Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver, an OpenRoad Auto Group dealer, hosts the North American debut for the Rolls-Royce Cullinan

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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver, an OpenRoad Auto Group dealer, hosts the North American debut for the Rolls-Royce Cullinan

VANCOUVER, B.C. (May 17, 2018) – Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver, part of OpenRoad Auto Group, marked the official grand opening of the venerable brand’s new Vancouver showroom, Canada’s first stand-alone Rolls-Royce retail facility. The official unveiling of the luxury auto maker’s most anticipated new model of all time - the Rolls-Royce Cullinan took place during exclusive events for both media and clients, marking the first time the luxury auto maker has held a new model debut in Canada.

“Cullinan will be a game-changer for Rolls-Royce, especially in Canada providing our clients with the ultimate in luxury and a totally capable all-wheel drive vehicle. Our customers expect to go everywhere in luxury and they have demanded a Rolls-Royce that offers uncompromised luxury wherever they dare to venture. Cullinan is that car,” said Pedro Mota, President of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Americas. “The new showroom and facilities at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver showcase the way we interact with our clients, in a luxurious and exclusive setting,” added Mota.

OpenRoad Auto Group’s new Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver is located at 1809 West 5th Avenue on Vancouver’s west side and replaces the former dealership located just a few blocks away. The 4,500 square foot, two level luxury automotive retail centre offers an elegant showroom featuring high-end finishes, premium architectural details and space for up to six Rolls-Royce models. The new dealership is currently the only stand-alone Rolls-Royce dealership in Canada. All other Canadian stores combine Rolls-Royce with other luxury car brands like Karma or Lamborghini.

“It’s an honor to partner with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars for the North American debut of the much-anticipated Rolls-Royce Cullinan while celebrating the official opening of our stunning new dealership,” said Christian Chia, President & CEO of OpenRoad Auto Group. “To host such a significant launch for one of the best automotive brands in the world is a true reflection of the strength of the Vancouver market and our relationship with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver is currently the top Canadian volume dealer and one of the top-selling Rolls-Royce dealerships in the world. OpenRoad Auto Group acquired the Vancouver Rolls-Royce retail store in 2014, and just last year purchased a second Rolls-Royce dealership in Bellevue, Washington along with an established Bentley and Lamborghini retail facility.

Authentic Rolls-Royce engineering – everywhere
Key to the creation of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV was the Architecture of Luxury – Rolls-Royce’s proprietary all-aluminum architecture. The Architecture of Luxury really comes into its own in creating Cullinan. The engineering team behind Cullinan adapted the Architecture of Luxury to the design template of a high-bodied car laid down by Giles Taylor and his design team thanks to its innate adaptability. It was designed and engineered from the ground up in such a way as to be scalable to the size and weight requirements of different future Rolls-Royce models, including those with different propulsion, traction and control systems, thus underpinning the long-term future product roadmap. 

“The drivetrain system we engineered for Cullinan had one key job to do,” explains Caroline Krismer, Engineering Project Leader for Cullinan. “To bring the famed Rolls-Royce ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ to all other terrains possible, while ensuring class-leading on-road behaviour in the SUV sector.” The integration of new technologies into the architecture was key to ensuring the fundamental quality of Cullinan as Effortless, Everywhere.

The 6.75 litre twin-turbo V12 Rolls-Royce engine delivers 563bhp/420kW and 850Nm/627lb-ft of torque to the all-new Rolls-Royce All-Wheel Drive. A four-wheel steering system provides never-before-seen handling. The entire package makes Cullinan capable of overcoming any challenge while still delivering the world-renowned “Rolls-Royce Magic Carpet Ride.’

Designing a force of nature
“At this point in the history of automotive design, SUVs have become homogenous and ubiquitous,” comments Giles Taylor, Director of Design, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “The label SUV
is now applied to anything with a two-box silhouette and the least suggestion of going off tarmac. We envisioned an authentic, three-box all-terrain high-bodied car with a convention-challenging design and absolute capability that would satisfy the adventurous urges of our clients.”

Contemporary and functional design ensures Cullinan gains iconic status in the face of increasingly bland SUV designs. The first “three-box” offer in the SUV-sector, Cullinan offers individual seating configuration where customers have the option of a unique glass partition wall that creates a distinct environment for passengers, separated from the luggage compartment. The most practical of Rolls-Royces, Cullinan is the most versatile, family oriented, fun-to-drive super-luxury SUV available today. Cullinan offers a suite of Bespoke features developed specifically for the many various lifestyles of its owners including the Viewing Suite and multiple options for a ‘Bespoke Recreation Module.’

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is Rolls-Royce as never before seen. When Sir Henry Royce said, “Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does not exist, design it”, he could have had Cullinan in mind.

