Three Holiday Appetizers from Abbotsford Farms

This season, preparing a gorgeous, delicious, and local holiday appetizer or hostess gift doesn’t have to break the bank and is easier than you think! Here are three amazing appetizer suggestions from local Abbotsford farms. 

Rockweld Farm

BCSPCA certified organic chicken farmers Tim and Flo Rempel sell eggs and chicken (whole or pierced) from their farm store on Townshipline Road. Located at 34205 Townshipline Road. Open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Teriyaki Chicken Wings (click for recipe)

Ingredients
• Rockweld Farm chicken wings
• 2 parts teriyaki sauce
• 1 part barbeque sauce

 

Lepp Farm Market

Specializing in pork, the family-run farm launched as a corn stand in 1995. In 2009 they opened their year-round farm market at the corner of Highway 11 and Clayburn Road. Located at 33955 Clayburn Road, open seven days a week 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Smoked Chorizo paired perfectly with Abbotsford’s Campbell’s Gold Honey, this spicy, sweet, and highly addictive dish is great for taking to any Holiday party.

Lepp's Honey Wine Chorizo (click for recipe) 

Ingredients
• 2 Lepp’s Chorizo Sausage
• ½ cup white wine
• 3 tablespoons Campbell’s Gold Honey

 

Mt.Lehman Cheese Co.

The Dykstra family aims to provide high quality, hand-crafted cheese using fresh milk from local farms with as few other ingredients as possible. Located at 30854 Olund Road. Products are available at 37 retailers including Lepp Farm Market and Nature’s Fare.

Goat Cheese and Goji Berry Wrap (click for recipe)

Ingredients
• Mt. Lehman Cheese garlic and herb chevre
• Mt. Lehman Cheese Matsqui aged cheddar
• Gojoy Fresh goji berries
• Sundried tomato soft tortilla shell
• 1 chicken breast

All three of these farms are part of Abbotsford's Circle Farm Tour.

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

North Pole BC Brings the Magic of Christmas to Life

This year’s North Pole BC Festival of Christmas at the Fraser Valley Tradex is bigger and better than ever.

Aside from the familiar Christmas elements like meeting Santa and Mrs. Claus, decorating cookies at the Gingerbread Bakery, mailing a letter at the North Pole Post Office, and attending the Elven School of Secret Skills, there are lots of new activities for children of any age to enjoy.

“We’re bringing back the warmth and magic of Christmas,” said creative director Victoria Hardy.

Some of the new exhibits at this year’s North Pole BC include Prancer’s Pantomime, Creation Station, and Tinsel Town for toddlers.The cast for this year’s indoor Festival of Christmas is sure to enchant your entire family or group.

There will be ample photo opportunities with popular cast members Snow Princess, Miss Candy Cane, Toy Soldier, Town Crier, and more. And be sure to participate in the festival-wide scavenger hunt—you never know what you’ll discover within the interactive displays!

North Pole BC’s Festival of Christmas runs from December 4 through 23. Tickets are $15 including tax for those 24 months and older. Although available at the door, booking ahead is advised. Visit northpolebc.com for schedule, hours, availability, and tickets. Parking is $6 with $2 going to the Abbotsford Food Bank. Parking on December 10th is free.

North Pole BC’s Festival of Christmas is part of Tourism Abbotsford’s Passport to Christmas. Use your online e-guide to lead you through the local experiences that will elevate your holiday spirit! Download the full guide and share your passport adventures by tagging #ExploreAbbotsford on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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

5 Holiday Events in Abbotsford


North Pole BC’s Festival of Christmas December 4th – 23rd

Come see Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Elves in their Magical North Pole Village featuring 5 new interactive scenes and activities for the 2015 season. Toy workshop, North Pole Post Office, Gingerbread Bakery and the Riddle Room are just a few of many exciting activities throughout this event. As well as all your old favorites like Christmas characters, mountains of lights and plenty of good ol’ family fun. All while being cozy warm and dry under one roof at Tradex, Abbotsford, BC. This is perfect for the entire family or group!

 

Singletree’s First Winter Warm Up – December 5th

A family run estate winery tucked away in North Mt.lehman. Singletree focuses on making small lots of quality, great tasting wine. Enjoy a unique winter experience here at our family-farmed winery, perfect fun for all-ages. Make a wreath with hardened grape vines, roast some marshmellows and enjoy mulled wine with family and friends. Bring the kids and your rubber boots for a rustic day in the vineyard. Mulled wine is by donation and all proceeds go to the Abbotsford fire fighters burn fund. This is a free event, open to all ages.

