Because the Kootenays heart local

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wheels of cheese sit on a rack to age.

Cheese from Kootenay Meadows in Creston is one excellent example of a local product. — Brendan Mitchell photo

Those of us who live in the Kootenays already know that this is an amazing part of the province for local food. One could very happily live on the nutritious and quality fare that is produced in the region. Thanks to a growing local-food movement, Buy Local. Eat Natural. is holding the first annual We Heart Local Awards for B.C.

We ♥ Local Awards celebrates local food and agriculture across BC. A first-of-its-kind popular choice awards program inviting all British Columbians to recognize and elevate your favourite key players across the food and agriculture industry throughout our province.

Why not share what we already know, and promote our wonderful local food producers across the province? Nominations run from July 1 until July 15 and will be followed by several weeks of voting, where those who were nominated can campaign. Those who participate through nominations and voting will also be entered to win some great prizes. Categories are listed below. We may not stand a chance in Favourite Local Seafood Supplier, but the Kootenays excel in almost all of these other areas.

  • Favourite Store to Buy Local
  • Favourite BC Farmers Market
  • 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 Café
  • Favourite Local Chef
  • Favourite Local Florist or Greenhouse
Kristen Mitchell

Kristen studied at College of the Rockies in Cranbrook and has worked in a variety of industries, from agriculture to construction, retail to restaurants. She now brings her understanding of the area to Kootenay Business magazine. View all of Kristen Mitchell’s articles

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