The 2018 Every Chef Needs a Farmer, Every Farmer Needs a Chef event took place on November 13, 2018 at the Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel in Vancouver.
Nearly 300 farmers, chefs and food service professionals from around the province met to build business relationships around growing and serving the many agricultural and seafood products produced in B.C.
The day-long event consisted of three panel sessions with renowned chefs including Trevor Bird of Fable Kitchen, Lisa Ahier of SoBo, Ned Bell of Ocean Wise, Paul Hadfield of Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouses, Jesse McCleery of Pilgrimme Restaurant, Amanda Healey of Royal Dinette, Welbert Choi of Forage and David Speight of the University of British Columbia, as well as farmers including Zaklan Heritage Farm, Klippers Organics, Glorious Organics and Uncle Mark’s Custom Meat Cutting. Panel members were speaking to the successes they have experienced, focusing on local products.
In between panels, attendees were able to peruse the exhibitor stations, showcasing a diverse range of products from throughout B.C., such as hazelnuts, eggs, mushrooms, scallops, haskap berries, garlic, sea salt, beef, vegetables, apples, blueberries, pork, seaweed and vegan meat.
Every Chef Needs a Farmer, Every Farmer Needs a Chef brought together leaders in the farm to table movement from across B.C. to exchange success stories, insights and opportunities.