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Chilliwack Sunflower Festival 2019

By Scott McDonald |

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Visit the 2nd annual Chilliwack Sunflower Festival, a brand new garden event in BC!

Developed by the creators of the Chilliwack Tulip Festival, this unique experience opens late August 2019 and runs to mid-September 2019 — exact dates to be confirmed closer to the event. The Sunflower Festival showcases more than five acres of 17 varieties of sunflowers, from two-foot Dwarf Sunspots to 12-foot Mammoth Grey Stripes, in varying shades of yellow, orange, and red surrounded by the farm fields and natural outdoor setting of the Fraser Valley, in Chilliwack, BC.  Corn and hops fields abound, the perfect outing to immerse yourself in peak-season sunflowers. You can pick your own Sunrich Orange sunflowers to take home from the festival or even pick up cut sunflowers and field flowers, sunflower-inspired gifts. On-site-grown tulip and daffodil bulbs are also available for purchase.

The Chilliwack Sunflower Festival provides countless opportunities to take perfect keepsake photos and videos. Throughout the grounds, find swing sets, an operational windmill, a vintage bicycle, and several more photo-ops & selfie-spots. Plus, weekends include the added attraction of the Rotary Club of Chilliwack Fraser train, which offers by-donation rides through the fields. Guests will also love the many outdoor lawn games taking place: Yardzee; bolaball; “giant” Jenga, tic-tac-toe, and checkers; and more. Afterward, retreat from the late-summer sun and enjoy cold drinks and ice cream in a special covered area. Local food trucks will be on site each weekend. On-leash pets are welcome; a drinking area and complimentary pick-up bags will be available.

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“Tulips of the Valley has offered hundreds of thousands of visitors a unique, family-friendly experience over the past 13 years”, says festival co-founder Kate Onos-Gilbert in a recent interview. She said her family really looks forward to creating a new tradition with the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival. “This is one of the best opportunities in the region to get up-close to nature and truly unwind, while experiencing an authentic Fraser Valley farm amidst a sea of yellow sunflowers.”

Visitors can take some of the tulip magic home with them from the tulip and sunflower shop, where they  will be selling fresh cut flowers, potted plants, postcards and more!

Find more garden and garden tourism events in British Columbia on the Gardens BC website.

Find out more about Tulips of the Valley’s annual Chilliwack Tulip Festival. You may also be interested in: The Butchart Gardens Named 2017 ‘World Tulip Garden’.

Take a perfect photo at the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival

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2018 Tofino Food and Wine Festival

By Scott McDonald |

2018 Tofino Food and Wine Festival June

Experience the Tofino Food and Wine Festival, a weekend of food and wine events on the west coast of Vancouver Island!

Its signature event, Grazing in the Gardens, continues to grow in popularity. Picture a showcase of local culinary talent and British Columbia wines, craft ciders and beers, in the beautiful Tofino Botanical Gardens – it’s a setting like no other.

JUNE 2, 2018 | GRAZING IN THE GARDENS SIGNATURE EVENT | 1PM-4PM

The 16th Annual Grazing in the Gardens event welcomes a community of food and drink. The afternoon includes canapes by local chefs and island purveyors, paired with BC wines and island microbrews, carefully tucked away throughout 12 acres of the rainforest, in the Tofino Botanical Gardens.

Live music with long time friends of the festival, Dinah D’s Contraband Swingclub, DJ Mr McCue and return guest bluegrass duo, One Bright Morning. Discover the local food scene on the west coast, and support the local and like-minded community of foodies.

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Featuring more than 75 BC wineries, craft cideries and micro breweries, paired with gourmet canapes provided by local chefs and Vancouver Island purveyors.

This event is an annual fundraiser for the Tofino Botanical Gardens Foundation, with a Silent Auction benefitting the Wickaninnish Elementary School Garden Project.

To find out more about things to do in Tofino, B.C. see Tourism Tofino.

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Victoria Cherry Blossom Festival

By Scott McDonald |

Victoria Cherry Blossom Festival

Experience the second annual Victoria Cherry Blossom Festival at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria!

This event is a collaboration between the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society (VNCS), The City of
Victoria, Haiku Arbutus, and The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Happening this Sunday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, come out and enjoy the early cherry blossoms, Japanese cultural activities and refreshments.

Schedule

Front Lobby
1:00 – 4:00  Kimono demonstrations with Hitomi Harama, Ume Silk Kimono Couturier
Sakura Stage, Mansion Lobby – MC Yvonne Blomer – Poet Laureate, City of Victoria
1:15                San Girls Pop Dance performance
2:00              Kamishibai storytelling with Wakana Takai-McLean
3:00              Poetry Open Mike (sign up from 1:00 – 3:00)

Centennial Gallery – Beyond the Edges Exhibition

1:00 – 4:00   Fukuwarai game
1:30 | 2:00 | 2:30 | 3:00 | 3:30 Haiku workshops with Terry Ann Carter (10 minute sessions)
Spencer Gallery – Mansion – Hands on art making activities
1:00 – 4:00   Sumi-e and calligraphy demos with Mike Abe
1:00 – 4:00   Haiku Arbutus
1:00 – 4:00   Origami
1:00 – 4:00   Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society with guests Gordon and Ann Lee Switzer
Kearley Gallery – Mansion – Refreshments
Admission is by donation.
Thank you to all the sponsors and volunteers who worked hard to make this event possible.