Visit the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Press Club at www.press.rolls-roycemotorcars.com for the full Cullinan press kit. For details about Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver, visit www.rolls-roycemotorcars-vancouver.com.  Event photos are available by request.

ABOUT OPENROAD AUTO GROUP
OpenRoad Auto Group is B.C.'s largest automotive dealership group with over 1,200 associates representing 19 quality automotive brands at 23 full-service car dealerships. Established In 2000, OpenRoad Auto Group offers car buyers and owners an experiential automotive retail service. With sales and service in multiple languages, OpenRoad Auto Group encourages a car buying experience based on openness, participation and expertise. OpenRoad is proud to be one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, a CADA Laureate, and the recipient of multiple Canadian Best Employer Awards. www.openroadautogroup.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
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Celebrate Spring at the Most Colourful Event of the Season!

BLOOM – THE ABBOTSFORD TULIP FESTIVAL
returns April 9, 2018

March 20, 2018 (Abbotsford, B.C.) – Spring is finally here and that means another season of BLOOM - The Abbotsford Tulip Festival is just around the corner! The popular annual springtime festival is scheduled to open April 9 and run daily as long as the blooms last! Visitors are strongly encouraged to pre-purchase tickets online as weekend dates typically sell out quickly. Online tickets will be available for purchase at abbotsfordtulipfestival.ca starting April 3rd.

Now in its third year, BLOOM has gained international attention for its magnificent array of endless tulip varieties and stunning country scenery. Attracting an average of 90 thousand visitors during the typically 5-week festival, BLOOM has become a must-see springtime attraction. With over 2.5 million tulips in bloom at various stages throughout the festival, visitors are able to walk through 10 acres of fields and marvel at one of the most vivid displays of floral beauty British Columbia has to offer.

Located just off Highway 1 at No. 3 Road/Exit 104, and about an hour drive from Vancouver, BLOOM was founded by Alexis Warmerdam, a passionate third-generation Canadian tulip farmer and fourth generation bulb grower with Lakeland Flowers, and a strong advocate for young B.C. farmers. Born in 1989 and raised in Abbotsford, Alexis developed her passion for farming at a young age. She grew up playing in the flower fields on the family farm her Dutch immigrant grandparents founded in 1974. It was Alexis’ grandfather and father who helped to cultivate Alexis’ farming skills and deep appreciation for Dutch horticultural methods. So it wasn’t much of a surprise when Alexis came up with the idea for BLOOM where locals and tourists alike could stroll through tulip fields and enjoy the breathtaking display of colour and some fun in the country. 

2018 BLOOM HIGHLIGHTS:

  • U-Pick Tulip Fields 
  • Tulip Crown Photo Opportunities
  • Tulip Bouquet Sales 
  • Food Trucks 
  • Photo Booths 
  • Covered Picnic Areas 
  • Children’s Games 
  • School Field Trips (K-Grade 3)
  • Discounted locals nights for Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Langley and Mission residents.

WHAT:  BLOOM - The Abbotsford Tulip Festival

WHEN:  Opens April 9 and runs daily 9:00 am to 7:30 pm for as long as the blooms last. 

WHERE:  36737 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford, B.C.

HIGH BLOOM TICKET PRICING:

Adults 13-64:  $10 at the gate or $8 online (weekdays), $25 at the gate or $15 online (weekends

Children 3 – 12:  $10 at the gate or $5 online (weekdays), $25 at the gate or $10 online (weekends)

Seniors (65+):  $5 at the gate or online (weekdays), $25 at the gate (weekends)

Magic Hour:  $15 at the gate or $13 online (weekdays), $30 at the gate or $25 online (weekends) Provides sunrise access

Locals Night:  $3 at gate or $2 online on Tuesdays and Thursdays after 3 pm with valid ID
   
Children 3 years and under are free. Parking is included with all tickets.

Special rates also available for groups and the disabled and after 5 pm on weekends. See online for low bloom weekend pricing.

