Last weekend we visited Eat! Fraser Valley, a Food & Cooking Festival for people who love to cook, eat, and grow food, which probably sums up most people in the Fraser Valley. This event has been growing over the past few years and this year did not disappoint.
The crowds were thick, but there was a wide variety of exhibitors to discover throughout the Marketplace. It’s great to see local gems making a name for themselves on a bigger market and being able to introduce their products to a greater population. A few of the stops we made were at Honeyview Farms, Anita’s Organic Grain & Flour, as well as Gelderman Farms and many, many more.
In addition to the marketplace, there was the Food Network Celebrity Stage that brought in the likes of Rob Feenie, Chuck Hughes, and Graham Kerr, to name a few. There’s nothing like watching all the cooking magic happen right before our eyes!
If cooking shows aren’t your thing, make your way through Bite of the Valley, a bite-sized sampling of restaurants from the Valley to Downtown. Each restaurant gets to showcase a few of their regular menu items in small portions that give you great incentive to go back to enjoy a full meal. Frankie’s Italian Kitchen & Bar, The Baron Bar & Grill, and Washington Ave Grill were just a few of the restaurants participating.
Not only can you sample delicious food at Eat! Fraser Valley if you want to, but there was a selection of wine, beer and spirits to be tasted and tested as well. Food and drink, all in one place. We like it!
In addition to being a a journey of samples and entertainment, there were multiple learning opportunities between the Grapes & Hops Presentation Stage and the Cheese Seminars. As proven by the large groups participating in these presentations, it’s evident that people want to make their eating and dining experiences even better through education.
If you missed Eat! Fraser Valley this year, be sure to mark your calendars for next fall. From foodies to those just looking for an enjoyable way to spend some time with a friend or family member, you won’t want to miss it.