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Richmond Sunflower Festival returns

By Issac Zhao

Published 2:29 PDT, Fri August 12, 2022

Last Updated: 2:35 PDT, Fri August 12, 2022

The Richmond Sunflower Festival, which opens tomorrow (Aug. 13), offers over 20 acres of fields filled with more than 90 different varieties of sunflowers, dahlias, gladiolas, and many other flowers for visitors to relish.

Experience a sunny day with family and friends, wander the sunflower fields, and discover many photo-worthy moments. Indulge in a refreshing drink from the lemonade stand, or a light snack from local food truck vendors.

The sunflower festival is located at Richmond Country Farms (12900 Steveston Highway), and its hours are noon to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m on weekends. The last wagon to the sunflower fields leaves at 6:30 p.m., and the last wagon back to the parking lot leaves at 8 p.m. Tickets are available online or at the door.

Sunflowers exhibit a trait called heliotropism, which means that they turn to face the sun and will slowly move to track the sun throughout the day. Sunflowers typically bloom during the summer and die back during fall, so this is the only chance to see them until next year.

In addition to the Richmond Sunflower Festival, Richmond Country Farms also has a market selling locally-grown organic produce. Harvests come in unusual shapes and sizes, and include unique varieties that can’t be found at grocery stores. It is also the first farm-to-table market in Richmond, having opened in 1978. The farm market is a popular attraction for local shoppers and visitors during growing season.

Country Vines Winery, offering a taste of the Okanagan vineyards, is located next door. The winery serves estate-produced varietals, as well as single varietals and field blends, with fruit sourced from Okanagan vineyards. No reservations are needed, and the tasting room is open Monday and Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.

To learn more about the Richmond Sunflower Festival or book tickets, visit richmondsunflowerfest.com/

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