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MCC Festival in Abbotsford features food, shopping and more

Event raises money for people facing food scarcity in B.C. and beyond
The MCC Festival for World Relief in Abbotsford features food, shopping and more. This year’s event takes place Sept. 15 and 16 at Tradex. (Abbotsford News file photo)

The annual Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Festival for World Relief takes place Friday, Sept. 15 and Saturday, Sept. 16 at Tradex in Abbotsford.

The event raises money to help people facing food scarcity in B.C. and countries such as South Sudan and Ethiopia.

The festival includes plenty of food (such as vereniki and sausage, portzelky, sausage on a bun and more), local artisans and exhibits, entertainment and a children’s area.

Highlights on Friday include live music with the Quintessential Jazz Band at 5:15 p.m. and The Arctic at 6:45 p.m. A family movie night begins at 8 p.m.

Saturday starts with a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Booths with local artisans and other exhibitors are open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., as are a fair trade rug event and the kids’ fun zone.

Norden the Magician performs at 10 a.m., and the food booths are open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event also includes the MCC Cyclathon on Saturday in which participants will ride routes of either 20 or 50 kilometres. All donations for the cyclathon will be matched by a group of MCC donors and a grant from the federal government.

Doors are open from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free. Visit for more information, to register for the cycling event or to purchase food tickets.

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