How to Slow Food Cycle, Pemberton-style

It’s easy. It’s free. It’s the most fun you can have on two-wheels (going flat.)  It’s a chance to eat all day and feel no guilt pangs whatsoever.

Join Pemberton’s signature moveable feast, the mass celebration of pedal-power, local food and family farms on Sunday, August 15 at the original Slow Food Cycle Sunday.

Here’s a quick how-to guide.

Step 1: Select your bike. (This ride has seen tandem bicycles, tricycles, downhill bikes and retro cruisers. It’s flat and non-technical.)

Step 2: Pump up your tires. Fill water bottles. LOTS of water bottles. Affix baskets, paniers, or milk crates in place to store your sunscreen.  It’s set to be a scorcher, so be sun-smart.

Step 3: Grab a chunk of change. The ride is free, but each farm is set up as a mini Farmers Market, proferring opportunities to try delicious treats made, baked and grown right here on Pemberton Meadows Road. $20 in small bills and toonies will have you laughing.

Step 4: Grab a map from the registration table in downtown Pemberton from 8:30am and plan your strategy.  Or meander mapless. You can’t get lost. Just follow the sea of cycles and the Slow Food Cycle signs.

Step 5: Talk to strangers. Soak up the scenery. Enjoy the ride.

Download the souvenir pull-out from the Whistler Question for some background.

Here are a few treats to look forward to:

  • Potato pancake breakfast from 8am at the Lillooet River Lodge on Pemberton Farm Road
  • Pemberton Valley Coffee Company (at KM6) with fresh coffee, iced coffee treats, baked goods from Blackbird Bakery, including Namasthe Tea-infused shortbreads and iced sangria.
  • Riverlands Farm (at KM7.5)
  • Schramm Vodka samples, Simply Delicious Baking and other treats at Across the Creek Organics (KM 12.5)
  • Lucia Gelato, Araxi, Raincity Grill, Mt Currie Coffee Company, Nidhi Raina Gourmet Indian food and Wild Planet Raw Food at Helmers Organic Farm (KM 13)
  • Rootdown Organics (KM 14)
  • the best burger you’ve ever eaten at Pemberton Meadows Natural Beef (KM 16)
  • famous ice-cream sandwiches from Shaw Creek Farm (KM 20) for the first 450 people to make it that far!
  • Pemberton Valley Farms (KM 23)
  • The Los Farm (KM 25)
  • the BEER- GARDEN back in town at Pioneer Park, from 3pm.
  • Post-ride salmon BBQ at the Pemberton Valley Vineyard on Pemberton Farm Road

Also en route, look out for Black Squirrel restaurant, Whistler Cooks Catering, Off the Wagon Taco Truck, North Arm Farm and The Food Lovers and Adam Protter BBQ.

Stomach is rumbling just thinking about it. It’s time to choose the slower life. Choose Pemberton.

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