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Devour! Osoyoos Food Film Festival

Okanagan hails the delicious, delightful return of Devour! Osoyoos Food Film Festival, May 5 – 7

We just returned from the Osoyoos Oyster Festival and had a marvelous time, and they just don’t seem to stop the party down there! Next up is Devour! Osoyoos Food Film Fest on May 5 – 7 and we are wondering if maybe we shouldn’t stop in for the night on the way back to Vancouver! This weekend-long culinary celebration features some of Western Canada’s best chefs.

blackhillswinery 1Devour launches on Friday, May 5 at Black Hills Estate Winery where Chef Michael Howell will co-hosts a cocktail party with celebrated Vancouver chef Ned Bell, with silent films as a backdrop. Saturday afternoon, Watermark Beach Resort hosts an Ocean Wise Chowder Smackdown, with chefs vying to be voted Chowder Champion. Chef Bell – a champion of sustainable seafood in Canada – will lead a team of hungry judges. Saturday night marks the Gala, a five-course dinner at Watermark Beach resort where five top chefs – from Wolfville, Calgary, Vancouver and Osoyoos – each create a dish inspired by one of six shorts about food.

michael howellAlexandre Lampron’s film, Lobster Fishing, for example, will precede Chef Michael Howell’s Lobster Salad Roll, featuring Nova Scotia lobster, paired with wines from Nova Scotia’s Domaine De Grand Pré Winery, Jost Vineyards, Luckett Vineyards and Mercator Vineyards.

The dinner, served with Okanagan wines from Maverick Estate Winery, Church & State, Covert Farms and Kismet Estate Winery, will also include Watermark Executive Chef Adair Scott’s sweet onion fritter with locally-foraged stinging nettle purée (inspired by the film Daylily Fritters directed by Aube Giroux); birchbark smoked Okanagan sockeye salmon (inspired by the film Slow Food in Canada, directed by Kevin Kossowan) prepared by Calgary’s Chef Paul Rogalski, of Rouge; beef short rib with bean puree and “seco à la norteña jus” (inspired by the film Why This Road: Dan Portelance, directed by Ben Proudfoot) prepared by Chef Ricardo Valverde of Vancouver’s Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio; a dessert that marries rhubarb, bay leaf, mascarpone, yuzu and hazelnuts (inspired by the film Loss of Taste, directed by Luca Nestola) by Chef Julian Bond of Vancouver’s Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA); and a plate of Nova Scotia and BC cheeses, selected by chefs Howell and Scott and introduced by Hannah Cheesman’s short comic film, Cheese.

Guests enjoy each of the films, curated by Devour’s managing director Lia Rinaldo, then savour the dish and the wine(s) with which it’s paired, leading to stimulating conversations and a truly memorable evening. Insights provided by the participating chefs and winemakers round out the experience.

watermark beach resortSunday’s event is the Bubbles Brunch at Watermark Beach Resort, featuring a buffet prepared by PICA’s Chef Julian Bond and his visiting culinary students, as well as Watermark’s Chef Adair Scott – all perfectly paired with sparkling wines. Short films will be screened and an awards ceremony will anoint the People’s Choice Awards to Best Film, Best Dish and Best Wine from Saturday’s Gala Dinner.

May is shoulder season in the Okanagan, which means it’s easing from spring into summer, and walking off all these outstanding meals is a pleasure. Devour! Osoyoos vacation packages are available at a variety of local hotels and resorts (including Watermark Beach Resort, Walnut Beach Resort and Green Gables Beach Resort), starting at $859 per couple, which include two nights’ accommodation, tickets to all four events, and a customized wine tour with tastings at Nk’ Mip Cellars, Church & State and Young & Wyse. To book event tickets and vacation packages, visit: destinationosoyoos.com/package-events/devour-festival-packages.

Devour! Osoyoos Food Film Fest:

Friday, May 5
Launch Party at Black Hills Estate Winery
6:30 to 9:30 pm
Tickets: $110 (includes shuttle service to and from the event from Watermark Beach Resort).

Saturday, May 6
Ocean Wise Chowder SmackDown at Watermark Beach Resort
12:30 to 2:30 pm

Tickets: $20.

Gala at Watermark Beach Resort
6 to 11 pm

Tickets: $149 (includes dinner, wine pairings, taxes and gratuities, and shuttle service to and from this event from set locations).

Sunday, May 7
Bubbles Brunch at Watermark Beach Resort
10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Tickets: $45 (includes brunch buffet, non-alcoholic beverages, sparkling wine tastings, and taxes and gratuities).

About Devour! The Food Film Fest 
Devour! The Food Film Fest is an international festival celebrating cinema, food and wine culture. The five-day festival takes place in the culinary epicentre of Nova Scotia – the town of Wolfville, Kings County. The festival is an experiential celebration of food on film, the culture of food and the dramatic impact it has on our day-to-day lives. The seventh edition of Devour! The Food Film Fest runs October 25 – 29, 2017. devourfest.com

EAT! Vancouver Joins Pop-Up Trend with Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts’s Pop Up Culinary Centre

Vancouver’s had its share of pop-up markets, retail stores, and donut shops. Now, the EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival on June 1-3 is jumping on the pop-up bandwagon by presenting the Pop-Up Culinary Centre in conjunction with long-time EAT! exhibitor, Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA).

This isn’t your typical quiche or cookie baking home economics class. Nine different classes – teaching hands-on fundamental cooking techniques like deboning, knife skills, shellfish shucking, and pastry plating – will be taught by PICA’s internationally-trained Chef Instructors under the leadership of Executive Chef Julian Bond.

Each hands-on class provides a unique bird’s eye view into the foundation skills taught in our professional culinary programs,” says Chef Bond. “No matter your skill level, we’ll jump start your culinary prowess.” Chef Bond recently became the inaugural recipient of the Mentorship Award at the 23rd annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards.

The full schedule of classes can be found on EAT! Vancouver’s website at www.eat-vancouver.com.

Attendees can sign up in advance on EAT! Vancouver’s website for $25+HST per session. Classes are limited to 16 people each.

About Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts: In its 15th year and located at the head of Granville Island, Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts is one of Canada’s first highly accredited private culinary institutes providing Culinary Arts & Baking & Pastry Arts Diploma Programs. Core culinary curriculums include a mandatory Wine & Spirit Education Trust Foundation (WSET) Certification. Built into the curriculum is a Food & Beverage Operations Management program where graduates are able to hone their skill sets in an extensively renovated and industry relevant student-run Bistro 101 and Bakery 101. A Catering Department affords PICA the prestige of being one of Canada’s premiere centres dedicated to culinary excellence. For more information, please call (604) 734-4488 or visit www.picachef.com.

More than 35,000 visitors are expected to attend the EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival at BC Place Stadium over the three-day weekend. For information and tickets please visit www.eat-vancouver.com.