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Devour! Osoyoos Food Film Festival

Okanagan hails the delicious, delightful return of Devour! Osoyoos Food Film Festival, May 5 – 7

We just returned from the Osoyoos Oyster Festival and had a marvelous time, and they just don’t seem to stop the party down there! Next up is Devour! Osoyoos Food Film Fest on May 5 – 7 and we are wondering if maybe we shouldn’t stop in for the night on the way back to Vancouver! This weekend-long culinary celebration features some of Western Canada’s best chefs.

blackhillswinery 1Devour launches on Friday, May 5 at Black Hills Estate Winery where Chef Michael Howell will co-hosts a cocktail party with celebrated Vancouver chef Ned Bell, with silent films as a backdrop. Saturday afternoon, Watermark Beach Resort hosts an Ocean Wise Chowder Smackdown, with chefs vying to be voted Chowder Champion. Chef Bell – a champion of sustainable seafood in Canada – will lead a team of hungry judges. Saturday night marks the Gala, a five-course dinner at Watermark Beach resort where five top chefs – from Wolfville, Calgary, Vancouver and Osoyoos – each create a dish inspired by one of six shorts about food.

michael howellAlexandre Lampron’s film, Lobster Fishing, for example, will precede Chef Michael Howell’s Lobster Salad Roll, featuring Nova Scotia lobster, paired with wines from Nova Scotia’s Domaine De Grand Pré Winery, Jost Vineyards, Luckett Vineyards and Mercator Vineyards.

The dinner, served with Okanagan wines from Maverick Estate Winery, Church & State, Covert Farms and Kismet Estate Winery, will also include Watermark Executive Chef Adair Scott’s sweet onion fritter with locally-foraged stinging nettle purée (inspired by the film Daylily Fritters directed by Aube Giroux); birchbark smoked Okanagan sockeye salmon (inspired by the film Slow Food in Canada, directed by Kevin Kossowan) prepared by Calgary’s Chef Paul Rogalski, of Rouge; beef short rib with bean puree and “seco à la norteña jus” (inspired by the film Why This Road: Dan Portelance, directed by Ben Proudfoot) prepared by Chef Ricardo Valverde of Vancouver’s Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio; a dessert that marries rhubarb, bay leaf, mascarpone, yuzu and hazelnuts (inspired by the film Loss of Taste, directed by Luca Nestola) by Chef Julian Bond of Vancouver’s Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA); and a plate of Nova Scotia and BC cheeses, selected by chefs Howell and Scott and introduced by Hannah Cheesman’s short comic film, Cheese.

Guests enjoy each of the films, curated by Devour’s managing director Lia Rinaldo, then savour the dish and the wine(s) with which it’s paired, leading to stimulating conversations and a truly memorable evening. Insights provided by the participating chefs and winemakers round out the experience.

watermark beach resortSunday’s event is the Bubbles Brunch at Watermark Beach Resort, featuring a buffet prepared by PICA’s Chef Julian Bond and his visiting culinary students, as well as Watermark’s Chef Adair Scott – all perfectly paired with sparkling wines. Short films will be screened and an awards ceremony will anoint the People’s Choice Awards to Best Film, Best Dish and Best Wine from Saturday’s Gala Dinner.

May is shoulder season in the Okanagan, which means it’s easing from spring into summer, and walking off all these outstanding meals is a pleasure. Devour! Osoyoos vacation packages are available at a variety of local hotels and resorts (including Watermark Beach Resort, Walnut Beach Resort and Green Gables Beach Resort), starting at $859 per couple, which include two nights’ accommodation, tickets to all four events, and a customized wine tour with tastings at Nk’ Mip Cellars, Church & State and Young & Wyse. To book event tickets and vacation packages, visit: destinationosoyoos.com/package-events/devour-festival-packages.

Devour! Osoyoos Food Film Fest:

Friday, May 5
Launch Party at Black Hills Estate Winery
6:30 to 9:30 pm
Tickets: $110 (includes shuttle service to and from the event from Watermark Beach Resort).

Saturday, May 6
Ocean Wise Chowder SmackDown at Watermark Beach Resort
12:30 to 2:30 pm

Tickets: $20.

Gala at Watermark Beach Resort
6 to 11 pm

Tickets: $149 (includes dinner, wine pairings, taxes and gratuities, and shuttle service to and from this event from set locations).

Sunday, May 7
Bubbles Brunch at Watermark Beach Resort
10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Tickets: $45 (includes brunch buffet, non-alcoholic beverages, sparkling wine tastings, and taxes and gratuities).

