Exhibitors are excited by the opportunity to network with consumers and other potential industry partners at Vancouver Island’s newest local food and sustainable agriculture expo. Get Ready, Get Local showcases Vancouver Island food, and the farmers, ranchers and fishers that produce it, alongside local food artisans, craft brewers, vintners, recognized chefs, culinary professionals and industry leaders. Get Ready, Get Local also offers workshops, training, education and resources to help you or your business connect to local food and sustainable agriculture on Vancouver Island.
Are you a locovore, foodie, food activist, aspiring farmer, backyard gardener, or food artisan? Or a food professional, chef, farmer, brewer, vintner, distiller, rancher, fisher, maker, chef, retailer, or non-profit group? Link to our Eventbrite registration pages through our event website www.getreadygetlocal.com to buy your ticket to our public marketplace and workshops or sign up for an exhibitor booth.
Robin Tunnicliffe, Saanich Organics
“Saanich Organics is a farmer-run, local organic produce marketing business that has been thriving for over 20 years. We’re looking to meet folks who are excited about the potential for local organic food, and to make partnerships to get our produce into their hands. We’re hoping that Get Ready, Get Local will give us a chance to reach out to people whom we haven’t met. We enjoy working with chefs and grocers to tailor our offerings to their needs. We also do home delivery of produce for families. We’re always trying new things and we’re looking forward to showcasing the bounty of our farms.”
Jenny Horn, Vancouver Island University
“If you are a farmer, fisher or food processor looking for education or training, or if you have some expertise that you would like to share (or perhaps a potential field trip or internship site) then be sure to stop by and visit Jenny Horn at the Vancouver Island University (VIU) booth to enter our draw and explore the possibilities. The “Get Ready Get Local” expo provides just the opportunity that VIU is looking for to identify and connect with potential students and instructors who are interested in local food systems and sustainable production and processing. As the Cowichan Center for Agriculture, Aquaculture and Food Security/sustainability takes shape, VIU is building its education and research programs and would very much value input from the community on topics of interest for students, and also to identify the expertise that is resident in the Islands region. Look for the VIU or the Slow Food Vancouver Island banners that will mark our table at the event!”
Christa Atherton, The Apple Box
“We are so excited to be invited to this event! We will take the opportunity to step out of our Commercial Kitchen & Retail Shop on 1725 Cook Street & introduce ourselves, connect with all the busy people in Victoria that need healthy food on the go! Excited to socialize and meet more seasonal local farmers, producers and growers, in turn bridging the gap between Victoria’s farms and tables with our frozen locally-sourced meals!”
Get Ready Get Local – Local Food and Sustainable Agriculture Expo
Saturday, April 18, 2015 | Victoria Conference Centre
11am-3pm | Admission $5
Co-hosted by the Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable (CRFAIR), FarmFolk CityFolk and the Island Chefs Collaborative (ICC). Get Ready, Get Local is a festival with a mission, using its net proceeds to support the work of it’s non-profit partners–CRFAIR, the Island Chefs’ Collaborative and FarmFolk CityFolk.