British Columbia is home to abundant local flavours. The diversity of ecological regions combined with a thriving local food culture in our province come together to create an exciting plethora of options for delicious local food. From some of the best wine-growing regions in the world to a coast rich with fresh seafood, and fertile berry fields in the Fraser Valley, BC brings together a wide range of growing regions that offer distinct local flavours.
Local food is worth celebrating. Farmers and ranchers in our province grow an incredibly wide diversity of produce and meat. Talented local chefs, vintners, and breweries craft sumptuous dishes and drinks that reflect the unique and fresh flavours of the local ingredients they use.
By eating locally, the reality of shifting our diets with the seasons is brought to life. When that delicious local lettuce is no longer available at the farmers market – rather than finding lettuce that has been grown thousands of miles away or in an energy-intensive heated greenhouse, paying attention to eating locally directs us to finding alternative greens that are in season. Eating locally is a fascinating exploration of place, an opportunity to align our diets with the seasons, and can allow for significant contributions to climate solutions.
When you eat local, you create opportunities to make connections directly with the farmer who grows your food. Many farmers do an amazing job of educating their community about how their food is grown, happenings on the farm, sharing delicious recipe ideas, and more. By eating locally, you can contribute to a vibrant local food community and learn about the flavours in your area.