Category Archives: Okanagan Events

Celebrate Spring at the Osoyoos Oyster Festival, April 19-23

We’re Planning Our Annual Trek to Osoyoos For the Osoyoos Oyster Festival

No there are not oysters grown right in Osoyoos, but that didn’t stop the founders of the Osoyoos Oyster Festival, from having a vision to give weary oyster farmers a break from the coast and locals and visiting oyster aficionados something to slurp while waiting for all of the spring wines to be released.

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It’s in the sixth year now and Michael and I will, once again make the journey to the Okanagan, via Kelowna, where we’ll stop for some last minute wedding prep, then continue down the valley to Osoyoos for a few days to feast on oysters and work on our tans. We wouldn’t miss our annual pilgrimage, it’s now our little family tradition.

Osoyoos Oyster Festival

The Osoyoos Oyster Festival returns to the South Okanagan, April 19-23 and showcases a variety of oysters from across the country. Kelowna’s Codfathers Seafood Market will be on hand, Nova Scotia’s Sober Island Oyster Farm will be shucking up a storm, and they’ll be Effingham Oysters and more. We’ll be there for three days checking out the area and the festival’s events. On the agenda is lunch at Burrowing Owl Winery, a visit to Firehall Brewery and Dublin Gate Distilling and stops at several of the wineries. I have to be careful or I won’t fit into my wedding dress. Oh, did I mention I was getting married? I did a few times? Oops.

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We look forward to seeing Patrick McMurray again, known as “Shucker Paddy”, Patrick is a former World Champion Oyster Shucker and owner of The Ceili Cottage Restaurant in Toronto. He’ll be shucking fresh oysters at events throughout the festival and you’ll be shucking your own oysters in no time with his tips. Trevor and Michelle Munroe from Nova Scotia’s Sober Island Oyster Farm, along with their children, will be shucking east coast oysters at all three signature events, and the Codfathers Family is sure to be on site!Osoyoos Oyster Festival

We’ll be staying at Walnut Beach Resort, as there’s a great heated pool and a licensed beachfront, but many Osoyoos hotels and resorts will be offering special weekend rates for the duration of the festival, as well as “Stay and Savour” packages starting at $569 per couple (includes two nights’ accommodation and tickets to Oyster Festival events). Shuttle service, departing from set Osoyoos-based locations, is available during the following Oyster Festival events: Beach BBQ & Brews, Deep Sea Garden Party and Art of the Pearl Gala.Osoyoos Oyster Festival

For more information about the accommodation packages or the events listed below, please visit: destinationosoyoos.com/osoyoos-oyster-festival.

Beach BBQ & Brews at Watermark Beach Resort, April 21
6:30 pm Tickets: $75
New in 2017 and held on the resort’s stunning beachfront, this lively BBQ-style buffet features seafood and traditional BBQ fare, paired with generous pours of the South Okanagan’s best brews, craft ciders and a signature Canadian Whiskey cocktail. The BBQs will be manned by the following Chefs: Jeff Van Geest of Miradoro; Natasha Schooten from Walnut Beach Resort; Adair Scott from Watermark Beach Resort; and Trevor Munroe of Sober Island Oysters. Tickets available online, here.

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Deep Sea Garden Party at Walnut Beach Resort, April 22
1 pm Tickets: $60
Family pricing – children under 10, admitted free with an adult; kids 11-18, $25
This afternoon event is held outside on the lawn of Walnut Beach Resort. Guests will sample culinary delights from both land and sea, and sip exceptional wine and beer from local wineries and craft breweries. New this year is the introduction of The Garden Market, with local vendors offering samples, as well as products for sale. A kid’s zone will offer activities and educational items to make this event family-friendly. Tickets available online, here.

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Art of the Pearl Gala at Spirit Ridge Resort, April 22
6 pm Tickets: $95
This fun, social, grazing soirée is inspired by the ocean and its bounty. Guests will enjoy incredible oyster creations served up by local chefs, along with freshly shucked oysters, and charcuterie offerings, paired with wine samples from the area’s award-winning wineries. More than 10 Okanagan restaurants are participating in this event, including: Mica Restaurant; Liquidity Bistro; Nk’Mip Cellars; The Paisley Notebook; Bonfire Restaurant; Sonora Room; Greenside Grill; Walnut Beach Resort; and Jojo’s Café. Tickets available online, here.