 

Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular – December 6th, 2015

Park Derochie presents Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular, a concert and visual experience for the entire family, blending the spell-binding grace and dare-devil athleticism of today’s greatest circus performers with the sensory majesty of the greatest holiday music of all time. It is the perfect opportunity for the entire family to get into the Holiday spirit with great music including Holiday favorites from classical, POPS and more, while enjoying an edge of your seat circus experience. It features the world famous Wallenda Duo, the thrilling España Family and a cast of world-renowned performers, singers, and musicians.

 

A Downtown Shopping Night – December 10th

The first collaborative Holiday Shopping Night for Historic Downtown is going to be an amazing local event. Spruce Collective has teamed up with the following partners: Tracycakes Bakery Cafe, Montrose & George General Store, Duft and Co. Bakehouse ,Little White House & Co., Cobblestone Kitchenware & The Market by Spruce Collective . Field House Brewing Co. will also be on hand at Spruce Collective to introduce you to their new beer and talk about their brewery, opening soon on Railway Street! Each store will feature individual in-store promotions, tasty sips + treats and more! No tickets required so bundle up and join us for this local shopping experience!

 

Gallery 7 Christmas Show – December 19th

A rag-tag gathering of musicians and actors sharing songs and stories for the holiday season, this is the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit. Once again, we’re joining forces with our friends from Pacific Theatre for this festive event and will feature, among others, Ron Reed and Ken Hildebrandt. Musical Guests: Becca Birkner | Nelson Boschman | Spencer Capier | Brian Doerksen | Corey Janz | Steve Klassen | Jon Ochsendorf | Running Time: Approximately 2.5 hours with intermission. For details and to purchase tickets, visit www.pacifictheatre.org , www.gallery7theatre.com or call House of James, 604-852-3701.

For more events, local stores and theatre productions, download the Passport to Christmas Guide. An online e-guide to lead you through the local experiences that will elevate your holiday spirit! Download the full guide and share your passport adventures by tagging #ExploreAbbotsford on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Holiday Workshops and Classes

Cooking Classes at Lepp Farm Market

Surprise family and guests this season with your cooking skills! Lepp Farm Market offers local cooking classes with well-known chefs teaching you about new ingredients, new techniques and new flavours for the holiday season. This is perfect for a nice relaxing date night or girls night out. Please note that the cooking classes are demonstration only unless otherwise specified, but remember to bring your appetite, as you get to eat everything the chef makes. 

Cooking with Edible Canada’s Eric Pateman - Tuesday, December 1st at 7pm
Cooking With A Top Chef Finalist – Trevor Bird - Wednesday, December 2nd at 7 pm
Easy Holiday Appetizers with Chef Nathan Hyam - Thursday, December 3rd at 7pm
Asian Appetizers with Chef Nathan Hyam - Thursday, December 10th at 7pm

 

Winter Greens Workshops at Tanglebank Gardens

Winter Container Garden Workshop - Saturday November 28th 10am
Come in and create a lovely container that will look great all winter using perennials, shrubs and winter greens. Create the perfect welcome this year. Cost is determined by your choice of plants and greens. Bring your own container or purchase one here.

Garland Workshop - Wednesday December 2nd 7pm
Learn how to make a beautiful garland to compliment your wreath or adorn your mantle. Absolutely beautiful and full of the fresh scents we love this time of year.

Christmas Floral Center piece - Tuesday December 15th 7pm
Join Florist Lily Schaap and make your own table centerpiece using greens, flowers, pinecone and more.

All events required an RSVP. Please call 604.856.9339 to register for your event today. Can't make it to one of the workshops but still want the beautiful fragrance of fresh greens this Christmas Season. Let Tanglebank Gardens make it for you. Call to order your custom made wreath, garland or centerpiece. 

 

CampBell’s Gold Winter Workshops 

Want to learn more about Beeswax crafting and the different techniques? A light, warm glow and a wonderful sweet scent make them true delights. Making rolled beeswax candles is great for beginners since the wax isn't melted and you don't need a melt pot or stove to make them.  Pre-registration is required for all classes and all materials will be provided.

