Powell River

The best food to be found in Powell River, B.C.

Enjoy these fall flavours from the Sunshine Coast

August’s Blackberry Festival in Powell River.
August’s Blackberry Festival in Powell River is an all-out celebration of the area’s most abundant fruit. — Photo courtesy Margy Lund

The flavours of Powell River are rich and best enjoyed with as many friends as possible. Here are some of the best places to find these tasty treats.

The Powell River Farmers Market runs Saturdays and Sundays, May to September. The market is open on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Regular vendors sell a range of jams, confections, baked goods and fresh produce in addition to local artisanal crafts and goods.

Many local farms allow visitors and sell their produce on site. Paradise Valley Produce, Myrtle Point Heritage Farm, Welcome Harvest Farm, Family Farm B&B and Terra Nostra Farm are a few of the best. While several of the farms are regular vendors at the farmers markets, visiting their location in person lends a more organic feel and a truer understanding to where their products come from. Most farms in the area sell fresh eggs, meat, dairy products, flowers, plants, fruits, veggies and more!

The Powell River Blackberry Festival in August comes complete with an open air market, dancing, live music, games, crafts, competition for the best homemade blackberry wine and enough food to make you never want to see another blackberry for as long as you live.

Blackberries can be found throughout the area. One of the best places to pick them by hand (and for free) is by the Shinglemill Marina. The variety that runs rampant throughout Powell River is actually considered an invasive species, so there are many locations in the area where the berries are ripe for the taking.

Lund’s Shellfish Festival happens in late May every year. Visitors and locals alike can enjoy fresh-cooked seafood, live music, tours and free cooking demos. You can buy live shellfish, shop at the craft booths, enter contests and sample special menu items at local restaurants. General admission to the festival is free. If you like seafood, then this is the place to be.

For more information on the food festivals or the general flavours of Powell River, visit the City’s tourism website.

A bunch of blackberries, ready to be picked in Powell River.
Blackberries are ready to be picked only when they are fully black. The ripe berry is plumb and round, and should come away from the plant with ease. — Photo courtesy C.A. Quibell

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