The new Valley Food and Farm Collective opened in July on West Railway Street in Abbotsford. (John Morrow/Abbotsfofrd News)

The new Valley Food and Farm Collective opened in July on West Railway Street in Abbotsford. (John Morrow/Abbotsfofrd News)

Valley Food and Farm Collective hosts European-style market

Christmas event on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in Abbotsford includes firepits and mulled wine

Downtown Abbotsford is home to a new holiday event this Christmas season.

The Valley Collective Christmas Market, open Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at 2518 West Railway St., is a European-style market complete with firepits, mulled wine, live music, and a blend of food and art vendors that showcase the best in the Valley.

The event is hosted by the Valley Food and Farm Collective (VFF), a new non-profit in Abbotsford that is all about creating a vibrant food culture which supports local farmers and food producers.

“This market will highlight the best local makers in food and art, while creating a really fun experience for shoppers with live music, mulled wine and firepits,” said Kathleen Robinson, VFF executive director.

“We have the best in local cheese, chocolate, baking and wine alongside all kinds of talented artists.”

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The market has afforded the VFF an opportunity to collaborate with other local organizations.

The Aldergrove Credit Union has rallied behind the event as a sponsor, and event organizers are working with the Abbotsford Downtown Business Association (ADBA) to promote the market alongside Abbotsford’s Winter Jubilee on Dec. 1.

“We are so pleased to have these two great holiday events in Abbotsford’s downtown on Dec. 1,” said Jennifer McEwan, ADBA executive director.

“We are so pleased to have these two great holiday events in Abbotsford’s downtown on Dec. 1,” said Jennifer McEwan, ADBA executive director.

“We have grown our annual Christmas tree lighting into the Winter Jubilee, and are thrilled to add an indoor Christmas market to the many activities we already offer. Also new this year is our outdoor skating rink.

The Valley Collective Christmas Market runs Friday, Nov. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1 from 1 to 9 p.m.

General admission tickets are $5 (kids are free), with half the proceeds going to the Abbotsford Food Bank.

On Saturday, families can enjoy gingerbread decorating for kids put on by MJ Cakery.

There are also a limited amount of VIP tickets available for those wanting to shop the market first while sipping on wine from Singletree Winery and enjoying appetizers from White Table Catering.

Visit eventbrite.ca for tickets and more information.