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE STARTING APRIL 3 AT abbotsfordtulipfestival.ca

ABOUT BLOOM, THE ABBOTSFORD TULIP FESTIVAL
BLOOM, The Abbotsford Tulip Festival is part the Fraser Valley’s Tulip Trail and was founded by Alexis Warmerdam, a passionate third-generation Canadian tulip farmer and fourth generation bulb grower with Lakeland Flowers. The festival offers visitors a chance to witness a breathtaking techno-coloured display of over 2.5 million tulips in a beautiful country setting. BLOOM has attracted visitors from all over the world and is quickly becoming an annual must-see event. Alexis’ vision is to inspire appreciation for the splendor of the tulip season and give visitors a chance to get up close with over 40 varieties of tulips and enjoy some springtime fun in the country with their friends, family and colleagues. abbotsfordtulipfestival.ca

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Lanstone Homes launches LILY TERRACE, the Fraser Valley’s first luxury condo development in the heart of Fort Langley

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February 2, 2018 (Fort Langley, B.C.) – The Fraser Valley’s first luxury condominium development is coming to Fort Langley with the launch of LILY TERRACE, a limited collection of 24 distinguished residences by Lanstone Homes. With the presentation centre set to open in just a few weeks and sales commencing in mid March, anticipation is building for what will be the first premium condominium offering in the region’s most coveted neighbourhood.

“As second-generation home builders, we’ve been a part of Fort Langley’s evolution into what many are calling “the Kerrisdale of the Fraser Valley” with its high end custom homes, boutique shops and trendy cafes,” said Lanson Foster, Founder & President of Lanstone Homes. “LILY TERRACE will complement the community and appeal to a growing number of young professionals and downsizers with discerning tastes for a low maintenance, premium lifestyle in the heart of the region’s most coveted neighbourhood.”

Focused on premium residential living with a design aesthetic that blends modern luxury and classic heritage, LILY TERRACE is a curated collection of refined private residences located on the corner of Francis Avenue and Church Street in Fort Langley. Designed by Fort Langley-based, Site Lines Architecture with interior design by Sara Brown & Company, LILY TERRACE will honour the community’s heritage while embracing contemporary design influences to become a cornerstone of Fort Langley’s thriving heritage conservation area. Each LILY TERRACE home is designed to be unique and feature high design, exceptional quality materials and expert craftsmanship. Unit options will include walk up flats and loft style condos with custom 1 bedroom plus den, 2 bedroom and 2 bedroom plus den layouts ranging from 1,019 to 1,740 square feet. Homes will also feature premium design options and upgrades as part of LILY TERRACE’s Heritage Collection or Refined Collection with standard luxury features that will include modern, gourmet kitchens with Sub-Zero and Bertazzoni appliances, open concept living and dining areas, spacious master bedrooms with walk in closets, designer bathrooms with heated porcelain floors, wide plank engineered hardwood floors, high ceilings, energy efficient fireplaces with marble wall features, built-in speaker systems and secured underground parking.

LILY TERRACE is just steps from Fort Langley’s boutique shops, cafes, galleries, schools, parks and amenities, as well as the scenic riverside Fort-to-Fort trail. Known as “the birthplace of BC”, Fort Langley has long been a popular tourist destination for its 1840s-era national historic site but it’s also become a highly desirable residential neighbourhood. Over the past decade, Fort Langley has experienced a population increase resulting from several new residential developments, including Bedford Landing and Lanstone Homes’ McBride Station. Even with the increased population, Fort Langley remains an exclusive community with a population of only 3,800 residents. It is also the Township of Langley’s smallest community in terms of housing units at just 1,400 homes. 1,200 of those units are single-family homes with only about 200 apartments and condominiums.

The average detached home price in Fort Langley is now approximately 1.3 million dollars, which is almost double the average price for the rest of Langley. Municipal reports also state that Fort Langley also has the highest proportion of high-income households of any neighbourhood in the Township of Langley, with 19 per cent earning more than $150,000 a year.

“Buyers are willing to pay a premium to own a piece of Fort Langley because they value the kind of lifestyle the community has to offer,” said Danielle Reed, VP Marketing, Frontline Real Estate Services. “With condos now being one of the fastest growing segments in the Fraser Valley, we’re confident buyers will embrace Lily Terrace whether they’re downsizers, young professionals or investors.“

LILY TERRACE sales will begin mid-March with prices starting around the one million dollar mark. The LILY TERRACE Presentation Centre will be located at 9054 Glover Road and will be open by appointment only. Construction is expected to be completed by the spring of 2019. For more information, visit www.lilyterrace.ca

Project renderings, photos, interviews and site tours are available by request.

ABOUT LANSTONE HOMES
Lanstone Homes is owned and operated by Lanson Foster, a second-generation home-builder with two decades of experience in the construction industry. Since first stepping foot on a construction site as a young man, Lanson has worked on over one thousand residential projects across the Lower Mainland and developed a keen understanding of what it takes to make your dream home a reality. Past projects include McBride Station in Fort Langley, Zetter Place and Robertson Ranch Estates in Langley, and many custom homes throughout the Greater Vancouver area. www.lanstonehomes.com

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OpenRoad brings electric hybrid supercar brand, KARMA to Vancouver

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OpenRoad Auto Group opens KARMA VANCOUVER - Western Canada’s first Karma Automotive dealership

January 25, 2018 (Vancouver, B.C.) – OpenRoad Auto Group is pleased to announce the launch of Western Canada’s first Karma Automotive dealership with the opening of KARMA VANCOUVER, located at 1717 West 5th Avenue on Vancouver’s prestigious west side. The Southern California-based automotive manufacturer known for its luxury electric plug-in hybrid sports cars has partnered with a select number of North American automotive retailers to represent their exclusive brand. OpenRoad Auto Group is one of 12 Karma dealerships in North America, and just one of three in all of Canada.

