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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 19

Temperatures are rising in Vancouver, but by the weekend should cool off and we may even see some rain, so get out on those patios today and tomorrow! If you love oysters you’ll want to pack your bags for the Okanagan’s Osoyoos Oyster Festival, but there’s plenty to do around town should travel not be on the agenda.

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Osoyoos Oyster Festival – April 20-24

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.

This year, World Champion Oyster Shucker Patrick McMurray, AKA “Shucker Paddy,” will make a special appearance to shuck fresh oysters for guests. McMurray is also owner of The Ceili Cottage Restaurant in Toronto, ON.

Over the course of the festival, guests can sip Canadian wine, craft beer and spirits, paired with delicious oyster creations from local chefs. A number of new events are planned for this year’s festival, including an International Oyster Night, featuring internationally-inspired oyster dishes; and the Under the Sea brunch at Watermark Beach Resort. info

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Sakura Tea Service at Urban Tea Merchant

Celebrate the spring season and the blooming cherry blossoms in Vancouver with the Sakura Tea Set. Presented on a beautiful glass platter, this afternoon tea includes delightful Japanese inspired tea-infused savouries and sweets.

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The Fisherman and the Forager – Sunday, April 24th

Sunday Supper Series is at back at Pentola and feeling as light and fresh as the crisp Spring air. Local seafood and locally foraged vegetables will be the main ingredients in this month’s ‘a la familia’ Sunday Supper. Chef Travis Mccord is inspired by the fresh Spring weather to bring you mouth watering fare with Italian flare. Expect fresh fish, morels, spot prawns and hand made pastas. Look forward to a delectable dinner composed of at least 8 courses with the option to have bubbles perfectly paired by Wine Director Christopher McFadden. Call 604.642.0557   |   info@lapentola.ca

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Sample White Asparagus and German Wine at Bauhaus

Bauhaus patio is now open!  head to Gastown for by for a glass of wine, a cocktail and a bite and take advantage of our beautiful spring weather. Don’t miss the schnitzel and white asparagus with a crisp glass of German Riesling or Pinot Noir.

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Comedy and Cocktails at Theatresports 

To complement Vancouver TheatreSports™ League’s (VTSL) improvised parody, Throne and Games – A Chance of Snow, Paul Belsito, bar manager of VTSL’s Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge, has created a trio of tasty potions inspired by the characters and locations in the popular HBO TV series.

Value-priced at $8 these special T&G (not G&T) cocktails are available only through the run of Throne and Games – A Chance of Snow, April 7 – May 28.  Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge is a convenient place for theatre patrons to meet for pre or post-show drinks. Patrons can also take their beverages into the theatre with them to enjoy during the performance. vtsl.com.

What’s Good In April

What to do in April in and around Vancouver

We’ve been busy focusing on the positive in Vancouver with the #VancouverIstay project (you’ve checked it out right?) and looking ahead to April there’s even more reason to love what Vancouver has to offer.

Garagiste North – April 17, 2016

First and foremost, wine lovers need to set this Sunday aside, well at least a few hours of it, to explore the smaller producers of our province. Held at the Wise Hall in East Vancouver, this once a year experience will walk you through the up and comers, and those who just don’t want to go big. Chat with the winemakers and owners and sample some bites for Chicha Vancouver, a wonderful Peruvian spot! TICKETS!

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World Malbec Day Tastings April 16, 2016

This year’s Malbec Word Day falls on Sunday, April 17th, but British Columbia will get a jump on the celebrations with free Argentinean wine tastings at 5 private stores on Saturday, April 16 2016.  In addition, select BCLDB stores throughout the province will offer free tastings of Argentinean wines in April.

In BC, the following private stores will host complimentary consumer tastings on Saturday, April 16.  Each store will pour at least 3 different wines, including Malbecs and Malbec blends, paired with samples of authentic Argentinean cuisine.

Everything Wine – North Vancouver, South Surrey & Langford locations – 2:00 to 6:00pm
Legacy Liquor Store – 1633 Manitoba Street, Vancouver – 2:00 to 6:00pm
Marquis Wine Cellars – 1034 Davie Street, Vancouver – PLUS a DJ will provide music at this lively event – 2:00 to 5:00pm
BC Liquor Stores across the province will host over 50 Malbec World Day tastings.

