Fifth Annual Rancho Vignola Giveaway

November 14, 2016

Rancho Vignola

For the fifth year in a row, I am lucky enough to partner with Rancho Vignola, a company whose values and products are of the highest caliber, who sells only the freshest nuts and dried fruit, to bring you a giveaway opportunity. It’s become a winter tradition on my blog, and I love it.

I have long been a fan of Rancho products, and have stocked my pantry exclusively with their nuts and dried fruit for over ten years. Rancho Vignola is a direct mail-order company based in BC. The company owners, Sue and Richard Vignola, work directly with farmers to ensure that they buy only crops of nuts that are ethically grown and harvested, and are at the peak of freshness when they are delivered to my (or to your) door.

They also run Harvest Sales all over BC and Alberta in the fall, where customers can sample all of their many products and decide what they might like to order. The Harvest Event on the Island is coming to Sidney on November 25th and 26th at Mary Winspear Centre. Less than two weeks away!!rancho vignola ingredients

A Harvest Sales Event is a boon for those of us who want to try something, but are not sure if we can commit to a 5 lb bag. For example, I had long had my eye on the Unpasteurized Almonds in the Rancho catalog, but until I tried them at the Sidney Harvest Event three years ago, I had NO IDEA how delicious those almonds were! Seriously, once you try a fresh-harvested nut, you can never go back to the supermarket variety.

I will be at the Harvest Sales Event on Saturday (26th) doing a few cooking demos and handing out samples. I hope to see you there!  In the meantime, please enter the giveaway to win a gift basket of Rancho Vignola products valued at $100 (rules below). You have one week!

The winner of the blog giveaway can pick up their basket at the Harvest Sale on the 25th or 26th, or have it mailed to their home.

The $100 Basket Giveaway Rules:

To qualify for delivery, you must have a Canadian shipping address. Enter the draw in one of three ways:
(1) comment on this post
(2) post to my facebook fanpage
(3) tweet with the hashtag #RVgiveaway2016 to @chefheidifink

Giveaway ends by midnight, Monday, November 21st, and a winner will be announced Tuesday, November 22nd. That’s about one week, folks!

(Non-winners will be very happy to note that Rancho Vignola’s December Online Harvest Sale is coming Dec 1st to 15th. No minimum order required! So, if this post has piqued your interest, and you can’t make it to any of the Harvest Sales locations, you can order some products to try through the December online sale.)

Comments (108)

  1. I am so glad you introduced me to this company and their fantastic products.
    Winning this would be fantastic!

    1. Hi Christy – Rancho is a BC based company, but they do not source all of their nuts from BC. They do buy directly from farmers all over the world who practice sustainable management.

  2. my husband is an avid baker and tries to use really fresh quality products and we are always searching for new items. Attending the Harvest Sale sounds like a great way to meet new vendors. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I’ve been wanting to try these nuts for years. I hope I can make it to the show this year to finally do so!

  4. I love that you share all this info on where to find good food. I hope to see you at the Mary Winspear and try some of these nuts. Thanks for this reminder.

  5. Fingers crossed that this year will be my year! Such a lovely contest to look forward to at the beginning of the holiday season! Much thanks.

  6. I couldn’t agree more on the quality of Rancho Vignola products! We also order our nuts and seeds exclusively from them along with a couple of friends here in Golden. It is a huge pre-holiday treat when the order comes in! We very much enjoy learning about their direct work with the farmers. The staff are always a pleasure to do business with. It is evident that this is one of my favourite companies!

  7. I’ve been enjoying Rancho’s products for the last few years, thanks to your introduction. I hope I am the lucky winner this year – fingers crossed.

  8. Thanks so much for doing this again, Heidi. I discovered Rancho Vignolo’s products through your blogpost!! Best nuts and dried fruit ever! Hope I am chosen the winner! What a great start to Christmas baking season it would be!

  9. Hi Chef Heidi:
    Love your work, love your cooking classes and love that you have introduced Rancho’s products to us! I have never tried them but I can’t wait to do so! I would love to be entered into the contest….. Thanks!

  10. I would love to have a chance to try a variety of different offerings from Rancho Vignola. It’s always so difficult to choose.

  11. I’ve been a staunch Rancho fan for many years now. Your involvement makes it even better! Thanks for inviting us!

  12. Thanks Heidi & thanks to Rancho Vignola for the annual contest. I love their walnuts and apricots and am looking forward to buying some other necessities from them. It would be a long winter without their blasts of summer flavours! See ya at the Sidney event.