Partner Events:
Long Table Dinner at Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek Winery, April 19
6:30 pm Tickets: $39
Enjoy a special evening, starting with freshly shucked oysters, followed by a three-course dinner dedicated to the oyster. Call 250.498.3742 for tickets.

Under the Tuscan Sea at Terrafina Restaurant at Hester Creek, April 20
6:30 pm
Tickets: $45
Terrafina at Hester Creek Estate Winery invites guests to sample pizza and oysters paired with spring releases from Hester Creek, along with tastings from the winery’s “bubbly” neighbours. Call 250.498.2229 for tickets.

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Whiskey & Oysters at Sol in the Holiday Inn, April 21
4 – 6 pm Tickets: $65
A great opportunity to try fresh oysters hand-selected by Codfathers Seafood Market, alongside various whiskeys, all while overlooking Osoyoos Lake in the Sol Grill Room & Lounge. With special guest Patrick McMurray (“Shucker Paddy”) in attendance. Call 250.495.7223 for tickets.

Brunch Buffet at Mica Restaurant at Spirit Ridge Resort, April 23
10 am – 1 pm $30
Wrap up the weekend by enjoying a delicious brunch buffet, while taking in views of Osoyoos Lake and the rolling countryside. Includes a complimentary mimosa or caesar. Call 250.495.8007 for reservations.

About Osoyoos
At the gateway to the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys lies Canada’s only desert, and the lakeside town of Osoyoos. A year-round destination, sunny Osoyoos offers something for everyone, including beaches, swimming, golfing, boating, fishing, wineries, fine dining and more. Visit destinationosoyoos.com.

 

What’s Good This Week April 26

Events in Vancouver

We’re back from our Okanagan getaway and seem to have brought the sun back with us! Perfect weather to check out indoor and outdoor events in Vancouver!
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The Greasy Spoon Vol 14. Featuring Trevor Bird from Fable Kitchen – April 26

An evening affair that will defy your preconceptions of diner food!The Greasy Spoon Diner was conceived by a group of passionate Vancouverites led by Mark Brand who hosts it monthly at his Save On Meats diner. It pairs a chef and his chosen team, often from many other kitchens, alongside a front of house team comprised of people from all sectors in our city. A new menu is created each month which fuses together fine dining and diner food to deliver a four course meal to remember. Proceeds from this edition will be going towards a great cause which focuses on hunger solutions: A Better Life Foundation.

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BIRDS OF A FEATHER: ROYAL DINETTE’S JACK CHEN AND BURDOCK & CO.’S ANDREA CARLSON TAKE FLIGHT FOR FIFTH “UGLY DUCKLING” DINNER – APRIL 26 

To Spotlight Food-Waste Awareness, Sustainability Issues Through Multi-Course Dinner – Fundraiser for Les Dames d’Escoffier and Two Rivers Meat scholarship for Tina Fineza

Royal Dinette adds another entry to its popular series of Ugly Duckling Dinners on Tuesday, April 26 when Head Chef Jack Chen welcomes guest chef Andrea Carlson of Burdock & Co. and Harvest Community Foods into the kitchen to prepare a collaborative sustainably-focused feast.

TICKETS
Royal Dinette’s fifth Ugly Duckling Dinner takes place on Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available via Eventbrite and include a multi-course menu with beverage pairings for $79 per person plus tax and gratuity. Five percent of sales will be donated to Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Chapter for their Service Excellence Scholarship Fund in honour of Tina Fineza.

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Siena – The Balls to battle Cancer – until May 12th 

Even the strongest man is sensitive and vulnerable in some parts. Balls-themed menu as a Men’s Cancer Fundraiser, featuring mouthwatering versions of Siena’s Arancini, Meatballs, Bocconcini, Burrata, Croquettes, Profiteroles and more!