Beginner Rolled Beeswax - Wednesday, December 2nd  10am to 12pm
Advanced Rolled Beeswax Fluted Tapers - Wednesday, December 2nd 1pm – 3pm         
Poured beeswax Workshop – December 5th 10am – 2pm
Centre Piece Workshop - December 12th 1pm – 3pm 

To register, please email jwcampbell@campbellsgold.com or call us at 604-856-2125

For more holiday events and activites in Abbotsford, download our Passport to Christmas
E-Guide and visit our events calendar.

 

5 Christmas Markets in Abbotsford

Fraser Christmas Craft Fair

Come support W.A Fraser Middle School’s Craft Fair featuring live music, local crafters, artisans and home businesses. Keep warm with the hot chocolate bar and hot apple cider. There will be a delicious bake sale and food items as well. Bring the whole family down to this free event this evening.
Date: Wednesday, November 25th 5pm – 8pm
Location: 34695 Blatchford Way, Abbotsford (Behind Abby Rec Centre)

 

Ten Thousand Villages Christmas Craft 

This Christmas Craft Fair features fair traded and unique handcrafted gifts, coffees, teas and foods from around the world. Coffees and teas along with special desserts will be available from Common Place Cafe for a minimum donation of $3.00. Music, throughout the evening will feature "The Pacific Children's Choir, hand bells from Mennonite Educational Institute and a harpist and guitar duo. Admission is free.
Date: Friday, November 27th 6:30pm – 10pm
Location: MCC Centre, 33933 Gladys Ave, Abbotsford

 

Maan Farms Christmas Market 

Join us for Maan Farms first ever Country Christmas Market. Yummy homemade fudge, hot apple cider and free wine tastings. 30+ local gift vendors/artisans, kitchen & in-store specials, entertainment and Christmas hay-wagon rides at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30pm. A great one stop shop to cross a few names off of your Christmas list while support local businesses, and having a great time. Admission is free.
Date: Saturday, November 28th 11am – 4pmt
Location: 790 McKenzie Rd, Abbotsford

 

The Royal Artisan Market

Come out and support local Artisans while shopping for the holiday season. The market will take place from 9am to 4pm. A concession will be on hand. Admission is $2 per family and includes a raffle ticket for some lovely prizes! Funds raised from admission, concession and table costs will go towards building a new playground for our school.
Date: Saturday, November 28th 9am – 4pm
Location: 35410 McKee Road, Abbotsford

 

Christmas Market at High Street 

The Abbotsford Arts Council presents a Pop-up Artisan Market featuring over 25 artists and handmade gifts. There will be a raffle featuring one-of-a-kind items by local artists + goodies from Highstreet retailers to be won! Come enjoy free festive cider with the family. Admission by $2 donation.
Dates: December 4 – 5pm – 9pm | December 5 –11am – 7pm | December 6 – 11am – 4pm
Location: HighStreet 3122 Mount Lehman Rd, Abbotsford

For more holiday events in Abbotsford, download our Passport to Christmas E-Guide and visit our events calendar

Find your holiday spirit in the Fraser Valley

The holiday season is the perfect time to curl up by the fire, spend time with family, and partake in all that seasonal cheer. However, it’s not without its stresses, particularly when it comes to shopping. So how can you enjoy your holiday shopping without the stress?

12 years ago, a guide called the Passport to Christmas was created to help busy people in the Fraser Valley take the stress out of shopping. This year, the handy passport can be downloaded to your phone or tablet. Use the online e-guide to lead you through the local experiences that will elevate your holiday spirit! Spend this holiday season enjoying and exploring the events, entertainment, fine foods and unique shops of Abbotsford.

The hard to shop for

Here’s a list of local’s favourite stores where you can find the perfect present for that “hard to shop for” person in your life…

Glenda’s Christmas Cottage has been a partner of the Passport to Christmas since its founding. The store offers a vast selection of one-of-a-kind ornaments let you to bring the Christmas merriment home with you. Tanglebank Garden Center prides themselves on specializing in German handmade Inge Glass and Nutcracker Collectibles, also check out the many events and courses they're holding this year. Start a new Christmas tradition after with a visit to the Nutcracker Ballet, which will be held at the Abbotsford Arts Center or the West Coast Christmas Show and Market at Tradex this weekend. Still can't find that one gift? We're sure Clayburn Comforts Soap will have that memorable present.  

Hostess and Host Gifts

Open houses, company Christmas parties, family Christmas party, the list is endless. With all the parties, it is hard to keep hostess / host Gifts fresh and different. Here are a couple of options that will make you seem like a gift-giving master.

