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We Heart Local Awards 2015

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 — 11:17am PDT
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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

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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  1. Jason says:

    Quails Gate

  2. Lisa Paquette says:

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

  3. Vania says:

    Deep Roots Winery

  4. Michelle W says:

    Paynter’s Fruit Market in West Kelowna!

  5. Jason says:


  6. Radhika Khan says:

    Fairfield Market

  7. Cindy says:

    Brassneck brewery

  8. Brenda says:

    Stoney Paradise Farm

  9. Cliff says:

    Klippers Organic Acres

  10. Donna says:

    Fisher bay seafood

  11. Mack says:

    Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

  12. Jessica T says:


  13. Grace says:


  14. Mandy says:

    SilkScarf Winery

  15. Mandy says:

    Summerhill PyramidPyramid if choosing from the 17 available wineries only.

  16. Shirley says:

    Sumac Ridge

  17. Tanya says:

    Ruby Blues in Pencticton. Lovely wine. Mmmmm.

  18. Alan Huang says:

    Nk’Mip Cellars

  19. Scott Podwinski says:

    Volcanic Hills winery in West Kelowna!

  20. Ariel C says:

    sumac ridge!

  21. Jenn says:

    Deep Roots Winery

  22. Jan says:

    Driftwood Brewery

  23. Ruby BB says:

    Krause Berry Farm

  24. jessica eapen says:

    Sumac Ridge

  25. Emilia says:

    Errington Farmer’s Market

  26. Albert says:

    Driftwood Brewery

  27. Mike says:

    Kettle Valley Winery

  28. Iain says:

    Postmark Brewing

  29. Don McQueen says:

    Nature’s Pickin’s

  30. Sherry F says:

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

  31. Jeff says:

    Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery

  32. luc says:

    Black Hills Winery

  33. Kam says:

    Howe Sound Brewing!

  34. Mary says:

    Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

  35. monique says:

    la stella winery

  36. Lisa G says:

    Chaberton Estate Winery:) Thanks for the opportunity!

  37. Jeanne Voon says:

    Township 7 winery

  38. Jules A. says:

    Sumac Ridge Winery

  39. Amanda Knuckey says:

    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!

  40. Jennifer K says:

    Krause Berry Farm winery

  41. Jenny says:

    Sumac ridge winery!

  42. Jeff S says:

    Silver Sage Winery in Oliver.

  43. Laura says:

    Summerhill Pyramid Winery – YUM!

  44. samantha says:

    Deep Roots Winery!

  45. Jeannelle says:

    Red Rooster Winery!

  46. Wally says:

    Neufeld Farms.

  47. KittyPride says:

    Blackwood Lane Winery in Langley, BC

  48. Tania says:

    Poplar grove winery

  49. Rino says:

    Red rooster winery

  50. Brenda Clark says:

    Burrowing Owl!

  51. maria says:

    Sumac Ridge

  52. jae says:

    mooberry winery

  53. Rajbinder Kaur says:

    Main Street Brewing!

  54. Nicole H. says:

    Township 7
    (Best merlot)

  55. Stacy B says:

    Townsite Brewery

  56. Linda says:

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

  57. Hershie says:

    Sumac Ridge Winery

  58. Ron Smith says:


  59. Lorena Grande says:

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

  60. Amanda says:


  61. Gail McCully says:

    Metropolitan Chef Seasoning Rubs

  62. Nancy Zrymiak says:

    Metropolitan Chef (the best seasoning rubs!)

  63. Roy Eggler says:

    Metropolitan Chef Seasoning Rubs

  64. Debbie H says:

    Chaberton Winery my absolute favourite

  65. Kim says:

    Harper’s Trail estate winery in Kamloops

  66. Angela says:


  67. Kathleen says:

    therapy vineyards

  68. Rebecca says:


  69. D says:


  70. Kate says:

    Wild Goose Vineyards

  71. Marguerite says:

    Red Rooster Winery. One of my favourites.

  72. Maya says:

    Dageraad Brewing!

  73. Katy says:

    Chaberton Estate Winery

  74. Helen says:

    Burrowing Owl

  75. Eileen says:

    Summerhill Pyramid Winery

  76. Mike says:

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

  77. Jen says:

    Silverhill Orchards for fruit. Hester Creek for wine.

  78. trevor says:

    Steel and oak

  79. Renfrew says:

    La Frenz winery.

  80. Angela says:

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

  81. Lucie B says:

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

  82. Leanne says:

    Howe Sound Brewing!

  83. Wen says:

    Parry Bay Sheep Farm

  84. Heidi says:

    Howe Sound Brewing

  85. TerryS says:

    Township 7 winery !

  86. Evelyn says:

    Dirty laundry vineyard!

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