Vote | We ♥ Local Awards!

Happy Friday, Local Lovelies! Who’s excited it’s Friday? We sure are. ESPECIALLY since rain is in the forecast (hey – we’re dry as a raisin over here, we could use some hydration). You know what else we’re excited for? The We ♥ Local Awards!

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Qualicum Beach Farmers’ Market

If we had a nickel for every time we said we love keepin’ it local, we’d owe ourselves… a lot of nickels tbh. The We ♥ Local Awards are just as you’d imagine them: awards for anyone and everyone who helps support the local economy. The best part, aside from celebrating the farmers, artisans, and advocates of our community, is that the We ♥ Local Awards are completely nominated and voted for by you!

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Gabriel's Café

Gabriel’s Café

To explain the We ♥ Local Awards, we’re going to hand the reigns over to We Heart Local to give you the 411 on this incredible event:

Let’s hear it for local: it’s time for the We Heart Local Awards!

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Get ready to show your favourite local food producer a little love: it’s time for the third annual We ♥ Local Awards! For the last three years, this 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- in a very concrete way- 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!

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Cedar Farmers’ Market

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Lantzville Farmers’ Market

Anyone living in BC can nominate and vote for their favourites in the following 15 delicious categories (simply head on over to www.weheartlocalawards.ca!)

· 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

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Radius Food

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Bowen Road Farmers’ Market

Ready to spread the local love? Here’s how the We ♥ Local Awards work: nominations start August 17th, and voting is open from September 7th to September 14th, 2015. And 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.

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Taco Revolution

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Taco Revolution

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Taco Revolution & Farm to Fire Pizza

To cheer on your favourite local loves (and discover new ones), head to weheartlocalbc.ca, or download their mobile app to find what’s in season right from your pocket.

Nominations are still open for another 11 days! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Show some love for your favourite butcher, food truck, florist, etc… and get nominating! Then be sure to vote for your favs from September 7th-14th, 2015. Showing appreciation for our hard-working, local-loving advocates is so important – and so rewarding on a personal level. Although that grand prize stay at Taku Resort and Marina don’t sound too shabby either.

– Sean

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