  13. Try the honey orange almonds, they are delish! That’s what’s great about the harvest events you get to sample their yummy products. Be warned – you will buy more than you planned! Would love to win this year!

  14. Nuts are beautiful nuts are fine, I like nuts, I eat them all the time, I eat them for my supper and I eat them for my lunch and if I had Rancho Vignola nuts, I’d eat them all the time! :-) (Fred Penner Sandwich parody)

  15. Thank you for doing this Heidi!! And thank you for introducing them to me two years ago. Now I wait for their harvest sale in Sidney like a child waits for Christmas!!!

  16. Thank you for, once again, generously offering this giveaway! We’re a large combined family, my daughter and her family are currently living with us, as they immigrate to Canada from Scotland. It would be awesome to win this basket to share with everyone.

  17. Great giveaway Heidi! Dreaming of what sumptuous treats to use these fresh nuts and dried fruits in :)
    Hope to see you in Sidney….

  18. Just in the process of discovering Rancho Vignola. Thanks for posting, I intend to go to Mary Winspear and check them out!

  19. I love this company! My best work day ever was the day my coworker and I walked over to the sale and got to try all the samples….ok, maybe not my very best work day but it was pretty awesome!
    Their white chocolate bark is fantastic!

  20. Thanks for letting us know about such a great sounding company. I’ll definitely be checking them out (and keeping my fingers crossed that I win your giveaway)! After looking at the catalogue I’m feeling inspired to make dark, nutty Christmas cake this year.

  21. We love Rancho Vignola! I had no idea they brought the harvest sale to Alberta, I awill have to check the schedule. Most of the time I just order and get my sister in Vernon to pick it up.

  22. Being new to Victoria we are keen to discover all it has to offer. We will make sure to go to the harvest event. Thanks

  23. I would love to win this basket! I’ve enjoyed Rancho Vignola for quite a number of years and appreciate the hard work they do to bring us quality fresh nuts & dried fruit. And oh, those chocolate covered coffee beans!!!

  24. I am thrilled about this page. Everything looks so amazing. I am excited to be entered in your draw, thank you so much for doing this.

  25. Yes! I can’t wait for this harvest event! It’s like Christmas came early! I can’t wait to load up my pantry and freezer!!!

  26. Thank you Heidi ! What a wonderful thing you are doing. I was introduced to Rancho Vignola by my sister in Vancouver ;-) Please enter me in the contest! If not me, whoever wins, enjoy!

  27. Thanks for introducing us to Rancho Vignola! I have been enjoying their delightful fruits and nuts for years, thanks to you!
    Please put me into the draw.

  28. Love your recipes…many of which have become family go to’s. Also have been enjoying the amazing products from the amazing Rancho Vignola for many, many years. Would be wonderful to receive your gift basket!! But, regardless I will still be following you and enjoying my own purchased Rancho products!!

  29. I am a huge fan of this company’s products – especially the pistachios and the dried apricots. I would love to win this yummy give away gift!

  30. I love Rancho Vignola! I first learned about them through my step mom, who setup a wholesale purchase for the entire island (Texada Island). I have been an avid customer ever since Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. I have purchased Rancho Vignola products for a few years already and would be a very happy winner should my name be drawn .

  32. We have shopped at the Rancho Vignola Harvest Sale in Salmon Arm for at least the last 10 years and have always been thoroughly satisfied with their diversity and quality of products. This year my sister who lives in Yellowknife was visiting on Harvest Sale weekend so she also stocked up.

  33. I have been ordering Rancho Vignola products for years. I agree wholeheartedly with everything you just said. My husband wouldn’t touch a walnut for 30 years until he started eating the ones from Rancho.
    I have started many of my friends and family on their products too.

  34. I love contests and the excitement of trying new treats! You have definitely converted me to rancho vignola ordering. My favourite product is the sliced almonds.

  35. This is so generous of you! I remember the excitement of knowing my mom was coming home from one of their events

  36. I agree! After trying these nuts, I can’t believe how different they taste from the ones I have been eating.

  37. This is the third year that I’ve ordered a supply of nuts and dried fruit from Rancho Vignola. I’ve been quite pleased with the quality.

  38. I love many of the Rancho Vignola products. So fresh. Would really enjoy the gift basket as funds are tight this year !!

  39. I will head up to Sidney to check out this product as I’ve heard you mention it many times.
    Of course I would love to win this giveaway as well!

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