Food and wine event aims to support B.C. wineries and Albertan eats

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Rather than whine about the recent boycott imposed in Alberta on the import of B.C. wines, a group of wineries and a Vancouver restaurant are encouraging locals to drink wine–and eat Albertan food–instead.
Christine Coletta, owner of Okanagan Crush Pad, makers of Haywire wine, is calling for people to support their local wine industry during the month of March, while continuing to purchase Alberta products.
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Okanagan Crush Pad is teaming up with Edible Canada to host an evening of food and wine, where the food is from Alberta and the wine from B.C.
Called Farm Friends, the fundraising event in support of the B.C. Hospitality Foundation takes place Thursday, February 22 at Edible Canada.
Participating wineries include 50th Parallel Estate WineryCulmina Family Estate WineryHaywireLiquidityPainted Rock Estate WineryPoplar Grove Winery and Summerhill Pyramid Winery; as well as Mireille Sauvé with the Dames Wine project. Representatives from the wineries will be there to talk to guests, too.
On the Alberta-inspired menu prepared by Edible’s chefs will be two of their signature exports: beef and bison. Speaking of beef, that’s actually in the event’s tagline: “The only beef is on the table.”
For Coletta, as well as Edible Canada’s owner Eric Pateman, they want to support food and drink from Canada without being exclusionary.
“We want everyone to see that we are better together,” says Coletta.

Farm Friends

When: Thursday, February 22 from 6 to 8 pm
Where: Edible Canada – 1596 Johnston Street (Granville Island)
Tickets: $55, available online
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Lindsay is a Senior Writer at Vancouver Is Awesome. A fifth generation Vancouverite, she was previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive and Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz. Lindsay grew up in Vancouver and Toronto, then spent over 20 years in Los Angeles, where she was EIC of the city's top blog, earned her Masters in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com