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Christmas market has to move after avian flu hits Chilliwack farm

‘The show must go on!’ say organizers of Eats & Treats event, moving to nearby church parking lot
Eats & Treats Christmas Market is going ahead on Saturday, Nov. 25, moved to the Yarrow Alliance Church parking lot. (The Farm Store)

An outbreak of avian influenza has forced the relocation of a beloved holiday market event hosted by Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry’s The Farm Store.

The Farm Store on Simmons Road is still closed until further notice, (sorry, rotisserie lovers) but the 4th annual Eats and Treats Christmas Market on Saturday, Nov. 25 is “a go!” officials confirmed.

“We’re moving the whole operation, big tent and heaters and everything, over to Yarrow Alliance Church,” organizers said on their socials.

Yarrow Alliance Church officials had graciously agreed to allow their parking lot to be “the plan B” for the Christmas market months ago, in case there was an outbreak.

Although everyone is sad to see store had to be closed, they’re buoyed by strong community support for the event.

“We can’t wait to see you there! The show must go on.”

The annual Eats & Treat market is a “well-curated celebration of Christmas.”

The market will feature hot drinks, tasty food samples, gift vendors, food trucks, Christmas baking, live music and festive cheer.

The store’s delectable duck sliders were pre-made in an Abbotsford commercial kitchen, so they will be served alongside all the other offerings.

“So they’re safe and we’re allowed to bring them out! Please come have a taste!”

Market attendees can enter a contest to win a fresh Christmas turkey.

Eats & Treats Christmas Market, will be held in the parking lot of Yarrow Alliance church, 42479 Yarrow Central Road on Saturday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Jennifer Feinberg

About the Author: Jennifer Feinberg

I have been a Chilliwack Progress reporter for 20+ years, covering the arts, city hall, as well as Indigenous, and climate change stories.
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