“Karma is designed for a discerning group of individuals who desire beautiful, clean vehicles and a memorable ownership experience.” said Joost de Vries, Karma’s VP of Sales & Service.  “We believe OpenRoad is our ideal partner for Western Canada based on their long term success with luxury automotive brands, and we’re thrilled to embark on this journey with them."

Founded in 2014, the Southern Californian auto manufacturer has earned a reputation for delivering a combination of advanced technology and timeless design with the new Karma Revero, an ultra-luxury electric plug-in hybrid Grand Tourer sedan, and the first electric extended range vehicle sold in North America, and powered by the sun through its solar panel roof. Employing a series hybrid engine, the Revero’s lithium-ion battery powers its electric motors to turn the rear wheels – giving up to 80 kilometres of pure electric driving range. Each vehicle is truly unique, with individually hand-painted emblems of the company's logo on the front and rear of every vehicle. The inspiration behind the Karma logo was an eclipse, showing a spark of sun, the eternal symbol of endless renewable energy.

“It’s an honour to welcome Karma to our family,” said Christian Chia, President & CEO OpenRoad Auto Group. “We believe strongly in the company and the values they hold, and we’re thrilled to be able to bring this exclusive automotive brand to our discerning Vancouver customers.”

OpenRoad Auto Group will be hosting a KARMA VANCOUVER launch party in the spring of 2018. Select media will be invited to attend. The 2018 Karma Revero will be on display at the 2018 Vancouver International Auto Show March 28th to April 1st. Demo opportunities are available upon request at the discretion of the retailer. For more information, visit www.karmavancouver.com or contact Tanis Sullivan at tanis@tanissullivan.com

ABOUT OPENROAD AUTO GROUP

OpenRoad Auto Group is B.C.'s largest automotive dealership group with over 1,100 associates representing 18 quality automotive brands at 22 full-service car dealerships. Established In 2000, OpenRoad Auto Group offers car buyers and owners an experiential automotive retail service. With sales and service in multiple languages, OpenRoad Auto Group encourages a car buying experience based on openness, participation and expertise. OpenRoad is proud to be one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, a CADA Laureate, and the recipient of multiple Canadian Best Employer Awards. www.openroadautogroup.com

MEDIA CONTACT
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Tanis Sullivan Communications
(604) 230-8008
tanis@tanissullivan.com

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From left: Aly Jiwani, Area General Manager, OpenRoad Auto Group; Curtis MacDonald, Brand Manager, Karma Vancouver; Christian Chia, President & CEO OpenRoad Auto Group

 Karma Revero has been named the 2018 Green Car of the Year beating out Porsche, Cadillac and BMW. 

Karma Revero has been named the 2018 Green Car of the Year beating out Porsche, Cadillac and BMW. 

Construction of Canada’s largest Toyota dealership officially launched at the Richmond Auto Mall

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Construction of Canada’s largest Toyota dealership officially launched at the Richmond Auto Mall

 December 15, 2017 (Richmond, B.C.) – Construction has officially commenced on Canada’s largest Toyota dealership following an official groundbreaking ceremony by key officials on the site of the new OpenRoad Toyota Richmond.

Christian Chia, President of OpenRoad Auto Group along with Cyril Dimitris, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Toyota Canada and Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie were the first to break ground at the location where the future 205-thousand square foot, $50 million Toyota facility will be built. Located in the Richmond Auto Mall, the state-of-the-art new structure will be a landmark dealership for both Toyota Canada and OpenRoad, and will replace OpenRoad’s current Toyota dealership, located just down the street from the new site.

“With two Toyota stores in Richmond and Port Moody, OpenRoad has a long history and a strong brand alignment with Toyota Canada that dates back almost 40 years, ” said Christian Chia, President of OpenRoad Auto Group. “So this new store is especially exciting for us because it will allow us to deliver an elevated Toyota customer experience in a facility like none other in the entire country.”

The new Toyota Richmond dealership will feature 30 service bays, two alignment bays, a full service café, two customer lounges, a children’s play area, a customer drive-through service reception, express service bays, two automatic car washes and six detail bays. The new 15-thousand square feet showroom will accommodate up to 36 vehicles on two levels and will offer ten indoor new vehicle delivery bays. The new OpenRoad Tis expected to be completed by mid-2019.

