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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.

Osoyoos Oyster Festival

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.

Osoyoos Oyster Festival

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.

Osoyoos Oyster Festival

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.

Osoyoos Oyster Festival

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.

Osoyoos Oyster Festival

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 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.

Osoyoos Oyster Festival

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.

chicha

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

the hatch winery

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.

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

 

Oliver/Osoyoos 2nd Annual Oyster Festival- April 17th- 21st

oyster8The Oliver/Osoyoos Oyster Festival was created to showcase the sustainable oysters produced by the farmers and guilds of the nearby West Coast together with wines from the Oliver/ Osoyoos Winery Association. Even oysters need a day in the sun!

New for this year- Canada’s first Oyster Wine competition, sponsored by Eat Magazine, Walnut Beach Resort and Codfathers Seafood market. The competition is open to wineries across Canada and wines entered must be made from 100% Canadian grown grapes. Winners are announced at the Art of the Oyster event.

Sip the new 2012 releases from the participating wineries of the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association, slurp your way through oyster dishes from Oliver & Osoyoos best restaurants   enjoy special Oyster events, and take advantage of special Oyster Festival room rates starting at $79.00 at Walnut Beach Resort. If you love oysters, you need to be at the Okanagan’s only oyster festival: the OOOysterfestival!

Special events this year include “a Long Table Oyster dinner” at Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek Winery, “Under the Tuscan Sea Oyster Dinner” at Terrafina Restaurant at Hester Creek Winery, an Amateur Shuck and Suck competition and a Beer & Oyster Party. The signature event of the festival, The Art of the Oyster takes place on Saturday, April 20th, at Walnut Beach Resort and showcases oysters creations from Oliver’s & Osoyoos’ best restaurants alongside freshly shucked oyster stations from Effingham Oysters, Outlandish Oysters, and local fish mongers Codfathers, Buy the Sea and Helen’s seafood. Enjoy wine tasting stations from participating Oliver and Osoyoos wineries.

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

New Year’s Eve Escape to Wine Country Dec 29 2012 – Jan 1, 2013

Order tickets via Eventbrite:
http://nyetobcwinecountry-efbevent.eventbrite.ca/

Spend New Year’s weekend in Winter Wine Country

Saturday December 29, 2012 to Tuesday January 1,2013

INCLUDES:

3 nights accommodation in luxury mountain view studio suite with king size bed at Walnut Beach Resort. (upgrades to 1 bedroom can be arranged please message cassandra@goodlifevancouver.com)

Transportation from Vancouver to Osoyoos and return in luxury bus coach. (Bus can also stop in Coquitlam, Langley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack)

Dec. 29, 30 – Saturday and Sunday wine touring from 3pm to 7pm to look at beautiful holiday light displays created by the wineries along with wine tastings. 4 -5 wineries per day.

Dec. 31 – Monday ice-wine tour and sparkling tasting.

Dec. 31 – Enjoy a FOUR COURSE wine-paired dinner at the award winning Mica restaurant followed by the Spectacular! NYE 2013 Masquerade Gala brought to you by Paraiso Events at the Nk’Mip Conference Centre  (at Spirit Ridge Resort). Includes Maquerade mask, canapés and a midnight toast.

$386.49 per person based on double occupancy. ($772.98 per couple) ($539.26 for single room)

Optional:

Once you have registered for the weekend we will email you to determine your interest in the following:

Dec. 29th Sat Dinner at Terrafina Restaurant (Complimentary shuttle)

Dec. 30th Sun Dinner at Miradoro Restaurant (Complimentary shuttle)

Dec. 31st Mon Brunch at Terrafina restaurant

** Optional events will incur an extra cost **

PARAISO EVENTS PRESENT ‘Spectacular! NYE 2013’ #osoyoos

PARAISO Events Inc’s inaugural New Year’s Eve party promises a night of wonder and entertainment for the sophisticated partygoer

Osoyoos-based PARAISO Events Inc, the group that redefines high-end parties in the Okanagan, announced their party plans today for New Years Eve 2013. On Dec 31st, 2012, PARAISO Events Inc will host its inaugural Spectacular! New Year’s Eve party at the Nk’Mip Conference Centre located at Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa in Osoyoos, BC.  Celebrate in style as the Nk’Mip Conference Centre is transformed into an exclusive social Masquerade event with just a hint of Mardi Gras flair. The impeccable glitz and glam of this evening festivity offers the best ambiance, lights, and music to welcome 2013. The evening will be full of many extraordinary surprises that will leave people talking.

