The second annual Every Chef Needs a Farmer, Every Farmer Needs a Chef event in Vancouver brought together farmers, chefs and other members of the food and beverage industry to share ideas and create new opportunities.
“This is an event I dreamed of for a very, very long time even before I was a politician,” British Columbia Agriculture Minister Lana Popham said during the Nov. 12 event.
“It started back when I was a farmer myself and the restaurant industry allowed me to have a stable farming business.”
The first event last year was also held in Vancouver.
Popham said most farmers asked to have the event held in the Lower Mainland again, which worked well for the local chefs.
“It gives farmers an opportunity to come down and see where their food is going to be going,” she said.
The event included an exhibitor showcase as well as several panel discussions.
Jennifer Gidora, the operations manager with Finest at Sea, took part in the first panel about success stories from the 2018 event.
She thinks making good contacts and being able to promote other producers and work alongside them were the benefits of last year’s event.
“It really did make me think about how do farmers collaborate, how do we find a network, how do we make each other better because it is so easy to be missed,” she said.