If you like eating great food and winning prizes, this new contest presented by Buy Algoma, Buy Local is the perfect way to spend the rest of your summer. The Local Food Trail is a self-guided local food adventure, with chances to win three grand prizes, all while supporting local.
From Aug. 1 to Sept. 30, participants will be challenged to taste locally-inspired dishes, shop for local products, and learn from the locals at over 60 farm-gates, farmers’ markets, restaurants and cafes, breweries, wineries and shops.
“The Algoma region is one of the most beautiful in Ontario and we want people to experience that along with the incredible food it has to offer,” said David Thompson, manager of the Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) in a news release. “The Local Food Trail provides information and resources to experience what our local vendors have to offer and gives you a chance to win some incredible prizes.”
The contest works by following a few easy steps.
First, participants can use the local food map that can be found on Buy Algoma, Buy Local’s website to explore over 60 local spots.
Next, start making memories with friends and family at a Local Trail Stop location by dining, shopping, or taking a tour.
Participants are then asked to snap a photo at the local stop and upload it to Buy Algoma, Buy Local’s website where they will receive a digital stamp. Collecting three or more stamps earns entries to win one of the grand prizes. The more stamps collected, the more chances there are of winning, as well as receiving recognition as a Local Food Lover, Local Food Enthusiast or Local Food Connoisseur, respectively.
The grand prizes include $400 or $450 towards local restaurants, and a 2021 CSA share from a local farmer valued at $500 that includes 16 weeks of locally grown vegetables and a private farm, winery or brewery tour.
As a non-profit organization, RAIN is able to offer these prizes because of local sponsors.
“The generosity of our local businesses is remarkable and a perfect example of local supporting local,” Thompson said.For more information on The Local Food Trail, visit the website.