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Osoyoos Oyster Festival – Even Oysters Need a Day in the Sun

Osoyoos Oyster Festival Events for 2016 April 20-24

For the fifth year in a row I am heading up to Osoyoos for their annual oyster festival and it’s Michael’s third year! We’re huge fans of bivalves and when they are paired with oyster friendly wines, beers and libations, we love them even more. The oyster festival was created to give oyster farmers a bit of a break, while entertaining locals and visitors in the shoulder season. The weather is always sunny, and just a little bit crisp, and the room rates are reasonable.

Osoyoos Oyster Festival

The youngest oyster shuckers in action above!

Shucker Paddy

This year, World Champion Oyster Shucker Patrick McMurray, AKA “Shucker Paddy,” will be shucking oysters along with other chefs, fishmongers and oyster farmers. Over the course of the festival, guests can sip Canadian wine, craft beer and spirits, paired with delicious oyster creations from local chefs.

walnut beach resort

For out of town guests attending the festival, Spirit Ridge at Nk’Mip Resort, Walnut Beach Resort, Watermark Beach Resort, and Holiday Inn and Suites Osoyoos, are offering special Oyster Festival room rates. Visit: osoyoosoysterfestival.com/stay-in-osoyoos.

Osoyoos Oyster Festival

For more information and to purchase tickets for festival events, please visit: osoyoosoysterfestival.com.

Oyster Paella

 

Over the years we’ve attended the Miradoro Long Table Dinner and been served some of the best paella ever, oyster paella from Chef Jeff Van Geest, made over an outdoor fire pit.

Osoyoos Oyster Festival

The pizza party at Terrafina is another worthy event, bubble and oysters along with Hester Creek’s spring releases.

Osoyoos Oyster Festival

Last year they added an event at the local golf course’s Greenside Grill and got to know some local spirits from Dubh Glas Distillery.

Osoyoos Oyster Festival

The final night is always a blast, especially if you dress in costume. Get know the local chefs, restaurants and wineries while sampling oyster-centric dishes.

Osoyoos Oyster Festival

The complete line-up for the Osoyoos Oyster Festival for 2016 includes:

Miradoro Long Table Dinner, April 20
Enjoy a special evening at Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek Winery, starting with freshly shucked oysters followed by a three-course dinner dedicated to the oyster.
Tickets: $39

Under the Tuscan Sea at Terrafina, April 21
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: $49

2016 Oyster Open at the Greenside Grill, April 21
Mingle, mix, slurp and sip at the Greenside Grill at the Osoyoos Golf Club. The event will feature oysters, along with appetizers for non-oyster eaters, and a tasting station of assorted alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Tickets: $50

whisky and oysters

Whiskey & Oysters at SOL Grillroom & Lounge, April 22
SOL Grillroom & Lounge at the Holiday Inn will host this intimate event (limited ticket release) which includes a variety of fresh oysters, whiskey pairings and various dishes from the kitchen. With special guest Patrick McMurray (“Shucker Paddy”) in attendance.
Tickets: $50

International Oyster Night at Spirit Ridge at Nk’Mip Resort, April 22
Featuring internationally-inspired oyster dishes from local restaurants and chefs, special guest Patrick McMurray (“Shucker Paddy”) shucking fresh oysters from several different regions courtesy of Codfathers Seafood Market, and local wineries pouring their best.
Tickets: $55

Deep Sea Garden Party at Walnut Beach Resort, April 23
This al fresco afternoon event will feature special guest Patrick McMurray (“Shucker Paddy”) shucking fresh oysters courtesy of Codfathers Seafood Market, culinary delights from local restaurants and chefs, and wine and beer from local wineries and craft breweries.
Tickets: $45

Amateur Shuck ‘n Suck Competition at The Sage Pub, April 23
Come to compete or come to cheer at the 5th Amateur Shuck ‘n Suck Competition as teams of two compete to win the coveted title of the Best Shuck n’ Suck Team in the Okanagan.
Tickets: $10

Art of the Oyster Pearl Gala at Spirit Ridge at Nk’Mip Resort, April 23
The signature event of the festival will feature oyster dishes from local restaurants and chefs, served alongside award-winning local wines, with special guest Patrick McMurray (“Shucker Paddy”) shucking fresh oysters courtesy of Codfathers Seafood Market. Results of the Canadian Oyster Wine Competition and the Canadian Oyster Beer Competition will be announced. Cocktails, wine and canapes will be followed by dancing until midnight.
Tickets: $60

Under the Sea Brunch at Watermark Beach Resort, April 24
Watermark Beach Resort’s Chef Adair Scott will prepare a bountiful brunch featuring a selection of raw and hot oysters.
Tickets: $39

 

Fall Events at Tinhorn Creek Winery

Miradoro1Some excellent #BCWine events coming up at Tinhorn! GLV

PR – Falling in Love with Harvest Season at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards

Summer’s nearly over but harvest time is just around the corner and the change in season marks a happy time of celebrations, family-style dining and making the most of the South Okanagan’s natural bounty at Tinhorn Creek.