Pumpkins and cranberries are so passé. Check out Onnink’s Blueberry Farm which offers a variety of products such as Blueberry Bon Bons, Blueberry tea and Blueberry coffee, and pre made decorative baskets that will be a hit with everyone you know. Sip, savour and enjoy this Christmas season with any of Abbotsford’s local wines and beers. Local wine from Singletree Winery and Mt.Lehman Winery make for a truly distinctive Fraser Valley hostess gift. More of a beer lover? Pick up a growler from Old Abbey Ales and celebrate the season with one of their 26 different Belgium beers on tap.

For the foodie

These people can turn any evening into a culinary adventure. Their kitchen looks like it’s out of a magazine and their meals look like they should have their own show on TV. What do you buy these kitchen gurus? 

Sweet, delicious and gone too soon, nothing improves a recipe or inspires creative creation like a jar of Campbell’s Gold Honey. Wine, fudge, pies and don’t forget the jams, jellies and other preserves that are all crafted on site at Maan Farms Country Kitchen. It has a great play area for the kids while you peruse the market. Let the kids run off their excitement and energy while you browse the large selection of local products for sale. Looking for local produce and farm to table products? Take a visit to Lepp Farm Market.

When all of the hectic holiday shopping, planning and cooking is done, the last thing you want to start doing is thinking about New Years. So, Tradex is taking care of the party planning for you. Join Tradex for the Fraser Valley First Night 2016. This family-friendly New Year’s celebration will offer up fireworks, rides, entertainment and both the East / West coast countdowns. Join in the fun on December 31, doors open at 5 p.m.

Share your holiday adventures in the valley by tagging #ExploreAbbotsford on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. After you have completed the Passport to Christmas, take the survey

Get your spook on in Abbotsford

There’s no shortage of Halloween activities to participate in this year for young and old alike. Whether it’s an afternoon craft or all-night dance party, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Abbotsford.

Perfect for Children and Families

Flashlight Corn Maze and Wagon Ride - October 8-31, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
This family-friendly corn maze welcomes guests of all ages. It will take about 30 minutes to complete, depending on your sense of direction. Tips: Dress for weather and mud and don’t forget your flashlight! Bring a non-perishable food donation for the Abbotsford Food Bank and receive $1 off your admission price

Who: Families
Where: Maan Farms, 790 McKenzie Road
What: Corn maze in the dark and a moonlit wagon ride
Cost: $14 admission covers the maze and wagon ride
Website

Halloween Skate - October 30, 6:45 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Skate in your costume and take part in the many planned activities and games. 

Who: All ages
Where: Matsqui Recreation Centre, 3106 Clearbrook Road
What: Public skating
Cost: Drop-in public skating fees apply
Website

Fall Fair and Costume Contest - October 31, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The MSA Museum Society is hosting a free family-fun event on Saturday, October 31 at the Trethewey House Heritage Site. Tips: The costume contest takes place at 3:30 p.m. so make sure to arrive in time to show off your creativeness

Who: Families
Where: Trethewey House Heritage Site, 2313 Ware Street
What: Games for the whole family, fall crafts, annual Halloween costume contest
Cost: Free
Website

Halloween Howl - October 31, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Enjoy tricks, treats, games, crafts, and lots of fun at this year’s Halloween hoopla. Wear your costume and have some “Howling” fun! 

Who: Families
Where: Abbotsford Recreation Centre, 2499 McMillan Road
What: Family-fun events including swimming, skating, and gym activities
Cost: $11.80 per family
Website

Trick or Treating in Historic Downtown Abbotsford - October 31, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The Abbotsford Downtown Business Association invites you to visit Historic Downtown Abbotsford for the fourth annual trick or treating event. There are lots of treats and fun activities planned for the kids this year. Tips: Drop off a non-perishable donation for the Abbotsford Food Bank to be entered to win great prizes.

Who: Families
Where: Starting point will be Valley Realty, 33787 South Fraser Way
What: Enjoy a stroll through Abbotsford’s downtown while your children trick or treat. Pay attention as you grab your loot and cast your vote for the best decorated location!
Cost: Free
Website

Moo or Boo - October 31, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Join Vicki the Cow for a family-fun afternoon featuring a spooky photo booth, costume contest, games, mad scientist laboratory, and more! Tips: There will be candy and prizes to collect as well as activities provided by community partners including BMO and The Reach Gallery

Who: Families
Where: Eco Dairy, 1356 Sumas Way
What: Family-fun activities
Cost: Kids 12 and under $3, adults free
Website

