Buying local drives our local economy

March 21, 2019

Buying local drives our local economy

When you Buy BC you choose local entrepreneurs first


Be part of the ripple effect. If you choose to eat out at one of the restaurants we feature in Buy BC: Eat Drink Local, you are choosing to spend your dollars with a company that is committed to their local community, to supporting farmers and to strengthening the BC economy. Our award-winning chefs are preparing meals with the freshest local ingredients and changing it up by the season – making it even more compelling for customers like you, who love their food. There is literally something for every taste and every season.


Local restaurateurs are entrepreneurs – people who drive their own success, strongly believe in their product and in the community they serve. When they proudly put BC on their menu, wine or beer list, they are making connections that grow the economy and investing in the farmers, producers and processors around them. The impact is staggering with 2.6 times more revenue staying in the local economy.


For every $100 spent, $65 is re-circulated back into our BC economy.


Here’s how local restaurateurs contribute to your community:

  • They live and buy in the local community
  • Their business provides jobs in the community
  • They provide support for local events, sports teams and charities
  • They are more likely to purchase local services and stock and serve local products
  • They buy from local farmers, niche producers and processors, all of whom provide jobs to the community

If you think eating and drinking local is like a throw back to a different time, be reassured that this movement is growing across North America. Why?


~Taste Counts: Local food can be enjoyed at their peak – so they taste great and are full of nutrients.

~Eating locally encourages variety: If you choose local first, you’ll eat Strawberries, Asparagus and Potatoes fresh off the farm when they are available from local farmers. Each season will bring newly-available, fresh produce and proteins – and chefs will have new ingredients to spark their creativity.

~Quality Standards: Canada has some of the highest standards and the strictest regulations around food additives and pesticides. If you eat local, you know that those standards are in full force.


To check out local flavours at a participating restaurant near you, talk to your server and sommelier and get their recommendations about what is in season and what they think will excite your senses!

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