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Local organizations pedal into action for Slow Food Cycle Sunday festivities



With cooks on board, it was no surprise event organizers knew that by drawing on a broad mix of local ingredients, the third annual Slow Food Cycle Sunday pedaling off Aug. 19, would become a complex, rich experience of the palate for outdoor and foodie enthusiasts alike.

“It’s true local flavour,” said event founder Lisa Richardson. “Every person who takes part adds something to the mix, from the growers, who are really the meat and potatoes of the event, to all the other people in the community who inject their own spice and flair.”

Slow Food Cycle Sunday invites adventurers to pedal a 50-kilometre loop that explores more than 15 different farms in the Pemberton Valley. Riders will have a chance to meet farmers, sample local produce crafted by guest chefs, browse food artisan wares and experience Pemberton’s farmlands in a way as green as the fields.

In addition to the all-day ride for young and old alike, Pemberton’s signature agritourism event is expanding to include art showcases, a gallery launch and book reading from various spud valley organizations.

LU Prints will showcase their funky handmade, screen printed linens at Coffee Paula’s, where cyclists can purchase event T-shirts and grocery totes handcrafted by LU team Lisa Komuro and Ulla Clark. Proceeds will go toward event expenses to help keep the popular Sunday free for all. The 100 per cent organic hemp totes are currently available at the Pemberton Library as well, selling for $15.

The Pemberton Arts Council is also joining the Slow Food Cycle Sunday wagon with the opening of the Art Barn Gallery located on Aster Street in downtown Pemberton on Sunday.

The Pemberton Library is also eating its way into the Sunday lineup with a free reading from bestselling authors JB MacKinnon and Alisa Smith who penned the 100 Mile Diet. Join in the food for thought at 9 a.m. at the Pemberton Community Centre.

The entire Sea to Sky community is jumping on board.

Whistler-Blackcomb’s Envirofund is funding a free shuttle from Whistler to Pemberton for riders and their bikes. Limited spaces are available, contact slowfoodcycle@gmail.com to reserve a seat.

The Pemberton Centennial Rotary Club will run a shopping bag shuttle service so shoppers don’t need to lug bags of produce and artwork over the day.

For more information on this free event, visit slowfoodcyclesunday.org.


LUNA announces August lineup for LUNAFliks

Indie films for LUNAFliks continue to rule the big screen under the stars at Lost Lake Park for the month of August.

The first film of the month is Oldboy, on Thursday, Aug. 2. The multiple-award-winning film directed by Park Chanwook follows the story of Dae Su Oh, who is imprisoned in a hotel room. He learns his wife was killed and his daughter has vanished. For years, he remains in solitary confinement by invisible captors until he is released for five days to figure out why he was imprisoned and what happened to his family.

Oldboy won Best Foreign Film at the British Independent Film Awards and the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

LUNAflik films to follow include Live Free or Die Aug. 9, Slim Susie Aug. 16, The Devil’s Backbone Aug. 23 and Everything’s Gone Green Aug. 30.

LUNAFliks hosts indie films every Thursday night until the end of August at Lost Lake Park. Films begin at dusk, with DJ FSU spinning out summer beats at 9 p.m.

Bring something to sit on, warm layers, a picnic and friends, but leave the booze at home for this alcohol-free event.

Admission is $3 for LUNA members (theatre goers between the ages of 18 and 29 years old) and $5 for non-members.

Catch a bus to LUNAFliks via WAVE for 50 cents. The first bus leaves at 9 p.m. from the bus loop located across from Skier’s Plaza.

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