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More than just a saucy option

Lorraine Graves   Sep-29-2017

These red bog berries represent a major agricultural product for Richmond and a tasty seasonal treat here and around the world.

Photo courtesy the City of Richmond


Fun rarely comes with the descriptors of practical and healthy but the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, the nature park offers just that—a cranberry cooking class led by a registered dietician.

You can sign up for the noon until 2 p.m. class Cooking with Cranberries or the Baking with Cranberries class offered from 2:30 until 4:30 p.m. Learn to make tasty, healthy treats like cranberry apple smoothies and cranberry white chocolate oatmeal cookies. It’s a chance to meet other aspiring cooks, visit, while acquiring new recipes.

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Each session starts off with a wander through the Richmond Nature Park on Westminster Highway at No. 5 Road. On the walk, the cooks can see why Richmond’s bog represents such a boon to cranberry farmers.

There is a $25 charge to cover the costs. The city offers the following options for registration:

Register using course code #2038439 for Cooking with Cranberries and #2038438 for Baking with Cranberries one of three ways: online at www.richmond.ca/register; by calling the Registration Call Centre at 604-276-4300, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; or in-person at Richmond Nature Park (11851 Westminster Highway)

The courses, held in conjunction with their twentyfifth annual Cranberry Sale that runs the same day, October 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come early as the big bags of cranberries often sell out. The money earned from the sale supports the Richmond Nature Park Society’s environmental education programs for children and families. Ocean Spray Farms provides the berries. The funds help to keep programs affordable for all, while the cranberry buyers walk away with a deal, and quite a haul of the red berries. Cranberries are easy to freeze. All they take is cleaning and bagging.

The money earned from the sale supports the Richmond Nature Park Society’s environmental education programs for children and families. Ocean Spray Farms provide the berries. The funds help to keep programs affordable for all, while the cranberry buyers walk away with a deal, and quite a haul of the red berries. Cranberries are easy to freeze. All they take is cleaning and bagging.

Whether coming for the class or just the sale, the city warns, parking is limited, so please consider your impact on the environment and travel by bus or bike. Parking bylaws will be enforced.

For more information, please call 604-718-6188.


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