The Fort Langley Cranberry Festival has been an anticipated event held for the past 17 years in the community of Fort Langley on Thanksgiving long weekend in October. Thousands come from near and far to celebrate the region’s proud berry history, take in the live music, family activities and of course to shop at the marketplace containing over 70 vendors offering up local products such as jewelry, specialty crafts, produce, flowers and so much more!
I look forward to this local staple every autumn and this year’s event did not disappoint! The weather could not have been better, the entire community was full of happy people enjoying the sunshine, each other, the great products and the local cranberry harvest. Fort Langley really does incorporate cranberries into as much as they can for the event.
Not only does Cranberries Naturally, the local store that sells cranberry products year round, offer numerous choices of edible cranberry products, but on Festival day you can also purchase cranberry candles for your seasonal centerpieces, as well as have cranberry pizza for lunch!
The nearby Fort Wine Company also offers up tastings of their famous cranberry wine ‘Mighty Fraser’ and provides tours of their backyard cranberry bogs. And of course, the main reason many attend the event every year, is to buy their fresh bulk cranberries for Thanksgiving dinner.
It’s not all about this special berry however, the Fort Langley National Historic Site puts on special events every year in coordination with the event, the Fort Langley Canoe Club holds races in the Bedford Channel, and the Fort Langley Village Farmer’s Market holds its last market of the year on festival day too. With so much going on throughout the community during Cranberry Festival, you’ll be lucky to find a nearby parking spot. As the weather for this year’s event was so spectacular, the short walk along the Fort to Fort trail from our car to the event was most enjoyable, and added to the experience. This year, shuttles were also offered from two locations nearby; the Walnut Grove Secondary School and the Langley Fine Arts School. Attending the famous Fort Langley Cranberry Festival is a tradition for many, and has become one for me personally. Now, I suppose it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming Christmas season…