Apr 12

Backyard Bounty

As flowers begin to bloom, birds start chirping, and the sun shines longer and brighter each day we can feel spring all around us in The Fraser Valley. We traded in our winter coats for light dresses and headed out into the beauty of our neighborhoods to enjoy some fresh air and the beauty of our surroundings. And what is a spring day without a picnic? As COVID-19 restrictions limit indoor dining options, now is the perfect time to pick up take-out from some of our incredible local restaurants, or stop by a farm store to grab your own picnic supplies. We’ve rounded up a small sample of some of our local restaurants for you to taste the flavors of The Fraser Valley.

Take it Outside

Spicy, aromatic Indian dishes pair perfectly with the Spring day that isn’t quite as warm as you expected it to be. Try one of our suggestions in each community below, and head to a local park to enjoy your spread on a picnic table. We grabbed some warm and delicious curries from Shandhar Hut in Chilliwack and headed to Cultus Lake Park to enjoy our meal with beautiful views.

An Indian Affair | 146-19653 Willowbrook Drive, Langley | 604.539.8114

Gian’s Indian Cuisine | 31549 S Fraser Way, Abbotsford | 604.859.4999

Sangam Restaurant | 32034 Lougheed Highway, Mission | 604.820.1947

Shandhar Hut Indian Cuisine | 8835 Young Road, Chilliwack | 604.793.0188

Royal King Indian Restaurant | 140 Esplanade Avenue, Harrison | 604.491.3368

Spice & Grill | 575 Old Hope Princeton Way, Hope | 604.860.4400

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Dream State

Everyone’s favorite, sushi makes for a perfect light spring meal (or a whole feast, let’s be honest). Grab your bubble and a variety of rolls from one of the restaurants below to share in a picturesque park for an afternoon to remember. We selected sashimi, California rolls, tuna avocado rolls, and more from Sushi Nara in Abbotsford and set up our feast at Matsqui Regional Park, a great place to socially distance.

Noma Sushi | C120-20678 Willoughby Town Centre Drive, Langley | 604.371.2277

Sushi Nara | 150-2362 Whatcom Road, Abbotsford | 604.859.6877

Mission Hills Sushi | 216-32530 Lougheed Highway, Mission | 604.287.5590

Gon Sushi | 23-5725 Vedder Road, Chilliwack | 604.858.2939

Sushi Kitami Japanese Restaurant | 318 Hot Springs Road, Harrison | 604.796.2728

Kibo Japanese Grill & Cafe | 267 King Street, Hope | 604.869.7317


If you’re looking for a more traditional style picnic basket meal (think charcuterie, sandwiches, and baked goods) you can find many local restaurants that offer ready to go takeout picnics, or a wide selection of items to create your own. We chose a perfectly prepared charcuterie spread from Balance Cafe in Langley and a Lunch Box To Go from Tracycakes (locations in both Langley and Abbotsford) which included a hearty sandwich, veggies and dip, and a sweet treat. Aldergrove Regional Park provides the perfect backdrop for this kind of picnic, with multiple areas to lay down a blanket, ride a bike, or simply enjoy the scenery. Bonus tip: if you choose to enjoy your picnic in your own backyard, grab a bottle of local wine or some local beer to go with it!

Balance Cafe | 22198 48th Avenue, Langley | 604.427.1016

Tracycakes | 21594 48th Avenue, Langley | 604.427.1424

Tracycakes | 101-2636 Montrose Avenue, Abbotsford | 604.852.1904

Brambles Bistro | 29985 Downes Road, Abbotsford | 604.856.9939

English Tarts | 33134 1 Ave, Mission | 604.289.2253

Curly Kale Eatery | 5669 Vedder Road, Chilliwack | 604.845.5643

Muddy Waters Cafe | 328 Esplanade Avenue | 604.796.5563

Blue Moose Cafe | 322 Wallace Street, Hope | 604.869.0729

This is just a small list of all of the amazing restaurants in our communities offering take-out options during this difficult time. For a full list of dining options in each community, please click the links below.

Tourism Langley

Tourism Abbotsford

Tourism Chilliwack

Tourism Harrison Hot Springs

Tourism Hope

Tourism Mission

Please remember to stay local and support local by dining on patios, ordering take-out or delivery, and sharing your love for all of the dining establishments that make the Fraser Valley so wonderful. Remember to respect COVID-19 guidelines by sticking to your bubble, ordering online or by phone where possible, and always wearing a mask indoors.