Researchers Seek Input to Strengthen Farm to Restaurant Connections

Researchers from the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, Kwantlen Polytechnic University are seeking public participation to help them understand the demand for local food in Okanagan restaurants.

Through to the end of October, Okanagan residents are being asked to complete a 10-minute online survey about their preferences for local food in restaurants. The survey hopes to obtain information about the demand for local foods in restaurant meals, to strengthen the farm to restaurant supply chain and support the local food/farming sectors in the region. Participants who complete the survey will be entered to win one of five $100 gift cards to local restaurants.

Those wishing to access the survey can do so at https://www.surveymonkey.ca/r/be_local_eat_local until Midnight on October 31st and are encouraged to share the survey with their networks.

Survey results will be considered along with information from interviews with chefs and farmers, and presented at a networking event in Penticton in the spring. This project is part of the “Building Connections: From Farm to Restaurant” initiative undertaken by the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS) at KPU, funded by the Interior Health Authority – Community Food Action Initiative (CFAI).

While the survey is available Okanagan-wide, Land to Table is discussing how to duplicate this project as undertaken by our counterparts in the South Okanagan – brining further interviews and a networking event to Vernon in the fall 2020. We look forward to sharing details as they come available.