We Heart Local Awards 2014: Nominations Open

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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!

42 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. SanazWednesday, August 27th, 2014 — 2:38pm PDT

    Mission Hill Winery

  2. lindsayWednesday, August 27th, 2014 — 3:40pm PDT

    Krause Berry Farms

  3. Jennifer M.Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 — 3:48pm PDT

    Klippers Organics

  4. Jo SmithWednesday, August 27th, 2014 — 4:29pm PDT

    Good Earth Farms, Courtenay

  5. Lisa GWednesday, August 27th, 2014 — 8:06pm PDT

    Parallel 49 brewery

  6. BryanThursday, August 28th, 2014 — 1:11am PDT

    Mooberry Winery

  7. Carole MThursday, August 28th, 2014 — 9:52am PDT

    Hopcott Meats

  8. Jennifer KThursday, August 28th, 2014 — 10:19am PDT

    Krause Berry Farm & Winery in Langley

  9. meredith hThursday, August 28th, 2014 — 10:37am PDT

    Steel and oak brewery in new westminster

  10. KristinaThursday, August 28th, 2014 — 12:51pm PDT

    Maan farms in abbotsford

  11. HarjitThursday, August 28th, 2014 — 3:48pm PDT

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

  12. Mike gismondiThursday, August 28th, 2014 — 3:51pm PDT

    Maan farms. We picked there this summer!

  13. Angela GriffinThursday, August 28th, 2014 — 3:52pm PDT

    Krause berry farms!

  14. Liz KaltThursday, August 28th, 2014 — 5:24pm PDT

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

  15. KamThursday, August 28th, 2014 — 8:59pm PDT

    Dead Frog Brewery!

  16. LindaThursday, August 28th, 2014 — 9:35pm PDT

    Mooberry Winery in Parksville – fantastic.

  17. Shannon MolnarFriday, August 29th, 2014 — 9:13am PDT

    The fruit winery at Kause Berry Farms!

  18. Lorena GrandeSaturday, August 30th, 2014 — 12:02am PDT

    49 Parallel 49 Brewery, rocks 🙂

  19. JeremySaturday, August 30th, 2014 — 8:09am PDT

    Fort Wine Company!

  20. JenSaturday, August 30th, 2014 — 8:10am PDT

    Urban Edibles on Steveston Hwy in Richmond, who grows amazing organic veggies 🙂

  21. Sarah MSaturday, August 30th, 2014 — 11:00am PDT

    Slow Rise Bakery

  22. Lori-SuperhostYVRSaturday, August 30th, 2014 — 7:04pm PDT

    Stanley Park Brewery

  23. Carina VauseSunday, August 31st, 2014 — 1:29am PDT

    Little Qualicum Cheese works

  24. JennelSunday, August 31st, 2014 — 8:36am PDT

    The pink spatula

  25. HarjitSunday, August 31st, 2014 — 9:11am PDT

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

  26. Jacinda KSunday, August 31st, 2014 — 9:20am PDT

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

  27. LindaSunday, August 31st, 2014 — 9:55am PDT

    Sanduz winery in richmond. Blueberry wine!

  28. KevinSunday, August 31st, 2014 — 10:21am PDT

    Krause Berry Farm

  29. Michelle WSunday, August 31st, 2014 — 12:23pm PDT

    I love Road 13 winery!

  30. JillianSunday, August 31st, 2014 — 1:13pm PDT

    Circle K Blueberry Ranch in Royston

  31. RebeccaSunday, August 31st, 2014 — 7:05pm PDT

    Summerhill Winery

  32. Siobhan S.Sunday, August 31st, 2014 — 9:31pm PDT

    We love Hopcott Meats in Pitt Meadows.

  33. EileenSunday, August 31st, 2014 — 9:47pm PDT

    Fort Wine Company

  34. NicoleMonday, September 1st, 2014 — 12:23pm PDT

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

  35. BelindaMonday, September 1st, 2014 — 7:19pm PDT

    Urban Digs

  36. Stephanie MairMonday, September 1st, 2014 — 7:22pm PDT

    Edible Canada

  37. AmMonday, September 1st, 2014 — 7:29pm PDT

    Steamworks Brewery

  38. CindyMonday, September 1st, 2014 — 8:58pm PDT

    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 🙂

  39. StotesTuesday, September 2nd, 2014 — 7:03am PDT

    Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery

  40. KathleenTuesday, September 2nd, 2014 — 11:41am PDT

    Therapy vineyards

  41. DonaldTuesday, September 2nd, 2014 — 12:06pm PDT

    Windset Farms

  42. Erin WTuesday, September 2nd, 2014 — 12:32pm PDT

    Wellbrook Winery

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