The Canadian village of Pemberton, British Columbia, tucked in an agricultural valley 20 miles north of Whistler, emerges from the shadow of its well-known neighbor during the annual Slow Food Cycle Sunday (Aug. 19). The leisurely (and flat!) 30-mile bicycle tour marks the one time each year that area growers open for tours and tastings. Some 50 local chefs, bakers and producers also sell treats at a dozen farms along the route.
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“It’s a unique opportunity to see agriculture at a very basic level,” says event co-founder Anna Helmer, an organic-potato farmer. When riders reach the end of the pavement, she suggests they take the one-mile bonus ride down a dirt road to an alpaca farm in the woods.
The event is free and starts in downtown Pemberton. Purchase snacks at farms along the way, and celebrate after the ride with a Schramm Vodka cocktail. Pemberton Distillery crafts the spirit using local potatoes.