Onions are prepared during the first Taste of Abbotsford chef competition last year at Parallel Marketplace. The second annual event runs from May 28 to June 3.

Taste of Abbotsford returns this month

Week-long event kicks off with chef competition May 28

Taste of Abbotsford Week is returning later this month and the public is invited tot take part.

Over 50 local restaurants and businesses will be participating in the second annual Taste of Abby event from May 28 to June 3 to build awareness about buying local.

The website, abbotsford.ca/localabby features a new interactive Google map that shows the participating business or restaurant location as well as the special Taste of Abby discount they are offering customers during this week.

The event will also feature a live Chef Competition on May 28, taking place at the South Fraser Way Save-On-Foods, with local chefs and their school district 34 student sous chefs competing for the title of “Save-On-Foods Abbotsford Top Local Chef for 2017.”

The competition will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges and sponsors, including Mayor Henry Braun and Chef Vikram Vij, who is a cookbook author, television personality and owner of a variety of Lower Mainland restaurants, including My Shanti and Rangoli.

Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service will also be at the event serving hot dogs by $2 donation to BC Children’s Hospital.

“The Taste of Abbotsford event is a great opportunity to showcase the diversity of local food production in our community,” said Braun in a press release. “This initiative creates awareness about the economic impacts of purchasing locally produced products, and encourages customer traffic into our local businesses, which supports our goal of a vibrant economy.”

Watch the Abbotsford News for more info, or visit www.abbotsford.ca/localabby.