Seventh Annual Rancho Vignola Giveaway!

November 25, 2018

rancho vignola harvest event

It’s time, friends! Time for my favourite event of the year on my blog – The Big Giveaway.

Every year around this time, I offer a giveaway on my blog, sponsored by the lovely folks at Rancho Vignola, my very favourite seller of nuts, dried fruit, and fairly traded chocolate. This may seem like an odd giveaway unless you have tried their products. The freshest, most flavourful nuts you can imagine; the plumpest and tastiest dried fruit; and wonderful chocolate confections (toffee almond milk chocolate, anyone?)

Rancho Vignola is a wholesaler based in Armstrong BC, specializing in directly-trade new crop nuts and dried fruits. I have been buying their products for years, at least 8 years before I started partnering with them in my business. I can vouch for the freshness and quality of their products and I’m thrilled to be working with them again this year.

Usually, Rancho products are only available by wholesale mail order, but at this time of year, you can catch them at one of their Western Canada Harvest Events, where anyone can sample their fantastic products, buy in quantities smaller than 5 pounds, and take in live music and recipe samples.

Rancho Vignola

Next weekend, Nov 30 and Dec 1st,  is the Rancho Vignola Harvest Event in Sidney, held at the Mary Winspear Centre. I’ll be there both days; on Saturday I’ll be doing several cooking demos throughout the day and I’d love to treat you to some recipes made with Rancho products.

In the meantime, one lucky reader of my blog will win a gorgeous gift basket of nuts, dried fruit, and chocolate. Giveaway rules below.  This gift basket, showcasing the best of the new crop, and valued at $100, will be available for pick up by the winner at the Sidney Harvest Event Nov 30 or Dec 1st. And if you don’t live on Southern Vancouver Island, don’t worry! Rancho Vignola will ship the basket to you.

The $100 Basket Giveaway Rules:

To qualify for delivery, you must have a Canadian shipping address. Enter the draw in one of four ways:

(1) comment on this post
(2) post to my facebook fanpage
(3) tweet with the hashtag #RVgiveaway2018 to @chefheidifink
(4) on Instagram, post a photo of something related to nuts, dried fruit, or a Chef Heidi-inspired recipe, with the hashtag #ranchovignolagiveaway and tag me @chefheidifink

Giveaway ends by 9 pm on Thursday, November 29th, and a winner will be announced by 7 am the morning of Nov 30th.. That’s five days, folks!

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

Rancho Vignola

Comments (62)

  1. We use a variety of nuts in our Christmas baking so this would be fantastic for us!!! My favourite treat to make is my Pecan Meltaways, but really ANYTHING with nuts is a winner for me!

  2. Rancho V’s dried pineapple rings are ALMOST like a trip to Hawai’i. Hard to believe they could be that amazing…but yes, they are Aloha! I don’t know what their hazlenuts are *almost like* but they are just The Most Delicious nuts anywhere. Superlatives right?! Everything they sell is really good and everything that Chef Heidi suggests using them for is also a Very Good Idea. Thanks for coming to Sidney every year & thank you for offering this contest every year! See you at the show.

  3. Here is deliciousness in a basket !
    This would be a fabulous introduction to my Irish relatives, who are visiting for Christmas , to experience a taste of British Columbias bounty.

  4. Can’t wait to check it out! We have taken cooking classes from Chef Heidi and we loved them! But we haven’t tried these products! See you in Sidney! Can’t wait!

  5. I look forward to restocking my shelves with these delicious products each year. Thank you to Heidi for introducing me to the products and delicious recipes.

  6. I absolutely love rancho vinola products. You can taste the freshness! The care, attention, and love in these products is like no other.

  7. This sounds fantastic and I’m going to try to make it to Sidney this weekend! I am looking forward to trying these products.

  8. My shelves await the delicious products you stock. Please do not penalize me for commenting one day late. I just received the email this morning here in Victoria, BC. We in Cook Street Village consider ourselves connoisseurs of fine food. And the basket will be proof of that when I share it with neighbours. I await the fantastic gift basket. Thank you.

  9. This will be my first year to visit the Harvest Event. I am looking forward to picking up various products to include in my Christmas gifts. Thank you for letting us know about this, and for the opportunity to win such a lovely basket.

  10. I have never tried these products, but we have taken classes by Chef Heidi Fink and so we are looking forward to dropping in and checking them out! Thanks for the reminder….see you in Sidney!

  11. I’m thrilled to find a good source for fruit and nuts as I use a ton of them all year long – granola and panforte anyone! Thanks Heidi.

  12. I go to the Rancho Vignola sale every year in Sidney. I have also picked up several of your recipe cards Heidi. Thank you for doing those up and giving them away.

  13. Love Rancho! Can’t wait for my order to come in! Probably most excited about making cashew cheese cake or alfredo sauce!

  14. I look forward to this competition every year! Thank you for the opportunity to enter! Love the blog; love the product. Merry Christmas x

  15. This is the first time I’ve read Heidi’s blog. Wow, so much to see, learn, taste! Being a new fan of Rancho Vignola makes it even more special that a super chef would support this fine company. See you at Mary Winspear tomorrow!

  16. I’m so glad I came across your blog recently; I’ve really enjoyed browsing through previous posts. And now I’m reading about Rancho Vignola for the first time. What a truly wonderful find! We eat a lot of nuts because they’re so tasty and so healthy: we augment breakfast cereals and salads, munch on them for a mid-day energy snack, and bake with them, especially this time of year, in fruitcakes and Lebkuchen. I’m looking forward to trying the products from Rancho Vignola.

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