Reina Freeman of Mission gets face painted at Abbosford's Berrybeat Festival.

Reina Freeman of Mission gets face painted at Abbosford's Berrybeat Festival.

32nd Berrybeat Festival in full swing

Thousands expected to take in two day annual Berrybeat Festival in downtown Abbotsford today and tomorrow.

  • Jul. 6, 2013 8:00 p.m.



The 32nd annual Abbotsford Berrybeat Festival is in full swing as thousands of people are expected to come to Abbotsford’s downtown core over the weekend.

The event runs today (July 6) and tomorrow.

Once again, the free event has placed a special focus on kids’ activities.

“Last year went really well so we’ve made sure to ramp that up a little bit more this year,” said Tina Stewart of the Abbotsford Downtown Business Association.

Kids’ features this year include a busking magician going around the street performing tricks for passersby, a rock climbing wall, bouncy castle, Lego exhibit and the Creative Cube Studio.

“It’s a science and arts activity that’s free for the kids to do and it’s got grossology and other fun science projects for kids.”

The event has a bit of an animal theme as the reptile guy is on hand with many of his animals as well as the Radical Raptors show from the Greater Vancouver Zoo in Aldergrove.

New food items are also on site, including Japadog from Vancouver, a combination of hot dogs and Japanese cuisine.

“We’ve tried for a couple of years to get them here,” said Stewart, adding she thinks people are coming to the festival just for the opportunity to try the food.

The festival takes place on Montrose and Essendene avenues.