$7.00 from the sale from each prix-fixe “Balls” menu goes to the Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon Division, directed towards research and prevention of male cancers. The “Balls Menu” is offered in addition to the regular menu.

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Provence Poisson d’Avril until April 30

Enjoy Provence’s Poisson d’Avril menu and fish from their fishbowl to win great prizes and fun pranks.  Poisson d’Avril dinner menu ($56) with optional wine-pairing ($24). Every card contains a unique prize, so get ready to enjoy a great Ocean Wise meal and Go-Fish. Click for details

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Farmacie Dinner – April 28

The Pipe Shop on the North Shore hosts a plant-based FARMACIE long table dinner in partnership with Saje Wellness!

100% of proceeds will go directly to support Girlvana! Girlvana’s goal is simple; to teach teen girls the tools of yoga and meditation while providing strong mentorship with a raw and heartfelt approach.

The menu is curated by To Die For’s Erin Ireland featuring: Chef Karen McAthy of Blue Heron Cheese, Chef Marika Richoz, The Juice Truck Chefs Scotia Corinne & Alina Bobyleva and Kitskitchen. Alison Ramage of Design to Dine will be hosting a multi-sensory cocktail garden using goods from Rise Kombucha, Deep Cove Brewers, The Juicery Co., & Odd Society Spirits to name a few!

The place decked to the nines with help from MAIWA and Room 6, so arrive farm chic and expect to be wowed. Grab your tickets at FARMACIE.CA

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WINE FOR WAVES NARAMATA BENCH WINERIES SPRING WINE RELEASE IN VANCOUVER – APRIL 28 

The Naramata Bench Wineries announces their annual and much anticipated Spring Wine Release Event, WINE FOR WAVES, in partnership with the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program. The event will take place on Thursday, April 28, at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver at 7 PM.

Enjoy the best  and newest wine releases from 26 Naramata Bench wineries while sampling culinary offerings from  YEW seafood + bar; Mosquito, Fanny Bay Oyster Bar, Vancouver Fish Company, Vancouver Aquarium; and the Naramata Bench’s own Hillside Winery Bistro,  Red Rooster’s Pecking Room Grill, and Upper Bench Winery and Creamery. Info and Tickets go to vanaqua.org/wineforwaves Time: 7:00 – 9:30 PM.  Tickets: $110.

All proceeds to benefit Ocean Wise.

 

Canadian Culinary Championships

The 2016 Canadian Culinary Championships presented is taking place in Kelowna, BC February 5-6, 2016.

We’ll be  up in Kelowna for this (wouldn’t miss it) and are interviewing the chefs prior and will share post coverage on BC Living Magazine. We’ve just been told there are very limited tickets left. Pictures are from the BC Competition held in Victoria

From the release:

Chefs compete in three events over two days, challenging their skills, endurance and ability to think quickly with the goal of being crowned champion.Tickets for events can be purchased online at www.goldmedalplates.com or by calling 647-328-0149.

Attendees at each event have the opportunity to enjoy the dishes created by each competitor along with their wine pairings. Guests attending the Grand Finale will enjoy live music from Barney Bentall (Legendary Hearts) and John Mann, Geoffrey Kelly and Matthew Harder from Spirit of the West, have the opportunity to bid on incredible live auction items exclusive to the Canadian Culinary Championships and cheer on all competitors as we witness who makes it to the podium in 2016.

Tickets are available for two key events including:
Friday, February 5, 2016
Mystery Wine Pairing
Chefs are given a mystery bottle of wine and must create a dish with local ingredients that best complements the mysterious vintage, in a set amount of time and with a set budget. Guests will have the pleasure of sampling these creations on the opening night of the competition in a stand up cocktail reception format. During the event, guests will taste the mystery wine and play ‘judge’ as they vote on the ‘People’s Choice Award’ for the best wine and food pairing. A silent auction of rare wines and other experiences will also be featured. Food and wine included. Cost: $145 plus tax

Saturday, February 6, 2016
Grand Finale Competition
On the final night of competition, anything goes. Chefs create their best dish for guests to sample, paired with a great wine from their regional winery partner. By evening’s end, Canada’s Champion Chef of 2016 will be crowned and a victory celebration will be staged including live music by Canadian music icons Barney Bentall (Legendary Hearts) and John Mann, Geoffrey Kelly and Matthew Harder from Spirit of the West. Food and wine included. Cost: $275 plus tax

