March 07, 2018
British Columbia has some of the best food and beverages, and the industry continues to grow. Be sure to check out these five locations and let us know what your other favourite local gems are!
1. Salted Brick (Kelowna)
Located in Downtown Kelowna, Salted Brick specializes in fresh, seasonal, farm to table food and wine.
Chef James Holmes has a passion for local cuisine that shines through in each detail of his dishes. From re-using Okanagan Spirits botanicals as his pickling spice to working directly with a local farmer to custom-plan crops for the year, James takes advantage of the Okanagan’s ideal geographical location to create local dishes. New additions to the tapas style menu are made daily so you can expect to enjoy fresh and innovative ingredients each time you visit.
2. Blue Heron Creamery (Vancouver) Vegan Cheese
In the past five years, the options for dairy-free cheese alternatives has exploded in the market. Blue Heron Creamery is taking advantage of this boom by opening a storefront offering plant-based cheeses. The location at 2410 Main St, Vancouver is set to open this year!
Chef Karen McAthy’s mission is to ensure that people discover delicious dairy alternatives. Foodies interested in plant-based cheeses can attend Chef Karen’s dinner series or pick up a copy of her book - The Art of Plant-Based Cheese Making. Be sure to add this new shop to your destinations of must-see when you’re in the Vancouver area and have a taste of the delicious plant-based cheeses Chef Karen and her team have crafted.
3. Persephone Brewing (Gibsons)
Persephone Brewing Company is located in Gibsons, British Columbia where they proudly grow hops and serve food and beer at what is lovingly known by the locals as “The Beer Farm”. They practice local and ethical farming methods while striving to ensure their beers and ciders are produced from a variety of local and organic practices. Persephone is the first and only Certified B Corp brewery in B.C. B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.
In addition to beer and cider, Persephone is home to a local market garden which consists of half an acre of field vegetables and two greenhouses. The delicious local produce is sold to the Farm to Feast food truck, at their on-site farm stand, at local farmers markets and to local restaurants and commercial kitchens.
Next time you’re on the Sunshine Coast, make sure you pay a visit to this fantastic brewery!
4. Two Rivers Meat (North Vancouver)
Residents of North Vancouver can rejoice – Two Rivers Meat has opened the doors to their new butcher shop and eatery!
Since 2007, Two Rivers has supplied some of the best restaurants and retailers in British Columbia with the highest quality ethically and sustainably raised products. With the opening of ‘The Shop’ customers can can now source meat like the pros at their butcher shop and purchase house-made sausages, salami and hand-tooled cuts. All meat and poultry are locally sourced and ethically raised without hormones, antibiotics or chemical feed additives.
Chef Tony Starratt’s kitchen and family-style eatery works in tandem with the butcher shop and features a rotating selection of local B.C. beer & wine on tap. Their menu features many delicious dishes and you know that you’ll be enjoying quality B.C.-sourced products!
Photo credit: Salted Brick