📷 Fort Berens Winery
This past March, the Lillooet Agriculture and Food Society (LAFS) took on the Lillooet Hops and Grapes Society as a committee, with the intention of continuing to hold an annual Fall Fair/Harvest Festival Event. The Harvest Festival has been held at Fort Berens Winery for the past few years, and expanded last year to include several workshops put on by LAFS. The event has been a big draw for people along the Sea-to-Sky Corridor, and has had up to 600 attendees. The goal of the Harvest Festival has been to showcase the growing wine and beer industry in the area, foods grown and prepared by local businesses, and arts and crafts made by regional artisans.
Lillooet Agriculture and Food Society would like to continue these traditions, and to focus on local produce, farmers, agriculture and fun! Activities for people of all ages will continue to be mainstays, from the very popular Logger Sports competition, to games for the whole family to enjoy. Entertainment such as musical acts, hand drumming and dancing, and salmon cutting demonstrations by Xwisten will also continue to be a part of the event. We are hoping to expand the food options, and to hold some traditional fall-fair competitions, such as “Most Interesting Apricot Preserve” and Largest Zucchini.
Logger Sports 2018 📷 Fort Berens Winery
Our aim is to collaborate with as many local non-profits and small businesses as we can in order to create a successful and sustainable event celebrating local agriculture and Lillooet livelihoods for years to come. LAFS has chosen to postpone the event this year until 2020, in the hopes of being able to gather more support from other local non-profits, businesses. We hope to build connections at the Lillooet Fall Festival, to increase the amount of people growing and eating local, Lillooet food, and to celebrate the beautiful diversity and resilience of our small town.
LAFS Workshop 2018 📷 Fort Berens Winery
Do you have ideas for what you would like to see at a Fall Festival event? Would the non-profit or charity you’re involved with want to help out? We will be holding a Community Conversation in partnership with our Community Coordinator, Kim North, on November 2nd, at the Rec Centre in Room 203. All ideas, thoughts and contributions welcome.
Contact LAFS at firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-887-2027 with any questions, concerns or comments regarding the Fall Festival 2020!