a lot to choose from actually, but we lack the networks to get the messaging out. See? Another opportunity for anyone who is in the media or communications industry. Personally, I like to spend time outdoors. Everything is easily accessible and close from the Abby Grind to the Discovery Trail. After a fresh snowfall, Ravine Park is perfectly silent and untouched. But, one of my favourite past-times is to sit by a fire down by the river. I need a break from screens and technology… to just spend time being relational again.

This belief that ‘everyone knows everyone’, often perceived as a negative, is a positive in my opinion. When you actually get to know someone, you will care about their success and have more shared experiences. We need people’s voices—their ideas and inspirations. It’s an exciting time to live in Abby.

Watch her #FreshFacesofAbby story here.

The Abbotsford Centre is Rocking

From October 13th to October 20th, the Abbotsford Centre plays hosts to 4 concerts – each of them legends in their own right. From a country hall-of-famer to the voice of the bayou. From Canadian rock icons to legends of thrash metal. With a lineup like that, the Abbotsford Centre has you covered this October!

ATTENDING ANY OF THESE SHOWS?

Stay the night in Abbotsford! Simply call and quote "Abby Rocks" to receive a 10% discount off the best available rate with these participating hotels: 

Quality Hotel 604.870.1050
Sandman Suites Hotel 604.556.7263
Sandman Airport Hotel 604.859.4763
Abbotsford Hotel 604.859.6211
 



October 13th – Kenny Rogers’ Final World Tour 
Experience Grammy Award-winning superstar and Country Music Hall of Fame member Kenny Rogers. He has enjoyed great success during his storied career of nearly six decades, which will be celebrated during his Final World Tour: The Gambler’s Last Deal coming to Abbotsford October 13th.

 



October 15th | Our Lady Peace & I Mother Earth
Two of Canada’s most beloved and best-selling bands, Our Lady Peace and I Mother Earth featuring Edwin, have announced a legendary cross-Canada tour, kicking off in Abbotsford, BC on Saturday, October 15th with special guests The Standstills.

 


October 18th | John Fogerty
Fogerty is a true American treasure, one of popular music’s all-time greatest singers, guitar players, and songwriters.  Over the past forty-five years, he continues to speak in a powerful way to generations of music makers and music lovers. Come experience his “Rollin on the River” tour at Abbotsford Centre.

 



October 20th | Slayer
Slayer, with Special Guest Anthrax and Death Angel, will join forces this fall for a seven week North American beat down which is coming to Abbotsford on October 20th! Fans will hear their favorite songs from the band’s 30-year plus discography, as well as a few of the newer songs from Repentless, named “The Metal Album of the Year” by Guitar World.
 


ATTENDING ANY OF THESE SHOWS?

Stay the night in Abbotsford! Simply call and quote "Abby Rocks" to receive 10% discount off the best available rate with these participating hotels:

Quality Hotel 604.870.1050
Sandman Suites Hotel 604.556.7263
Sandman Airport Hotel 604.859.4763
Abbotsford Hotel 604.859.6211

Check out our events calendar for more performances like Marianas Trench on Nov. 4th & Mamma Mia on Nov. 16th who will be coming to Abbotsford, BC. 

 

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.
 

October Events in Abby




BC Hop Fest  | October 1st

This 2nd annual BC Hop Fest will bring together the best of British Columbia's rapidly growing craft breweries and hop products of all kinds. This year, hop lovers will enjoy tastings from 30+ breweries, 5 food trucks, field and plant tours, home brew tips and new this year, the first "Hop Market" at BC Hop Co. Farm. 

Location: 1905 Cole Road Abbotsford
Website

 

CreatiValley  | October 1st

Come join the garden of earthly delights bacchanal at The Reach for an artful social event of food, drink, music to celebrate CreatiValley 2016. Experience a showcase of exceptional artists and unorthodox art forms that will expand the boundaries of unique creative expression in the Fraser Valley.

Location: 32388 Veterans Way, Abbotsford
Website

 

Maan Farms Pumpkin Festival | October 1st – 31st

Find your fall spirit at Maan Farms. This season, they’re hosting many family activities like a free-admission pumpkin patch, free pumpkin carving station (they do the clean up!) & fun entertainment every weekend. Grab tickets for the daytime corn maze, evening haunted corn maze & hay-wagon rides. 

Location: 790 McKenzie Rd, Abbotsford
Website



Abby Roadside | September 29th – October 23rd Fri, Sat & Sun

Find yourself, then lose yourself in this one-of-kind autumn-themed event that includes three different corn mazes - a kiddie maze, an all-ages maze and BC's first beer tasting corn maze, plus a pumpkin patch, KidZone games and play area, dog bar, autumn eats, photo booths, lounge area and craft beer garden. 

Location: 36737 North Parallel Rd., Abbotsford
Website 

 

Applelooza at Lepp Farm Market | October 15th

Bring the family and join us at the Market for the 3rd Annual Applelooza, an Apple Harvest Celebration. As seen on CBC’s Dragon’s Den, the Mobile Juice Factory will take our fresh orchard apples and turn them into 100% pure juice right before your eyes! 

Location: 33955 Clayburn Rd, Abbotsford
Website

 

Our Lady Peace & I Mother Earth | October 15th

Two of Canada’s most beloved and best-selling bands, Our Lady Peace and I Mother Earth featuring Edwin are kicking off at Abbotsford Centre with special guests The Standstills.