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Osoyoos Oyster Festival – 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. More info

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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 
Latest Edition of Ongoing Dinner Series Unites Like-minded Chefs 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.

The fifth in an ongoing series that transforms the “ugly ducklings” of the kitchen — also known as commonly discarded scraps, off-cuts, stems and stalks — into gourmet menus with an ecological message, the latest Ugly Duckling Dinner unites a pair of like-minded chefs who share the same culinary principles of featuring fresh-daily ingredients sourced from local farms, pastures and seas.

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.

As Royal Dinette prides itself on placing a premium on the availability and seasonality of all ingredients, the Ugly Duckling Dinner menu is subject to slight changes. Substitutions are politely declined.

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Vancouver Foodster Meatball Challenge Until April 30

Restaurants from all over the city entered ball dishes into this challenge. Each restaurant will be featuring their meatball creation on their menu from April 6-30, 2016. More info.

In this meatball challenge the meatballs cover various cuisines including Spanish, Italian, Vietnamese, and Indian.

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Chicha Launches New Cocktail Menu – April 14, 2016

Dale Styner of MoneyChalks has not only chalked Chicha’s entire wall with his art; Peruvian Nazca line themed, but also created their new cocktail list.
Party starts at 8.30pm

All Dale’s new cocktails will be $6 (2oz)
All pints on tap will be $5
Tightrope Dry Reisling $6
Anteres Carmenere $6
…and of course Jameson shots for $3

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Abbotsford Tulip Festival…Until May 1, 2016

This spring marks the first year of the Abbotsford Tulip Festival–the only tulip festival in BC and tulip celebration in Canada located on a farm. Guests will experience 10 acres of beautiful, vibrant colour, featuring over 50 varieties and 2.5 million bulbs, and ample parking for over 1000 vehicles.

The festival offers a covered picnic area, children’s play area, photo cut-out boards, fun food trucks (on weekends) and sections for friends and family to wander through the fields. Guests can pick their own flowers in the U- Pick field, purchase fresh cut tulips and order bulbs for planting in the fall.

Dates:               March 25 – May 1, 2016 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, seven days a week
Location:          36737 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford, BC
Admission:      Only $5.00 per person and complimentary parking

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Gourmet Warehouse Chocolate Challenge – April 7, 2016

$ 75.00

At 6:30pm – an evening of food, wine, and chocolate, to help us feed the children. The Chocolate Challenge pits 8 of Vancouver’s best chocolatiers against each other in a competition to create the best original chocolate. As our guest, you will sample and vote on your favourite creation.

In addition to chocolate, your ticket includes tastings from Tartine Tarts, Tacomio, Sebastian & Co, Terra Breads, Sundance Seafood, Earnest Ice Cream, Dry Soda and Stumptown Coffee.

100% of ticket sales, silent and live auction proceeds will be to the Strathcona Backpack Program and Project Chef.

Taste and vote on your favourite creations by:

Bearfoot Bistro, Chez Christophe, Chocolate Arts,  French Made Baking,  Gem Chocolates, Purdy’s Chocolates, Temper Chocolate & Pastry, and Thomas Haas. Tickets

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The Hatch Wines at Chewies – April 13, 2016

5 Courses – 5 Wines $68 Per Person  – A fun, unpretentious wine event hosted by Jesse Harnden of The Hatch, one of BC’s best new wineries & Chewie’s Exectutive Chef, Michael Knowlson. If you haven’t tried these wines then you absolutely have to, and if you haven’t heard Jesse talk about what he loves, then you are missing out! andrew@chewies.ca (604) 620-7634 More info

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Grape Juice for Big Sisters – April 21, 2016

Aston Martin Vancouver & Bentley Vancouver
1770 Burrard Street 5:30 – 8:30 PM TICKETS
$100 Featuring canapés by Chill Winston
with wine tastings CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS

a tax receipt will be issued for a portion of the ticket

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BjornBar Bakery Opening – April 7, 2016

Pastry Chef Tamera Clark has returned to North Vancouver from Montreal to open the BjornBar Bakery located in the Edgemont Village. BjornBar opens this Thursday, April 7th at 3053 Edgemont Boulevard. Details

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.

