Autumn 2022 marks the inaugural Taste of Abby Fall Food Festival, a celebration of Abbotsford’s deliciously deep-rooted food scene.

Held from September 9th to 18th, this multi-event festival will host experiences ranging from a night market kick-off to conversations on food security to a best-of Abbotsford culinary awards presentation. There will be many opportunities for thirsty and peckish festivalgoers to sample “homegrown and handmade” goods and provisions from Abby-based vendors and artisans.

“We are thrilled to launch the first-ever Taste of Abby Fall Food Festival,” said Craig Nichols, Executive Director of Tourism Abbotsford. “This celebration will continue to build Abbotsford as an epicenter of food and agriculture.”

Abbotsford, located in the Fraser Valley and sitting hinter to Metro Vancouver, supplies British Columbia—and beyond—with a bounty of produce. From butchers, bakers and soy candlestick makers, the city is dotted with entrepreneurs overdelivering on gourmet delights. From Field House Brewing’s creative seasonal blends using Valley-grown ingredients to Banter Ice Cream’s unconventional-but-extraordinary flavours, a trip to Abby delights the palate in unexpected and outsized ways.

“We have many producers in Abbotsford whose voices will be amplified during Taste of Abby,” said Nichols. “We will continue to grow this event into a vibrant and renowned fall food festival.”

Here are the Taste of Abby Fall Food Festival events we’re most excited about.

    

Friday, September 9th:
Night Market

When: 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: Jubilee Park; 2552 McCallum Road, Abbotsford.

About: Festivities include live music, artisan shopping and more than 100 unique voices including farmers, chefs, and wine-, beer- and cider makers. Interested guests should visit the admissions page. The ticket price includes general admission and eight tokens for small food plates and beverages.

      

Sunday, September 11th:
Food Security, Food Sustainability, and Ag-Tech Conversations

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A Youtube video series launch of solutions-forward presentations.
   

Archway Community Services Urban Farm, a not-for-profit teaching garden that empowers the community towards choosing local ingredients and supporting a deeper understanding of where food comes from.

Vertical agriculture in local and regional food systems, a potential approach for addressing sustainable food systems challenges where technology-driven food production systems can be developed in ways that align with environmental, economic, and food security objectives.

Food systems vulnerabilities in the Fraser Valley revealed by the pandemic. In collaboration with the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) government, this community-based research project explores new ways of improving and increasing local and regional resilience to future exogenous shocks.

Agri-tech incubator and accelerator programs and its role in contributing to sustainable food systems.

The Abbotsford Food Asset Map, which explores the use of maps as tools for improving food security and justice by pinpointing areas of high and low local food assets and, therefore, vulnerabilities within the community.

Local cellular agriculture, an emerging set of technologies for producing local and reliable dairy and meat alternatives with low environmental footprint, and the potential to operate in a variety of industrial, urban and rural spaces. 
      

Sunday, September 18th:
Awards Event

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The first Taste of Abby Food & Farm Awards will recognize Abbotsford’s best culinary talents and agricultural producers. The awards will be co-presented from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. by the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Abbotsford at Tavern on the Green (35997 McKee Road, Abbotsford).
   
   

September 9th to 18th:
Seasonal experiences

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Seasonal experiences with Abbotsford’s dedicated farmers and featured collaborations, menus and promotions by passionate chefs and business owners.

“Living and working in Abbotsford, surrounded by rich fields full of amazing ingredients and produce, is such a gift," notes Jeff Massey, executive chef and co-owner of Restaurant 62. "Restaurant 62 is proud to serve as much locally-sourced seasonal produce as possible. We believe the best of everything we serve, shines when it is fresh, harvested at its peak, and handled simply." 

Josh Vanderheide, owner of Field House Brewing Co. and Farms explains, “Field House Farms is a small-scale, diverse farm that supports Field House Brewing’s craft kitchen and brewing programs with its garden, old-growth plums, pears, apples, brewing grains and wine grapes. Field House is committed to showcasing local agriculture through its products and helping people to understand where and how local food is grown and its important role in our community."

For tickets and a complete schedule of event listings visit tasteofabby.ca.

    

Other ways to experience Taste of Abby

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  • Pick up a local picnic pack from one of seven participating vendors, then unfurl a blanket in a green space and enjoy. 
  • Nip into the Abbotsford Farm & Country Market at Jubilee Park on Saturday, September 10. It starts at 9 a.m. and runs through to noon.
  • Visit Archway Urban Farm with friends or family for U-pick fall harvest. 
  • Take advantage of Beyond Bubbles' Taste of Abby promotion (10% off when you use the promo code) and then sip your way through the vines of the Fraser Valley's best vineyards.  
  • Eat your way through Abby with Chew On This Tasty Tours. For tours between September 9 and 18, use promo code "TasteofAbby" to receive 15% off, while availability lasts. There are two tour options: SIP, SAVOUR & STROLL (downtown Abbotsford) and BACKROAD BITE & VINES. 
  • Pick up an Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour brochure and then map your way through small shops, breweries, vineyards, farm-to-fork restaurants and so much more.