“We are entering our 6th year hosting the Gold Medal Plates Grand Finale – the Canadian Culinary Championships. It is very gratifying to see how the community has embraced this event,” comments Judy Burns, Event Chair, Canadian Culinary Championships. “The Championships are one of the most significant culinary competitions held in Canada, attracting many of our top culinary talents. We are proud to have the opportunity to showcase to all of our guests locally and from abroad, the bounty Kelowna and the Okanagan has to share.”

Chef judging will be led by James Chatto, Gold Medal Plates’ National Culinary Advisor and Head Judge and includes the following participating Gold Medal Chefs:

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REPRESENTING BRITISH COLUMBIA – Alex Chen – Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, Vancouver
REPRESENTING CALGARY- Matthew Batey – The Nash Restaurant & Off Cut Bar
REPRESENTING EDMONTON- Jan Trittenbach – Solstice Seasonal Cuisine
REPRESENTING REGINA – Jonathan Thauberger – Crave Kitchen + Wine Bar
REPRESENTING SASKATOON – Darren Craddock – Riverside Country Club
REPRESENTING WINNIPEG- Norm Pastorin – The Cornerstone Bar & Restaurant
REPRESENTING TORONTO – Stuart Cameron – Byblos
REPRESENTING OTTAWA – Marc Lepine – Atelier
REPRESENTING MONTREAL – Guillaume Cantin – Les 400 Coups REPRESENTING ST. JOHN’S – Roger Andrews – Relish Gourmet Burgers REPRESENTING HALIFAX – Martin Ruiz Salvador – Fleur de Sel, Lunenberg

Event information:
Official Website: www.goldmedalplates.com
Official Twitter: @GoldMedalPlates
Official Hashtag: #CCC2016

About Canadian Culinary Championships
The Canadian Culinary Championships is the finale of Gold Medal Plates – the ultimate celebration of Canadian Excellence in cuisine, wine, entertainment and athletic achievement. Celebrated in eleven cities across Canada in 2015, Gold Medal Plates featured superb wines and the premier chefs in each city in a competition to crown a gold, silver and bronze medal culinary team in each city, and subsequently nation- wide at the Canadian Culinary Championships.

Founded in 2003, the goal of Gold Medal Plates is to raise substantial funds for Canada’s high performance athletes, while celebrating Canadian excellence. Since 2004, this event has received tremendous support and accolades all across Canada, and generated a combined net total of nearly $11 million for Canada’s Olympic athletes! For more information, visit the Gold Medal Plates website www.goldmedlaplates.com

The Canadian Olympic Foundation – Beneficiary of the Events Net proceeds from Gold Medal Plates are given to the Canadian Olympic Foundation to support athletes through high performance programs such as Own the Podium. To learn more about the foundation and the programs it funds, please visit www.olympicfoundation.ca

Les Dames Summerdine – A Few Seats Left + Online Auction

On Wednesday, August 12th join Canada’s largest concurrent dinner party as Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Chapter presents Les Dames Summerdine . This fundraiser takes place at thirty different restaurants, wineries, cooking schools and culinary venues across the province.

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While most venues are sold out, seats in Vancouver can still be bought at Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks, where Chef Jennifer Peters of Nextjen Gluten Free will create a gluten free dinner.

Gluten-free pate choux filled with chicken liver parfait and glazed with a beautiful Moroccan spiced sour cherry jam from Dame Lee Murphy at Vista  D’oro 
Smoked Salmon Pate on Molasses Bread
Tomato Buratta Salad with Crispy Herb Pita
Dungeness Crab and Crepe millfuille
Organic Beef Flank, Wild mushrooms, Cavaletti Pasta
Pistachio Jelly Roll, Cherries and Pistachio sorbet

Wild Rice

Nearby in New Westminster at Wild Rice. It’s a quick sky train ride away too, don’t you know?