Location: 33800 King Rd, Abbotsford
Website 

 

West Coast Women’s Show | October 21st – 23rd
 
With all the latest products and services for women from hundreds of exhibitors, you will find everything on your wish list. Plus, enjoy incredible entertainment on five stages, including celebrity speakers, fashion shows, cooking demonstrations, and wellness & beauty secrets. 

Location: 1190 Cornell St, Abbotsford
Website


We’ll share more local Abby Halloween events on our blog next week! For a full list of events, check out our Calendar page. #ExploreAbbotsford
 



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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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Snowbird RV Show setup like putting together a giant Tradex jigsaw puzzle

Like a giant jigsaw puzzle or a game of Tetris, the latest motorhomes, truck campers, fifth-wheels and more fit perfectly into Tradex for the annual Snowbird RV Show and Sale.

How do they do it?  Brad Styba of Tradex knows the strategy. “The dealers know their space dimensions and have to fit them in, keeping in mind the requirements for aisle width and emergency exits,” he said.

And if you ask show producer Amanda Henschell or show manager Jeanette Good, they’d agree with Styba, bringing all those rigs under one roof in some 140,000 square feet of space is a well-planned exercise.

“It’s quite amazing to see the transformation,” said Henschell.

More than 50 exhibitors participate in the four-day show, including resorts, parts and service experts, accessories and propane specialists.

The event has proven to be Greater Vancouver’s largest fall recreational vehicle show drawing crowds of people year after year interested in some of the most luxurious motorhomes to the most economical tent trailers.

“The dealers offer seasonal savings at the RV shows and the one-stop shopping selection coupled with our supporting vendors and seminars makes the Snowbird RV Show a must on your to-do list,” explained Henschell.

RV travel advice, winterizing and do-it-yourself seminars consistently offer information that goes a long way in ensuring a comfortable experience in wilderness settings, well-equipped campsites or on the road with all the amenities of home.

“MTD Promotions has been running the RV shows at Tradex for more than 20 years now,” said Henschell. “We’ve partnered with Tradex since the inaugural show. This year we have six Lower Mainland dealers that offer top brands and selection . . . but we have much more than RVs, including kayaks, boats, ATVs, campgrounds, cooking and storage solutions, maintenance and performance products.”

This year’s show runs Sept. 22 – 25 and features a roving RV family of 14, the Kellogg family from Colorado, who will be sharing their extensive North American experiences on the road in a 36-foot RV.

Net proceeds from the event are donated to charity, with more than $1.3 million raised to date by both the Earlybird (held in February at Tradex) and Snowbird RV shows.

Want a taste of what guest speakers will be talking about? Check this out:
• Learn to trouble-shoot your RV plumbing and stop things like leaks, squeaks, low pressure, malfunctioning sensors and other issues.
• If you are planning a trip to a southern destination you may want to attend the Canadian Snowbird Association’s seminar on cross-border travel tips which outlines insurance needs, your rights, the number of days you are allowed out of the country and what to expect at the border.

Since it’s Tradex’s 25th anniversary, you’ll want to enjoy some of the celebratory scratch tickets available at the door. You could win soft drinks, concession items, parking passes and event tickets. A March 6, 2017 grand prize of a one-night stay at the Sandman Abbotsford Airport, breakfast for two and a $75 gift certificate to Greek Islands Restaurant will be awarded through the Tradex website.
 



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6 Shopping Spots in Downtown Abby

While walking through Historic Downtown Abbotsford, you’ll come across a mix of eclectic and unique stores as well as our favourite long time shopping destinations. From old vinyl & cool clothing to vintage furniture & local treasures; Downtown has something for you. Here are 6 places to check out on your next visit.

Tip: No one should shop hungry so grab a bite at Harvest Grill 'n' Greens, Duft and Co. or Bow and Stern - delicious local food for you to try.




Montrose & George General Store

Combining community spirit with a fresh take on merchandise, M&G focuses on quality over quantity. You will discover a unique range of woman's apparel, jewelry, home decor, art and gifts at this welcoming storefront in Downtown Abbotsford.
33771 George Ferguson Way | 604-744-1744 | Website 




Hemingway’s Books

As one of Western Canada’s largest bookstores, Hemingway’s is the place to find 1000’s of new and used books. Be sure to check out huge selection of vinyl downstairs for you old school music enthusiasts.
33765 Essendene Ave. | 604-855-1894 | Website 





Strung Out on Beads

Beaders and non beaders alike will enjoy the colour and sparkle of Strung Out on Beads. From plastic and glass to semi-precious and Swarovski items, their selection is fantastic and worth the stop.
33735 Essendene Ave. | 604-852-8677 | Website





Spruce Collective

Come discover lots of vintage goodness at Spruce Collective, selling locally made home decor items, artisanal jewellery and some cool clothing. While you’re there, stop by their sister store “The Market” which features a curated collection of all-vintage finds and antique furniture.
2622 Montrose Ave. | 604-855-0506 |Website


Cobblestone Kitchenware

Find great brands and innovative kitchen products that you can trust. The friendly and knowledgeable staff can answer any questions you have or maybe just provide you with some kitchen inspiration.
2645 Montrose Ave. | 604-746-1232 | Website
 



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