By Sonu Purhar
When we think Easter, we think vibrantly-hued jellybeans, gigantic chocolate bunnies and sprawling buffets. Yes, egg hunts and bunnies are fun too, but, before we commit to an event, we want to be sure food is involved! If that sounds like you, read on: we’ve found eleven Easter experiences in Metro Vancouver (and a little beyond) whose holiday festivities feature plenty of tasty fare. Let’s hop to it!
Adults and children alike will adore this picturesque vineyard egg hunt with prizing for every participant. In addition to the main event, Township 7’s festive affair also features a petting zoo, face painting and live entertainment. Afterward, follow your nose to the onsite Chouchou food truck, whose homemade savoury and sweet crepes are satisfyingly nourishing. For a decadent treat, try the “Mme Happy Ever After” with goat cheese, fresh pear, grapes, honey, walnuts and greens (ingredients that pair perfectly with wine!). Visitors to the Okanagan region over Easter weekend won’t want to miss Township 7’s Naramata Bench Easter Wine & Chocolate Pairing, which offers four wine samples paired with vegan chocolates. The winery’s Langley Easter Festival takes place on Sunday, April 21, and costs $18 per child.
Fort Langley National Historic Site’s all-ages hunt is perfect for little bunnies with a sweet tooth – there are plenty of chocolatey treats waiting to be found. While you’re there, don’t miss the fascinating blacksmith demonstrations, which will be staged throughout the day. The hunt takes place on Sunday, April 21, between 10am and 5pm.
Bunny attire is encouraged for this family affair that invites visitors to scour for eggs near the Garden’s maze area, hop about to lively music and take a selfie with the Easter Bunny (prizes will be awarded for best costume!). Rumbling tummies can be tamed at the onsite food trucks (and at the scrumptious Shaughnessy Restaurant), after which visitors can explore the 55-acre gardens at their own pace. The event runs between Friday, April 19 and Sunday, April 21; check the website for event times.
Easter is the perfect holiday to indulge in afternoon tea (fancy bonnets, anyone?). London Heritage Farm will serve up its yummy spread of homemade scones, tarts and cakes, as well as savoury sandwiches – paired with tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Afterward, take time to stroll the picturesque Heritage Gardens. The event takes place April 20 (between noon and 5pm), an costs $15per person.
Guildford Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Eggstravaganza features photo opps with the elusive Easter Bunny, an epic egg hunt, Easter-themed arts and crafts, and a satisfying breakfast to fuel the day’s activities. The event takes place on April 13 (10.30am to noon) and costs $8 per child and $4 per adult.
Food fans won’t want to miss this sumptuous Easter brunch hosted at the Sea to Sky Gondola’s Summit Lodge. Here, you’ll feast on savoury goat cheese frittatas, healthy smoothie bowls, sinful cinnamon buns and oh-so-sweet Easter cookies. Afterward, hit the Summit Trails to find whimsical woodland characters handing out tasty treats. Crafts and face painting will also be offered at the Summit Lodge, and snacks will be provided on the outdoor plaza.
Just outside Metro Vancouver…
Why should little bunnies have all the fun? Taves Family Farms is hosting its first-ever adult Easter egg hunt with proceeds supporting Canuck Place. Grab your better half, blind date or group of besties and prepare to spend an evening enjoying hayrides, visiting cute creatures in the petting barn, scouring for chocolate eggs, and checking out the silent auction. Of course, there will be plenty of food to fuel your adventures, including locally sourced charcuterie boards loaded with Fraser Valley meats, cheeses and savoury bites; decadent pulled pork sandwiches, wild salmon burgers, cauliflower wings and much more courtesy of the Wing Food Truck; and plenty of local wine and beer. The event takes place on Saturday, April 20 (6pm to 9pm), and tickets cost $55 per person.
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Why not enjoy the Easter long weekend relaxing in Harrison Hot Springs? Aside from taking a dip in the soothing springs and wandering the local shops, you can celebrate the holiday with Easter Sunday brunch at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort (you might even see the Bunny himself!). If you do opt for a weekend getaway, the resort is offering a two-night Easter package that features a sprawling buffet dinner in the Lakeside Café and hearty Easter brunch the following morning in the Copper Room.
Candy bags for everyone! Kilby Historic Site’s Easter event invites kiddies to search the farmyard for eggs; decorate eggs to hang on the Easter Tree; play with the farm animals; and search for the coveted Golden Egg, which holds a special prize from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Make sure you book a table at the onsite café for a traditional luncheon featuring succulent roast turkey with all the trimmings. The event takes place on Sunday, April 21 and Monday, April 22.
We can’t think of a better way to start Easter morning than breakfast with the Easter Bunny – and your kids probably can’t, either! Maan Farms invites the entire family to begin their Easter festivities with Mama Maan’s flavourful crepes, jam-packed with homegrown strawberries and whipped cream. Linger over coffee or the farm’s famed strawberry lemonade, then prepare for Instagram gold when your kiddies meet the famed Mr. Bunny. The event takes place between Friday, April 19 and Monday, April 22, and costs $10 per child.
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Those who prefer their bunnies with a bit of booze can opt for Maan Farms’ adults-only moonlight Easter egg hunt. The affair begins with “Hoppy Hour” where you can sip wine and beer while indulging in decadent eats from Mama Maan’s kitchen, including creamy butter chicken and spicy chickpea curry. Afterward, grab a flashlight and search the farm for coveted prizes like bottles of wine; tickets to Goat Yoga; wine tasting packages; tickets to the Haunted Maze; Mama Maan’s frozen foods and mini donuts; and more. Bunny attire is highly encouraged. The event takes place on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13 (6pm to 10pm), and tickets cost $50 per adult.