Amuse BLT, house smoked bacon chip, slow roasted cherry tomato, lettuce
Kale Caesar Tofu cashew dressing, fried chickpeas, house brined olives and red onion
Poached Egg 6 minute organic egg, taro nest, baby lettuces, beet foam
Free Range Pork F.V. tenderloin, leek ash, apple ginger jus sphere, arugula emulsion, pickled carrot
Crème Brulee Strawberry rooibos infused crème, basil cookies

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Siena Restaurant on South Granville 

Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho parmesan crisp, pickled cucumber, saffron oil
Burrata Salad fresh figs, prosciutto, candied walnuts, UBC greens, masi balsamico
Grappa-marinated Sable Fish cauliflower puree, wilted UBC kale, potato and chive croquette
Honey Vanilla Panna Cotta fresh raspberries, almond cantuccini

Summerdine

Edible Canada – NOW SOLD OUT

Gazpacho – sumac, cold pressed canola, Vancouver island salt
Spot prawn – summer succotash, wild boar nage, sorrel
Agnolotti dal Plin – goat butter, borage, truffle
Heritage cap of beef – mustard green salsa verde, new crop potato, collards
East van roasters chocolate delice – stone fruits, crispy crunch, caramel ~
From….
Two Rivers Meat co.
Organic Ocean Seafood
Hazelmere organic farm
Hannah Brook farm
Inner City urban farm
East Van Roasters

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Left Bank

tuna tartar, avocado, sesame, rice  crackers
scallops and prawns, farro risotto, beurre blanc, herb salad
braised short ribs, pomme puree, honey yams, natural jus
fresh fruit parfait, raspberry sorbet, fresh fruit, GF shortbread

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Nicli in Gastown

Antipasti: 
Oyama Sausage Co salumi and The Farm House cheeses
with flatbread and BC cherry tomato jam
Insalata:
Chilliwack corn, Jolly Meats bresaola,
Hannah Brook Farm frilly endive,
The Farm House country blue
Pizza”Bianca di Prosciutto e Rucola”:
Fresh garlic, basil, Natural Pastures mozzarella di bufala,
The Farm House fermiere, Oyama Sausage Co Prosciutto,
Barnston Island Herbs arugula
Pizza “100-mile Marg”:
Roasted local tomato sauce, The Farm House fermiere,
Natural Pastures mozzarella di bufala, basil
Dolci “Peaches and Cream”:
Local honey panna cotta
with fresh Okanagan peaches and sage shortbread

Nicli Next Door

Nicli Next Door

Bread Sourdough and house-made butter
Antipasti: Antipasto board of salumi, cheeses, pickled vegetables
Primi: House-made tagliatelle with a primavera of summer vegetables
Secondi: Braised rabbit over creamy polenta with grilled asparagus
Insalata:Local greens, fennel, radish, elderflower vinaigrette, grana padano
Dolci: Cannoli, whipped ricotta, local fruit

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In the Okanagan you can dine lakeside at Local Lounge and Grill, or…

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among the vineyards at Hester Creeks Terrafina Restaurant. (menus pending).

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Victoria’s Spinnakers is doing CRAFT BEER AND WINE PAIRINGS!!!

Chermoula marinated burnt eggplant Tree Island yogurt labneh pearls. pairings:  Stoneboat Piano Brut / Cascadia Dark Ale

Gulf Island shellfish a la basquaise The Whole Beast’s chorizo sausage, Dragonfly farm’s slow roasted tomatoes, Westwind farm’s grilled peppers
pairing:  Da Vin Foch Rose Sangria / Original Pale Ale

Aloo palak gone West Coast Wilbury farm’s hazelnut masala, roasted Haliburton farm’s new warba potatoes,  Eaglepaw Organic’s kale, fried house made paneer pairing:  Church & State Viognier / India Pale Ale

Yarrow Lake Duck Confit Moonstruck’s Blossom’s blue cheese croquettes, Saanich Organic’s pea emulsion, smoked Salt Spring Island shiitakes pairing:  Rocky Creek Pinot Noir / Bing Bang Theory

Choux dumplings, Saanich Organic’s blueberry & earl grey ice cream, lavender caramel sauce pairing: Sea Cider Black Applejack / Dunkleweizen

Hotel Grand Pacific Summerdine

and…The Mark at the Grand Pacific Hotel….NOW SOLD OUT!

