Event to help kick off Blueberry Harvest Festival on Aug. 16
© Darrell Cole – The Amherst News
(From left) Michelle LeBlanc, Christa Ackles and Tamara Porter look over some of the door prizes that can be won during the Blueberry Harvest Festival’s opening gala on Aug. 16 in Victoria Square. There’ll be food, wine and live entertainment during the two-hour event.
AMHERST – When Amherst’s first Blueberry Harvest Festival kicks off in mid-August organizers are going to do so with a bang.
A Blueberry Gala is being planned for Aug. 16 in Victoria Square with food, wine and lots of entertainment.
“It’s going to one of those can’t-miss events in Amherst,” organizing committee member Tamara Porter of Dayle’s Department Store said. “It will be an opportunity for folks to get dressed up and go out as couples or with friends and enjoy an evening of food and entertainment.”
Duncan’s Pub is catering the event that will run from 8 to 10 p.m. in a tent in the square. Tickets, which are $10 each, will give participants a glass of Jost Sangria wine and snacks and refreshments.
There will also be a cash bar on site.
As well, there will be a number of blueberry treats pastry chef Kate Fenton.
The evening also includes entertainment from Jennifer Siddall as well as Sweet Addiction.
Porter said there will be a number of door prizes up for grabs from Dayle’s Department Store, McCully Market & Things, Damaris Spa and JG Jewellers.
The gala will be preceeded by the Dayle’s Fashion Show in Victoria Square in which the latest fall fashions will be introduced.
Tickets for the gala are available at Dayle’s Department Store and McCully Market & Things.
The fashion show begins at 6:30 p.m.
Organizing committee member Michelle LeBlanc of McCully Market said there will be a real festive atmosphere in the downtown as the three-day festival kicks off.
“There are going to be a number of antique cars parked on Victoria Street that evening and there will also be a number of vendors,” LeBlanc said. “It’s going to be an exciting way to kick off the Blueberry Harvest Festival.”
The festival itself includes events for children and adults including the Bluewave Kids Zone throughout the weekend and the Archway Insurance beer garden at the Amherst Stadium on Aug. 17 featuring Hal Bruce and the Big Bad Marty Band.
There will also be entertainment throughout the weekend on the Atlantic Lottery Mainstage in Victoria Square including the YMCA Youth Talent Show on Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. and the Maritime Review on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.
A picnic is planned in Victoria Square on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.