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Langley & Fort Langley, British Columbia: Wine, Dine, Stomp… and Celebrate the Fall

By Sheliza Mitha

With the kids back at school and summer now likely to be a distant and vague memory, we have officially fallen into fall. But, of course, the cooler temperatures bring with it a perfect season to finally harvest – and benefit from – BC’s lush, verdant and fruitful landscape.  In fact, both Langley and Fort Langley, just east of Vancouver, offer up reason to celebrate the fall season with a fun grape-stomping event and Cranberry Festival.

2016 Grape Stomp, Langley

2016 Grape Stomp, Langley

Annual Grape Stomp

Mark down the first two days of October for the annual Grape Stomp at Township 7 – which calls all grape stompers near and far to this South Langley vineyard. Get your teams assembled and ready to get your juices flowing.

How does it work? For this event, each team will need a practiced stomper for the barrel to squeeze and squish that juice out of the grapes just by using their feet.  Other team members will then skilfully work to keep that juice flowing into the wine bottle, while also gathering more grapes for stomping.  Oh – and yes – there will be prizes.

Get crushing, get juicing, get that wine flowing.  Prizes will be given out for the “Top Stomp” and “Best Costume”… and more!

Registering your team is easy; simply email wine@township7.com and include your team name and contact information.). The entry Fee is $21 (plus tax, per person):
*Entry fee includes a glass of wine.
*Stompers must be at least 19 years of age.
*Maximum of six people per team.

For more information, visit Grape Stomp at Township 7.

Fort Langley Cranberry Festival Courtesy Tourism Langley

Fort Langley Cranberry Festival Courtesy Tourism Langley

Fort Langley Cranberry Festival

Less than a week later – on Saturday, Oct. 8th – make your way to Fort Langley to get in the Thanksgiving spirit and celebrate the harvest and history of this bright, delicious and versatile fruit.  Now in its 21st year, the Cranberry Festival presents one-of-a-kind vendors, an array of free entertainment, a pancake breakfast and a host of family-friendly activities.

This all-day event plays homage to this colourful fall fruit with – among other events – a popular cranberry stomp, an array of cranberry- and farm-related games and other activities. Here – at Fort Langley’s largest event of the year – you’ll also find contests, live music, cooking demos, a fashion show and much more!

Freshly Picked Cranberries at Fort Langley Cranberry Festival

Freshly Picked Cranberries at Fort Langley Cranberry Festival

Fort Langley – a national historic site – has long been a part of BC’s proud berry history.  This year’s celebration kicks off at 8am in the very heart of historic Fort Langley, and continues on – with various activities, events and festivities – until 5pm.

One of the many highlights of this event is perusing the cranberry-themed market and incredible selection of other tempting products.  From unique jewellery and specialty candy to organic coffee, handmade crafts and more, the festival’s Market Place has it all.

Oh, and while you’re here, be sure to pick up some fresh cranberries for your Thanksgiving feast.

A long-standing Fort Langley tradition, the annual Cranberry Festival welcomes thousands of people each year from throughout the region – from the Chilliwack countryside to those living across the Burrard Inlet in West Vancouver.

For more information, visit Fort Langley Cranberry Festival.

Sheliza Mitha

About the Author

Sheliza is a freelance writer and editor who enjoys blogging about her family’s adventures throughout British Columbia. For the latest on food and travel, connect with her on Twitter via @shelizawrites or visit her at www.copyprose.com.


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