Heading to the Cranberry Festival this weekend? Here are 6 tips to make your favourite fall experience even more cran-tastic (we had to).
When looking for incredible food-themed celebrations you might think of Oktoberfest in Germany, La Tomatina in Spain, the Battle of the Oranges in Italy, or La Batalla del Vino in La Rioja (what’s with all the food fights in Spain? #jealous). But for those in the know, the real celebration to check out is the Cranberry Festival in Fort Langley this Saturday, October 6.
For more than 23 years, the FREE annual Cranberry Festival has been one of the most highly anticipated and attended events of the year, with nearly every possible type of cranberry infused, flavoured, filled, or themed item available for you and the family to enjoy. Want cranberry flavoured chocolate? Done. Cranberry infused beer? Yep. Delicious cranberry sauce ready to go? Most definitely. Music from the Cranberries? Potentially. (Well, they could be playing on a CD in someone’s tent, after all.)
No matter what you are looking for, here are our top 6 tips for making the most of this incredible annual event.
#1 – Make use of the free shuttles
With over 50,000 people expected at this year’s event, parking in the small community of Fort Langley will be hard to come by. We suggest making use of the free shuttle service running throughout the festival at two locations: Trinity Western University just off of the 232 exit and Walnut Grove Secondary School, just east of the 200 st exit. Full details on the shuttle can be found here.
#2 – Buy your cranberries early
If you are hoping to buy cranberries for your Thanksgiving dinner, get them early. Even though the Fraser Valley produces some of the biggest and best cranberry crops in North America, this IS a festival dedicated to the tart berry. So get your bag of those little beauties early or be forced to buy them at the grocery store later.
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#3 – Be prepared for crowds
50,000+ people all vying for a taste of some deliciously tart cranberries makes for a bustling and exciting event. But it also means that you should be prepared for lineups at some popular booths and some bumping of shoulders. But that’s all part of the fun, isn’t it?
#4 – Bring an umbrella
The weather report currently calls for sun and 15-degree weather, but this IS Vancouver so that could turn to rain at any point. The Festival runs rain or shine, so don’t forget to keep an umbrella handy should it decide to turn blustery at the last minute.
#5 – Fido is welcome
Did you know that dogs also love cranberries as a special treat? We suggest giving them in moderation but feel free to bring your furry friend down for a visit to the mostly outdoor festival. Be warned, however, that not all of the venues let dogs inside. Make sure to check with the staff before you bring Fido inside.
#6 – There’s more than just cranberries to enjoy
The day is going to be filled with a wide range of family-friendly activities such as cooking demonstrations, live music performances, food trucks, a fashion show, and more! Check out the event list below to help plan your day:
- 10:00 am – Seabilly’s Celtic Band
- 10:30 am – Silver Diamond Country Line Dancers
- 11:00 am – Her Brothers
- 11:30 am – Surrey Firefighters Pipes and Drums
- 12:00 am – Six Gun Romeo
- 12:30 pm – Kwantlen First Nations Drums & Dance
- 1:00 pm – Cornel Dyke & The Daughters
- 1:30 pm – Mayday Youth Club Choir
- 2:00 pm – The Dave Mercer Trio
- 2:30 pm – Maria Hillmer Mexican Vivo Dancers
- 3:00 pm – “Girls With Guitars”
- 3:45 pm – “Guys With Guitars”
PS – If you want to enjoy the WHOLE day (and scoop up the best parking), there will be a pancake breakfast served at 8:00 AM!
Are you going to the festival? Share your photos with us by tagging #ExperienceLangley and we will share them out on social media! For more details on the festival, check out their website at https://www.fortlangleycranberryfestival.com.
Looking for more local events to enjoy? Check out our Monthly Events Calendar.
– Images via Fort Langley Cranberry Festival Instagram.