It will be a celebration of food, farming, art and community when the 12th annual Slow Food Cycle Sunday rolls through Pemberton this weekend (Aug. 21).
Those taking part in the weekend’s main event can hop on their bike and meander through the 50-kilometre route up and down Pemberton Meadows Road, stopping in to visit some of the approximately 13 local vendors and farms participant in this year’s event.
“All the vendors, all the farms that have come on board this year, have something really exciting to offer,” event manager Carlee Cindric said. Some of these offerings include fresh organic produce, sweet treats, cold drinks and freshly made meals. The Mile One Eating House team will be on hand to grill up a few of their famous burgers at Pemberton Meadows Natural Beef.
Some farms, like Across the Creek Organics, are also hosting live music, art displays and kids’ games, setting up this year’s event to be a full day of family fun. Eddie’s Corner is even hosting live wrestling matches.
“I’m really excited to see a good handful of the farms that took a break for the past couple years coming back on board, and we’re up a couple of venues this year from last year, which is great,” Cindric said.
This year, Tourism Pemberton – who took over event organizing duties two years ago – has partnered with the Pemberton Arts Council and the Rotary Club of Pemberton to create a culinary arts weekend, with a variety of activities and culinary delights on offer throughout the three days, to accompany the signature bike ride.
“It kicks off on the Friday with our weekly farmer’s market, continues on the Saturday with the Pemberton MADE - music, art, dance, eats - that takes place at the downtown barn and then we roll into the Slow Food Cycle on Sunday,” Cindric explained.
On Sunday, participants can warm up with some pre-cycling yoga, with classes led by instructor Shy-Anne Gunville taking place at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. The classes are open to all levels, with mats to be provided by Lululemon. Entry is free or by-donation, with all funds raised going to the Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation.
Also new this year are road closures to accommodate the event.
“We’re providing a little bit more of a safer and fun environment for the cyclists,” Cindric said.
Though roads will be closed for the majority of the event, set to take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., vehicle traffic will be allowed to flow through during the first and last hours of the Slow Food Cycle. Organizers are reminding participants to follow the rules of the road, ride in single file and wear a helmet throughout the entire day - as per the law in B.C.
Those interested in participating can pre-register online, or in person on the day of the event. Cindric recommends to register prior to the day of the event if possible, to avoid the lineups that often occur.
“It can be much quicker of a process if you’ve already pre-registered,” she explained.
Tickets for the pedal-powered event cost $5 for an individual, and $20 for a family ticket and are available in advance at www.slowfoodsunday.com.