Communal dinners, vineyard hikes and wine festival events will all be held amongst the spectacular backdrop of Tinhorn Creeks unique wine country terroir this fall. The annual Okanagan Fall Wine Festival kicks off on October 3rd 2013 and Tinhorn Creek Vineyards and Miradoro Restaurant will be taking part in this year’s festivities to help celebrate the local wine industry.

On October 4th 2013, Miradoro’s Executive Chef Jeff Van Geest will be taking on Chef Adam Pegg, from Vancouver’s award-winning La Quercia restaurant, in a light-hearted Chef vs Chef dinner. Each chef will cook alternate courses and all dishes will be paired with fine wines from Tinhorn Creek’s premier Oldfield Series. Winemaker Sandra Oldfield, assistant winemaker Korol Kuklo and viticulturist Andrew Moon will guide diners through the evening’s pairings.

Combining Pegg’s love of Italian food with Geest’s passion for local produce and Mediterranean flavours, the Chef vs Chef menu features the very best of fall food such as classic antipasti, heirloom tomatoes and burrata, whole fire-roasted suckling pig and olive oil hazelnut cake with pine mushroom gelato. The meal takes place between 6-10pm and tickets cost $125 pp; call 250-498-3742 to reserve a place.

Dig deeper into the world of winemaking this harvest season with a vineyard hike and lunch on October 7th, 8th and 9th 2013, as part of the Fall Wine Festival. Proprietor Kenn Oldfield will be leading a behind-the-vines tour of Tinhorn Creek’s Golden Mile vineyard, giving a unique glimpse into vineyard practices, grape varietals and terroir during a fun and educational hike through the vineyard. After the hike the 20 guests enjoy a well-earned lunch and leave full of new found knowledge and good food. Tickets cost $35pp and are available from www.tinhorn.com.

Thanksgiving, on October 14th, is a great time to get together with family and friends but the celebrations don’t have to stop once the holiday is over. Every Tuesday, from October 15th until December 17th 2013, Miradoro Restaurant will be hosting communal table dinners that offer family-style food. Chef Jeff Van Geest and his team showcase the best local seasonal produce during a multi-course dinner, all enjoyed in the company of old and new friends. Each week’s communal table dinner is a different theme, highlighting a region, style of cuisine or showcasing a delicious local seasonal ingredient. Tuesday night communal table dinners take place between 6.30-9.30pm and cost $30pp; call 250-498-3742 to book your place at the table.

Oliver Osoyoos Oyster Festival #oooysterfest

If you love Oysters, you need to be at the Okanagan’s only oyster festival: the OOOyster Festival!

The Oliver Osoyoos Oyster Festival was created to showcase sustainable oysters together with the award-winning wines of the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association. Even oysters need a day in the sun!

Sip the new Spring releases from the participating wineries of the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association, slurp your way through Oliver & Osoyoos best restaurants, and enjoy special Oyster events.

SATURDAY APRIL 14TH OSOYOOS VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER’S OYSTER FEED DINNER – SOLD OUT
Join the Osoyoos Firefighter’s for their annual Oyster Feed Dinner and Dance. Great food, great entertainment ” and great oysters, both raw and deep-fried.”
Location: International Curling Club
Doors Open at 5:30pm & Dinner at 6:30pm
Price: $50.00

Shellshocked Movie Screening followed by a four course communal table dinner at Miradoro restaurant at Tinhorn Creek

WEDNESDAY APRIL 18TH SHELLSHOCKED – SAVING OYSTERS TO SAVE OURSELVES

Presented by Ocean Wise,CodfathersEAT Magazine & Local Lounge and Grille.
Location: Oliver Theatre
Time: 6:00pm
Price: By donation to Ocean Wise

Enjoy a four course communal table dinner at Miradoro restaurant at Tinhorn Creek

