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National Aboriginal Day Fry Bread Recipe

Fry Bread Recipe With Serving Suggestions

Lately I’ve been extremely fortunate to have several experiences where I’ve learned just a little bit more about Indigenous culture. I was first invited to share in a Cooking For Reconciliation Feast at Skwachays Lodge with Chef Rich Francis who had recently spent his first visit in British Columbia’s Aboriginal communities filming a series about the spirituality, culture and history of the Yuquot, a coastal area of Nootka Island where the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation call home.

Sea to Sky GondolaMore recently I joined one of  the Talking Trees Cultural Experiences at the Sea to Sky Gondola and Michael and I were honoured to walk with a guide who shared snippets of her family stories, discussed the areas plants and how they were used historically. It is a very important time in Canada’s history as we head into celebrating Canada’s 150, while also desperately need to honour the years and the peoples that came before. We will certainly look forward to the opportunities that come my way to learn more about our country’s history.

Today is National Aboriginal Day, which will soon be changed to National Indigenous People’s Day, a fact I just learned while tuning into the news (imagine that).  The recipes comes from Nk’Mip Winery in Osoyoos, from the winery’s first Aboriginal winemaker, Justin Hall. The winery is North America’s first Aboriginal owned and operated winery, and we’ve enjoyed many of their wines, in particular, their Qwam Qwmt Chardonnay, which would pair very well with this fry bread. Nk’Mip also makes a stellar Riesling Ice Wine should you be going for the sweeter version.salmonIf you don’t want to make your own Fry Bread I recommend heading out to Salmon and Bannock on Broadway for their version, along with many other items that are inspired by traditional Indigenous cuisine.Nk’Mip Cellars

For a less traditional meal, try to Bin 941 on Davie Street for their Fry Bread and the Trio of Dips including Chickpea and Kalamata olives Hummus; Oven Dried Tomato and Goat Cheese Salsa & Roasted Red Pepper Hummus. Perhaps a very small way to celebrate the diversity of our Canadian culture.
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Fry Bread Recipe

2 cups flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 to 1 tsp. yeast
1-¼ cups warmish water
Vegetable oil for frying (enough to allow the dough to float in the pot)

In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients

Form a well in the center and add your warm water. Mix until ingredients are combined.

Cover and let it sit in a warm place until it doubles in size. This process can take between 1 – 2 hours.

When the dough is ready, you can start by heating your oil in a saucepan to 200 degrees Celsius.

Thinner pieces seem to turn out better, so place a small amount of oil in your hands and on the counter, then pull off a piece of the dough using your own weight to thin it out before cooking. Repeat this process until all of your dough is in small, thin rounds.

Depending on the size of your pot, place your dough into the hot oil and watch it carefully.

It will begin to bubble immediately and turn golden brown within 1 minute, showing the oil is hot enough. If it doesn’t bubble or brown quickly, your oil is too cool. Remove this piece and allow the oil to heat up before starting again.

Each piece will take about 4-6 minutes to cook. Half way through the cooking process, you will need to flip the dough so it cooks evenly.

Serving Suggestions

Sweet: Dust it with cinnamon sugar, Top with chocolate sauce and fresh fruits, Keep it simple with butter and homemade jam

Savoury: Enjoy it as it comes out of the pan! Top with local smoked or cured salmon, fried capers and herbed cream cheese

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.

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


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

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
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.


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

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

Characters of the Okanagan with Anthony Gismondi

JOIN Anthony Gismondi and the Wine Access Team at the Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos, BC and meet the “characters” behind some of the most renowned wineries in the South Okanagan.

Road 13
Mick Luckhurst

Nk’Mip Cellars
Randy Picton

Fairview Cellars
Bill Eggert

Burrowing Owl
Estate Winery

Chris Wyse

If you are planning to attend the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival, this will be a great start to the week. Or, if you wish to spend a weekend at an incredible resort this all inclusive package is the perfect getaway.

