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Barnside Harvest Festival set to rock Paterson Park

Inaugural music festival in Ladner starts Friday
West Coast rock legends 54-40 are certain to get a hero’s welcome from the locals given the outstanding reaction for their headlining show on Saturday night. Optimist file photo

Barnside Harvest Festival will be shining the spotlight on Ladner when The Sheepdogs launch their opening Friday night headline set into rock ‘n roll paradise with their rich harmonies and classic rock influenced sound.

West Coast rock legends 54-40 are certain to get a hero’s welcome from the locals given the outstanding reaction to Saturday’s country/rock line-up with The Road Hammers, Chad Brownlee and Jesse Roper. Other festival highlights Dear Rouge, The Zolas, Tony Furtado and Warren Dean Flandez will be bringing their best to Paterson Park.

The spotlight truly shines on Ladner on Saturday afternoon when the Maple Buds Ladner Showcase takes over the Market Stage with some of the best budding talent in our region including Kate Yahn, Blue Strange, The Rambling Gentlemen, DogGone and Bryce Malenstyn.

Look beyond the music and you’ll discover the food.

The festival is tastefully celebrating our local harvest with two charity barbecues.

Delta Firefighters will be hosting their barbecue menu featuring salmon burgers, hamburgers and poutine while the Heron Hospice Society will be roasting corn and serving up ribs and potato salad. Top that with apple and blueberry pies, plus the incredible cuisine of 12 top food trucks and you’ve got a veritable harvest feast!

Delta’s farming history is being honoured in the Heritage Pavilion with historical exhibits from Delta Farmers Institute and Delta Archives, plus a pop-up stage to keep everyone entertained. McDonald’s Kids’ World is right beside it with face painting, crafts and Storyville highlighting two local authors, Alison Acheson and Alison Monk.

Bring your dog’s and kids for free on Sunday for Paw Pals Electric Picnic.

Paterson Park is renowned for dogs and dog walkers, so festival patrons will be invited to bring their dogs for a fun Sunday afternoon in the park. Programming will include agility areas, musical mats and the 21-station Pet Parade, with the music vibe provided by DJ jaXon Hawks from JR-FM, Larry Hennessey (JACK Up the 80’s) spinning vinyl classics, DJ Bobby James with live percussion and Goodspin.

The Farm & Artisan Market will feature some of the region’s best artisans and crafters, along with huge tents featuring locally grown produce. You can even check your fresh produce in our ‘Chill Check’ refrigerated container while you enjoy the show.

Produced by Barnside Brewing Co. with an award-winning event team, this new event will offer more than just great music, food and festivities. The onsite experience will also include a site-wide license to showcase Delta’s finest farm fresh craft beer, local wines and ciders, and farm focused non-alcoholic options.

“We’re very pleased that Barnside Harvest Festival has been so well received by our community and by festival fans from across our region,” said Barnside general manager Ken Malenstyn. “We’re bringing together our farming community and local businesses to deliver an amazing music festival with a warm atmosphere and an impressive food and beverage experience. Thanks to the tremendous support from the City of Delta and over 30 local sponsors, we’re proud to promote Delta’s family farms and celebrate the harvest of locally grown food with music, fun and of course - farm fresh beer!”

There is paid parking on site, free bike valet plus a free shuttle service being offered by Tsawwassen Shuttles coming to and from Tsawwassen Mills. Guests choosing transit will be pleased to learn that TransLink is putting extra 601 buses on post-event on Friday and Saturday nights to deliver festival patrons to the Bridgeport SkyTrain Station.

The Festival runs from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17.

Tickets and more information is available at

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