Amuse Bouche
Milk Curd, Peas, Mint & Bean Salad, Guanciale, Pea Soup
First Course
Cold Smoked Salmon Ikura, Cucumber, Pickled Mustard Seeds,
Dill Yogurt Dressing
Main Course
Souse Vide Pork Loin Pork Cheek Tortellini, Corn Purée, Zucchini, Battered Apple Ring, Apple Cider Butter Sauce, Buttermilk Foam
Dessert
Almond Brown Butter Cake Lavender Infused Cream, Fresh Berries,
Honey Tuille
Mignardise
Selection of Macarons, Truffles and Gelées

Multi-course dinners are  just $79 per person for dinner, including BC VQA wine pairings! www.lesdames.ca for purchase.

Les Dames Summerdine Auction

Les Dames are also hosting an on-line auction, now open and closing on the evening of Summerdine (August 12th) at 11:59 p.m. The auction prize is an Okanagan Weekend Get-Away for Two including:  two-nights at The Cove Lakeside Resort with a bottle of Bella Rosé Sparkling Wine in your room, dinner at Salted Brick, followed by cocktails at 27. Approximate retail value is $800. Auction link here. 

Les Dames Summerdine is a fundraiser to benefit the scholarship and community outreach programs of Les Dames D’Escoffier BC Chapter.  “This year we awarded more than $21,000 in scholarships to women of all ages and backgrounds so they could begin or further their education in the fields of culinary, beverage or hospitality.

Les Dames D’Escoffier is an international association dedicated to supporting the advancement of women in the hospitality and culinary domains as well as fostering industry excellence through educational and charitable activities.  Each year the BC Chapter produces events to raise funds in support of these endeavours.

For information on Les Dames D’Escoffier BC Chapter and updates on Les Dames Summerdine: www.lesdames.ca  and Facebook or follow us on Twitter @LesDamesBC / event hashtag #LDSummerdine

For information on Les Dames d’Escoffier International: www.idei.org

BC Pinot Noir Celebration

August 22, 2015 3:00pm – 11:00pm

The 3rd annual British Columbia Pinot Noir Celebration is a celebration that aims to bring together passionate Pinot Noir producers in the province in an interactive and fun atmosphere – giving guests an intimate experience with our winemakers and winery principals whilst building education and excitement about BC Pinot Noir. 

Featuring special guest speaker Steven Spurrier; interactive breakout sessions alongside top BC winemakers; salon tastings with 26 of BC’s best Pinot Noir producers, canapé competition with Okanagan Chef’s Jason Leizert, Alex Sielmann, Chris Van Hooydonk & Calgary Chef Dilan Draper; family style dinner by Artisan Culinary Concepts and live music with local band The Young’uns!

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Ticket includes taxes, gratuity, fees & the full program as listed above. Dessert & coffee/tea included after dinner and a variety of wines will accompany dinner. Beer samples from the Cannery Brewing will accompany the entertainment portion of the evening.

One (1) round-trip shuttle ticket included with pick up to and from select locations in Penticton & Okanagan Falls!

Visa Infinite® Cardholders: As a Visa Infinite® or Visa Infinite® Privilege cardholder, you also qualify for an exclusive Dinner + Festival package. For more information, visit the event website here

 

Similkameen BBQ King

July 11th is the Similkameen BBQ King celebration. Enjoy an extraordinary evening with award-winning wines from Similkameen wineries and cider members and dishes from the distinguished chefs who are vying for the title of Similkameen BBQ King 2015. This truly unique Similkameen wine and food experience is a competition where  featured chefs will create unique dishes for you using organic ingredients from local farmers in the heart of Canada’s organic capital.

The 2015 Similkameen BBQ King is on Saturday, July 11th from 5-9pm at the Historic Grist Mill & Gardens in Keremeos. This event is a partial fundraiser for the Grist Mill and includes a silent auction.
Similkameen BBQ King competing chefs are:

Small bites competing chefs are:

After you enjoy each dish, you will get the opportunity to cast your vote for the the best wine and food pairing of the night for both the Similkameen BBQ King competing chefs and the small bites competing chefs!

