The annual Blackberry Bake-Off includes a people’s choice award so lots of people line up to sample the dishes. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

Public enjoyed a berry nice afternoon at Langley contest

The annual Blackberry Bake-Off was held on Thursday afternoon.

People could sample an array of dishes that ranged from savory creations such as blackberry curry or to mroe traditional fare such as blackberry cobbler at the anual Blackberry Bake-Off Thursday.

While judged sampled the 19 submitted blackberry dishes to determine the winners, the public was able to decide the people’s choice aware winner. The winners: Dee Stead with Jane Spearing in second place and Dracaena Kelpin in third place.

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Hosted by the Langley Environmental Partners Society, the bake-off happens at the Langley Demonstration Garden where community groups also had booths to raise public awareness about environmental issues or offer activities at the family-oriented event.

The bake-off started in 2001 to spotlight the invasive Himalayan blackberry and enjoy the dark, sweet fruit.

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The annual Blackberry Bake-Off includes a people’s choice award so lots of people line up to sample the dishes. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

Krista Daniszewski and Niall McGarvey judged the 19 entries in the annual Blackberry Bake-Off on Thursday. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

The annual event includes live entertainment, a barbecue, crafts and more. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

The annual Blackberry Bake-Off includes a people’s choice award so lots of people line up to sample the dishes. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

Araeya Carrothers and her brother, Dayton Sherwin, made butterfly crafts, tasted blackberry baking and enjoyed the annual Blackberry Bake-Off on Aug. 17. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

The annual Blackberry Bake-Off attracts many people who enjoy sampling the creations and some four-legged friends who hope some of the treats get dropped. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

Lindy Miller helped people learn about food dyes at an activity booth from the Lower Fraser Valley Aboriginal Society during the annual Blackberry Bake-Off. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

Fritzy helped out LEPS representatives like Nichole Marples at the Blackberry Bake-Off. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

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