Music at the event will be provided by Atmosphere Professional DJ Services as guests prepare to be dazzled by a festive light show, champagne toast and a midnight ball-drop with New York City followed by the hottest dance beats as guests party the night away.

“We want to create a New Year’s event that will enchant Osoyoos once again”, says Alicia Kaffka,of Paraiso Events Inc.  “We were fortunate to work with Destination Osoyoos and Nk’Mip Resort on the famed Red Carpet Soiree event this past September and received rave reviews on the quality of the production and design. We aim to raise the bar again with this event and offer an unsurpassed New Years Eve experience”.

Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased by phone: 250-276-4501 online: www.spectacular-nye.com or in person: at Imperial Office Pro 8510 Main Street, Osoyoos, BC. Christmas themed tickets are available and make a great stocking stuffer idea! Spirit Ridge is offering great room packages that include event tickets with an option to add a four-course dinner at Mica Restaurant; information can be obtained by visiting their website for pricing and availability. www.spiritridge.ca.  Tickets include a masquerade mask, canapés and a midnight toast. The event begins at 8:30 pm. Partial proceeds will benefit the Osoyoos Splash Park.

Take a bus tour from Vancouver with 3 nights’ accommodation, wine tasting, and additional events.

Order tickets via Eventbrite:
http://nyetobcwinecountry-efbevent.eventbrite.ca/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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O! Osoyoos Celebrates Festival

Time to Shine at O! Osoyoos Celebrates September 14–16, 2012

The community of Osoyoos, at the very southern tip of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, is proud to present the first annual O! Osoyoos Celebrates festival, held from September 14-16, 2012.

Honouring the wine, food and authentic culture of this distinctive community, the festival provides the opportunity to truly celebrate the town’s epicurean heroes; the passionate winemakers, talented chefs and dedicated farmers that bring unparalleled produce and an abundance of flavours to our tables throughout the year.

“O! Osoyoos Celebrates is a salutation of all that Osoyoos is; a wealth of rich culture, world-class wines and tasting rooms and a commanding culinary community, all under the warmth of the South Okanagan sun,” declares Jo Knight, Executive Director for Destination Osoyoos. “We are thrilled to be the host organization in partnership with beneficiary Rotary Club of Osoyoos, and look forward to sharing Canada’s warmest welcome.”

Over the course of the weekend, O! Osoyoos Celebrates features three events: the Red Carpet Soiree, Lobster on the Beach and a Sparkling Sabre Brunch – bringing together everything the community has to offer. Opening the festival on Friday evening, the glamorous Red Carpet Soiree includes all the paparazzi and pageantry of a gala occasion; Lobster on the Beach is a decedent seafood feast on the shores of the lake, right under the clear Okanagan sky (both evening galas will be emceed by Global BC Morning News co-anchor, Sophie Lui); a grand farewell is offered at the Sparkling Sabre Brunch with champagne, gourmet food and a little sabreing fun before heading home. Pair the festival with your choice of accommodation, tours and dining for a magical fall weekend in wine country.

A weekend ticket package costs $150 for the three events, with individual tickets costing between $35 – $85 per person. Ticket and event information available at www.osoyooscelebrates.ca. Ticket sales and special accommodation rates will be live shortly.