As B.C.’s largest automotive retail group, the new OpenRoad Toyota Richmond dealership is part of OpenRoad’s continued expansion throughout Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and into the United States. Most recently, OpenRoad relocated Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and OpenRoad Hyundai Boundary to newly built and renovated locations. Earlier this year, the company acquired a Bentley Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce dealership in Bellevue Washington, in addition to adding Karma Auto Vancouver to the OpenRoad family. Future projects include the new Porsche Richmond and new locations for OpenRoad Honda and OpenRoad Hyundai Richmond.

Click here to view the event video.

ABOUT OPENROAD AUTO GROUP
OpenRoad Auto Group is B.C.'s largest automotive dealership group with over 1,100 associates representing 18 quality automotive brands at 22 full-service car dealerships. Established In 2000, OpenRoad Auto Group offers car buyers and owners an experiential automotive retail service. With sales and service in multiple languages, OpenRoad Auto Group encourages a car buying experience based on openness, participation and expertise. OpenRoad is proud to be one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, a CADA Laureate, and the recipient of multiple Canadian Best Employer Awards. www.openroadautogroup.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Tanis Sullivan
Tanis Sullivan Communications
(604) 230-8008
tanis@tanissullivan.com

Downtown Abbotsford Winter Jubilee Attracts Record Crowds for 28th Annual Tree Lighting & Christmas Fair

Downtown Abbotsford Winter Jubilee Attracts Record Crowds for 28th Annual Tree Lighting & Christmas Fair

December 13, 2017 (Abbotsford, B.C.) - Despite a bit of rain, the 28th annual Winter Jubilee tree lighting and Christmas fair attracted record crowds to Downtown Abbotsford on December 2 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. More than 6,000 attendees packed the streets of Essendene and Montrose Avenues to kick off the holidays during Abbotsford's popular free outdoor Christmas celebration. 

The annual event has seen a significant spike in traffic over the years due to event improvements, new Downtown merchants, and a growing population of community-minded residents. In 2016 the annual tree lighting evolved into the "Winter Jubilee" as it's known now, and was expanded to include more live entertainment, Christmas markets, photos with Mr. & Mrs. Claus, a beer garden and other festive activities for families. New in 2017 was the addition of a second stage, pony rides, bounce castle, face painting, balloon twisting and appearances by Christmas characters like Frosty the Snowman, The Grinch, Olaf, elves and Santa's reindeer; plus more food trucks and vendors, and a larger craft beer and wine garden. 

"We were delighted to be able to host this event again this year and are thrilled by the community's enthusiasm for this annual holiday celebration," said Dave Algra, President of the Downtown Abbotsford Business Association. "We're already looking forward to next year's Winter Jubilee on December 1, 2018 and hope to be able to add a few new surprises!"  

The 2017 Winter Jubilee attendees enjoyed live entertainment on two stages, a craft beer and wine garden, children’s activities, pictures with Santa, three Christmas markets, Christmas carollers, food trucks, pony rides, fireworks and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus with a short parade, led by the Abbotsford Police Department and the 861 Silverfox Air cadets.

The 2017 Winter Jubilee was once again hosted by the Downtown Abbotsford Business Association in collaboration with many new community partners, including presenting sponsors - Tourism Abbotsford, Upper Montrose and Coast Capital Savings and community partners - City of Abbotsford, RBC Royal Bank, Algra Brothers, Spruce Collective, Aldergrove Credit Union, Prospera Credit Union, Envision Financial, A & D Music, Vancity, The Abbotsford News, Abbotsford Arts Council, Infinity Properties, The Abbotsford Tulip Festival, Home Depot, Ledgeview Christmas Tree Farms, Xtreme Talent, Tracycakes Bakery Cafe, Fraser Valley Cedars, Canadian Tire, Save On Foods Sumas Way, Abbotsford Kiwanis Foundation, Abbotsford Minute Man Press and Dynamic Dance.

For more information visit www.downtownabbotsford.ca/winterjubilee/.

Photo credit: Malcolm McEwan

The Biggest & Brightest Holiday Show in the Fraser Valley kicks off November 18th at Highstreet

November 3, 2017 (Abbotsford, B.C.) – The biggest and brightest holiday experience in the Valley returns Saturday, November 18th at 5:00 pm to Highstreet Shopping Centre with their 5th annual Highstreet Holiday Show and Tree Lighting. Highlights of this free show includes the lighting of a dazzling 65 foot Christmas tree, one of the tallest in Canada, along with Santa's arrival to Highstreet. Other crowd favourites include Rudolf, Frosty, Spandy Andy the dancing elf, a 40-piece marching band, festive dancers, and to top it all off – a magical snowfall. Highstreet’s 30-minute live show includes a multi-media light display utilizing 6,000 tri-color LED bulbs set to seasonal musical favourites.

