In The News: VG's Dave Vander Velde featured in The Hamilton Spectator


Some of Dave Vander Velde’s “most wonderful” memories take place in a butcher shop.

A second-generation butcher, the Smithville man spent hours working late nights with his father at the family’s butcher shop in West Lincoln. Each evening, Vander Velde learned new skills and tricks from his father, before eventually moving on to work in abattoirs around the region.

A shoulder injury nearly put him out of the industry, but a mix of boredom from his career change and a love for the business pulled him right back in. “It’s just something I’ve always been passionate about,” said Vander Velde. “It’s such a great community.”

Come September, that fervour will be on full display as he represents both Stoney Creek’s VG Meats and Canada at the World Butchers’ Challenge.

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