The 39th annual Berry Fest takes place in historic downtown Abbotsford on Saturday, July 16 from noon to 8 p.m. (Abbotsford News file photo)

The 39th annual Berry Fest takes place in historic downtown Abbotsford on Saturday, July 16 from noon to 8 p.m. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Abbotsford Berry Fest returns with tribute bands, food trucks and more

Event takes place Saturday, July 16 in streets of historic downtown

The annual Berry Fest is back in downtown Abbotsford this Saturday (July 16) from noon to 8 p.m.

The 39th annual event – held along Essendene and Montrose avenues – kicks off at noon with a welcome address by Mayor Henry Braun, Abbotsford Downtown Business Association president Gerry Palmer, MP Ed Fast, and MLA Bruce Banman.

They will be followed by a performance from the Colleen and Gordie Howe dhol drummers.

Other highlights include The Great Berry Fest Bake Off at 1 p.m., the pie-eating contest at 2:45 p.m. and several tribute artists through the evening.

New this year will be a car show-and-shine and carnival games.

This year’s festival will also feature food trucks, a full-site licence to enjoy local craft beer, a vendor market, berry sales from Neufeld Farms, street entertainment, balloon twisting, face painting, main stage entertainment, and several rides, including a zipline above Montrose Avenue and a swing ride in the centre of the event.

Entertainers include the JAM Dance Group (12:30 p.m.), Ben Cottrill (1:30 p.m.), Rossi on the Steel Drum (2:10 p.m.), The Realm (3:15 p.m.), Joy Chapman (3:45 p.m.), Feelin’ Alright, a Joe Cocker Tribute (4:15 p.m.), Fab Forever Beatles Tribute (6:15 p.m.) and Roadside Attraction, a Tragically Hip Tribute (7:15 p.m.)

This is the first Berry Fest following a two-year break due to the pandemic. The event is expected to attract more than 12,000 attendees for a fun-filled day of family-friendly festivities created to celebrate Abbotsford’s long-time distinction as the Raspberry Capital of Canada.

Admission is free. Visit downtownabbotsford.ca for more information.

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