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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


Les Dames Summerdine – A Few Seats Left + Online Auction

On Wednesday, August 12th join Canada’s largest concurrent dinner party as Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Chapter presents Les Dames Summerdine . This fundraiser takes place at thirty different restaurants, wineries, cooking schools and culinary venues across the province.


While most venues are sold out, seats in Vancouver can still be bought at Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks, where Chef Jennifer Peters of Nextjen Gluten Free will create a gluten free dinner.

Gluten-free pate choux filled with chicken liver parfait and glazed with a beautiful Moroccan spiced sour cherry jam from Dame Lee Murphy at Vista  D’oro 
Smoked Salmon Pate on Molasses Bread
Tomato Buratta Salad with Crispy Herb Pita
Dungeness Crab and Crepe millfuille
Organic Beef Flank, Wild mushrooms, Cavaletti Pasta
Pistachio Jelly Roll, Cherries and Pistachio sorbet

Wild Rice

Nearby in New Westminster at Wild Rice. It’s a quick sky train ride away too, don’t you know?

Amuse BLT, house smoked bacon chip, slow roasted cherry tomato, lettuce
Kale Caesar Tofu cashew dressing, fried chickpeas, house brined olives and red onion
Poached Egg 6 minute organic egg, taro nest, baby lettuces, beet foam
Free Range Pork F.V. tenderloin, leek ash, apple ginger jus sphere, arugula emulsion, pickled carrot
Crème Brulee Strawberry rooibos infused crème, basil cookies


Siena Restaurant on South Granville 

Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho parmesan crisp, pickled cucumber, saffron oil
Burrata Salad fresh figs, prosciutto, candied walnuts, UBC greens, masi balsamico
Grappa-marinated Sable Fish cauliflower puree, wilted UBC kale, potato and chive croquette
Honey Vanilla Panna Cotta fresh raspberries, almond cantuccini


Edible Canada – NOW SOLD OUT

Gazpacho – sumac, cold pressed canola, Vancouver island salt
Spot prawn – summer succotash, wild boar nage, sorrel
Agnolotti dal Plin – goat butter, borage, truffle
Heritage cap of beef – mustard green salsa verde, new crop potato, collards
East van roasters chocolate delice – stone fruits, crispy crunch, caramel ~
Two Rivers Meat co.
Organic Ocean Seafood
Hazelmere organic farm
Hannah Brook farm
Inner City urban farm
East Van Roasters

left bank

Left Bank

tuna tartar, avocado, sesame, rice  crackers
scallops and prawns, farro risotto, beurre blanc, herb salad
braised short ribs, pomme puree, honey yams, natural jus
fresh fruit parfait, raspberry sorbet, fresh fruit, GF shortbread


Nicli in Gastown

Oyama Sausage Co salumi and The Farm House cheeses
with flatbread and BC cherry tomato jam
Chilliwack corn, Jolly Meats bresaola,
Hannah Brook Farm frilly endive,
The Farm House country blue
Pizza”Bianca di Prosciutto e Rucola”:
Fresh garlic, basil, Natural Pastures mozzarella di bufala,
The Farm House fermiere, Oyama Sausage Co Prosciutto,
Barnston Island Herbs arugula
Pizza “100-mile Marg”:
Roasted local tomato sauce, The Farm House fermiere,
Natural Pastures mozzarella di bufala, basil
Dolci “Peaches and Cream”:
Local honey panna cotta
with fresh Okanagan peaches and sage shortbread

Nicli Next Door

Nicli Next Door

Bread Sourdough and house-made butter
Antipasti: Antipasto board of salumi, cheeses, pickled vegetables
Primi: House-made tagliatelle with a primavera of summer vegetables
Secondi: Braised rabbit over creamy polenta with grilled asparagus
Insalata:Local greens, fennel, radish, elderflower vinaigrette, grana padano
Dolci: Cannoli, whipped ricotta, local fruit

summerdine local

In the Okanagan you can dine lakeside at Local Lounge and Grill, or…


among the vineyards at Hester Creeks Terrafina Restaurant. (menus pending).



Victoria’s Spinnakers is doing CRAFT BEER AND WINE PAIRINGS!!!

