Nominations for local markets and business sought

Local shoppers could earn their favourite North Okanagan businesses and market some provincial props

Local shoppers could earn their favourite North Okanagan businesses and market some provincial props.

The BC Agriculture Council and We Heart Local are excited to announce that the second annual We Heart Local Awards is officially open. The We Heart Local Awards invites people across B.C. to nominate 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
  • Favorite Local Brewery
  • Favorite Local Food Truck
  • Favourite Local U-Pick Farm
  • Favorite Local Orchard/Fruit Supplier
  • Favourite Local Restaurant or Chef
  • Favourite Local Florist or Nursery
  • Favourite Local Greenhouse or Veggie Grower

“People can really help support local businesses and grow community by spreading the word about what they love,” said Editor at Edible Vancouver & Wine Country, Debbra Mikaelsen, voted Favourite Local Advocate in the 2013 We Heart Local Awards. “We can make our food system and agricultural industry stronger through these conversations, connecting farmers, chefs, artisans, retailers, and wineries to each other and to consumers. Our B.C. backyard is an amazing place and there’s a lot to celebrate here!”

Nominations are open until Sept. 1 at www.weheartlocalawards.ca, anyone in B.C. can nominate. Then between Sept. 2 to 16 voting opens to B.C. residents.

“Everyone has a favourite local winery, farmers’ market, cheese maker or a store that carries locally grown food and products,” said Nancy Gourlay of Little Qualicum Cheeseworks, runner up Favourite Local Cheese Maker in the 2013 We Heart Local Awards. “The We Heart Local Awards provides a platform for people in B.C. 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 B.C.”

“The We Heart Local Awards is a celebration of the interest and love British Columbians have for great-tasting local foods, and the incredible amount of options from land and sea that we have to choose from,” said BC Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick.