The holiday season is quickly approaching and what better way to celebrate than with family and friends. The provincial government’s Buy Local Program brings you twelve fresh, local ideas to impress guests and bring holiday cheer this season and all year round.
The holidays are full of goodies and treats, and Brockmann’s Chocolate is the perfect gift to give any host this holiday season. The third generation owned and operated company, based in Delta, has been proudly producing premium chocolates since 1933 and is sure to delight both the young and young at heart.
If confections don’t tickle your fancy, try local artisan wine from Meadow Vista Honey Wines in Kelowna. Traditionally known as mead, the company uses B.C. honey, fruits and spices to make delicious honey wine. Bliss, their sparkling cherry honey wine, is sure to please family and friends at any seasonal gathering. This unique winery is also an apiary and blackberry farm that creates culinary and spa products.
Looking for ways to spruce up the office or decorate the house? United Flower Growers Co-operative Association designs festive poinsettias and holiday wreathes to make any space merry and bright. Located in Burnaby, the company provides floral to stores all over British Columbia.
This season the Buy Local Program brings tidings of gluten free, allergen friendly snacks from S&B Gluten Free and FreeYumm Foods. Holiday appetizers for everyone to enjoy, no one will want to miss out on these local products, perfect for all guests. For the meat lovers in the family, serve Country Prime Meats - their pepperoni snacks come in a variety of flavours.
The holidays aren’t complete without a wholesome local holiday meal with all the fixings. Make this season one to remember with a fresh turkey from Rossdown Natural Foods. And don’t forget the side dishes! Get your vegetables from Lepp Farm Market in Abbotsford. It’s one stop shopping during the busy season. To bring out the flavours of these local delights, season to taste with Salt West Naturals. These B.C. salts make any meal into a gourmet experience.
But what kind of wine pairs perfectly with a holiday meal? Visit the BC Wine Studio in Okanagan Falls to pick out a wine for that special dinner with your oldest and dearest. This hidden gem is a six acre vineyard, featuring some of B.C.’s oldest Vinifera plantings.
For the finale, wow your guests with baked treats, followed by a hot cup of tea. Mill Stream Flour Mills offers gluten free options for all your holiday baking. Get the season tasting merry with this local stoneground brand of flour and indulge in your favourite homemade treat. Paired with a blend of organic tea from the Nu-tea Company, the night will be complete and guests will go home happy.
The Buy Local program has received $6 million in B.C. government funding since 2012 to increase sales of locally grown and processed agrifood and seafood products within the province.
The B.C. government's Agrifood and Seafood Strategic Growth Plan supports the building of domestic markets and maintaining a secure food supply. The Plan is a component of the BC Jobs Plan, and the roadmap to leading the agrifoods sector to becoming a $15-billion-a-year industry by 2020.
The provincial government's Buy Local program is administered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of British Columbia. Applications are available at: http://iafbc.ca/funding-opportunities/buy-local/
Minister of Agriculture Norm Letnick –
“The holidays are a wonderful time to enjoy local products from around the province. The Buy Local Program supports local companies and connects British Columbians with the people who work in the industry. I encourage you to take the time this season to share your local favourites with your friends and family. Happy Holidays!”
BC Wine Studio: www.bcwinestudio.ca
Brockmann’s Chocolate: www.brockmannchocolate.com
Country Prime Meats: www.countryprime.com
FreeYumm Foods: www.freeyumm.com
Lepp Farm Market: www.leppfarmmarket.com
Meadow Vista Honey Wines: www.meadowvista.ca
Mill Stream Flour Mills: www.millstreamfoods.net
Nu-Tea Company: www.tegaorganictea.com
Rossdown Natural Foods: www.rossdown.com
Salt West Naturals: http://saltwest.com
S&B Gluten Free: www.otimo.ca
United Flower Growers Co-operative Association: www.ufgca.com
More local B.C. businesses: www.weheartlocalbc.ca