Isley Hamilton may only be 15 months of age but was determined to get at some blackberry mousse in a cup.

Langley group spotlights tasty invasive plant

Blackberry plants are invasive species but, boy, is the fruit delicious.

The annual Blackberry Bakeoff on Aug. 20 brought out fans of the tasty berry to the Derek Doubleday Arboretum.

The Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS) hosts the annual event which features a cooking contest. People signed up in advance and provided prepared dishes using blackberries.

A panel of judges voted on the top three and the public had a say in the People’s Choice award.

The winners:

1. Sharon Crowley and family with a blackberry galette

2. Tobias Meier and family who submitted blackberry mousse

3. Bev Larson for her blackberry crisp

People’s choice: Darlene Sherwin who made a ginger cream pie squares with blackberry glaze

In addition to the bakeoff, the event features kids nature activities. LEPS holds the event annually to teach people about blackberries, which are an invasive plant species, and other ecological issues. There were also booths providing information on recycling, composting, local programs and more as well as live music and a barbecue.

LEPS has compiled recipes from Blackberry Bakeoffs over several years into a cookbook that’s for sale for $5.

CUTLINE: The Langley Environmental Partners Society has assembled winning blackberry recipes over several years into a cookbook which sells for $5. Staff like Toby Meier were at the Blackberry Bakeoff showing the programs and products of the local environmental group.

CUTLINE: Megan Fong is a summer staffer with the Langley Environmental Partners Society and helped out at the annual Blackberry Bakeoff Aug. 20.


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