Every cloud has a silver lining and the Vancouver Canucks Stanley Cup final loss to the Boston Bruins provides an opportunity for Nanaimo to promote its culinary delight.
At the start of the National Hockey League final, B.C. Premier Christy Clark bet Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick a platter of Nanaimo Bars and smoked salmon if the Canucks lost to the Bruins.
Upon hearing about the bet the City of Nanaimo contacted the premier’s office offering to supply the Nanaimo Bars win or lose.
The time has come to deliver on the wager and Nanaimo Mayor John Ruttan helped package up the sweet treats.
“It’s unfortunate that we are not sending these as a consolation prize, however this is still a great opportunity to highlight just one of our fabulous local culinary delights,” he said. “Over the past few months local tourism partners have been working diligently to develop a ‘Nanaimo Bar Trail’ tourism product and we hope this gesture will generate a little bit more exposure for this emerging tourism product.”
The platter of treats includes samples donated by McLean’s Specialty Foods, A Wee Cupcakery, Bocca Café, Javawocky Coffee House, and Quality Foods Northridge Village.
The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory also supplied a sample of its Nanaimo Bar fudge.