Ladies night out helps Langley Food Bank

Coconut food and drink, lingerie for all body types, and the chance to win a free makeover are just a few of the things ladies will love about this year’s Fete for the Food Bank event at Milner Village Garden Centre Friday evening.

All designed to raise funds and food for the Langley Food Bank, it’s the third annual ladies-only event at the garden centre which will be transformed into an eating and shopping paradise.

Event manager for the Fete, Lydia Driegen, noted the food bank doesn’t always get the notice it needs in the community and this is a way to ensure it stays in the minds of local women.

“We are a farm and we want to help farmers in the Lower Mainland, so it just makes sense to support the food bank and feed local families,” Driegen said.

Things kick off at 5:30 p.m. at the garden centre at 6690 216 St. with shopping from more than 25 vendors until 6 p.m.

The jam-packed agenda includes a fashion show with makeover reveals, a silent auction and door prizes, specialty food and cocktail demonstrations, live music, wine tastings from Township 7, and more.

Tamara Jansen, Milner Village Garden Center owner said, “We want to gather and celebrate our freedom and safety by supporting a great local cause like the food bank. We recognize that there are many families in our own backyard who can’t make ends meet and need our help.”

 Numerous sponsors, most of them local like DD Booski Clothing, Milner Feed and Pet Supply, Milner Valley Cheese, 1 Fish 2 Fish, and Nectar Lingerie, have contributed to the event ensuring the majority of each ticket price goes directly to the food bank.

“Because of all the donations, and with the silent auction we may be able to give $5,000 [to the food bank], if we do sell out” said Driegen.

Makeover winners will find out today (Thursday Aug. 21) if they are lucky enough to receive free hair, makeup, nails, a clothing consultation, and other pampering benefits.

It’s all part of the ladies-only theme.

“It’s very ladies night out,” Driegen said. “It’s glamorous.”

Special guest chef Valerie Andrews will be whipping up pina coladas made with real coconut milk, chicken skewers with coconut cilantro sauce, and coconut pastries.

Guests are also invited to bring non-perishable food donations for the food bank and will receive a $5 garden centre store credit for doing so.

“If you have plans to come, you can reserve your tickets online,” Driegen noted.

Tickets are $35 and can be arranged a variety of ways.

Visit www.milnervillage.com or call 604-533-7945 to find out more.

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