We Heart Local Awards 2015

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WeHeartLocalAwards2015Get ready to show your favourite local food producer a little love: it’s time for the third annual We Heart Local Awards!

For the last three years, these 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 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!

We Heart Local Awards 2015

Anyone living in BC can nominate and vote for their favourites in the following 15 delicious categories:

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

Nominations started August 17th, and voting is open from September 7th to September 14th, 2015. 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 We Heart Local, or download their mobile app for iPhone to find what’s in season right from your pocket.

Buy Local. Eat Natural!

Be sure to get your nominations in this week and then follow the program online, on Facebook, Twitter #WeHeartLocal and on Pinterest.

VQA Wine Giveaway

For even more incentive to nominate and vote for your favourite BC growers and producers, I have a $100 VQA wine gift certificate to give away. Established in 1990, BC VQA certified wines must meet specific standards with respect to origin, vintage and varietals. These wines are also tasted by a qualified panel for quality characteristics prior to being able to use the BC VQA designation. To put it simply, when you see BC VQA on a bottle, it is your guarantee that you’re sipping a wine that is 100% from British Columbia! [WineBC]

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 $100 BC VQA wine prize from @weheartlocalbc @Miss604 http://ow.ly/R3EFp

I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Friday, August 21, 2015. Must be 19+. Remember to get your nominations and votes in for the We Heart Local Awards!

Update The winner is Nancy!

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88 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. MarkTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 11:25am PDT

    Mmmm…honey – Honeybee Centre


  2. JasonTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 11:32am PDT

    Quails Gate

  3. Lisa PaquetteTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 11:40am PDT

    Beast & Brine – we are addicted to the cheeses and sausages!

  4. VaniaTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 11:42am PDT

    Deep Roots Winery

  5. Michelle WTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 11:48am PDT

    Paynter’s Fruit Market in West Kelowna!

  6. JasonTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 11:52am PDT


  7. Radhika KhanTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 12:01pm PDT

    Fairfield Market

  8. CindyTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 12:17pm PDT

    Brassneck brewery

  9. BrendaTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 12:23pm PDT

    Stoney Paradise Farm

  10. CliffTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 12:24pm PDT

    Klippers Organic Acres

  11. DonnaTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 2:02pm PDT

    Fisher bay seafood

  12. MackTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 2:25pm PDT

    Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

  13. Jessica TTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 2:26pm PDT


  14. GraceTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 3:02pm PDT


  15. MandyTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 4:55pm PDT

    SilkScarf Winery

  16. MandyTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 5:01pm PDT

    Summerhill PyramidPyramid if choosing from the 17 available wineries only.

  17. ShirleyTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 5:16pm PDT

    Sumac Ridge

  18. TanyaTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 6:13pm PDT

    Ruby Blues in Pencticton. Lovely wine. Mmmmm.

  19. Alan HuangTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 6:19pm PDT

    Nk’Mip Cellars

  20. Scott PodwinskiTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 6:20pm PDT

    Volcanic Hills winery in West Kelowna!

  21. Ariel CTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 6:40pm PDT

    sumac ridge!

  22. JennTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 6:40pm PDT

    Deep Roots Winery

  23. JanTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 6:55pm PDT

    Driftwood Brewery

  24. Ruby BBTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 6:57pm PDT

    Krause Berry Farm

  25. jessica eapenTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 7:00pm PDT

    Sumac Ridge

  26. EmiliaTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 7:52pm PDT

    Errington Farmer’s Market

  27. AlbertTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 8:00pm PDT

    Driftwood Brewery

  28. MikeTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 8:05pm PDT

    Kettle Valley Winery

  29. IainTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 8:07pm PDT

    Postmark Brewing

  30. Don McQueenTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 8:33pm PDT

    Nature’s Pickin’s

  31. Sherry FTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 8:46pm PDT

    Chaberton Estate Winery – they make a great rose – Chaberton Valley Pink & they are in Langley!

  32. JeffTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 8:48pm PDT

    Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery

  33. lucTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 10:08pm PDT

    Black Hills Winery

  34. KamTuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 10:51pm PDT

    Howe Sound Brewing!

  35. MaryWednesday, August 19th, 2015 — 1:45am PDT

    Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

  36. moniqueWednesday, August 19th, 2015 — 8:48am PDT

    la stella winery

  37. Lisa GWednesday, August 19th, 2015 — 8:52am PDT

    Chaberton Estate Winery:) Thanks for the opportunity!

  38. Jeanne VoonWednesday, August 19th, 2015 — 9:13am PDT

    Township 7 winery

  39. Jules A.Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 — 9:19am PDT

    Sumac Ridge Winery

  40. Amanda KnuckeyWednesday, August 19th, 2015 — 9:22am PDT

    I am obsessed with trying all BC wines! This would be amazing! – My favourite from this past weekend were Beaumont Estates in West Kelowna and The Hatch!

  41. Jennifer KWednesday, August 19th, 2015 — 9:50am PDT

    Krause Berry Farm winery

  42. JennyWednesday, August 19th, 2015 — 9:55am PDT

    Sumac ridge winery!

  43. Jeff SWednesday, August 19th, 2015 — 9:58am PDT

    Silver Sage Winery in Oliver.

