Hundreds of hungry people took in the fourth annual Huckleberry Festival at Big White Sk Resort and were treated to a massive 12-foot pie complete with 150 lbs of berries.
The soggy weather didn’t dampen the spirit as the event was moved indoors to the Village Centre Mall, where roughly 500 people enjoyed the festivities.
“It was everything huckleberry this weekend at Big White!” said Bethan Wetheral, Guest Services Manager at Big White. “We served up a 12-foot pie, participated in a ‘Huckleberry Hunt’ and watched nine Junior Chefs compete in our Chef Challenge. The sun cleared in the afternoon and everyone enjoyed some hiking and biking, too.”
A total of 75 different families took part in the Huckleberry Hunt – a Village-wide scavenger hunt that resulted in kids and adults alike walking away with summer swag.
But the massive pie was the star of the show. The huckleberries used throughout Saturday’s event were harvested by Mikuni Wild Harvest, a company that explores the Canadian wild for delicious, edible treats to share with local residents.
Foragers harvested thousands of these blueberry-like berries for the event from throughout the pacific northwest. These berries can be used in everything from crisps to sauces to sorbet.
According to Psyche Aries, Senior Marketing Executive at Mikuni, while anyone can harvest these berries from the wild, amateur harvesters need to use caution.
“Always have someone educated on what is being foraged or picked,” she said. “Never just pick and eat anything unless it has been properly verified by an expert in the field.”
There is still over two weeks left of Summer at Big White, including the Friday Night Toonie Races – a fun and friendly challenge for beginner and advanced mountain bikers.
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