WEDNESDAY APRIL 18TH Following the screening, join Executive Chef Jeff Van Geest & special Guest Chef Paul Cecconi from Local Lounge and Grille at Miradoro restaurant for an incredible four course communal table dinner showcasing spectacular sustainable seafood.
Location: Miradoro Restaurant
Time: 7:30pm
Price: TBA

Oyster Beach Brew Party Event

FRIDAY APRIL 20TH THE OYSTER BEACH BREW PARTY
Presented by the South Okanagan Chamber of CommerceAdmission covers entertainment, beer mug, two oysters, sausage OR beer sample. Join us under the tent for a beach party featuring live entertainment with Dianne Ball, and special guest oyster farmer Rob Tryon from Effingham oysters. “It’s time to get effed”. This will be a beach party, appropriate footwear advised.
*In case of bad weather, beach party will be moved inside the Walnut Beach Resort ballroom.
Location: Walnut Beach Resort
Time: 6pm to 10pm
Entrance price: $35.00(Additional food and beverage tickets available on site)
Tickets available at Imperial Office Pro or email manager@sochamber.ca
or call (250) 498-6321 Ext. 1
Art of the Oyster Event
SATURDAY APRIL 21 START OF THE OYSTER SIGNATURE EVENT
with wine pairings from participating OOWA wineries Elegant afternoon soiree featuring oyster creations from Oliver & Osoyoos best restaurants and chefs with wonderful wine pairings from participating Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association.  Freshly shucked oysters will also be featured from the Codfathers, Buy the Sea and Helens Seafood Cove. Enjoy oysters, wine and the background music of nHarmonix Music. For oyster and wine lovers this is one of the highlight events of the festival.Oyster Stations: Mica, Miradoro, Sonora Room, Terrafina, Walnut Beach Resort & Watermark Beach Resort

Wineries: Black Hills Estate Winery, Burrowing Owl, Castoro de Oro Estate Winery, Fairview Cellars, Gehringer Brothers, Hester Creek, NK’MIP Cellars, Oliver Twist Estate Winery, Road 13, Rustico Farm & Cellars, Stoneboat Vineyards & Tinhorn Creek.
Location: Walnut Beach Resort
Time: 3pm to 5pm
Price: $45.00 plus HST. (Inclusive)

Tickets available by calling Walnut Beach Resort at 1-877-936-5400
or go on sale at Codfathers in Kelowna,Buy the Sea in West Kelowna or Penticton & Helen’s Sea Food Cove in Osoyoos on Monday March 26th.

Shellshocked

SATURDAY APRIL 21ST COOKING CLASS AND PRIVATE DINNER
Enjoy a small intimate wine paired cooking class with the award winning wines of Winemaker Rob Summers and oyster inspired food creations and multi course dinner prepared by Chef Jeremy Luypen. Set in Hester Creek Estate Wineries gourmet demonstration kitchen this is an event sure to please and inspire all food and wine lovers!
Location: Hester Creek Winery
Time: 6:30pm
Price: $135.00 – Includes wine pairings, recipes, taxes and gratuities.Tickets available exclusively through Hester Creek Winery
Shellshocked

SATURDAY APRIL 21ST  AMATEUR SHUCK & SUCK COMPETITION
Helen’s Seafood Cove and the Sage Pub host the 1st  Okanagan Amateur Shuck & Suck Competition.Come cheer on the Amateur Shuck & Suck teams as they compete to claim the title of Best Shuck N’ Sucker team in the Okanagan. Enjoy fresh shucked oysters and an evening of music and dancing.Enter your team for the Shuck & Suck competition by April 15th. Prizes to be won including Best Dressed Shuck & Suck team. $10.00 registration fee.
Location: Sage Pub
Time: 6:30pm

Miradoro Restaurant Welcomes the Holidays with Culinary Celebrations

Christmas Eve Dinner and New Year’s Eve Tasting Menu

Embrace the seasonal spirit this December with a special Christmas Eve Dinner and New Year’s Eve feature menu at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards destination restaurant, Miradoro. Located amongst the stunning views of the South Okanagan Valley wine country, Miradoro offers a welcoming reprieve this holiday season.

For those looking for a little holiday cheer, Miradoro Restaurant is serving a three-course Christmas Eve Dinner crafted by talented Executive Chef Jeff Van Geest. For $30 guests will enjoy a local and seasonally inspired set menu with your choice of Roast Beef or Turkey.

