May 01, 2019
NEWS YOU CAN USE For Immediate Release
Ministry of Agriculture May 1, 2019
Buy BC: Eat Drink Local on the menu for May
VICTORIA – It’s time to explore, enjoy and experience what happens when B.C. foods and beverages meet B.C. chefs in a month-long celebration of culinary and farming skills.
The Province and the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association (BCRFA) are proud to present the second annual Buy BC: Eat Drink Local campaign. This month-long event, held in May 2019, offers diners the opportunity to sample innovative, tasty cuisine, B.C. style, at more than 300 venues throughout the province, including everything from food trucks to fine dining, and coffee shops to brew pubs.
“Buy BC: Eat Drink Local is not only a good excuse to try a new local restaurant, it’s a way to thank our farmers, growers and processors, as well as make an investment in the future of B.C. food and our farming communities,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture. “It's a win-win for all of us!”
From the vegetables grown in the province’s rich, fertile soil to the fresh seafood from its waters, British Columbia is a foodie destination. Taste buds will soon be awakened to the best that B.C. has to offer, with venues participating in more than 46 communities.
“B.C.’s restaurateurs and chefs are great champions of the Buy BC: Eat Drink Local campaign, giving customers another reason to dine out by offering unique culinary experiences to entice their taste buds while building a greater awareness of the quality, local products available to the province’s outstanding culinary scene,” said Ian Tostenson, president and CEO, BCRFA. “They’re also supporting their local farmers and ranchers by increasing the number of B.C. products that are profiled and served on plates and in glasses throughout the province, helping grow local economies.”
Buy BC: Eat Drink Local connects local farmers, ranchers and growers with restaurateurs and chefs who carefully develop feature menus highlighting locally grown and processed food and drinks. Participating restaurants throughout the province are showcasing B.C. food and beverage products on their menus all month, giving consumers a delicious opportunity to try local, seasonal and sustainable food grown right here in the province.
#BuyBC represents a wide range of fresh-tasting, high-quality agricultural and seafood products that are grown, harvested, raised and processed locally by British Columbians all over the province. As British Columbians, everyone can share in a collective sense of pride for the variety of products that come from B.C.’s very own soil and waters.
To find a participating restaurant nearby, visit: www.eatdrinklocal.ca/venues
Chefs wanting to participate can visit: www.eatdrinklocal.ca/participation
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Information on the B.C. Restaurant and Food Services Association: www.bcrfa.com
Ministry of Agriculture Communications 250 356-1674
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