Loving the slow food in British Columbia

As we’ve eaten our way through British Columbia one thing has stood out: the passion we find everywhere for fresh, locally produced ingredients. Practically every restaurant we visit has an emphasis on seasonal items from the area, or a local specialty, or even something from the garden out back that takes centre stage on the menu. Here are a few of our favourites.

Canada BC Whistler - Alta Bistro - fiddlehead pickles

Alta Bistro in Whistler, BC served up a charcuterie platter with some outstanding pickled fiddleheads. They gathered these tender morsels themselves during their short season and preserved them to serve through the year. Sorry, you can’t buy a whole jar – we tried – as they’ve only preserved enough to serve in the restaurant.

Canada BC Penticton - Gods Mountain Main Course Hay Ham

God’s Mountain Estate

Dana of Joy Road Catering serves an alfresco vineyard dinner every week at God’s Mountain Estate. Before the main course is served, in lieu of grace, she reads a few lines from a slow food manifesto, reminding the diners to think of where the food came from and how it was prepared. Practically everything served is sourced locally, from the sweet hay-baked ham to the cherries pavlova, and if you’re interested she can tell you a story or two about how it was grown and why it was chosen to be a part of the dinner.

Canada BC Kelowna - RauDZ - The RJB

RauDZ Regional Table

The menu at this Kelowna, BC restaurant is dominated by seasonal, locally produced dishes. We started with cocktails using liquor from Okanagan Spirits, a craft distillery just around the corner, and then had an awesome steak, crab, & bacon burger with regionally-sourced everything, homemade onion jam, and an incredibly buttery brioche bun.

Canada BC Nelson Brewing Company

Nelson Brewing Company

All the delicious craft beers brewed here in Nelson, BC are certified organic, even using organic honey in their honey ale.

Canada BC Shuswap - Gort Gouda

Gort’s Gouda

As we visited various restaurants throughout the Kootenays we noticed menus boasting of their cheese being sourced from Gort’s Gouda, so we knew we had to stop in at this small family dairy. Their herd grazes on grass in the field, no antibiotics, no hormones, just natural milk. They process it into all kinds of delicious gouda cheese – Dina’s favourite was the extra old.

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6 Responses to “Loving the slow food in British Columbia”

  1. Karen
    22 July 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    I love this! We really do need to slow down and appreciate where our food came from. Great perspective on the foods from our province.

  2. Karla Sofen
    30 July 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    Even our burger joints follow this practice. Great burger place in Cook Street Village in Victoria called “Big Wheel Burger” – they renovated an old laundromat and created a classic burger joint and practice every possible sustainable low-energy local source methods. Great burgers too.

    • Ryan
      30 July 2012 at 2:59 pm #

      That sounds excellent! We’ll check it out next time we’re in BC.

  3. Nomadic Samuel
    22 October 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    I’ve heard great things about the Nelson Brewing Company from a friend who is from there. Real organic honey in the honey ale sounds absolutely delicious.

  4. Mitch
    14 November 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    Big Wheel Burger sounds awesome! Great blog!
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  5. Dubai Desert Safari
    23 December 2014 at 9:42 am #

    Sounds charming…will be seeing all these when i visit there next time…:)

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