Tickets include:

Friday, September 30

  • An exclusive evening reception will consist of wine tastings, as well as food pairings by Chris Mills – Executive Chef from Joey Restaurants and Natasha Schooten – Executive Chef from Watermark Beach Resort

Saturday, October 1

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Four wine tasting sessions, where you can meet the wine makers and principles behind the wine
  • One Year Subscription to Wine Access magazine

Book Now as Seats are limited

  • Friday, September 30th – Registration and Reception
  • Saturday, October 1st- Breakfast, Lunch & Wine Tasting Sessions

Weekend Rate with 1 night stay:
$349.00 + HST per person
$599.00 + HST per couple

Weekend Rate with 2 night stay:
$468.00 + HST per person
$758.00 +HST per couple

Day Rate:
$100.00 + HST per person: Friday September 30, 2011
$150.00 + HST per person: Saturday October 1, 2011

Call Toll-Free or email to book your weekend getaway
1.877.963.9333 ext. 248


Great Estates of the Okanagan : Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa

Famously called “Napa of the North”, BC’s South Okanagan is best known for its glorious sunshine, colourful orchards and as Canada’s premier wine country. Book now at Osoyoos’ most luxurious destination resort Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa for a deluxe wine package, starting at $99 per room, per night.  The price includes complimentary wine tours and tasting ($55 value) at three of the region’s most well-known estate wineries.

Taste award winning wines at world-class vineyards – NK’MIP Cellars, Inniskillen-Okanagan and Jackson Triggs Okanagan Estate Winery in this self drive tour from your base at Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa. Poised on a hill, overlooking Lake Osoyoos and surrounded by vines, Spirit Ridge offers well-appointed suites with fully equipped kitchens and sun-soaked balconies.

Explore the South Okanagan and learn about the history of the Osoyoos Indian Band and their wine craft during a tour of the First Nations-owned and operated NK’MIP Cellars winery; indulge in the world-renowned wines of Inniskillen-Okanagan as a knowledgeable guide leads guests through the Discovery Series tasting and a sampling of their famous ice wine; savour the acclaimed wines of Jackson Triggs Okanagan Estate Winery – the tasting will include delicious wines from the SunRock Vineyard Series.

Experience some of the best wines the Okanagan has to offer, then decompress and rejuvenate in your picturesque home-away-from-home at Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort with onsite amenities including Sonora Desert Spa, outdoor pool and PassaTempo Restaurant.

Stay from September 5th to October 10th from $149 per room per night, October 11th to March 30th from $99 per room per night. Package is based on double occupancy and 2 nights minimum stay. All tour participants must be at least 19 years of age.

Aboriginal Fine Dining being showcased during the 2010 Olympic Games

Experience an authentic Aboriginal Culinary Feast!

Nk’Mip Cellars the award-winning, world-class vineyard, owned and operated by BC’s Osoyoos Band, partners with Kanata Cuisine and the BC Aboriginal Culinary Team to provide the world with a gourmet Aboriginal dining experience during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

The event takes place at the Native Education College’s Longhouse located at 285 East 5th Ave in Vancouver, near the trendy Main St. district. The Longhouse a place of positive energy, teaching and sharing is the perfect venue to host this unique opportunity highlighting Aboriginal cuisine. The 14 days of feasting will begin on February 14 and will run the duration of the Olympic Games. This intimate gathering has two seatings per evening allowing 80 people per night to share in the experience.