New Year’s Eve at Miradoro is sure to be a night to remember with Chef Jeff Van Geest and his talented team serving a spectacular last meal of the year. Combined with award-winning wines of Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, the New Year’s Eve feature menu highlights include fresh oysters on the half shell, porcini crusted venison loin, wild mushroom risotto and spiced pumpkin pannacotta. Guests have the option to order this feature set menu or order a la carte, and will enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and party favours at midnight. The New Years Eve menu is priced at $75 not including applicable taxes and gratuity.

Miradoro Restaurant New Year’s Eve Menu

 ($75)

Fresh oysters on the half shell, uni & peach mignonette

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Foie gras terrine, quince compote, pannetone strata

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Heirloom tomato bisque, chive Chantilly, vanilly oil

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Smoked sablefish, potato & scallion omelette, mussel cioppino

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Porcini crusted venison loin, syrah reduction, juniper chocolate gel, potato terrine

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Wild mushroom risotto with winter squash frito, shaved truffle

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Chocolate chestnut cake, dulce de leche, vanilla bean ice cream

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Spiced pumpkin pannacotta, amaretti cookies, marsala infused maple syrup

 

Gather old and new friends this holiday season for tasty celebrations at British Columbia’s premiere winery restaurant, Miradoro. For reservations please call (250) 498-3742.

About Miradoro Restaurant

Miradoro Restaurant was named one of the “World’s Best Winery Restaurants” by Wine Access Magazine. Perched on the picturesque Tinhorn Creek Vineyards estate on the famed Golden Mile, the destination restaurant offers stunning views of the South Okanagan Valley wine country. Mediterranean-influenced cuisine by Executive Chef Jeff Van Geest showcases the region’s finest ingredients, while Sommelier Justin McAuliffe’s wine list highlights the award-winning wines of Tinhorn Creek Vineyards. Seamlessly integrating a modern look with the natural landscape and the more traditional design of Tinhorn Creek’s winery and barrel cellar, the 4,000-square-foot space features 65 seats indoors and 65 seats outdoors on a wraparound deck. Ample use of natural woods and cork creates a room that is simple, elegant — and lets the food, wine and view be the stars of the show.

www.miradoro.ca.

The Communal Table at Miradoro Restaurant

Late-harvest dining series at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards celebrates fine Okanagan ingredients

Miradoro Restaurant, British Columbia’s premiere winery restaurant, is pleased to announce The Communal Table, its weekly late-harvest dining series featuring fine Okanagan ingredients. The destination restaurant at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards offers stunning panoramic views of the South Okanagan Valley wine country and features Mediterranean-influenced cuisine that showcases the region’s finest ingredients.

Premiering Tuesday, November 22nd, The Communal Table will bring together locals and visitors to celebrate regional food and wine and friends both old and new. Carefully crafted by Executive Chef Jeff Van Geest, the first of the series’ weekly-changing family style menus opens with a light salad of lettuces dressed in good olive oil and vinegar with preserved summer tomatoes and soft-boiled egg. Beef Kalimotxo Cocido, a rich one-pot meal of Okanagan’s Finest Angus Beef neck braised in red wine and cola with local vegetables, porcini mushrooms, potatoes and broad beans, is a hearty main course served as multiple dishes. Fresh cheese with Similkameen honey and Agassiz hazelnuts is a delightful third course, while chestnut and marsala cake with amoretti and dulce de leche gelato round out the meal.

In keeping with Miradoro Restaurant’s food philosophy, The Communal Table will feature fare that is local, rustic, simple, straightforward and seasonal. In the kitchen, Executive Chef Jeff Van Geest is guided by the belief that there’s nothing better than simple, well-prepared ingredients from our local fields, forests and ocean. Drawing inspiration from Spain, Portugal and Italy – cuisines designed to pair perfectly with wine — Van Geest works closely with local farmers and producers to pay homage to the bounty of the Okanagan.

Miradoro proudly serves the award-winning wines of Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, including both current and rare library releases. Developed by General Manager and Sommelier Justin McAuliffe, the wine list also includes a handpicked selection of standout wines from other notable wineries across BC, such as Road 13, Mission Hill and Quail’s Gate.

Held at 6:30pm on Tuesdays from November 22nd until the end of the year, The Communal Table menu is $25 per person. Reservations are required. Individual dates will be cancelled if a Christmas party is booked.

