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We Heart Local 3rd annual awards 

Happy Thursday great foodie friends,

As you have probably noticed I am very fond of “buy local” “eat local” as well as getting to know your farmer and equally important where your food comes and what the practices of your food artisans are in growing and preparing your food. 

This great annual people’s choice awards is a great opportunity to vote for and share your appreciation for your favorite local advocate, farmer, artisan, restaurant and the list goes on! 

We Heart Local award page
Let’s hear it for local: it’s time for the We Heart Local Awards!
Get ready to show your favourite local food producer a little love: it’s time for the third annual We ♥ Local Awards! For the last three years, this people’s choice awards has highlighted the most popular food and agriculture businesses and organizations across the province. Your vote helps support the local economy, spread the word about why local is better…and it also tells your favourites- in a very concrete way- how important they are to your community. If you want to support your local butcher, baker, or ice cream maker, nominate them for a We ♥ Local award!
Anyone living in BC can nominate and vote for their favourites in the following 15 delicious categories (simply head on over to!)
· Favourite Farmers’ Market

· Favourite Store to Buy Local

· Favourite Local Meat or Poultry Supplier

· Favourite Local Seafood Supplier

· Favourite Local Cheese Maker

· Favourite Local Sweet Treat

· Favourite Local Advocate

· Favourite Local Winery

· Favourite Local Brewery

· Favourite Local Food Truck

· Favourite Local U-Pick Farm

· Favourite Local Orchard/Fruit Supplier

· Favourite Local Restaurant or Chef

· Favourite Local Florist or Nursery

· Favourite Local Greenhouse or Veggie Grower
Ready to spread the local love? Here’s how the We ♥ Local Awards work: nominations start August 17th, and voting is open from September 7th to September 14th, 2015. And when you vote, everyone’s a potential winner: nominating and voting for your local BC favourites also enters YOU into weekly draws for a chance to win one of five $100 gift cards to your local BC VQA store. Plus, you’ll be automatically entered in the Grand Prize draw for a luxurious three-night stay at Taku Resort and Marina along with your choice of a cooking course for two, valued at $1,800. This prize includes $300 gift card for BC Ferries to cover the cost of ferry transportation to Quadra Island. It’s an unforgettable way to experience local – especially once you hear Taku’s family story. Grand prize winner will be announced on September 15, 2015.
To cheer on your favourite local loves (and discover new ones), head to, or download their mobile app to find what’s in season right from your pocket.

Buy Local, Eat Local – Save On Foods

Hi great foodie friends…..

I just had to write a quick blog post on what I think is one of the best new marketing directions that Save on Foods has launched Talk about Local.


The first day that I walked into Save on Foods and saw the signs and better yet the products featured throughout the store I was encouraged that Save on is listening to their customers and has their finger on the pulse of changing trends…….

Have you noticed how many wonderful farmers markets are around now? The fact is there is nearly 10+ farmers markets within the greater metro Vancouver area showcasing local producers fresh and fantastic products every weekend. How wonderful is it to find a connection to understanding where your foods and products actually come from? Even better how wonderful is it to actually meet the farmer, chocolatier, baker or artists that is bringing the products to you?!

Now that Save on Foods has brought this concept to their stores you can count on a similar experience and definitely access to many of these same local products while you do your daily or weekly shopping……




Great local / award winning hand crafted chocolate! From Wild Sweets – tasting actually served by award winning Chocolatier Dominique and Cindy Duby!
The local producers have been great in explaining their process, product and educating us as to our choices!


Herb’s Crushed Garlic…. The aroma pulled me to this tasting ….wow!


Fantastic pork (organic too!) from a great local farming family Gelderman Farms


Whistler Chocolates….yum


Local spice producer Ricks Rubs……


Local sweets……


Local crackers…….


Local breads……..


Local cereals…….

There are far more products than I can put into one posting but I wanted to make sure that you all knew that the options and availability of local products is expanding in multiple locations of Save on Foods…. This has to be good news for all of us!
Support our local industry, producers, farmers and grocers….. It is important to us, our economy and our health! Know where your food and products come from, celebrate our local options….. Eat fresh wholesome things……

Buy local, eat local, support local

Thank you Save on Foods for embracing this trend!

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