Chermoula marinated burnt eggplant Tree Island yogurt labneh pearls. pairings:  Stoneboat Piano Brut / Cascadia Dark Ale

Gulf Island shellfish a la basquaise The Whole Beast’s chorizo sausage, Dragonfly farm’s slow roasted tomatoes, Westwind farm’s grilled peppers
pairing:  Da Vin Foch Rose Sangria / Original Pale Ale

Aloo palak gone West Coast Wilbury farm’s hazelnut masala, roasted Haliburton farm’s new warba potatoes,  Eaglepaw Organic’s kale, fried house made paneer pairing:  Church & State Viognier / India Pale Ale

Yarrow Lake Duck Confit Moonstruck’s Blossom’s blue cheese croquettes, Saanich Organic’s pea emulsion, smoked Salt Spring Island shiitakes pairing:  Rocky Creek Pinot Noir / Bing Bang Theory

Choux dumplings, Saanich Organic’s blueberry & earl grey ice cream, lavender caramel sauce pairing: Sea Cider Black Applejack / Dunkleweizen

Hotel Grand Pacific Summerdine

and…The Mark at the Grand Pacific Hotel….NOW SOLD OUT!

Amuse Bouche
Milk Curd, Peas, Mint & Bean Salad, Guanciale, Pea Soup
First Course
Cold Smoked Salmon Ikura, Cucumber, Pickled Mustard Seeds,
Dill Yogurt Dressing
Main Course
Souse Vide Pork Loin Pork Cheek Tortellini, Corn Purée, Zucchini, Battered Apple Ring, Apple Cider Butter Sauce, Buttermilk Foam
Almond Brown Butter Cake Lavender Infused Cream, Fresh Berries,
Honey Tuille
Selection of Macarons, Truffles and Gelées

Multi-course dinners are  just $79 per person for dinner, including BC VQA wine pairings! www.lesdames.ca for purchase.

Les Dames Summerdine Auction

Les Dames are also hosting an on-line auction, now open and closing on the evening of Summerdine (August 12th) at 11:59 p.m. The auction prize is an Okanagan Weekend Get-Away for Two including:  two-nights at The Cove Lakeside Resort with a bottle of Bella Rosé Sparkling Wine in your room, dinner at Salted Brick, followed by cocktails at 27. Approximate retail value is $800. Auction link here. 

Les Dames Summerdine is a fundraiser to benefit the scholarship and community outreach programs of Les Dames D’Escoffier BC Chapter.  “This year we awarded more than $21,000 in scholarships to women of all ages and backgrounds so they could begin or further their education in the fields of culinary, beverage or hospitality.

Les Dames D’Escoffier is an international association dedicated to supporting the advancement of women in the hospitality and culinary domains as well as fostering industry excellence through educational and charitable activities.  Each year the BC Chapter produces events to raise funds in support of these endeavours.

For information on Les Dames D’Escoffier BC Chapter and updates on Les Dames Summerdine: www.lesdames.ca  and Facebook or follow us on Twitter @LesDamesBC / event hashtag #LDSummerdine

For information on Les Dames d’Escoffier International: www.idei.org

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

Terrafina Restaurant opens at Hester Creek Estate Winery

Winery Excited to Add the Restaurant Team

The South Okanagan’s newest culinary showpiece is about to open its doors, just in time for spring!

Hester Creek Estate Winery is thrilled to welcome the owners of Terrafina Restaurant Ltd, executive chef Jeremy Luypen and operating manager April Goldade. Terrafina at Hester Creek will contribute to the Okanagan Valley’s ever growing culinary and wine experiences.

This stunning new restaurant is located in the former tasting room that has been re-designed to provide an intimate setting for the 47-seat restaurant plus additional patio seating for 24 under a lush, vine covered trellis.  The old brick, wooden pillars and iron chandeliers capture the recognizable character of Hester Creek Estate Winery, much like you would find in a villa overlooking the hills in Tuscany.

Defined as ‘from the earth’, Terrafina is inspired by two things; Hester Creek having some of the oldest vines which date back as far as 1968, and  the abundance of locally-grown produce available from Okanagan Valley farmers. Both of these ingredients have made the region the culinary destination it is today.

In true Tuscan style, executive chef Jeremy Luypen is passionate about capturing the natural flavours of the locally-grown and farmed produce.  From wood-stone baked bread to house-made pizzas, pasta and ingredients, the light, flavourful dishes are a breath of Italy and created to marry perfectly with Hester Creek’s award winning wines.

Join Terrafina for a true Tuscan escape in the South Okanagan. Terrafina will be open for lunch and dinner dining seasonally starting June 1, 2011. For reservations please call (250) 468-2229 or email info@terrafinarestaurant.com.

Visit our website for chef biographies, menus, and “in progress” pictures.