From October to December this year, the Local Supplier Spotlight series welcomed our local food suppliers into our residence dining halls, showcasing BC-based businesses that UBC Food Services partners with.
This initiative highlights one of our main values: working with and supporting our local community to nourish the students, faculty, staff, and visitors of UBC. Our culinary teams cook wholesome, sustainable, and diverse food, using as many local ingredients as possible. We define local food to be food that is grown, raised, caught, or processed within British Columbia—and as close to UBC as possible.
David Speight, UBC’s Culinary Director and Executive Chef, says it’s a win-win situation for UBC and local suppliers to work together.
This series is a great way for us to introduce values-aligned local food businesses to our students and guests. It’s important for us to support small-scale, local food businesses as we know that the money that we spend with local businesses supports the local economy and provides an opportunity for an emerging food brand to showcase their products to a wide range of guests.Chef David Speight
We extend a warm thanks to these local suppliers who brought their products to our campus and collaborated with our culinary teams to feed our students:
- Big Mountain Foods
- Brightside Foods
- Bonus Bakery
- Grandpa J’s Seasoning
- Living Tree Foods
- Panela Lemon
- Save Da Sea
- The Indian Pantry
- The Plant-Based Workshop
Did You Know?
- Almost 50% of our food ingredients are purchased from local producers.
- We partner with the UBC Farm and local suppliers to bring in over 50,000 lbs of fresh produce per year.
The Local Supplier Spotlight series returns in January 2024. Follow @UBCFoodie on Instagram to stay up to date on the suppliers who will be on campus.