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Posted: October 21, 2020

Craving delicious food?

Dig into the #EatLocalYXC Festival, starting tomorrow in Cranbrook

We’re all craving a little inspiration and comfort food during these strange, pandemic times – and the #EatLocalYXC Festival, happening Oct. 22 to Nov. 15, has just the recipe to make that happen.

The best part is you’ll learn about your entrepreneurial neighbourhood businesses and can eat without leaving your own kitchen, connecting with people in one click. Every Thursday for four weeks, local Cranbrook and Kimberley restaurants will showcase their businesses in Facebook Live events, plus offer special dining deals and incentives.

Brandi Boothman, a Cranbrook local, passionate foodie and wellness specialist, is helping spearhead #EatLocalYXC. She’s excited about how the event will spread the word about Cranbrook’s dining scene and the people behind-the-scenes who feed us when we don’t want to cook.

“I like that it came along at a time when I feel like what Cranbrook needs – and every area – needs support,” she said. “I’ve watch Cranbrook evolve and if I can support that and help people keep eating out and doing take-out and help those restaurants stay in business.”

#EatLocalYXC will help prop up local restaurants and entrepreneurs, said Boothman. “It’s good exposure. Every time someone likes and shares and comments on restaurants, it helps expands their reach,” to fans and then friends and family of fans.

Cranbrook already has a strong sense of community, she said, adding #EatLocalYXC “gives everyone an opportunity to keep up to date and see what their neighbours are up to and lets everyone help support each other.”

Here is a taster of what some local restaurants will be doing during their #EatLocalYXC Facebook Live sessions and the deals offered throughout the four-week event.

Please join us for the #LiveLocal #EatLocalYXC Festival.

Ella’s, Oct. 22, 3 p.m.

Love a zingy Jamaican jerk chicken that will give you warmth on a fall or winter night? The flavour of Jamaica is Ella’s secret sauce. Ella’s is featuring a tasting menu for $35 during #EatLocalYXC. For its Facebook Live session at 3 p.m. on Oct. 22, you’ll learn how to make their Jamaican-inspired tacos and a rainbow-coloured Bob Marley cocktail, all while they reveal tips about island cooking.

Two Birds Deli, Oct. 22, 10 a.m.

Cranbrook locals Maraih and Marina are passionate about healthy and tasty fast food with style. Their menu is big on nutritious salad and sandwiches and baked goods you won’t find anywhere else. Many of their items are vegan and gluten-free. Learn how to make a to-die-for salad during their FB Live event using local ingredients. Watch for an extra special giveaway, plus take advantage of a free coffee with the purchase of a salad combo during the #EatLocalXYC event.

The Heid Out, Nov. 12, 3 p.m.

A local fave, The Heid Out Restaurant and Brew House is known for its eclectic and fresh menu, featuring international and local dishes. You’ll also find the local craft brew from Fisher Peak Brewery on tap, which is used in their Brown Ale BBQ sauce recipe. They also serve many B.C. wines.

The Heid Out’s showcase menu with be the Trio Tasting Platter during #EatLocalXYC. You can choose from several of their most popular menu items, such as the crab slider, seared Haida Gwaii halibut filet or cabbage ball taco. Each menu item is paired with a craft beer, red or white wine for $25 a person plus tax.

Stay tuned for what The Heid Out has planned for its Facebook Live at 3 p.m. Nov. 12.

Keep checking back for more details on Facebook Live event and deals in the coming days.

Find out more about the #LiveLocal #EatLocalYXC events in the East Kootenay happening all month.

Or check out the #EatLocalYXC Facebook page for details.

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