Festival teams up with Langley farmers market

For the sixth year, the Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS) is putting on their Langley Eats Local Festival to show residents and visitors the food options available in the community.

New this year, LEPS will be joining forces with the Langley Farmer’s Market to deliver a larger local food and fun experience.

This means a date, location, and time change. While previously set for Sunday, to align with the farmers market, the festival is now on Wednesday, Aug. 13 in the Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) courtyard on the Langley Bypass, just east of Glover Road and runs from 2 to 6:30 p.m.

The agriculture program coordinator with LEPS, Stephanie Captein, noted that working together with the farmers market just made good sense.

“They’ve got over 40 vendors and we’re bringing along some special new faces for the event,” she said.

While the Langley Farmers Market will operate much like usual, visitors can expect it to be bigger and broader than ever with aspects to appeal to all members of the family.

Kids can milk wooden cows, search for eggs and dig for veggies in the LEPS tents, plus they will enjoy facepainting and can win prizes through a match-the-veggie game.

Live music will be provided by the West Coast Fiddlers and one other local act to keep the atmosphere active.

If looking at all the great food items for sale makes you hungry, Captein said there will be some delicious tastes for sale on site.

“Seasonal 56 will be cooking up their wonderful dinner time goodies,” she noted and added there will be other food vendors as well.

A new vendor to Langley Eats Local will be Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm and Meadery which will be sampling its mead.

“It will be really exciting to have them there to taste test their mead,” Captein said.

VanCity will be on hand with an interractive activity and will be giving out cloth shopping bags great for picking up produce and other delicious local goodies from the vendors.

Captein also pointed out that local chicken girl, Emma, will be bringing a chicken out in support of her group Chickens for Langley.

“She’s gone to council a couple of times,” Captein said of the youngster’s efforts to make backyard chicken rearing common in the community.

“We’re excited to be at the farmers market,” Captein noted. “Why not highlight this place that runs every Wednesday until September and is already selling fresh local food.”

Another activity put on by LEPS at the event will be the market kitchen where an instructor will be doing a canning demo from 3 to 5 p.m. It will focus on preserving the local harvest by making jam.

“It’s nice for people to be aware of what Langley has to offer,” commented Captein. “This is by no means the be all and end all of local food and beverage producers and providers. There are many options here locally beyond who will be at the farmers market, but it’s a wonderful introduction that everyone can come out to, ask questions, and shake the hand of the person who made it, baked it, or grew it.”

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