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Lots to see and do at annual Berry Fest in Abbotsford

Event takes place Saturday, July 6 in historic downtown core
The 41st annual Berry Fest takes place in Abbotsford on Saturday, July 6.

Downtown Abbotsford holds the 41st annual Berry Fest on Saturday, July 6, celebrating all things berry. 

The outdoor event runs from noon to 8 p.m. in the historic downtown core at the intersection of Montrose and Essendene avenues. 

The festival revolves around celebrating Abbotsford as a Berry Capital of Canada. Local berry farms – Neufeld Farms, Blueberry Junction, and BJ Farms – will serve as “berry providers,” offering fresh berries and showcasing their finest products. 

Among the activities that visitors can enjoy are: 

• a vendor market featuring local artisans and vendors; 

• rides, including kids’ swings and spinning tubs of fun; 

• food trucks and vendors; 

• live entertainment – performances by local talent such as Abby Middle All-Stars, Jam Dance, and a headliner show from Orquesta Tabasko; 

• kids’ activities – magic shows, Happy Panada rides, hands-on attractions, and face painting; and 

• Berry-tainment Stage – cooking demos with Chef Dez, Mike Norden’s Magic Show, and the Great Berry Fest Pie Bake off. 

Berry-themed desserts, crafts, festival merchandise, and drinks will also be available throughout the festival site, along with Berry Voucher giveaways on the main stage and select vendors accepting Berry Bucks. 

Berry Fest also features local beverages under a full-site licence. 

Mayor Ross Siemens opens the event at noon on the main stage, followed by: 

• the Abby Middle All Stars at 12:30 p.m.; 

• singer Kassandra Clack at 1:30 p.m.; 

• Jam Dance at 2:15 p.m.; 

• the pie-eating contest at 3 p.m.; 

• the Abbotsford Dance Group at 3:45 p.m.; 

• Gale Force Blues at 4:30 p.m.; 

• Zahra Dreams at 5:45 p.m.; and 

• Orquesta Tabasko at 7 p.m. 

Visit or follow @DowntownAbbotsford on social media for more information. 

Abbotsford News Staff

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