Picking, freezing, baking and eating; which ever way you do it blackberries are meant to be celebrated.
St. Mary of the Incarnation church is hosting its own blackberry festival this Saturday, Sept. 29.
All the blackberries were specially picked for the festival.
“We picked them in secret stashes and private patches,” said festival co-ordinator Diane Hutchison.
All in all more than 50 buckets of berries were used to make 160 pies and other baked goods and jellies and cordial (a liqueur).
The festival is a fundraiser for the church and proceeds from the event will go towards community outreach.
The blackberry festival is on Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At St. Mary of the Incarnation church at 4125 Metchosin Rd.