Mel Beaudoin

Strawberry festival returns in Saanich summer tradition

Strawberries and ice cream and plenty of kids activities expected at Beaver Lake Park

Get your summer strawberry fix this Sunday as Beaver Lake Park hosts the traditional serving of strawberries and ice cream along with plenty of kid-friendly activities.

Thousands are expected to attend Strawberry Festival, which finds its roots in the many agricultural communities that make up modern day Saanich.

The serving of strawberries and ice cream has been moved earlier to 1 p.m. this year, and will run until 3. Tickets are 50 cents per serving, available from the start of the Strawberry Festival at 11 a.m., with a cap of 3,500 sales.

“Servings have been close to selling out the past two years so be sure to buy tickets early,” said Saanich special events coordinator Rob Phillips.

Music starts at 11 a.m.. with Russell in the Bushes playing classic rock, followed by The Sutcliffes at 12:15 p.m. and the Commodore Big Band at 1:45 p.m.

And don’t miss the pie eating contest at 1:45 p.m.

The festival’s kid zone will include a miniature train this year, as well as pony rides, a bouncy castle and other interactive features.

Find overflow parking at Saanich Commonwealth Place with a shuttle bus service between Beaver Lake Park from noon to 4 p.m.

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