New Langley show appeals to foodies and fans of wine

A Walnut Grove woman unveils new food and wine event to Langleyites.

A young Walnut Grove woman who brought a Christmas Show to Langley Events Centre for the past two years, has created a new event targeting all the foodies of the Fraser Valley.

Jamie Gartner, 25, has introduced this weekend’s new Langley Food & Wine Show at the LEC, and is hoping to attract upwards of 7,000 or more people to the two-day event.

“We have high expectations,” Gartner said, noting the show is expected to appeal to younger adults like herself (the 20 to 40-year-old crowd, single and couples) who are looking to sip, sample, and shop all in one location.

“I just feel like there’s nothing like this in Langley,” Gartner said. “And there’s a lot of foodies here… it was a no brainer.”

She believes guests will be drawn to the Dairy farmers cheese tasting seminars, a farmers market, a David’s Tea garden (decorated by Milner Village Garden Centre), more than 120 booths, a wine, beer, and spirits pavilion, and numerous demonstrations from the likes of MasterChef Canada’s season two winner David Jorge and the world’s best burger champ Rusty Johnson.

Changes to the liquor laws have allowed this new event to host 15 companies in the beverage pavilion, that will be offering samples. Then, guests can purchase bottles from an on-site liquor store.

Given the interest already expressed and the reception she’s expecting to receive this weekend, Gartner said this show could quickly grow into a three-day event.

For several years, Gartner would drive by the LEC and ponder what kind of cool events could be hosted inside the venue.

She’s not wondering any more.

Today, her company Cloud Nine Events is partnering with the LEC team to produce two annual events. And she hinted that a third – again food-centred event – is in the works for this fall.

Admission to Langley Food & Wine Show is $10 for two, with tickets to the wine, beer, and spirits pavilion a further $5 each.

The first 250 people through the door each day will also receive a gift from Nature’s Fare Markets.

Gartner boasted that this is one of the few events of this kind outside of Vancouver or Abbotsford, and a bonus is free parking.

The show runs Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Langley Events Centre, 7888 200th St.

While children can attend, Gartner expects it will attract more adults coming from throughout the Lower Mainland – and especially Surrey and Langley.

More information on the event is available at www.langleyfoodandwineshow.com.

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