  44. LauraWednesday, August 19th, 2015 — 10:24am PDT

    Summerhill Pyramid Winery – YUM!

  45. samanthaWednesday, August 19th, 2015 — 10:26am PDT

    Deep Roots Winery!

  46. JeannelleWednesday, August 19th, 2015 — 11:08am PDT

    Red Rooster Winery!

  47. WallyWednesday, August 19th, 2015 — 12:26pm PDT

    Neufeld Farms.

  48. KittyPrideWednesday, August 19th, 2015 — 12:47pm PDT

    Blackwood Lane Winery in Langley, BC

  49. TaniaWednesday, August 19th, 2015 — 1:29pm PDT

    Poplar grove winery

  50. RinoWednesday, August 19th, 2015 — 1:30pm PDT

    Red rooster winery

  51. Brenda ClarkWednesday, August 19th, 2015 — 3:28pm PDT

    Burrowing Owl!

  52. mariaWednesday, August 19th, 2015 — 4:39pm PDT

    Sumac Ridge

  53. jaeWednesday, August 19th, 2015 — 4:53pm PDT

    mooberry winery

  54. Rajbinder KaurWednesday, August 19th, 2015 — 7:32pm PDT

    Main Street Brewing!

  55. Nicole H.Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 — 8:32pm PDT

    Township 7
    (Best merlot)

  56. Stacy BWednesday, August 19th, 2015 — 8:53pm PDT

    Townsite Brewery

  57. LindaWednesday, August 19th, 2015 — 8:55pm PDT

    Tinhorn creek osoyoos. Just visited. Fabulous wines and venue.

  58. HershieWednesday, August 19th, 2015 — 9:28pm PDT

    Sumac Ridge Winery

  59. Ron SmithWednesday, August 19th, 2015 — 10:00pm PDT


  60. Lorena GrandeWednesday, August 19th, 2015 — 11:09pm PDT

    Burrowing Owl, in Oliver….. I hope it escaped the fires!

  61. AmandaThursday, August 20th, 2015 — 8:35am PDT


  62. Gail McCullyThursday, August 20th, 2015 — 11:28am PDT

    Metropolitan Chef Seasoning Rubs

  63. Nancy ZrymiakThursday, August 20th, 2015 — 12:22pm PDT

    Metropolitan Chef (the best seasoning rubs!)

  64. Roy EgglerThursday, August 20th, 2015 — 12:24pm PDT

    Metropolitan Chef Seasoning Rubs

  65. Debbie HThursday, August 20th, 2015 — 3:57pm PDT

    Chaberton Winery my absolute favourite

  66. Metropolitan Chef Seasoning RubsThursday, August 20th, 2015 — 6:15pm PDT

    Awesome product!!

  67. KimThursday, August 20th, 2015 — 10:03pm PDT

    Harper’s Trail estate winery in Kamloops

  68. AngelaThursday, August 20th, 2015 — 10:41pm PDT


  69. KathleenThursday, August 20th, 2015 — 11:14pm PDT

    therapy vineyards

  70. RebeccaFriday, August 21st, 2015 — 12:55am PDT


  71. DFriday, August 21st, 2015 — 7:34am PDT


  72. KateFriday, August 21st, 2015 — 9:17am PDT

    Wild Goose Vineyards

  73. MargueriteFriday, August 21st, 2015 — 10:55am PDT

    Red Rooster Winery. One of my favourites.

  74. MayaFriday, August 21st, 2015 — 1:47pm PDT

    Dageraad Brewing!

  75. KatyFriday, August 21st, 2015 — 3:56pm PDT

    Chaberton Estate Winery

  76. HelenFriday, August 21st, 2015 — 8:46pm PDT

    Burrowing Owl

  77. EileenFriday, August 21st, 2015 — 10:34pm PDT

    Summerhill Pyramid Winery

  78. MikeSaturday, August 22nd, 2015 — 3:52pm PDT

    Poplar Grove is my favorite on the Naramatta Bench. Wine AND cheese!

  79. JenSaturday, August 22nd, 2015 — 3:59pm PDT

    Silverhill Orchards for fruit. Hester Creek for wine.

  80. trevorSaturday, August 22nd, 2015 — 7:34pm PDT

    Steel and oak

  81. RenfrewSunday, August 23rd, 2015 — 10:32am PDT

    La Frenz winery.

  82. AngelaSunday, August 23rd, 2015 — 7:44pm PDT

    I took a wine class in university and was quite interested in learning how the VQAs happen.
    Mission Hill is a good BC VQA!

  83. Lucie BSunday, August 23rd, 2015 — 8:13pm PDT

    Chaberton Estate Winery! I really enjoyed touring their location, and their wine.

  84. LeanneMonday, August 24th, 2015 — 2:48pm PDT

    Howe Sound Brewing!

  85. WenMonday, August 24th, 2015 — 2:54pm PDT

    Parry Bay Sheep Farm

  86. HeidiMonday, August 24th, 2015 — 8:27pm PDT

    Howe Sound Brewing

  87. TerrySMonday, August 31st, 2015 — 5:05pm PDT

    Township 7 winery !

  88. EvelynMonday, August 31st, 2015 — 11:14pm PDT

    Dirty laundry vineyard!

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