Trick or Treat at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre - October 31, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Enjoy a safe, warm, and dry place to bring your ghosties for goodies. Tips: Treats are available while quantities last

Who: Families
Where: Sevenoaks Shopping Centre, 201-32900 South Fraser Way
What: Look for the orange pumpkin for free candy at participating retailers
Cost: Free
Website

Halloween Fun for Teens and Adults

Chainsaw Massacre Haunted Corn Maze - October 8-31, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m
Your mission: survive the terrifying zombie-infested corn maze. Double the size and thrill from the 2014 haunted corn maze, Leatherface and his two accomplices are making a stand, defending the last remaining piece of their territory. Be warned: nothing is what it seems when your heart is racing and are running away from hungry zombies! Tips: Dress for weather and wear close-toed shoes. 

Who: Teens and adults
Where: Maan Farms, 790 McKenzie Road
What: Haunted Corn Maze 
Cost: $18 admission covers the chainsaw massacre corn maze. Add $4 for the moonlit wagon ride. (October 29-31 Hours 8pm - 12pm). 
Website

Halloween Fear Factor - October 30, 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Come face your fears and show off your skills in this year’s Halloween fear factor challenge. 

Who: Youth ages 11-17
Where: Abbotsford Senior Secondary School, 33355 Bevan Avenue
What: Tricks and treats served in this year’s fear factor challenge
Cost: Free
Website

Sandpiper Sanitarium Haunted House - October 29-31, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Themed as a zombie hospital, this neighbourhood-run haunted house features a scary cast of all ages ranging from Sir Bites Alot to Mr. and Mrs. Sukurblood. Tips: Donations raised from the 2015 haunted house supports Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. Subway and Tim Hortons will be on location selling cookies and coffee for charity. Twoonie raffles held nightly

Who: Although all ages are welcome, it’s recommended those ages 8+ enter the sanitarium
Where: 3037 Sandpiper Drive
What: Indoor/outdoor walk-through haunted house.
Cost: Entry by donation
Website

Cool Runnings presents Pump Up the Jam! - October 31, 8 p.m. - late
Come bust a move to DJs Carl Sound Vibes and Blizzard. Tips: Prizes for best costume, cash bar and food.

Who: 19+
Where: Abbotsford Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Way
What: Halloween 80s throwback dance party featuring live funk, soul, and reggae music from Soulfinger
Cost: $20
Website

Visit Tourism Abbotsford’s event calendar for more information and other activities.

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

October Events Wrap Up

BC Hops Festival – October 3rd, 2015

BC Hop Fest is Canada’s first Fresh Beer Festival being held on the fertile Sumas Prairie where sun, water, and gentle breezes contribute to one of the best hops growing environments in the Pacific Northwest. Join us as we celebrate the hop harvest, the resurgence of BC’s hop growing industry and fresh hopped beer produced by over 15 spectacular BC craft breweries. Fresh beer tasting, hop farm tours, food trucks, entertainment, and presentation stage. All the details & limited tickets available on www.bchopfest.ca.

 

WestCoast Womens Show – October 16-18th, 2015

The West Coast Women’s Show at Fraser Valley Tradex is the place to find the latest trends and styles in fashion, beauty with everything in between. Bring your girlfriends, mom, sister and grandma to shop and save at over 400 booths! With all the latest products and services for women, you will find everything on your wish list and more. Plus, enjoy incredible entertainment on five stages, including celebrity speakers Bif Naked, fashion shows, cooking demonstrations, wellness & beauty secrets, a community entertainment showcase, calendar firefighters and so much more!
Details here.

 

Baby & Tot Show – October 24-25th, 2015

Any expecting parent or have a family? The Baby & Tot Show is an event for pregnancy, birth, baby & beyond held at Fraser Valley Tradex. It’s a fantastic place to seek information on the most innovative, new as well as tried and true products for your baby & toddler. Bring the family to enjoy interactive kids areas and grab lunch while enjoying the show. In addition to 150+ exhibitors, the event boasts special guests, stages, live princesses, and much more.
Details here.              
 

Land of Boo at HighStreet – October 21-31st, 2015

Bring your kids to The Land of Boo at Highstreet! Begin your self-guided haunted walk at Highstreet’s Central Plaza (in front of Cineplex), for your chance to win an iPad courtesy of London Drugs and get in the Halloween spirit. Visit Land of Boo at any time, and it’s free!

Hours: Mon to Wed 10AM–7PM | Thurs to Fri 10AM–9PM | Sat, Sun & Holidays 10AM–6PM. 

