Local food champions Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable (CRFAIR), FarmFolk CityFolk and the Island Chefs’ Collaborative (ICC) are joining forces to present Get Ready, Get Local, a new local food and sustainable agriculture expo for Vancouver Island. The event will showcase Island foods, and the farmers, ranchers and fishers that produce it, alongside local food artisans, craft brewers, vintners, recognized chefs, culinary professionals and industry leaders including home food and garden professionals.
Capturing the energy and enthusiasm driving the local food movement on Vancouver Island, Get Ready, Get Local seeks to address specific business needs of local producers and buyers through networking and marketing opportunities and targeted workshops, and providing them with an opportunity to market their amazing local food products and services to a engaged public through a public marketplace.
CRFAIR coordinator Linda Geggie is excited to work with FarmFolk CityFolk and the ICC on this venture: “We have common goals of building a sustainable local
food economy and believe we can help build Island food businesses by creating industry and public networking opportunities like this.”
Get Ready, Get Local will also give the public a chance to “get local” with opportunities to sign up for a community-supported agriculture (CSA) box, orientthemselves with their local farmers’ markets, or attend workshops on how to make the most out of the local food bounty, including preserving the harvest, backyard chickens and edible landscaping, for example.
Get Ready, Get Local will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Victoria Conference Centre. The public marketplace will be open from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (admission $5), followed by an industry-only reception from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information visit the event website www.getreadygetlocal.com. Advance tickets and tradeshow registration available through Eventbrite (Get Ready Get Local Vancouver Island).