About O! Osoyoos Celebrates

The inaugural O! Osoyoos Celebrates festival takes place in Osoyoos on September 14, 15 & 16, 2012. Anchored by three events over the course of the weekend – Red Carpet Soiree on the Friday night; Lobster on the Beach on Saturday night; and a Sparkling Sabre Brunch on the Sunday – the festival was born to celebrate the community’s culinary and cultural heroes: the winemakers, chefs and farmers that make this town one of the most authentic and epicurean regional destinations in Canada. www.osoyooscelebrates.ca

And the Winner is: World’s First Wine Commercial Film Festival Kicks Off Osoyoos Celebrity Wine Festival

A little bit local, a lot of success as Vancouver filmmaker takes top prize

Last night the Osoyoos Celebrity Wine Festival kicked off with “The Vinos”, the worlds first wine commercial film festival and “A Little More Local” by Vancouver filmmakers, Barbara Kozicki, Fiona Mongillo, and Charles Hefferman took the top prize. Over 30 entries were submitted and 2nd prize went to “Half Corked” by Ashley Forshaw & Tibor Farkas. Third prize was “With BC Wine We Are Kings” by Adrian Talens & Mark Armstrong.

“We based the idea on Osoyoos Larose as it is our favourite wine,” says Barbara Kozicki, “We were thrilled that judges picked us as it was very competitive. All entries were really good.” 

Held at the Watermark Beach Resort, “The Vinos”, was a red carpeted awards ceremony and contest for the best wine commercial on B.C. Wines. Amateur and professional filmmakers submitted entries and competed for $5000 in cash and wine. Submissions were 60-90 second videos of the filmmakers’ favourite BC winery.

“The wine commercial contest was a first for the Osoyoos Celebrity Wine Festival and we were delighted to receive so many great entries,” say Glenn Fawcett, co-founder of the Osoyoos Celebrity Wine Festival, “‘The Vinos’ was a great success and will definitely be back and part of next year’s festival.”

All festival entries can be seen here: http://thevinos.paulcottonfilms.com/main.html (scroll on the right to find the winning entry).

“A Little More Local” filmmakers, Barbara Kozicki, Charles Hefferman and Fiona Mongillo celebrate at “The Vinos” 
** High resolution available at request

Other events still to come at the Osoyoos Celebrity Wine Festival include:

• Friday, June 11, 6:00-10:00 pm at Walnut Beach Resort: Osoyoos VIP Reception, Beach Party and Celebrity Beach Jam.
• Saturday, June 12, 12 noon to 3 pm at Black Hills Estate Winery: Nota Bene Release Party.
• Saturday, June 12, 7 pm to 11 pm at Spirit Ridge Resort: Celebrity Wine Auction and “Duelling Chefs vs. Duelling Winemakers” dinner.

The following celebrities are attending the festival:

Jason Priestley (Beverley Hills 9020, Hollywood & Vines), Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek, National Treasure), Dean Cain (Lois and Clark: the New Adventures of Superman), Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba), Terry David Mulligan (Hollywood and Vines, Much Music), Ned Bell (Food Network), and Chad Oakes (Emmy award-winning producer). There are a few other mystery guests (celebrity actors, chefs and winemakers) currently confirming their attendance.

All news releases and media kit materials are available here:

About Osoyoos Celebrity Wine Festival www.osoyooscelebritywinefestival.com
The Osoyoos Celebrity Wine Festival takes place from June 10 to 13, 2010. It’s a great weekend of food and wine pairing events from regional chefs and winemakers, and participants rub shoulders with film and television A-listers while enjoying the region’s best cuisine and wine. The Osoyoos Celebrity Wine Festival is a joint venture between Destination Osoyoos, presenting sponsor Black Hills Estate Winery, e=mc2 Event Management and hotel sponsors Walnut Beach Resort, Spirit Ridge Resort, and Watermark Beach Resort.

