Cyclists hit streets in search of food

New starting point for Slow Food Cycle Tour this year

The Slow Food Cycle Tour will return to Agassiz this Saturday, bringing hundreds of cyclists closer to local farms and agricultural businesses.

And if you’re planning on joining the tour this year, there is a change in the starting location, due to the Girl Guides camping at the Agassiz fairgrounds.

This year’s cycle tour will start from the large parking lot at the corner of Cameron and McCallum Roads, on the way to Agassiz Speedway. Cycle route maps and more information will be available there.

Businesses listed as participating in the the Agassiz Cycle Tour this year are the Agassiz Harrison Museum, Back Porch, Blackberry Lane B&B, Canadian Hazelnut, Farmhouse Natural Cheeses, Holberg Dairy Farm, Honeyview Farms, Limbert Mountain Farm, Poplar Grove Arbour, Sparkes Corn, Swift Aquaculture, UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre and Urban Grain.

Visitors to each business will be invited to learn about local products, how food is brought from farm to table, and sustainable farming. A shuttle bus will travel from point to point to help carry items that cyclists purchase.

Participation is limited to 1,000 cyclists, and online registration ends at noon Friday. If there is room for more cyclists, registration will be available on site on Saturday, and the webpage (www.slowfoodcyclevancouver.com) will be updated.

The cost to participate is $20 per person, and children 12 and under participate for free. The Slow Food Cycle Tour travels to Chilliwack on Sunday, and for those riding in both communities, the cost is $30.

Proceeds from Slow Food Cycle will be used to sponsor local producers to attend Terra Madre 2012, a bi-annual meeting of the minds on sustainable food production and small scale farming. For more information visit www.terramadre.org.