It's our fourth annual Made in Vancouver Awards, and food and drink makers across our great city have proven yet again that Vancouver is a truly delicious place to live. We're crowning 2022 the year of chilies (the spicy veg was the focus of many submissions, and three chili-centred goods earned either a win or an honourable mention this year). Vegan eats continue to be on the rise (bee-free honey? Yes please!) but local butchers stand strong (see: jalapeno cheddar bratwursts). Read on for the best sauces, spreads, grill-ables and drinks made right in your backyard.
The non-alcoholic cocktail biz is growing, but in a game-changing move, this one actually tastes like the mojito it’s meant to be. Rather than straight-up sparkling water, Edna’s Mojito is made with apple cider shrub (a tart, vinegar-based drink), which provides a ton of complexity right off the bat. It tastes freshly muddled thanks to some very well-balanced Cuban mint, and a squeeze of lime transports you straight to summer. A surprising but subtle rum note seals the deal on authenticity and drinkability, rounding out any citrus-y sharpness. This is the ideal porch sipper for those looking for something a little less indulgent but still heavy on flavour (and it also makes for a pretty great mix if you’re looking to make the real thing). Our judges got hooked on the citrus-y paloma, too.