About Miradoro Restaurant
Miradoro Restaurant was named one of the “World’s Best Winery Restaurants” by Wine Access Magazine. Perched on the picturesque Tinhorn Creek Vineyards estate on the famed Golden Mile, the destination restaurant offers stunning views of the South Okanagan Valley wine country. Mediterranean-influenced cuisine by Executive Chef Jeff Van Geest showcases the region’s finest ingredients, while Sommelier Justin McAuliffe’s wine list highlights the award-winning wines of Tinhorn Creek Vineyards. Seamlessly integrating a modern look with the natural landscape and the more traditional design of Tinhorn Creek’s winery and barrel cellar, the 4,000-square-foot space features 65 seats indoors and 65 seats outdoors on a wraparound deck. Ample use of natural woods and cork creates a room that is simple, elegant — and lets the food, wine and view be the stars of the show.

Miradoro Restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11:30 am–3:00 pm, for tapas from 3:00 pm-5:30 pm and for dinner from 5:30 pm–9:00 pm. For more information, please call 250-498-3742 or visit www.miradoro.ca.

Tinhorn Creek and Manuel Ferreira team up to launch Miradoro – the South Okanagan’s premiere winery restaurant

On April 1, 2011, Miradoro restaurant will open its doors to the public. A joint venture between Tinhorn Creek and restaurateur Manuel Ferreira (of Vancouver’s famed Le Gavroche) Miradoro will bring a world-class dining experience to the South Okanagan.

Perched on the picturesque Tinhorn Creek estate, on the famed Golden Mile, Miradoro (which roughly translates to “Golden View” in Iberian) will offer sweeping views of the scenic South Okanagan valley and will feature Mediterranean-influenced cuisine that showcases the region’s local farmers and producers. Designed by award-winning Okanagan architect Nick Bevanda, Miradoro will offer seating for 65 people indoors, and another 65 outdoors on a wrap-around patio.

Heading the kitchen will be Executive Chef Jeff Van Geest, whose background includes some of Vancouver’s finest restaurants (Bishop’s, Diva at the Met) as well as his own award-wining restaurant Aurora Bistro. At Aurora Bistro, Van Geest championed both localingredients as well as sustainable and environmentally sound operating practices. A former Vancouver Magazine Green Award winner, Van Geest is a perfect fit with Tinhorn Creek’s focus on sustainability. Chef Van Geest’s menu will be designed with wine pairings in mind and will draw influence from the rustic dishes of the Mediterranean while paying homage to the bounty of theOkanagan.

Under Ferreira’s leadership, Miradoro will no doubt become known for the warm hospitality that has made Le Gavroche famous. By his side will be Miradoro’s General Manager and Sommelier, Justin McAuliffe. Justin is a 15-year industry veteran who honed his craft at some of Canada’s top restaurants, including Centro and Canoe in Toronto, and most recently C Restaurant in Vancouver.

Miradoro’s wine program will feature all of Tinhorn Creek’s wines, including rare vintages and varietals that are exclusive to the restaurant. Ferreira has also hand-picked a selection of wines from across the Okanagan, making Miradoro a destination to truly experience the tastes of the region.

Miradoro will open to the public on April 1. For those who want a sneak peak, a limited number of “soft-launch” tables will be available starting March 23. Reservations for these tables can be made from March 16 onwards by contacting manny@miradoro.ca.

About Tinhorn Creek

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards is located just south of Oliver BC, in the South Okanagan’s famed Golden Mile wine-growing district. Tinhorn Creek proudly offers 100% estate grown wines, with vineyards on both the Black Sage and Golden Mile benches. As Canada’s first carbon-neutral winery, Tinhorn Creek is committed to land stewardship, conservation and environmentally sustainable practices. The winery is open to the public year-round and offers an unrivalled visitor experience that includes a self-guided tour, Miradoro Restaurant (opening Spring 2011), along with a tasting room to sample winesthat rank among the best in the world. For more information about Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, call 1.888.484.6467 or visit the website at www.tinhorn.com.

About Manuel Ferreira

As the owner/operator of Le Gavroche restaurant for more than 20 years, Manuel Ferreira (or Manny, as his guests know him) is one of Vancouver’s most experienced and well-respected restaurateurs. Under his stewardship, Le Gavroche has become one of Vancouver’s longest-standing fine-dining establishments, has received countless awards and has earned a worldwide reputation as Vancouver’s most romantic restaurant. Le Gavroche boasts one of Vancouver’s deepest wine cellars, and Manny’s knowledge of fine wines is legendary on the West Coast.