 

4TH ANNUAL TRICK OR TREATING - Oct 31st, 2015

It’s the 4th Annual Trick or Treating in Historic Downtown Abbotsford! Loads of treats and lots of fun activities planned for the kids this year. 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! Pay close attention as you travel the streets and grab your loot for when you’re done we want you to cast your vote for the Best Decorated location! Can’t wait to see all the amazing costumes this year! 

Location: Historic Downtown Abbotsford, October 31st, 2015 at 5PM.

Come Try Something New at Singletree Winery

At the north end of Mount Lehman Road sits 12 acres of vineyards on rolling hills, grown by the Etsell family. Since 2005 the farming family has planned to use part of their 65 acres for vineyards and in June 2015 their tasting room opened to the public as Singletree Winery.

General manager and viticulturist Andrew Etsell said he wants people to feel comfortable when they visit.

“The wine industry can be intimidating,” he said. “We’re an easygoing farming family—you’ll be treated the same if you wear flip-flops or if you’re dressed for high tea.”

Current releases include a 2013 Farmhand White, a 2013 Pinot Noir, and a 2014 Sauvignon Blanc.

Their winery name is inspired by the pioneering farming tool, the singletree. It’s a single harness yolk, which allowed horses to clear land for farming in the late 1800s. The Etsell family is proud to carry on the tradition of working the land. In fact, their first 3,600 vines were hand planted!

The tasting room is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12-5:30 p.m. Visitors are invited to bring a picnic, pick up a bottle of wine, and enjoy the beautiful view of Mount Baker. Singletree wines are also available at the Abbotsford Farm and Country Market and several local restaurants.

“We’re a regular Abbotsford family farm who really enjoys wine and decided to open a winery,” Etsell said. “Come and try something new!”

Singletree Winery, located at 5782 Mount Lehman Road, is a featured partner of the Abbotsford Specialty Beer and Wine Tour.

This map is your guide for hyperlocal, unique experiences while visiting Abbotsford. It showcases the developing industry of craft breweries and wineries opening throughout the city. Download a PDF copy or pick one up at any Abbotsford craft brewery or winery.


Robyn Roste lives and works in Abbotsford. She loves telling stories and learning more about her city. 1st Photo credit - Christine McAvoy. 

Ravens Brewing Company is Inspired by Abbotsford

Ravens Brewing Company may be one of the newest businesses in Abbotsford, but they’ve got no shortage of customers. The busy tasting room has been showcasing unique, handcrafted beer since June 2015 and is only growing.

Owner Paul Sweeting has created a range of core beers to please for everyone from the first-timer with their signature Golden Ale, to the craft beer savant with their Farmers Ale saison. Sweeting wants people who visit the brewery to experience something new every time they visit.

“Everyone’s tastes are their own. You don’t have to like our beer—but we hope you do,” he said.

On top of their core brews, Ravens Brewing Company offers seasonal ales. Right now they have a white IPA and a raspberry hefeweizen. The 450 pounds of raspberries in the hefeweizen travelled three kilometres from picking to brewing—an extreme local beer for enthusiasts.

Working with local growers and businesses is a focus for Ravens Brewing Company. Inspired by the agricultural roots surrounding the Abbotsford area, they aim to create great beers full of character and style in a friendly and welcoming environment.

The tasting room is open daily from noon and you’re invited to bring your lunch and enjoy a flight at the long log table while making new friends.

One unique element of the craft brewing industry is growler fills. A grower is a refillable glass jug, which you can fill at any craft brewery.

In British Columbia the craft brewing industry is thriving, with three new breweries opening in Abbotsford alone this year. Editor Stephen Smysnuik noticed this trend and decided to launch The Growler Craft Beer Handbook, which curates breweries across the lower mainland.

“I thought, man there’s a lot happening here. Someone should really put a publication together to keep stock of this.”

Smysnuik said The Growler reflects the industry as much as possible and aims to provide a comprehensive look at the growing craft beer industry in B.C.

Current issues are available at local breweries, including Ravens Brewing Company, and back issues can be ordered from thegrowler.ca

Ravens Brewing Company, located in at 2485 Townline Road, is a featured partner of the Abbotsford Specialty Beer and Wine Map.

This map is your guide for hyperlocal, unique experiences while visiting Abbotsford. It showcases the developing industry of craft breweries and wineries opening throughout the city. Download a PDF copy or pick one up at any Abbotsford craft brewery or winery.

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