The second annual Taste of Abby Food Festival – a city-wide celebration of food, culture and unique culinary experiences – returns Sept. 15 to 24. Robyn Bessenger Photography / Tourism Abbotsford
Abbotsford is blessed with an abundance of exceptional restaurants and food purveyors, but what makes the community even more special is the ingredients grown, raised and produced right here.
No wonder the community deserves its own food festival!
Returning Sept. 15 to 24 is the second annual Taste of Abby Food Festival – a city-wide celebration of food, culture and unique culinary experiences at the peak of harvest season.
“Beyond the opportunity to savour some delicious dishes, the festival introduces residents and visitors to new, local experiences, connecting them with the growers and producers responsible for these amazing flavours and ingredients,” says Craig Nichols, Executive Director of the festival host, Tourism Abbotsford.
Kicking off Taste of Abby on Friday, Sept. 15 is a Night Market at Jubilee Park from 5 to 10 p.m.
Showcasing freshly prepared food, local libations and a vendor market, presented alongside live local music and entertainment, the market is the perfect venue to taste the bounty of Abbotsford, all in one place.
Want to share the tasty treats you’re cooking up? Contact Tourism Abbotsford to participate with special menu offerings, local picnic packs, unique experiences and more!
Of course, the Night Market is just the start of the fun. Other events include Pickleball & Pints, grape stomping at Singletree, a Guided Circle Farm Tour and the second annual Food & Farm Awards.
Hungry for more? Check out the calendar of events at tasteofabby.ca
In the meantime, here’s a look at some of the other exciting opportunities planned for this year’s Taste of Abby Food Festival:
- Hungry for Hockey – In partnership with the Abbotsford Canucks, diners eating at select Abbotsford restaurants will have the opportunity to win an 18-ticket Flex Pack for the Abbotsford Canucks 23/24 regular season.
- Healthy & Sustainable Food Systems – Recognizing the importance of food sustainability and the local farming community, Aaron Pete, host of the Bigger Than Me podcast, will lead discussions around the invaluable contributions our local farmers and agricultural leaders make towards our food supply.
- Taste of Abby shelves – Building on the festival’s “support local” focus, Taste of Abby shelves at local businesses will showcase local Abbotsford products.
- Limited products – Taste some brand new – and limited edition – products from the region, including flavoured vodka by Crow’s Nest Distilling, a special-edition ice cream flavour by Banter Ice Cream, and a collaboration brew pack from Taves Estate Cidery and Old Abbey Ales.
- Recipe features – Find some of your favourite recipes in a digital cookbook full of fall-inspired recipes from local chefs and foodies.
Tickets for Taste of Abby events will be available as of Aug. 9 on Eventbrite or at tasteofabby.ca/local-events And be sure to follow along on Facebook and Instagram for the latest events and updates!