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The youngest oyster shuckers in action above!

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

 

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!

 

Osoyoos Oyster Festival Antics

IMG_3970WHAT? Oysters in the Okanagan? I’ve been asked far too many times “are there oysters farms in the Okanagan?”  Well no, they don’t yet grow in Osoyoos Lake, but contrary to popular belief, oysters can live outside the ocean for several weeks and I guarantee that all the oysters in this Osoyoos Oyster Festival got there in just days, if not hours, after they left their ocean beds.  Jon and Anne Marie Crofts, owners of my fav Okanagan fishmongers, Codfather’s in Kelowna, certainly ensure this. And why should we deny oysters to those not right on the ocean? It would be unfair! It is also an excellent chance for the hard working oyster farmers to take a break from harvesting and get off their sea legs to head inland and present their incredible bivalves to those who have waited all year to slurp the freshest of the fresh. Oysters belong everywhere and this year West Coast Oyster Farmers Outlandish Shellfish, and The Oyster Man brought their finest to the show and 46 South came all the way from New Zealand. Oysters ranged from Marina’s Top Drawer, Royal Courtesans, and Kushis to Kaipara’s and Tio Point’s from down south.

For the third year in a row I chased my passion for oysters up to the festival in the South Okanagan ( I call it #oysterlove) . This year Destination Osoyoos sponsored the festival I was assisting with media, competitions and events so I did miss out on getting my full oyster slurp on, but I certainly did suck back a few.

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For the second year in a row the official Canadian Oyster and Wine Pairing Competition was held. I judged last year and helped produce it this year. Kudos to Claire Sear for coming up with the brilliant idea! And thank you to all our fantastic judges. It was an excellent adventure and a very interesting delve into the exact science of food and wine pairing.

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Congratulations to Noble Ridge Winery, named the best Canadian Wine and Oyster Pairing Wine for their sparking, ” The One”.

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The next day our craft beer specialists came in to asses the relevance of oyster and beer pairing and it was deemed that The Cannery Brewery’s Blackberry Porter was most worthy of the title Best Canadian Craft Beer and Oyster Pairing. Here we see food writer Dan Clapson in deep thought!

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In the evening the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce hosted the Brew and Beast event with plenty of freshly shucked oysters and delights from several Okanagan restaurants and resorts.

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Saturday afternoon the winners from last year’s Oyster Wine Pairing Comp showed their best from this year and last and in the evening Art of the Oyster showed more of these sea creatures all prepared by various chefs from around the valley.

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If you love oysters this weekend is made for you and if you haven’t tried them it’s a great place to “lose your oyster virginity”. Be sure to see Rob Tryon from Effingham Oysters who will guide you through this right of passage and so you can officially #geteffed. I hope we see all oyster farmers and lovers again next year. It would be hard for me to stay away! #oysterlove



#GetEffed Canadian Craft Beer & Oyster Pairing Competition Announces Effingham Oysters

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Effingham Oyster’s will be shucked and slurped at Canada’s inaugural Craft Beer & Oyster Pairing Competition held in Osoyoos on April 25, 2014. Judges will feast on British Columbia’s Barkley Sound oysters farmed just off the west coast of Vancouver Island as they sip and sample beers from around the country to determine which brew is this oysters best friend.

The inaugural Canadian Craft Beer & Oyster pairing Competition will be held on April 25th, 2014 during the third annual Osoyoos Oyster Festival. The competition is sponsored by Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort and Spa, Flavours World, CAMRA Vancouver, BC Craft Brewers Guild and Codfathers Seafood Market and will be divided into eleven categories. Canadian Craft Breweries are encouraged to submit theirIPA, Stout, Porter, Lager, Ale, Wheat Beer, Pilsner, Bitter, Cider, Mead, and any other brewing style under the category of Wild Card.  A winner will be chosen in each category and a best overall. Beers (Cider/Mead)  must be craft brews made in Canada.

