Beer and cider coming to the Saanich Fair this year

The beverages will be part of a bistro-style cafe

It’s hard to pin down what events we’re most excited about this coming summer, but one of the highlights will definitely be the Saanich Fair.

The Saanich Fair is one of the largest and oldest agricultural events on Vancouver Island, and for the first time in its 156 year history, the fair will be offering a small selection of beer and cider.

Since its inception in 1868, the fair has transformed from a friendly farmer get together to a jam-packed event space featuring carnival rides, agricultural competitions and more than 4,000 vendors and animals on display.

Taking place at the end of August, the fair is boasting a new licensed bistro-style cafe this year. The cafe will be serving light meals along with select beverages, such as beer and cider.

Not to mention a fine selection of fresh produce. A celebration of local, Victorian farmers, guests can expect to see several food stalls during their visit with seasonal fruits and vegetables to take home, as well as jarred goods like sweet corn relish and honey.

Though the vendor list has yet to be announced, some previous participants include Andrew’s Farm Stand, Silver Rill, Rosy’s Jams and Queen Bee Farms, just to name a few.

This year’s fair will also include a new and improved kids area along with bouncy castles, ponies and pipsqueaks, face painting and even a carousel, among many other attractions.

Organizers are also cancelling fast passes for the midway rides this year and have added an additional 25,000 square feet of midway space to increase the entertainment offerings and reduce wait times for rides.

According to a social media post by the Fair, Lions Club members from the Greater Victoria Area will be volunteering to help manage the free parking situation.

The fair also boasts a host of other changes from previous editions which were implemented by the Board of Directors for the North and South Saanich Agricultural Society.

“We are so thankful to have such generous people that are so dedicated to improving … and updating the face and look of the Saanich Fair,” the organizers wrote on Facebook.

You can find more information about the Saanich Fair on its website.

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