Best of The West
For the second year in a row The Harmony Arts Festival presented Best of the West. The event was hosted again by Michaela Morris and Michelle Boufard of house wine, who did a spectacular job of pairing up West Vancouver’s best restaurants with stellar BC Wines. Held at the Ambleside Pier at the foot of 14th Street, the setting couldn’t be more perfect. The weather was more than cooperate and guests strolled the dock with ocean views, live music and simply delightful food and wine.
This festival was timed perfecly as my aunt was in town and as she lives smack in the heart of Hawkes Bay, a prime New Zealand wine growing region, I was keen to show her what British Columbia had to offer. She left impressed and packed a few bottles to take back and share with friends.
La Regalade Restaurant and Stag’s Hollow Viognier
Roasted Sucking Pig with 2010 Stag’s Hollow Viognier
The Observatory Restaurant and Quail’s Gate
Apple and blackberry salmon gravelax with buckwheat blinis, citrus pearl and creme fraiche with 2011 Quails’ Gate Chenin Blanc
Carmelo’s Ristorante & Blue Mountain Vineyard & Cellars
Lemon risotto ball with Blue Mountain “Gold Label Brut”
Dundarave Fish Market & Meyer Family Vineyards
Prawn Cocktail with 2010 Meyer family Vineyards Gewuztraminer
Louis Gervais Fine Foods & Catering and Orofino Veyards
Mesquite smoked, Pemberton Valley flat iron steak with salade verte and fresh mango salsa with 2010 Orofino Riesling
Dale Ferris Catering & Poplar Grove Winery
Grilled Beef Tenderloin Tuscan Salad with 2008 Poplar Grove Melrot
Beachside Forno & Painted Rock Estate Winery
Crispy sweetbread bonbon with 2009 Painted Rock Estate Syrah
My aunt Beth showing off the wine (she did put it back, promise!)
Darkness set in just as we were leaving, capping off the night.