The night starts off with a traditional welcome song that greets patrons in the longhouses’ fire lit gathering hall. Entertainment is provided by Tzo’kam, an acclaimed family of performers from the Lil’wat Nation. The songs of Tzo’Kam share their culture and heritage. The entertainment is followed by a seven course authentic aboriginal feast by Kanata Cuisine and wine pairings from Nk’Mip Cellars. The fine dining menu includes a pairing  of braised bison short ribs with watercress and parsnip puree served with Nk’Mip’s 2006 Q2 Meritage. Chef Ben Genaille instructor at Vancouver Community College’s Aboriginal Culinary program and Theresa Contois of Kanata Cuisine state “we have developed a well balanced menu that showcases local and traditional ingredients prepared and plated for the gourmet palette.  ”

Partial proceed from this venture will fund the Aboriginal Culinary Team’s, journey to the IKA Culinary Olympics being held in  Erfurt in 2012. ” Kanata Cuisine’s goal is to demonstrate the elegance of Aboriginal food and wine as well as showcase our talented Culinary Team to the world.

Transform your taste buds. Tickets for this event are $245.00 excluding gratuities. Tickets can be purchased online through www.ticketweb.ca or over the phone 1.888.222.6608. For inquiries please contact Theresa Contois at 604.831.1215 or email cuisinekanata@gmail.com

Osoyoos Indian Band and Bellstar Resorts to Open New Okanagan Conference Centre

Inaugural event at NK’MIP Resort will be national First Nations Economic Development Forum

The Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) and their development partner, Bellstar Hotels & Resorts, will officially open the new NK’MIP Conference Centre on October 22, 2009. The opening will be in conjunction with the Centre’s first event – the national First Nations Economic Development Forum.

The colourful opening celebration will feature First Nations drummers and dancers, as well as a ribbon cutting.

The state-of-the-art NK’MIP Conference facility is the largest, full-service conference centre in the South Okanagan, with 9,000 square feet of flexible and functional meeting, exhibition and ballroom space for events up to 350 people. For greater flexibility, the Centre offers 6 break out rooms, including three individual meetings spaces within the Centre and 3 alternative conference facilities: a 25 seat facility at NK’MIP Cellars Winery, a 75 seat facility at Spirit Ridge and an 80 room amphitheatre-style conference facility at the NK’MIP Cultural Centre.

NK’MIP Conference Centre is the newest addition to the OIB’s award-winning NK’MIP Resort.

“The development of the Conference Centre enables us to increase our shoulder season business for the destination by targeting a growing meetings market that we could not attract to the South Okanagan without this new facility,” said General Manager of Spirit Ridge Resort, Mohamad Awad.

As the only First Nation 4.5 Star resort, Nk’Mip Resort provides an incredible option for hosting First Nations health, education, council and business meetings; as well as a variety of private sector meetings and events. Delegates can enjoy cultural experiences offered by the NK’MIP Desert Cultural Centre, wine tastings and tours at the award-winning NK’MIP Cellars, golf at the executive-style desert links course – Sonora Dunes, spa treatments at Sonora Desert Spa, dining at Passa Tempo Restaurant and overnight accommodation at the 226 suite Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa.

“Native bands and organizations host meetings, conferences and retreats every month dealing with a multitude of issues, including: youth, health, social services, education, governance and economic development. Too many times, these meetings are held off-reserve at venues that do not support First Nation employment, or provide revenue to a First Nation community,” states OIB Chief Clarence Louie. “If First Nation’s are serious about creating economic opportunity and supporting each other; then they need to consider our new Conference Centre – where quality is a commitment.”

The Osoyoos Indian Band employs First Nations people from at least four provinces (Saskatchewan, Alberta, Yukon and B.C.) and from as many as thirteen different Bands.

Meetings and events at the new Conference Centre are projected to generate an additional $2.4 to $3 million per annum in economic activity for the Osoyoos area, based on average daily spending by conference delegates to the Okanagan region. The meetings sector currently accounts for approximately one-quarter of total revenues for Spirit Ridge Resort.

“Our sales team is anticipating the new, expanded facility will enable us to increase our meetings business by thousands of delegates per year as our reputation as a conference destination grows,” said Awad.

The NK’MIP Conference Centre will be operated by Bellstar Resorts and completes the Phase 2 development of Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa. Total development for Phases 1 and 2 is valued at over $80 million.

For more information, visit www.nkmip.com and www.spiritridge.ca.

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