“Once again, we’re excited to bring this holiday tradition to the Fraser Valley and delight our guests with a truly spectacular outdoor show,” says Markus Griesser, General Manager, Highstreet.

Festivities begin on November 18th with live shows running every Saturday at 5:00 pm until December 16th. Holiday shopping hours begin Sunday, November 19th, with stores open 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, Monday through Saturday, and 10:00 am – 7:00 pm on Sundays. Highstreet is located at 3122 Mt Lehman Road, Exit 83 off HWY 1. For more information on the Fraser Valley’s premier shopping, dining and VIP theatre destination, please visit www.HighstreetFV.com

Additional Highstreet holiday festivities include:

PHOTOS WITH SANTA  November 19 – December 24
Visit Highstreet’s oversized Holiday Gift Box, home to Santa and his beloved elves. The private experience allows each family to have a perfect photo moment with Santa. Photos are $20 and include a high resolution digital image and a free 5X7 print, compliments of London Drugs. Visit www.highstreetfv.com for Santa Hours. Mondays are by appointment only.
Please call (604) 381-3934 to book.

SANTA'S MAILBOX  November 19 – December 10
Drop off your holiday wish list to Santa in Highstreet's oversized mailbox, located inside the Post Office at London Drugs. Santa’s helpers will collect the letters and ensure a personalized note comes back to you from the jolly man himself. For every letter collected, Highstreet will donate a can of food to the Abbotsford Food Bank. Letters must be received by December 10 in time to reach the North Pole.

GIFT WRAPPING + PERSONAL SHOPPING  November 19 – December 24
Complimentary gift wrap is offered all season long by donation to Run for Water, Letishas’s Well. Drop by the holiday gift wrap station at Highstreet's Guest Services. Personal shopping is available, as well as Highstreet gift cards.

BLACK FRIDAY  November 24
Black Friday marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season with amazing sales and promotions.  Hours are 10:00 am – 9:00 pm.

LOVING LOCAL CHRISTMAS MARKET  December 6 - 9
Handmade at Highstreet is presented by Loving Local and runs December 6 - 9 in Unit J150, across from GNC.  Visit lovinglocal.ca for market details.

BOXING DAY  December 26
It’s an annual tradition. Shoppers won’t want to miss out on some of the best sales of the year. Highstreet will be open 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. That’s 8 hours of shopping, dining and amazing deals!

ABOUT HIGHSTREET SHOPPING CENTRE
Highstreet is a 600,000 square foot outdoor shopping centre bringing urban lifestyle shopping to the Fraser Valley with an open-air retail, dining and entertainment experience. The three level centre includes fashion, food, services and VIP theatre on the podium level. Anchor tenants include Sephora, Walmart Supercentre, London Drugs, H&M, Marshalls, OLD NAVY and Cineplex VIP Cinema.  www.HighstreetFV.com

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Tanis Sullivan Communications
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Highstreet gives the gift of the biggest & brightest holiday show in the Fraser Valley!

Tracycakes partners with celebrity Chef Vikram Vij

Tracycakes partners with celebrity Chef Vikram Vij

TRACYCAKES PARTNERS WITH CELEBRITY CHEF VIKRAM VIJ TO BRING THE SULTAN'S JEWEL TO MY SHANTI RESTAURANT

August 16, 2017 (Abbotsford, B.C.) - "East meets sweet" with a new partnership between Tracy Dueck, founder of Tracycakes Bakery Cafe and celebrity chef Vikram Vij to deliver a custom Tracycakes' dessert now available exclusively at My Shanti by Vikram Vij in South Surrey. 

After a chance meeting at a business event in Langley, Dueck pitched Vij on a South Asian inspired dessert that would blend Tracycakes' signature decadent cakes with the flavours of India for a unique dessert creation. That creation became a custom cake called The Sultan's Jewel, an ultra-moist chocolate cake infused with a silky coconut and cardamon infused custard, and crowned with a rich dark chocolate cinnamon ganache and an exotically-spiced almond-cocoa masala crumble.

"We're pleased to add Tracycakes' delicious new cake to our dessert menu," said Chef Vij. "Tracy has done a wonderful job of blending traditional Indian flavours into a rich chocolate dessert for a tempting finale to My Shanti's eclectic Indian fare." 

"It's been a dream of mine to collaborate with Vikram. As a successful restauranteur, author and TV personality, he is a true Canadian culinary icon, so to be able to develop a cake especially for one of his restaurants is an incredible honour," said Dueck. 

