Episode 116 “Where do you buy locally produced food in the Comox Valley?”

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Listen Now @Where do you buy locally produced food in the Comox Valley?

You can buy direct from the producer, you can go to the farmer’s market, or there’s local shops, etc. Those are all great if you live here, and know when and where to find them. But Dawn Postnikoff from Westcoast Gourmet is providing an online option. Great for locals, but importantly, Tourists. Fans. Out-of-towners. Dawn is pulling it all together and making it available to everyone! Hear her story of hows and whos and whys of taking Comox Valley Food to the world stage!

Check Out @ Westcoast Gourmet Provisions

A little background on Dawn

“As a teenager, while visiting my Grandparents every year in Nanoose Bay, I was in awe of the little farm stands selling produce, eggs, and fresh flowers.  I imagined at a very young age, having the luxury of living by the ocean and supporting myself by making homemade pasta and selling it at the local markets. I was very young.

Fast forward 30 years, and while I still love the idea of local products sold at farm gates and markets, I have also been on the other side.  As a tourist I have gone out of my way to find the best cinnamon buns and banana bread in Hawaii. I have visited markets and vineyards across the world from Finland to Italy and Spain, Hong Kong, Australia, South Africa and of course North America. I know that tourists will spend more than locals, will try interesting new flavours just for the sake of it, and will go out of their way to have “out of the ordinary” products and experiences when they are away from home.

The original idea for West coast Gourmet Provisions came from a need to “scratch my own itch”, when as a visitor to Vancouver Island, it wasn’t always easy to find fresh produce or seafood, locally roasted coffee, unique specialty foods, or the best local vendors. Not in a timely manner at least.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a box of local food products delivered to my vacation home or hotel room when I arrived, so that I could sit and stare at the ocean while enjoying award winning cheeses, smoked salmon, wine, and craft brews.

While on vacation, travellers are more interested now than ever in cooking some of their own meals, not relying 100% on restaurant food, providing healthy options for their families, and learning about the local culture and products available in the region that they are visiting.

The end goal for Westcoast Gourmet is to offer more than an online market for specialty products, and to really share our love of Vancouver Island – it’s people, places, products, and experiences. Our focus is on food and beverage experiences, or culinary tourism, helping to promote and grow local businesses while allowing visitors to get a sense of what makes the Island so special.  We are curators and connectors, and our focus is not only in provisioning visitors with local products, but in helping plan, provide, and prepare for local experiences.”

Thanks for talking with us Dawn we hope to have you back again soon.


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