The 2nd annual Taste of Abby Week will be held from May 28th to June 3rd 2017. Join us for special offers at local restaurants and grocers as well as food-focussed community events celebrating local producers.
Taste of Abby Participation
The City of Abbotsford Economic Development team is in the midst of organizing this year’s Taste of Abby event. We invite you and your business to be a part of this week long promotion and celebration of local food production. As Abbotsford is the agriculture capital of Canada, the City of Abbotsford Economic Development seeks to support growth in the agricultural sector as well as showcase the diversity of production in our community. The Taste of Abby initiative focuses on buying local and promoting our local gems, like you!
Taste of Abby is meant to feature you – and what you do in Abbotsford. Download the Taste of Abby Participation form to be a part of the celebration!
Taste of Abby Participants & Where to Find Them
|Abbotsford Farm and Country Market|
|After Thoughts Cafe|
|Auguston Station Coffee Works|
|Boardwalk Cafe and Games|
|Bow and Stern|
|Campbell's Gold Honey Farm and Meadery|
|Clayburn Village Store and Tea Shop|
|Fat Sheep Cafe|
|Gesundheit Bakery Ltd.|
|Harvest Grill Greens|
|Howard Wongs Farm|
|Lepp's Farm Market|
|Little Green Apple|
|Old Abbey Ales|
|Raven's Brewing Company|
|Save On Foods, South Fraser|
|Sea Side Pearl Winery|
|Silver Hills Bakery|
|Sumas Mountain Farm|
|Tanglebanks Garden & Brambles Bistro|
|Taves Family Farms|
|The Mad Butcher|
|The Polly Fox|
|Thumper Patch Produce|
|Tracycakes Bakery Cafe|
|Yellow Barn Country Produce|
Taste of Abby Chef’s Competition 2017
When: Sunday, May 28, 2017
Where: Save On Foods South Fraser Way Parking Lot
Time: From 1pm to 4pm
Culinary experts bring passion and creativity for great food to our city, cultivating the vibrancy of our City. In a community that is proud to support and promote the farm to table movement, Abbotsford is home to many gems that serve the freshest and most local vegetables, where chefs seek out local cheese-makers and farms, where locals support their farmers. During our Taste of Abby week, we take pride in showcasing our city’s culinary experts with our annual Chef’s Competition.
The Taste of Abby’s Chef’s Competition was created to reward and recognize the many talented chefs in Abbotsford. On May 28, 2017, four local chefs, each partnered with a School District 34 student sous chef, will compete for the title of “Taste of Abby Top Local Chef for 2017.”
Celebrity Guest Judge: Vikram Vij
Vikram Vij was born in India in 1964 and lived in New Delhi and Bombay until the age of 20, when he went to study, live and work in Austria. While he was there he received his chef certificate from the Salzburg Hotel Management School. Vikram moved to Canada in 1989 to work at the Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta. Vikram became a certified sommelier from the International Sommelier Guild in 2000, and is passionate about pairing wines with his cuisine.
Emcee, Sergeant Casey Vinet
Sergeant Casey Vinet has been a police officer with the Abbotsford Police Department (APD) for over 23 years. He has worked in a variety of assignments including uniformed patrol, surveillance, property crime, drug enforcement, national security and was the Department’s spokesperson for 4 years.
Emcee, Chef Jody Sigurdsonlongo, Top winner of Chopped Canada 2016
Jody Sigurdson-Longo joined Abbotsford Senior Seconday this past September – and comes with an impressive background. She graduated from Vancouver’s Dubrulle Culinary Institute and quickly went on to receive her Red Seal.
Chef Jesse – Bow and Stern
When I see a guest light up as they are presented with their plate, or when they remain absolutely silent throughout their meal, it gives me the upmost pleasure. Being able to not only give guests satisfaction, but an experience, through my food, is a privilege. My name is Jesse Thompson, born and raised in the beautiful town of Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC.
Chef Matthew Nichols – Restaurant 62
Chef Matthew Nichols was born to cook. Born and raised in Surrey B.C., he developed a
passion for great food at a young age and overcame adversity to become the talented
chef and co-owner of Restaurant 62 that he is today.
Chef Dion Brisson – Harvest Grill ‘n’ Greens
Dion’s culinary odyssey began more than 30 years ago, when he was just 9 years old and sold a banana to a construction worker.
Chef Nick Vacchiano – Lepp Farm Market
The winner of the 2016 Taste of Abby Chef’s Competition, Market Chef Nick Vacchiano, is back to contend his title!