ABOUT CHEF VIKRAM VIJ

Chef Vikram Vij is an award-winning Indian-born Canadian chef, cookbook author, and television personality. He is co-owner of the Indian cuisine restaurants Vij's and Rangoli in Vancouver and My Shanti by Vikram Vij in South Surrey, BC. Over the past 20-plus years, Vij’s Restaurant has become renowned in Vancouver, across Canada and globally as one of the finest Indian dining experiences in the world. He also has a successful line of frozen packaged Indian meals called Vij's At Homewhich is now available in hundreds of major grocery retailers across Canada. Vij was a guest judge on Top Chef Canada three years in a row and was also a judge on Chopped Canada, Recipe to Riches and Dragon's Den. He is also the recipient of many awards including "Chef of the Year" from Vancouver Magazine's prestigious Restaurant Awards (2015). In 2014, My Shanti by Vikram Vij was named "Best New Restaurant" by the Globe and Mail and in 2017 the restaurant was named "Best Restaurant in Surrey, Delta, White Rock and Langley" in the 2017 Georgia Straight Golden Plate Awards. For more information, visit vijs.ca

ABOUT TRACYCAKES BAKERY CAFE

Founded by Tracy Dueck in 2006, Tracycakes Bakery Cafe is a chic and cozy cafe that specializes in more than 40 varieties of signature cupcakes, high teas and a scrumptious selection of homemade foods. With two locations in Langley's historic Murrayville and Downtown Abbotsford, both cafes are a charming place to connect with friends, family and colleagues over breakfast or lunch, tea or coffee, and most importantly, a sweet treat Tracycakes is the recipient of numerous awards including the Business Excellence Award from the South Surrey White Rock Chamber of Commerce and was named Canada's Best Retro-Delicious Cupcake Bakery by the National Post newspaper. At Tracycakes, every bite is an occasion! tracycakesonline.com.

Please contact Tanis Sullivan at tanis@tanissullivan.com for Tracycakes interviews, samples high-resolution photos.

 

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ROADSIDE - A Harvest Social Returns this Fall

ROADSIDE - A Harvest Social Returns this Fall

ROADSIDE RETURNS FOR ANOTHER “A-MAZING” HARVEST EXPERIENCE THIS FALL

Adult-Friendly, Family-Friendly and Pet-Friendly Autumn Attraction will be open weekends from September 16 to October 15 in Abbotsford.

August 14, 2017 (Abbotsford, B.C.) – Kick it roadside and get into the spirit of the harvest season at the Fraser Valley’s most “a-mazing” autumn attraction during the second annual ROADSIDE – A Harvest Social every weekend from September 16 to October 15th in Abbotsford.

From the organizers of the popular Abbotsford Tulip Festival and situated on the same 10-acre farm, ROADSIDE is the ultimate outdoor Fall experience. Enjoy a day in the country under the big Abby sky at this one-of-a-kind harvest themed event that offers three different corn mazes, including the Rookie Maze, All Star Maze and the popular Sampler Maze, plus autumn eats from BB Food on the Go, a Bevi Zone, tulip planting, and activities for the whole family – even the dogs!

ROADSIDE Sampler Maze admission includes four tastings throughout a three-kilometre maze from a selection of rotating partners including Field House Brewing, Ravens Brewing, Hathi Brewing, Trading Post, Old Yale Brewing, Maan Farms, Ripples Winery, Mt. Lehman Winery, Singletree Winery and Seaside Pearl Winery. All successful participants in the All Star Maze will also receive a reward upon completion. The Bevi Zone will feature ROADSIDE partners with all proceeds going to select charities. No minors are permitted into the Sampler Maze or Bevi Zone.

Advance ticket sales begin on September 5. Visit www.abbyroadside.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

WHAT:  ROADSIDE - A Harvest Social
The Fraser Valley’s most family-friendly, adult-friendly and canine-friendly outdoor fall attraction featuring three different corn mazes, including the Rookie Maze, All Star Maze and the popular Sampler Maze, plus a KidsZone play area, a Bevi Zone, and autumn eats.

WHERE:
36737 North Parallel Road Abbotsford, BC.
Exit 95 at Whatcom Rd.
(Same site as Abbotsford Tulip Festival)

ADMISSION:
$8 online or $10 at the gate(ages 3 - 18) includes taxes and parking and access to everything except the Sampler Maze and Bevi Zone.

$18 online or $20 at the gate (ages 19 +)  includes taxes and parking and provides access to all mazes and activities including the Sampler Maze and Bevi Zone (beverages a la carte).

Children 2 years and under are free.

