Multicultural celebration: AbbyFest now in its fifth year

More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the event in Abbotsford on Sept. 15.

The annual AbbyFest Multicultural Festival is set for Sept. 15 at the Ag-Rec Building in Abbotsford. Booth

The annual AbbyFest Multicultural Festival is set for Sept. 15 at the Ag-Rec Building in Abbotsford. Booth

Organizers of AbbyFest are expecting the event to draw more than 5,000 people to their multicultural event on Saturday.

Now in its fifth year, founder Musleh Hakki said the event has shown steady growth, and there will once again be more entertainment, more food, and more booths for presenters – all with a theme of sharing diversity.

“Building bridges, bringing communities together,” is the theme of the event, set in one of the most culturally diverse cities in Canada.

Abbotsford/Mission has the third highest proportion of visible minorities among Canada’s census metropolitan areas, behind only the Greater Toronto and Greater Vancouver areas.

The main stage at the Ag-Rec Building (32470 Haida Dr.) will feature eight hours of non-stop entertainment, mostly singing and dancing from a variety of groups including Indian Bhangra dancers, Tribalieez Mexican dancers, Middle Eastern belly dancers, and other entertainment from Israel, Hungary, Ghana, the Phillipines and more.

There will be more than 60 flags in the parade of nations that opens the event at 10 a.m., and there will be more than 60 booths.

Abbotsford Mayor Bruce Banman and Abbotsford MP Ed Fast will both address the crowd during the opening ceremonies.

Among the highlights of this year’s event will be a lantern festival, led by the Royal Canadian Legion at 6 p.m., followed by a laser light show. The University of the Fraser Valley will present an international fashion show at 1 p.m.

Ethnic food is always a main attraction at AbbyFest, and Hakki says people will be enticed by Slavic rolls, butter chicken and Italian pasta dishes.

Perhaps attracted by the “building bridges” theme, the Port Mann Bridge Authority will attend this year’s event, to tell the public how the toll system for the new bridge will operate.

Admission is free.

For a complete schedule or more information visit: abbyfest.com.

Just Posted

Tuesday’s Lotto Max draw went unclaimed. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Tuesday’s Lotto Max draw went unclaimed. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lotto Max jackpot goes unclaimed again

42 of the 64 Maxmillion prizes of $1 million were won, the majority were sold in Ontario

An apartment building and townhouse project has been proposed at 2236 McCallum Rd. in Abbotsford. The development was given third reading by city council on June 14. (City of Abbotsford)
Apartment-and-townhouse project planned on McCallum Road in Abbotsford

Development across from old hospital site consists of 174 suites and 10 townhouses

Adam Hobbs went missing from a Langley work site on Monday, June 14 and may have gone to Vancouver. (Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Family, RCMP seek Abbotsford man missing from Langley job site

Adam Hobbs lives in Abbotsford and is a minor hockey referee

Police were on scene Monday afternoon (June 14) in the area of George Ferguson Way and Ware Street. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
Police called out after reports of possible home invasion in Abbotsford

Incident on Monday afternoon at George Ferugson Way and Ware Street

Migrating sockeye in the Fraser River August 7, 2007. (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
First Nations, commercial, and recreational harvesters join forces to save Fraser River fish

‘We have to work together to rebuild these stocks while there is still time,’ says delegate

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

(Black Press Media file)
Dirty money: Canadian currency the most germ-filled in the world, survey suggests

Canadian plastic currency was found to contain 209 bacterial cultures

(pixabay file shot)
B.C. ombudsperson labels youth confinement in jail ‘unsafe,’ calls for changes

Review states a maximum of 22 hours for youth, aged 12 from to 17, to be placed in solitary

Eleonore Alamillo-Laberge, 6, reads a book in Ottawa on Monday, June 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Parents will need to fight ‘COVID learning slump’ over summer: B.C. literacy experts

Parents who play an active role in educating their children this summer can reverse the slump by nearly 80%, says Janet Mort

The border crossing on Highway 11 in Abbotsford heading south (file)
Western premiers call for clarity, timelines on international travel, reopening rules

Trudeau has called Thursday meeting, premiers say they expect to leave that meeting with a plan

The B.C. government’s vaccine booking website is busy processing second-dose appointments, with more than 76 per cent of adults having received a first dose. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations stable for Tuesday

108 new confirmed cases, 139 in hospital, 39 in intensive care

A worker, at left, tends to a customer at a cosmetics shop amid the COVID-19 pandemic Thursday, May 20, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Half of cosmetics sold in Canada, U.S. contain toxic chemicals: study

Researchers found that 56% of foundations and eye products contain high levels of fluorine

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Most Read