One of the most beautiful aspects of living in Abbotsford is how our community believes in collaboration over competition. Our Circle Farm Tour partners and local businesses understand that by working together, they better serve our destination and, happily, refer visitors to one another. Abbotsford attracts people due its beautiful farmlands and adventurous, mountain vistas, but also because of the people. The small-town heart remains intact despite the city-vibe that is growing—a rare and inspiring combination.
Organized by Summer Dhillon of Slap Communications, on May 17th Tourism Abbotsford sponsored a spring-themed farm-to-table longtable dinner, and media and influencers were invited to ‘eat, play, and love’ in our backyard. They started at in Historic Downtown Abbotsford at Spruce Market where Confetti Floral Design and Spruce led the group through a planting workshop.
Next, was an agricultural celebration at Maan Farms’ new rustic, luxury venue where Spruce Collective and Confetti Floral Design graced the tables with vintage finds and gorgeous, seasonal florals. Valley Weddings added décor throughout the barn, followed by candlelit corners. Circle Farm Tour partners Taves Family Farms, Mt Lehman Cheese Co, Campbell's Gold Honey Farm & Meadery, and Central Park Farms donated their locally grown and produced foods to Restaurant 62, as Chef Jeff Massey prepared a culinary farm to table feast.
Guitar strums from the talented Ryan McAllister set the mood as we all sipped and savoured wine from Seaside Pearl Farmgate Winery and Maan Farms Country Experience & Estate Winery. True to our country nature, the evening ended with marshmallow roasting and cuddling baby goats.
With the goal of sharing our community’s gifts, everyone came together to honour our community, farmland, and entrepreneurial passion. The result was pure magic.
(Let the dinner begin!)
(Judy Campbell from Campbell's Gold and Honey Farm & Meadery.)
(True Grit lettuces with goat cheese, radishes, pickled rhubarb, candied walnuts, rhubarb vinaigrette. Goat cheese provided by Mt. Lehman Cheese Co.)
(Amir Maan from Maan Farms Country Experience & Estate Winery.)
(Whole roasted galantine of chicken, wilted greens, salsa verde. Chicken by Central Park Farms.)
(Lorne Taves from Taves Family Farms)
(Charred eggplant purée, roasted peppers, and new potatoes. Eggplant and peppers by Taves Family Farms.)
(The outdoor area at Maan Farms is perfect for mingling!)
(Someone let the goats out...)
(Who doesn't love a marshmallow bar?!)
Photography by: Brooklyn D. Photography