Destination Osoyoos
As a “grassroots” organization with dedicated people from the community, Destination Osoyoos Development Society is committed to strengthening the economic as well as the physical, social, and cultural conditions of the Osoyoos Area. The organization is driven by a Community Economic Development Strategy that is designed to reflect the wishes and aspirations of the citizens of the Osoyoos Area through an extensive community consultation process. More information about Destination Osoyoos can be found at: www.destinationosoyoos.com

Orofino Winery’s Spring Events

SATURDAY , MAY 1ST

SPRING WINE RELEASE & BBQ  KING COMPETITION

Spring is a time when many new wines are released and so to is the sunlight on our beautiful valley. We invite you to come visit us on May 1st for an afternoon of discovering the great wines of the Similkameen and helping us to crown the first Similkameen BBQ King. Yes that is right, not only will you be treated to a plate of southern BBQ pulled pork (from The Chef Instead Martin Laprise) with all the trimmings to go with Similkameen wines but you will be able to help judge the 1st BBQ King! Chefs from all over the Okanagan and Similkameen will be vying for the coveted title!

This is a Similkameen Wineries Association event with 8 of our local wineries joining together to show off our valley`s best. Come and discover why enroute magazine named the Similkameen as “one of the top 5 wine regions in the world you`ve never heard of“! This will make a great afternoon festival event while leaving lots of time to return to Penticton or Osoyoos for evening events ( only a 30 minute drive). Free entry for all minors (food is $10/plate). Live music too! This is a fundraising event for our Cawston Community Hall refurbishments.
www.similkameenwine.com
Tickets: $35. phone Orofino @ (250)499-0068. Some tickets may be available at the door. (includes GST, pulled pork lunch, two wine samples)
(extra 2.5 oz samples $2.50, extra food $10)
Location: Cawston Hall, Main St., Cawston, BC.
Date & Time: Saturday May 1st, 12-3pm
Please note this is an outdoor event so dress for the weather.

MONDAY, MAY 3RD
WINEMAKER`S DINNER AT WATERMARK BEACH RESORT
Join us for an evening of incredible food paired with some of our new releases as well as some wines from our library. 7 courses of food prepared by the team at Watermark will “ tizzy your tastebuds“. This is a new and very cool little space in the newest five star resort in Osoyoos. Call the resort for dinner details, tickets, and even a place to stay for the night!

6:30 pm
tickets: $99 at Watermark
Watermark Beach Resort
15 Park Place, Osoyoos
(250)495-5508
mtennant@watermarkbeachresort.com
www.watermarkbeachresort.com

THURSDAY, MAY 6TH

OROFINO AT VICTORIA ROAD BISTRO
Join us as we spend an evening with Roger and Stephanie Gillespie at their chic little Victoria Road Bistro in Summerland. This space is modern  with an open kitchen where guests can look in on the chefs preparing a memorable 5 course meal to be paired with some of our best wines. The intimate atmosphere of the bistro will provide the backdrop for fabulous cuisine, boutique wines, and delicious conversation. THERE ARE ONLY 10 SPACES LEFT AS OF APRIL 7TH!

Reception at 6pm
Dinner at 7pm
Tickets: $100 +gst+gratuity
Victoria Road Bistro
108-13615 Victoria Road, Summerland
Call (250)583-9343 for tickets

www.victoriard.com

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June 3 – The Good Life on the Jenn and Joe show

This week on The Good Life we speak with Mireille Sauve, a certified sommelier and president of The Wine Umbrella, a wine consulting company.  German Riesling is featured at the BCLDB in June and Mireille is an expert. Attend a Riesling Tasting at the Cambie and 39th BCLDB, and enter to win a dinner for 8 with Fuel Restaurant – all courses paired with Riesling.

Listen live on The Buzz 1410 AM – or check on the Weekly Podcast

Wine Pick – Rudolf Muller “Bishop of Riesling” $11.99
Wine Pick – Lingenfelder “Bird Label” $18.99

RestaurantFuel

Events worth checking out

Osoyoos Celebrity Wine Festival (June 12-13)
Pollanate UBC Farm (June 6, 2009)
German Rieslings at the BCLDB (June 7, 2009)
Warm Weather Wines (June 10, 2009)
Project Empty Bowl (June 11, 2009)
Tour De Cork in Cowichan with Josh Clark (June 14, 2009)

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