Farm Friends: Celebrating BC Wine + Alberta Food @ Edible Canada
The food and wine community turned out in support of Edible Canada’s ‘Farm Friends: Celebrating BC Wine & Alberta Food’ event on 22 February.
The stand-up grazing event featured several Okanagan wineries and dishes showcasing Alberta foods such as beef and bison. It was a very well-attended, with a number of guests from the BC wine industry enjoying the tasting.
Participating wineries included popular BC offerings 50th Parallel Estate Winery, Culmina Family Estate Winery, Haywire, Liquidity, Painted Rock Estate Winery, Poplar Grove Winery, Summerhill Pyramid Winery and the Dames Wine project.
British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association president and CEO Ian Tostensen said he was pleased to attend: “BC wine is very important to BC restaurants and we are glad to be able to come out and support this important event.
“We have no beef with Alberta – in fact, we encourage our restaurant members to support great Canadian products on their menus year round. Alberta is just next door – and their beef is top notch.”
Mr. Tostensen said the event helped highlight just how great BC’s wines – and chefs – are.
“With our upcoming promotion Buy BC: Eat Drink Local, we’re going to be encouraging restaurants to pair local food with BC wines, beers and spirits. It’s about being local and about showcasing the best we have to offer to our customers.”
The event theme was typical of hosts Edible Canada, who are champions of Canada’s cuisine – showcasing local produce and celebrating Canadian food culture. Their focus is collaboration and sustainability, sharing food that is local, seasonal, sustainable and uniquely Canadian.
Farm Friends: Celebrating BC Wine and Alberta Food raised money for the BC Hospitality Foundation through a silent auction.