TasteComoxValley AppRelease
Growers Guide Cover 2020 Web
New Taste Comox Valley app responds to COVID-19 issues   Buying local has never been so important, and in support of increasing local farm gate sales, the 2020 Comox Valley Growers Guide arrives today, showcasing over 40 different farms and producers, and a myriad of incredible products available throughout the seasons. The Growers Guide has become the go-to tool for those looking for fresh, local products in the Comox Valley. Each producer listing shows icons of product types including those farms that are bike accessible, and is supported by a seasonal growing charts and maps indicating the producer’s location, plus editorial on a range of topics including local industry associations, seafood availability, and a message from the Minister of Agriculture, Lana Popham. The partners in the Growers Guide expanded in this edition to include Mid-Island Farmers Institute, Comox Valley Exhibition, in addition to founding partners the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market, Comox Valley Farmers’ Institute, and Comox Valley Economic Development & Tourism. This year has brought many new challenges to the local agrifood sector, and in response to COVID-19 crisis, the Taste Comox Valley App was established to promote shopping locally and raise increase awareness around the farms and producers who sell direct to the public. Available on the Apple App Store or Google Play, users can download the app for free and start exploring farms, collecting points, deals and discounts using this interactive platform. For those that like cycling and learning about agriculture, the annual Comox Valley Farm Cycle Tour will be held on Sunday, September 20, and provides the opportunity to bike around the Valley to meet the producers and farmers, and learn about their practices and products. Presented by agricultural industry groups, and the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition and Comox Valley Economic Development & Tourism, new for 2020 the registration fee will be replaced with donations to the Comox Valley Food Bank, in response to COVID-19. “I want to congratulate the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market, Comox Valley Exhibition Society, Mid-Island Farmers’ Institute, and Comox Valley Farmers’ Institute for their leadership in putting together this excellent guide for the local community.” said Minister Popham. Just under 100k copies of the Growers Guide will be distributed via the Comox Valley Record and Island BlackPress papers in June and again in July, as well as the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market, the Vancouver Island (Comox Valley) Visitor Centre, through local participating farm stands, and can be found online at agrifoodcomoxvalley.com.
Helen Austin At Land And Sea Brewing
Comox Valley Craft Brewery Virtual Happy Hour Series Continues Comox Valley, BC - Comox Valley Economic Development & Tourism (CVEDS), in collaboration with local craft breweries and the BC Ale Trail, are promoting a 'buy local campaign’ to support increased awareness about the current modified services of the craft brewers and encourage residents to show their support for local producers. The ‘Wish You Were Beer Comox Valley Craft Brewery Virtual Happy Hour Series’ was established in response to COVID-19, to encourage locals to pick up or order their favourite local craft beer, and in doing so, customers are provided with an All-Access Pass to the Virtual Happy Hour events featuring well-known Comox Valley musicians. The concept arose as a result of the CVEDS investment in BC Ale Trail initiatives aimed at highlighting area craft brewers and the Comox Valley as a culinary destination. Due to COVID-19, a number of tactics planned for this past March and April were postponed or cancelled. As such, together with the BC Ale Trail and the participating brewers and businesses, CVEDS repurposed some of those funds to create a Virtual Happy Hour Series featuring: Other supporting businesses have jumped in to sponsor the series in the hopes it encourages more support of local producers including DeLucaVeale Investment Counsel, RealStream Income Properties, Ivan Lee TD Wealth, Hollis Wealth, and Mindset Wealth. “The financial advisors and partners that are sponsoring are proud to play a part in this wonderful initiative to showcase the talent we have in the Valley. We encourage everyone to join the Virtual Happy Hour and support the breweries, businesses and restaurants we all love,” said Robert Mulrooney, Mindset Wealth. For a full schedule of events and details about how to get an “All-Access Pass” please visit https://discovercomoxvalley.com/discover/virtual-happy-hour/   -30-   Media Contacts: Lara Greasley, Marketing and Communications Comox Valley Economic Development & Tourism lgreasley@investcomoxvalley.com

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