TICKETS:
Starting September 5, purchase discounted advance tickets online at www.abbyroadside.com. Full price tickets available at the gate.

WEB:  
www.abbyroadside.com

SOCIAL: 
Follow Roadside on Instagram and Facebook

High resolution photos and select complimentary media tickets are available upon request.  Please contact Tanis Sullivan at tanis@tanissullivan.com to inquire.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Tanis Sullivan
Tanis Sullivan Communications
604.230.8008
tanis@tanissullivan.com

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Chef Jeff Massey

Meet Chef Jeff Massey

As seen in the Vancouver Sun on August 5, 2017

Meet the Chef: Jeff Massey of Restaurant 62

written by Randy Shore
 

Chef Jeff Massey has helped make Restaurant 62 one of the Fraser Valley’s go-to, fine-dining establishments. Massey learned his chops in Yaletown at Cioppino’s Mediterranean and the  Glowbal grills among others, and has since established Abbotsford’s R 62 as a farm-to-fork pioneer.

Q: What motivates and inspires you as a chef?

A: I am very inspired by working with the cooks and chefs here at the restaurant. It has been a lot of fun developing them from young cooks to really great cooks, and even better thinkers. Often young staff come in with little training and are enamoured by the kitchen. I love to work with them and get them to really think about food and plating and preparation. I take away all of the recipes and methods and turn them into skills and techniques that work for each individual.

Q: How would you describe the type of food you like to cook?

A: I really love to cook simple food. Layering simple flavours that really complement each other to enhance the dish. My favourite things to work with are simple, too. Sea salt, olive oil, fennel, sherry vinegar, fresh fish and scallops. In season, vegetables and fruits make up a huge part of what I do.

Q: What might diners not know about you?

A: In 2011, I was recognized in Western Living Magazine in their “Top 40 Foodies Under 40.”

Q: Describe a couple of your most recent creations.

A: I have been slow-cooking some amazing beef briskets. A deep sear on the surface adds such a rich flavour to the densely marbled meat of a brisket. A good dose of sea salt and a simple shallot, garlic and herb blend rubbed all over before heading into the oven for about six hours. Paired with parsnip puree and some aged blue cheese … ridiculous.

Q: What’s your favourite local product and how do you use it?

A: Rabbits are one of my favourite products and they are found right here in the Fraser Valley. We get whole fresh rabbits delivered from a small family farm in Popkum, just outside Chilliwack. They are such a beautiful product to work with. Large saddles that are so tender and sweet. We always incorporate the legs in some way to make each plate an entree that showcases the entire rabbit, often including the kidneys.

Q: If there’s one important piece of advice you might have for cooks, what might that be?

A: Taste your food. Always. During preparation and just before serving. Once you’ve tasted it, adjust. Use your senses to make sure it is what you’re looking for. Keep it balanced. Hot, sour, salty, sweet, these should all be complementary and one not too strong in any way. Too much of one throws the flavours of the dish out of whack.

Recipe: Pan-Roasted Ling Cod with Nettle Pesto

4 ling-cod filets (about 2 lbs., 908 g)

1 tsp (5 mL) fine sea salt

1/2 tsp (2 mL) pepper

2 tbsp. (30 mL) canola oil

The vegetables

8 patty pan squash, split

1 yellow zucchini, cut into chunks

16 cherry tomatoes

4 golden beets

8 radishes

2 tbsp. (30 mL) extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Pat filets dry with paper towel. Season both sides with salt and pepper. In a large, heavy-bottomed frying pan on medium high heat, sear fish on one side until golden crust forms. Turn filets and place in oven until firm to the touch, about 8-12 minutes depending on thickness of fish.

Wash and cut vegetables to roughly the same size. In a bowl, toss vegetables in olive oil and season with salt. Spread vegetables evenly on a sheet pan and bake until soft and lightly browned, about 15 minutes.

Makes 4 servings.

Stinging-Nettle pesto

3 cups (750 mL) tender nettle tops

1/4 cup (60 mL) Italian parsley

1/4 cup (60 mL) fresh basil

1/4 cup (60 mL) toasted pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup (60 mL) extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup (60 mL) Parmesan cheese

2 garlic cloves, peeled

1 tbsp. (15 mL) capers, drained

Juice and zest of one lemon

1/2 tsp (2 mL) sea salt

1/4 tsp (1 mL) black pepper

Wearing gloves, pick and rinse nettle tops. Fill a large bowl with water. In a large pot on high heat blanch nettles in 2 quarts (2 L) boiling water seasoned with 1 tbsp. salt for 30 seconds. Drain and immerse in cold water. Remove from cold water and press-out excess moisture. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if desired.

Makes 1 cup (250 mL).