We Heart Local Awards 2014: Nominations Open

Monday, August 25th, 2014 — 4:14pm PDT
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We Heart Local is the best way to find local food, making it easy for consumers who are looking for local options, and the program is currently hosting its second annual We Heart Local Awards.

We Heart Local Awards 2014

Anyone living in BC can nominate and vote for their favourite grower, producer, or business in any of the following 15 categories:

Favourite Farmers’ Market
Favourite Store to Buy Local
Favourite Local Seafood Supplier
Favourite Local Cheese Maker
Favourite Local Sweet Treat
Favourite Local Advocate
Favourite Local Winery
Favorite Local Brewery
Favorite Local Food Truck
Favourite Local U-Pick Farm
Favourite Local Meat or Poultry Supplier
Favorite Local Orchard/Fruit Supplier
Favourite Local Restaurant or Chef
Favourite Local Florist or Nursery
Favourite Local Greenhouse or Veggie Grower

Nominations are now open until September 1st and voting will then take place between September 2nd and September 16th. Some of last year’s winners include Comox Valley Farmers Market (Favourite BC Farmers Market); Edible Vancouver Magazine (Favourite Local Advocate); Howe Sound Brewing (Favourite Local Brewery); Krause Berry Farms (Favourite Local U-Pick Farm); and Nature’s Pickin’s (Favourite Store to Buy Local) just to name a few.

Buy Local. Eat Natural!

“Everyone has a favourite local winery, farmers’ market, cheese maker or a store that carries locally grown food and products,” says Nancy Gourlay of Little Qualicum Cheesworks, runner up Favourite Local Cheese Maker in the 2013 We Heart Local Awards.

“The We Heart Local Awards provides a platform for people in BC to tell each other about their favourites and to draw attention to the fantastic locally grown and produced food and agriculture we have here in BC!”

We Heart Local is a program designed to provide greater consumer recognition for businesses and restaurants across BC offering local products or ingredients. The We ♥ Local symbol next to a food item, menu item, recipe, or establishment provides a clear assurance to consumers that they are buying local.

Be sure to get your nominations in this week and then follow the program online, on Facebook, Twitter #WeHeartLocal and on Pinterest. You can also get the free app to find the nearest suppliers and producers in BC.

The We Heart Local Awards is a partnership between the BC Agriculture Council, the BC Ministry of Agriculture, Global TV, Taku Resort & Marina, The BC Association of Farmers’ Markets, The BC Dairy Association, LOCO BC, the BC Restaurants and Foodservices Association and Edible Vancouver and Wine Country.

Update: Contest Alert!

There are only a few days left to nominate a grower, producer or business for the We Heart Local Awards so to get the word out I am giving away a We Heart Local gift bag. This prize pack contains a We Heart Local bag, an apron, cutting board, iPhone case, and a cookbook: Farm Fresh Recipes: from the Missing Goat Farm.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Comment with the name of a BC grower, producer, winery, or brewery (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a #WeHeartLocal prize pack from @Miss604 @EatLocalNatural http://ow.ly/AN7Pm

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

Update The winner is @jacindarama!

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This post is sponsored by We Heart Local and the We Heart Local Awards

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  1. Sanaz says:

    Mission Hill Winery

  2. lindsay says:

    Krause Berry Farms

  3. Jennifer M. says:

    Klippers Organics

  4. Jo Smith says:

    Good Earth Farms, Courtenay

  5. Lisa G says:

    Parallel 49 brewery

  6. Bryan says:

    Mooberry Winery

  7. Carole M says:

    Hopcott Meats

  8. Jennifer K says:

    Krause Berry Farm & Winery in Langley

  9. meredith h says:

    Steel and oak brewery in new westminster

  10. Kristina says:

    Maan farms in abbotsford

  11. Harjit says:

    Mahil blueberry farms in Abbotsford
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Twitter fan@plumerea

  12. Mike gismondi says:

    Maan farms. We picked there this summer!

  13. Angela Griffin says:

    Krause berry farms!

  14. Liz Kalt says:

    I love the store ‘ nineteen ten’ for local products and ‘portobello west’

  15. Kam says:

    Dead Frog Brewery!

  16. Linda says:

    Mooberry Winery in Parksville – fantastic.

  17. The fruit winery at Kause Berry Farms!

  18. Lorena Grande says:

    49 Parallel 49 Brewery, rocks ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Jeremy says:

    Fort Wine Company!

  20. Jen says:

    Urban Edibles on Steveston Hwy in Richmond, who grows amazing organic veggies ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Sarah M says:

    Slow Rise Bakery

  22. Carina Vause says:

    Little Qualicum Cheese works

  23. Jennel says:

    The pink spatula

  24. Harjit says:

    Snowcrest Foods (veggies and fruit) Aldergrove
    Twitter fan@plumerea

  25. Jacinda K says:

    My favorite grower: Rondriso Farms (Surrey)!! Nice people growing great crops!

  26. Linda says:

    Sanduz winery in richmond. Blueberry wine!

  27. Kevin says:

    Krause Berry Farm

  28. Michelle W says:

    I love Road 13 winery!

  29. Jillian says:

    Circle K Blueberry Ranch in Royston

  30. Rebecca says:

    Summerhill Winery

  31. Siobhan S. says:

    We love Hopcott Meats in Pitt Meadows.

  32. Eileen says:

    Fort Wine Company

  33. Nicole says:

    Milner Valley Cheese Ltd. – Farmstead Goat & Artisanal Cheeses (Langley, BC)

  34. Belinda says:

    Urban Digs

  35. Stephanie Mair says:

    Edible Canada

  36. Am says:

    Steamworks Brewery

  37. Cindy says:

    I cannot believe that no one has nominated Two EE’s in Surrey yet?!! The absolute best market for all your local, spray free and inexpensive produce! Don’t know what I would do without them ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Stotes says:

    Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery

  39. Kathleen says:

    Therapy vineyards

  40. Donald says:

    Windset Farms

  41. Erin W says:

    Wellbrook Winery

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