From the same farm that brings you the popular tulip festival every spring, here is the 2nd annual sunflower festival, that now happens every summer. More than just rows of yellow flowers to take photos of, they have plenty of photos ops to have you spending hours behind your phone. Today, I was invited for a sneak peak look at the festival, 2 days before it opened to the public. Therefore my experience will be slightly different that what you can expect, so I will be sure to point out any differences.
The festival runs from August 1st to September 15th and is open daily. They boast close to 17 acres of beautiful blooming sunflowers in 35 different varieties. Mammoth sunflowers towering above you at 15 feet, 6-8 foot Sunrich sunflowers, known for their stunningly perfect blooms.
There is also a 3-acre field of Dahlias, featuring 54 different varieties. Some even growing over 10 inches in diameter, to the size of a dinner plates.
For a accurate look at all the photos ops, check out my latest vlog, as I tour your around the “Chilliwack Sunflower Festival”!
For the still photos keep scrolling down.
Grab a seat on their swinging bench.
Or swing side by side with a friend on their swing set.
Pose by their wooden bridge, or climb up for a more scenic background shot.
Perch yourself on the stationary bicycle with wicker basket up front.
Or climb on to the tractor.
Pose in front of their windmill.
Or perch behind the wooden sunflower stand.
Dawn a pair of Dutch wooden shoes or climb into the large one that can fit your entire family. Both are new features this year and were handmade and painted in Holland just for this festival.
And of course surround yourself amongst all the sunflowers.
There is a play ground for kids to climb up and slide down. And giant wooden games like Jenga, dominos, and the bean bag “cornhole” toss to play.
For those who like souvenirs there is a gift shop with local products and sunflower themed goods for you to purchase. As well as bulbs from spring’s tulip festival that you can buy to plant your own at home garden.
And if you get hungry there are food and drink vendors on site. “Big Red’s poutine” truck offers sunflower seekers two types of fresh cut fries and gravy. Their “Chilliwack poutine” includes chunks of local pork smokies, thick gravy, and Chilliwack local cheese curds over hand cut fries. And for the vegetarians there is a poutine with a vegetable based gravy over the same Chilliwack local cheese curds and hand cut fries. Cheese optional for those looking for a vegan option or something that is dairy free.
And to wash it all down they also have fresh squeezed lemonade, made from half a lemon juiced with a hand pump, served with simple syrup and ice.
During our visit there were also two local Chilliwack wine and beer vendors that we got to sample from. Like the “Whispering Horse” winery from up the road.
And “Old Yale” brewery with fruit infused beers like a “juicy peach tea radler”, “Moon dance mango wheat”, and the “Knotty Blonde ale”.
They both paired well with the charcuterie board and veggies and dip that we nibbled on.
And our night ended with some sunflower cupcakes in either vanilla or chocolate and sunflower short bread cookies. I appreciated the cohesiveness in their theme.
We also got a crash course on bouquet building with Brian of Minter Gardens. He taught us how to shape our own sunflower themed flower arrangement, which we could take home. Please not the flowers in the fields are for everyone to enjoy, so please do not pick these. For a fresh cut keepsake, visit the giftshop instead.
Overall a great festival that celebrates our local farms and their harvest. Worth visiting for your next profile picture. For ticket information and further details visit their website below. https://chilliwacksunflowerfest.com/
CHILLIWACK SUNFLOWER FESTIVAL
41310 Yale Road, Chilliwack, BC V2R 4J1