John Rousseau and Paul Henbury from The River Line and They Them Theirs and Wild Organic Humans will entertain you!

This is a safe ride home event. Shuttles available throughout the Okanagan and Similkameen.

Accommodations:

If you are looking for accommodations in the area, there are a limited number of campsites available at the Grist Mill. There are also B&B’s and guest houses in the area including our Associate Members Harvest Moon Guest House, Klippers Guest Suites and Tree to Me. Walnut Beach Resort and Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos are also beautiful resorts in easy driving distance to the event.

Wine Glasses:
Thanks to the generous support of Valley First, everyone in attendance will leave with a beautiful wine glass, co-branded with the Similkameen Wineries Association and Valley First logos.

You can purchase your tickets at any of our member wineries, at the Grist Mill, at Tree to Me and at the Keremeos Visitor Centre. You can also buy them online here. For more information, call Kim at 250.488.0878.
We are doing posts on Facebook regularly. Follow the Facebook event updates here. To learn more about the event, you can watch a video here from a previous event or listen to a podcast about it here on Wine Country BC.

 

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Hosted by FarmFolk CityFolk, in partnership with Slow Food Okanagan and Okanagan College’s Culinary Foods Program, Food Flicks: Spring Edition, is a new event which aims to entertain and engage with inspiring films, insightful conversation and delicious food.

On June 10th – Celebrate the Bees – with honey-themed nibbles (from Culinary Arts Students), honey wine tastings (with Meadow Vista Honey Wines), a screening of the award-winning film, ‘Queen of The Sun’ and a facilitated discussion to wrap up the night.
Tickets are $20 and include food, wine tasting and the film. More details and online ticket sales at www.picatic.com/FoodFlicks

Vancouver and Kelowna GARAGISTE Wine Parties

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JOIN THE GARAGISTE WINE PARTY!  In 2015 the coolest winemakers are hitting are the road! Festivals scheduled in Vancouver & Kelowna!

After the huge success of their inaugural SOLD OUT Festival last September at Meyer Family Vineyards in Okanagan Falls, Garagiste North has planned two Festivals this year! The first of its kind in Canada, ‘Garagiste North’ (The Small Guys Wine Festival), celebrates the artisan winemaker creating commercially produced small case lot wines (under 2000 cases). An eclectic gang, they are a blend of passion and experience, new and old, the cult and the boutique, the virtual and custom crush—all gathered in one spot.

Meet the winemakers – taste their exclusive wines, chat about their vineyards and celebrate the art of winemaking. Garagiste North Wine Festivals offer a unique and intimate opportunity to experience the true passion of the winemaker and his/her craft.

2015 TOUR DETAILS:

June 27th Vancouver at Wise Hall! 2-4 pm (Trade tasting 12:30-2pm)

$49 includes awesome wine tastings, food truck schnacks by Roaming Dragon & cool music by Chicken Like Birds.

Tickets on Eventbrite: Click HERE to buy!

September 27th Kelowna at Laurel Packinghouse 2-4p pm (Trade tasting 12:30-2)

$49 includes awesome wine tastings, food truck schnacks by Roxy’s Diner & cool music by Slap Dog Four.

Tickets on Eventbrite: Click HERE to buy!

For more information on events, our rockstar winemakers, and how to JOIN THE WINE PARTY (the coolest wine club ever) go to: www.garagistenorth.com

GARAGISTE – (gar-uh-jist-uh) noun, Fr. : The garagiste originally refers to a group of winemakers in the Bordeaux region of France, producing “vins de garage” or “garage wine”. They were renegade small-lot winemakers, sometimes working in their garage, who refused to follow industry laws and protocol. synonyms: Rebels, pioneers, renegades, individualists, mavericks, driven by passion.