Deadline to enter submissions is April 17th, 2014. Entry forms and entry rules can be downloaded at:  www.oooysterfestival.com

Judgesfor the second annual Canadian Oyster Wine Competition include Adam Chatburn, president of CAMRA Vancouver, Dan Clapson a Calgary based food writer and contributor to Food Network Canada, Avenue and WestJet’s up! magazine, Martin Lewis who is on the board of directors for the Okanagan Wine Society and is currently working towards the Cicerone beer certification, and culinary power couple Chef Jonathan Chovancek and Bartender/Sommelier Lauren Mote owners of Bittered Sling Extracts.

The Osoyoos Oyster Festival was created to showcase the sustainable oysters produced by the farmers and guilds of the nearby West Coast together with the award-winning wines of the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association. Even oysters need a day in the sun! For more information on the festival visit online at: www.oooysterfestival.com

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Canadian Craft Beer & Oyster Pairing Competition: Request for Entry

Kushi OystersWhich Canadian Craft Beers pair best with Oysters?

The inaugural Canadian Craft Beer & Oyster pairing Competition will be held on April 25th, 2014 during the third annual Osoyoos Oyster Festival. The competition is sponsored by Sprit Ridge Vineyard Resort and Spa, Flavours World, CAMRA Vancouver, BC Craft Brewers Guild and Codfathers Seafood Market, and will be divided into eleven categories. Canadian Craft Breweries are encouraged to submit their IPA, Stout, Porter, Lager, Ale, Wheat Beer, Pilsner, Bitter, Cider, Mead, and any other brewing style under the category of Wild Card.
A winner will be chosen in each category and a best overall. Beers (Cider/Mead)  must be craft brews made in Canada.

Deadline to enter submissions is April 17th 2014. Entry forms and entry rules can be downloaded at:  www.oooysterfestival.com 

Judgesfor the second annual Canadian Oyster Wine Competition include Adam Chatburn, president of CAMRA Vancouver, Dan Clapson a Calgary based food writer and contributor to Food Network Canada, Avenue and WestJet’s up! magazine, Martin Lewis who is on the board of directors for the Okanagan Wine Society and is currently working towards the Cicerone beer certification, and culinary power couple Chef Jonathan Chovancek and Bartender/Sommelier Lauren Mote owners of Bittered Sling Extracts.

The Osoyoos Oyster Festival was created to showcase the sustainable oysters produced by the farmers and guilds of the nearby West Coast together with the award-winning wines of the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association. Even oysters need a day in the sun! For more information on the festival visit online at: www.oooysterfestival.com

 

 

 

Osoyoos 3rd Annual Oyster Festival- April 23rd – April 27th, 2014

Osoyoos Oyster fest logoThis is one of our favourite events of the year! Oysters, wine, craft beer! What more do you need. GLV

The Third Annual Osoyoos Oyster Festival showcases oysters produced by West Coast fishermen alongside Canadian wines and craft beers. Even oysters need a day in the sun!

New for this year a Canadian craft beer and oyster pairing competition sponsored by Spirit Ridge Resort, CAMRA and BC Craft Brewers. Which Canadian local craft beer pairs best with oysters? Winners will be announced at the Spirit Ridge Resort and South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce Beach Brew Party on Friday April 25th, where guests can find their own favourite pairings.

The signature event of the festival, Watermark Beach Resort’s The Art of the Oyster Pearl Gala, takes place on Saturday April 26th.  This gala showcases oyster creations from Oliver’s & Osoyoos’ best restaurants, freshly shucked oyster stations from West Coast oyster fisherman and wine pairings from the Oliver Osoyoos Winery AssociationResults from Canada’s second annual Canadian Oyster Wine Competition will be revealed at 9pm.

Enjoy the wine region’s spring releases, slurp your way through local restaurants and enjoy special Osoyoos Oyster Festival room rates. Throughout the festival enjoy special events including Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek Winery’s Long Table Dinner, Terrafina Restaurant at Hester Creek Winery’s “Under the Tuscan Sea Dinner” and more.

If you love oysters, you need to be at the Okanagan’s only oyster festival: the OOOysterfestival!

For more information, please visit the website:  www.oooysterfestival.com