Annual Food Cycle Tour wants patrons to rediscover regional cooking

The Slow Food Cycle Tour in Agassiz on July 28 is a leisurely self-guided bicycle ride around a 25-kilometre flat route.

  • Jul. 27, 2012 7:00 a.m.
A cyclist passes Limbert Farm along the Slow Food Cycle Tour in 2011.

A cyclist passes Limbert Farm along the Slow Food Cycle Tour in 2011.

by Adrian MacNair

The Slow Food Cycle Tour in Agassiz on July 28 is a leisurely self-guided bicycle ride around a 25-kilometre flat route, visiting farms and meeting farmers.

The tour is a part of Slow Food Vancouver and the Slow Food International Movement, which according to its manifesto seeks to “rediscover the flavours and savours of regional cooking.” The concept is that under the rise of industrial civilization, fast foods have created significant environmental and even sociocultural problems.

Agassiz has been running a similar circuit for about eight years now called the Circle Farm Tour, a year-round road map that directs drivers to a variety of specialty farm-gate vendors, open air markets, and charming eateries.

The idea originated with slow food advocate Philip Wouda seven years ago while working for the district of Kent. Wouda’s parents just opened up the Tasty Chicken Farm on Ashton Road in Agassiz last year and this will be their first year on the cycle tour.

“I’ve been watching people go by and they always stop in front of my place,” said Hoa Wouda.

Hoa is from Vietnam and said she decided to start a chicken farm because in her 33 years in Canada she’d never tasted chicken as good as the ones she’d eaten as a child.

“I came when I was 15, so I was quite used to eating fresh food. Coming to Canada was quite a culture shock,” she said, adding slow food is essentially Asian cuisine.

Hoa said she learned to cook from her mother and has since learned to cook fusion style.

“I like to chew my food, I like to savour it. The chicken you buy in the store is too soft so you can’t really savour it.”

Robert Reyerse, executive director of Harrison Tourism, said the adoption of a second food event like the Agassiz Cycle Tour was a natural progression toward more ecological sustainability.

“They really want to combine people exploring local food with them getting out of their cars and onto their bikes,” he said, adding it’s a great way for local farmers to offer their produce and provide tours.

Reyerse said last year’s turnout was the largest yet, with an estimated 800 riders doing the circuit. Although the event is usually in August, it’s moved to the last week of July this year to ensure the Fraser Valley’s notoriously unreliable weather is likely to be sunny.

This year, Touism Harrison is offering a shopping shuttle service for those who sign up with the tour. They collect riders’ purchases from the farms and bring them back to the registration area to pick up.

Reyerse said that although biking is a great way to visit the farms, it’s sometimes awkward to take away the cumbersome foods on a bicycle, so this gives people an option to cycle around and place orders.

Proceeds from registering with the tour goes to the Terra Madre 2012 Fund, which will help pay for local farmers to attend this four-day international organic farmers event in Turin, Italy, in October.

For more information, including full descriptions of the farms and stops of interest, visit www.slowfoodvancouver.com.

For information on the year-round circle farm tour visit www.circlefarmtour.ca.

 

Just Posted

A tenant walks in front of her home on Boundary Road on Friday, June 18, 2021 after it was destroyed by fire the night before in Chilliwack. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack family homeless after fire rips through house on Abbotsford border

Turtle rescued, no one seriously hurt following Boundary Road fire in Chilliwack

Wild rabbits are all over Chilliwack, but people often think they’re someone’s lost pet and try to ‘save’ them. But the owner of Chilliwack’s Reptile Room says good intentions can have bad consequences for wild animals. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Owner of Chilliwack’s Reptile Room asks people to leave wild animals in the wild

Amber Quiring says people who think they’re helping are actually doing more harm than good

The Agassiz-Harrison Museum celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21 with special information about The Stó:lō Nation, culture, language and more. (Graphic/Agassiz-Harrison Museum)
Agassiz-Harrison Museum to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21 will feature info about local First Nations culture, language and more

Brandon Hobbs (turquoise shirt), brother of missing Abbotsford man Adam Hobbs, gathers with other family and friends to distribute posters in Chilliwack on Thursday, June 17, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Search efforts expand to Chilliwack and beyond for missing Abbotsford man

Family, friends put up posters in Chilliwack, Agassiz, Hope for missing 22-year-old Adam Hobbs

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

Audrey Inouye (right) with her two sons Kiyoshi McMillan (left) and Kaito McMillian drop off her milk to hospital volunteer Sylvia Hendel at a human milk depot on October 11, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Fraser Health appeals for breast milk after unexplained drop in donations

Give your breast milk and save newborn lives, the health authority is encouraging mothers

The BC Ferries’ website is down for the second time in one week from what they say is likely an overwhelming increase in web traffic. (Black Press Media file photo)
Surging web traffic crashes BC Ferries’ site again

Website down for second time this week

John Furlong told the Vancouver Board of Trade on Feb. 20, 2020 that he thinks the city could and should bid for the 2030 Winter Games. (CP photo)
PODCAST: John Furlong lays out a ‘provincial’ B.C. plan to host the 2030 Winter Olympics

Podcast: Chat includes potential role for Vancouver Island communities

The pilot of this single-engine propeller plane was unhurt after crash-landing in a Como Road orchard Friday, June 18. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Plane crash lands into Grand Forks orchard, pilot injured

RCMP have secured the crash site, pending investigation by Transport Canada

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

BC Ferries’ newest Island Class vessel is experiencing an issue with one of its thrusters off the Algerian coast. Photo courtesy patbaywebcam.com.
BC Ferries newest vessel having mechanical issues in Mediterranean

Island 4 will be repaired in Spain before crossing Atlantic

Most Read