For more information please contact Jennifer Schell 250-469-4549 garagistenorth@gmail.com

The Osoyoos Oyster Festival Returns, April 22-25

Those who follow our GLV Adventures know that we’ve not missed a local Oyster Festival if we could help it, and we’ve made this one every year. We’ll be back, and so should you! This four-day oyster extravaganza features West Coast oysters, Canadian wines and craft beers, and more. Just look at these pictures we captured in past years. It’s a must.

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Oysterman Brent Petkau

The event showcases oysters produced by West Coast fishermen, alongside Canadian wines and craft beers.

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A number of delicious events are happening during the festival, including: the signature event of the festival, Art of the Oyster Pearl Gala at Watermark Beach Resort, featuring oyster creations from South Okanagan chefs paired with wines from Oliver Osoyoos wineries; the Oysters, Bubbles and Pizza event at Terrafina at Hester Creek Estate Winery; and the Oyster Catch and Brew Bash at Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort, featuring craft beer and ciders from local breweries, and live entertainment.

The complete line-up for the Osoyoos Oyster Festival, includes:

Miradoro Long Table Dinner, April 22
Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek Winery offers a three-course dinner dedicated to the oyster.
Tickets: $39.

Under the Tuscan Sea – Oysters, Bubbles and Pizza at Terrafina, April 23
Terrafina at Hester Creek Estate Winery invites guests to sample pizza and oysters paired with spring releases from Hester Creek and tastings from the winery’s ‘bubbly’ neighbours.
Tickets: $45.

Seaside to Greenside at the Osoyoos Golf Club, April 24
A new event to this year’s festival, guests will enjoy oysters paired with exclusive scotch, including Glendronach 2003 KWM Cask 1820 and BenRiach 1997 Cask 4435, along with noteworthy gin from Gallagher Lake-based distillery, The Dubh Glas Distillery.
Tickets: $50

Oyster Catch and Brew Bash at Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa, April 24
An evening of oysters and culinary creations, craft beer and ciders from local breweries and live entertainment. Results from the Oyster Craft Beer Competition will be announced at the event.
Tickets: $32.

Oysters in the Garden at Walnut Beach Resort, April 25
An afternoon event held in a beautiful garden setting at Walnut Beach Resort, guests will enjoy freshly shucked oysters with wine tastings from the winning wineries of the Oyster Wine Competition.
Tickets: $30 (Early bird: $25).

Art of the Oyster Pearl Gala at Watermark Beach Resort, April 25
Guests will enjoy oyster creations from South Okanagan restaurants and chefs, wine pairings from Oliver Osoyoos wineries, and freshly shucked oyster and seafood stations. Results from the Oyster Wine Competition will be announced at the event.
Tickets: $48.

Amateur Shuck ‘n Suck Competition at The Sage Pub, April 25
Come to compete or come to cheer as teams of two compete to win the coveted title of the Best Shuck ‘n Suck Team in the Okanagan. One team member shucks while the other sucks back the oysters.
Registration: $10 per team.

Stay in Osoyoos
Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa, Walnut Beach Resort and Watermark Beach Resort are offering Oyster Festival room rates. Special offer: For every two-night booking at any of the resorts (from April 21-26), receive one complimentary ticket to the Oysters in the Garden event on April 25.

For more information and to purchase event tickets, please visit: osoyoosoysterfestival.com.

Hope to see you there!

 

Big Whites at Big White

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Big Whites at Big White brings together fantastic food and wine from across the Okanagan. The event is a follow up to the hugely successful event ‘Big Reds’. This event showcases the best white wines produced in the Okanagan Valley and gives event goers the opportunity to taste the quality and individuality that comes from the Okanagan terroir.  Chefs from the mountain will be on hand to prepare locally inspired appetizers so you can sample delectable nibbles from Big White’s delicious restaurants.

March 28th, 2015 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at the Village Centre Mall

The event features primarily white wines; however there are always a few red options for those who simply love their reds. Notable wineries who have showcased their wines in previous years: Tantalus, Cedar Creek, Poplar Grove, Laughing Stock, Peller Estates, Ex Nihilo, Gray Monk and Township 7

Tickets are $60 per person.
For ticket information, call toll free: 1.866.491.9040 or email concierge@bigwhite.com.