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Wine, Dine, and Shop in Abbotsford

If you are looking for things to do in Abbotsford in an afternoon, weekend, or longer, there are activities in the area for the whole family. I spent 48 hours sampling wine, beer, cider, and mead, and of course, visiting a few eateries to satisfy my foodie self! Just a small warning, my article is filled with photos so thanks for your patience if they load slowly. My experiences were gifted by the businesses mentioned, and Tourism Abbotsford.

Maan Farms

Maan Farms is more than just a farm. There’s something for everyone, and there is so much to do that you will need to visit more than once. I spent a couple of hours on the Farm tasting their award-winning fruit wine (my favourite is Strawberry-Rhubarb), picking “u-pick” fresh strawberries, shopping for preserves and more in their store, saying “hey” to some goats in the petting area, and finishing my visit off with a big bowl of butter chicken. They have activities for the whole family each season, so check out their website for event details and dates…try the goat yoga!

Taves Estate Cidery and Farmville

Spending time at Taves is a lot of fun for everyone! This farm has been in the Taves family for three generations, and every year, it gets better and better. From cider tasting, sunflower patch, u-pick goji berries, strawberries, and apples, cold-pressed apple cider, hay rides, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, pumpkin houses and paths, petting barns, goats, Farmville, pedal karts, jumping pillows, and many more!

I visited the Cidery and saw Farmville, which is open on weekends. During my tasting, I sampled the Barnyard Series of ciders, and it was hard to choose just one. My favourite is the Black Current Cider, and a close second is the Red Currant Cider. They also sell preserves in their shops on the estate, and my new favourite is pumpkin Butter.

Some of the fun events coming up that you can take part in are Solve ‘n Sip (a murder mystery adventure), Dance ‘n Sip (learn how to swing dance), Paint ‘n Sip, and so much more. Visit their website for event details and open hours.

Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm and Meadery

Before my visit to Campbell’s Gold, I did not know that wine could be made from honey. This farm is a licensed honey winery, producing various honey wines, including blends with fruit and grapes. I was on a quest for new tastes, and Campbell’s delivered! My top favourite is the Pear-a-dize: Honey Wine & Pears with Spice, and my second favourite is the Honey Wine & Plums.

Campbell’s Gold also creates a wide variety of honey and beeswax products. Some specialty kinds of honey include cappuccino, jalapeno, pumpkin spice, garlic, ginger, chocolate mint, chocolate orange, licorice, and many more. Liquor options include amaretto, black currant, grand Marnier, Drambuie, and spiced rum.

Singletree Winery

After tasting berry and honey wine, as well as cider for the past few days, I did one tasting of grape wine on this trip. Singletree Winery is a small family-operated vineyard with a nice variety of wines in the tasting room. It was hard for me to choose just one as my favourite, so it’s a tie between the Gruner Veltliner 2020 (crisp white with flavours of Meyer lemon, apple, and citrus) and 2020 Siggy (lychee and rose petal aromas with flavours of apple, stone fruit, and honey).

Where to Eat

Field House Brewing

Did you know tacos are my favourite dish? I visited Field House Brewing and was gifted a craft beer tasting and delicious pulled chicken tacos. They have a great atmosphere and live entertainment, and I love the outdoor space — it’s the perfect place to hang out with friends and family this summer! Did you know they have their own farm and grow most of the fruit and vegetables they serve?​​​​​​​​
My tasting is pictured below from right to left…Hazy Citrus-Lime Pale Ale was my favourite! My second favourite was the Dark Sour Blackberries & Blueberries! Third…Salted Lime Mexican Lager and fourth was the Sour Wheat Gose. I wanted to try samples of beer that aren’t “beer-like,” so these were all great choices! Taste them for yourself and tell me what you think!!​​​​​​​​

Brodeur’s Bistro

I was looking for new flavours and found them at Brodeur’s Bistro in Abbotsford. Their menu consists of dishes that blend Montreal and New Orleans cuisine. I ordered the Jambalaya with medium heat (4 peppers). It was perfect! I almost tried the Blackened Catfish Po Boy. Still, because I’m a seafood lover, I opted for Jambalaya (shrimp, chicken, andouille sausage, bacon, sweet peppers, corn, beans, onions and celery on Cajun rice; crème fraîche.) They’re great at adjusting what they can for those of us with food allergies. I’ll definitely dine here again!

Brodeur's Bistro

Re:Vive Social House

Re:Vive Social House serves fabulous dishes that taste amazing and are great to look at. It was so hard to choose a dish and opted for the Smoky BBQ Chicken Flatbread, with arugula, pickled red onions, and feta. They offer a selection of boards, flatbreads, desserts, and specialty coffees.

Re:Vive Social House, Abbotsford, BC

Shopping in Historic Downtown Abbotsford

I took some time to walk around one of Abbotsford’s oldest neighbourhoods and discovered a beautiful, intriguing alley with a chocolate store and a beautiful mural at the end. There’s a wide variety of independently owned stores and boutiques that sell unique items, many of which of which are handmade. You can learn a bit about the area’s history by reading plaques placed on select buildings. I shopped in a few are Hunt & Home, YesChef, and Re:Vive Social House.

Re:Vive Social House

I could spend hours browsing through Re:Vive Social House. All of their products are either imported, made by local artists, or made in-store. After leaving, I want to redecorate my home and return for new decor completely! The ambiance inside Re:Vive is peaceful, warm, and relaxed…an atmosphere I could use at home!

Yes Chef!

I’m a foodie and love cooking with fresh ingredients. I was in “kitchen heaven” in Yes Chef discovering new kitchen appliances and tools that not only look pretty but make being a home cook more fun and enjoyable. I may be back for this pink Smeg electric kettle…

Hunt & Home

Hunt & Home is filled with beautiful home decor, new and vintage. I stopped in to buy some bath soap to enjoy the large soaker tub in my suite at Brookside Inn.

Where to Stay

On this visit to Abbotsford, I stayed at Brookside Inn Boutique Hotel, hosted by Tourism Abbotsford. When I drove into the stone courtyard, it felt like home. This was the first time I’ve stayed in a bed and breakfast-style hotel and I had a great experience thanks to hosts Chris & Sandi Buis! You can read more about Brookside Inn in my other post “Abbotsford’s Romantic Brookside Inn Boutique Hotel”.

What are your favourite things to do and places to eat in Abbotsford? Let me know in the comments below so I can check them out!

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