About Devour! The Food Film Fest 
Devour! The Food Film Fest is an international festival celebrating cinema, food and wine culture. The five-day festival takes place in the culinary epicentre of Nova Scotia – the town of Wolfville, Kings County. The festival is an experiential celebration of food on film, the culture of food and the dramatic impact it has on our day-to-day lives. The seventh edition of Devour! The Food Film Fest runs October 25 – 29, 2017. devourfest.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

 

Watermark Beach Resort Osoyoos – This Summer

The Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos is offering a collection of new packages and experiences this summer to tempt vacationers for some fun in the sun:
Growing Green: Young Organic Farmers Camps
Weeklong Organic Farmers camps at Covert Farms involve hands on activities aimed at educating children on the principles, practices, and procedures in growing chemical-free food. Kids aged 7–14 years will be planting and seeding, whilst learning about good and bad bugs, and getting to taste the fruit of their labors – literally. Throw in a few pool parties, photography classes, hikes, and a corn maze and you have a week of farming fun. The camps run Monday to Friday, 9 – 4pm, and the cost is $190 plus tax. Camps are bookable through Watermark Beach Resort, a great base for the adults to play whilst the kids earn their keep. Young Farmers 1: July 16 – 20, 2012 and August 20 – 24, 2012, and Young Farmers 2: July 23 – 27, 2012, and August 13 – 17, 2012.

Announcing Jonas Stadtlander at Watermark’s New Executive Chef
Chef Stadtländer will be at the helm of the Wine Bar & Patio. Jonas brings a combination of passion and experience to his new role leading the culinary team. He has acquired a wealth of experience at top restaurants in Japan, Germany, Australia, and Canada.  His time at Germany’s Wielandshöhe restaurant and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Tokyo gave him an appreciation for varied culinary and cultural traditions. His father is well-known chef Michael Stadtländer, and his family operates a mixed farm in rural Ontario that embodies the field-to-table approach. Jonas is excited about his new position at the Watermark, saying that “cooking in the South Okanagan is a dream for a chef” because of the region’s amazing abundance of premium ingredients.

Hyper-local: 1.6-Mile Dinner at Orofino featuring Joy Road Catering, July 28
This unique event celebrates the beauty of the Similkameen Valley in all her forms. The evening of July 28, 2012 will consist of a five-course meal using only the best foods provided by artisan producers from within a 1.6-mile radius of the award-winning Orofino Winery in Cawston. Served amongst the vines, Chefs Cameron Smith and Dana Ewart, owners of the highly regarded Joy Road Catering Company, will expertly craft each course. Delectable surprises, unique produce and world-class flavours will be paired with Orofino’s finest wines. Tickets for the event are priced at $140. Accommodation at the Watermark Beach Resort is available starting at $209 per person. For more information, visit www.orofinovineyards.com or www.joyroadcatering.com

The Ultimate Ladies Golf Getaway
Watermark Beach Resort have partnered with the Desert Golf Academy to put together an impressive value-priced golfing package for ladies looking to improve their game this summer. Guests are invited to 4-hours of instruction before heading out for 9 holes of on-course teaching and competing in a 9-hole Scramble Tournament. All green fees and a golf cart are included. The package also consists of a 2-night stay at the Watermark Beach Resort with breakfast, lunches, and welcome cocktail. Prices start at $499 per person, with a four-person minimum, and are available on select weekends in July & September.

Organic Delivery at your Service
Some see grocery shopping as a domestic chore, however at Covert Farms, set in 600 acres at the foot of McIntyre Bluff, it is certainly not the case. Guests at Watermark Beach Resort can get their seasonal organic bounty delivered right to their suite for their arrival, or head there themselves to pick their own. Children love the play area, gardens and vegetable patches, and for the adults within the country market wine lovers will find organically-grown wine and delectable menu featuring the farm’s bounty. To organize your own organic delivery, simply mention it upon booking at the Watermark Beach Resort or reserve online when you make your reservation.

The Vino & Vinyasa Retreat
Running this September 14–16, 2012, the Watermark Beach Resort will be hosting a yoga retreat with a difference. The luxury 3-day and 2-night package includes all breakfasts, dinners, a winery lunch and tour, and three yoga detox classes with Laura Martini, a yoga alliance approved instructor. Prices start at $499 per person, plus tax. For more information or reservations, email laura@martiniyoga.ca or call 250-859-8724. Visit www.martiniyoga.ca. for more details.

Located 396 kilometres  (246 miles) from Vancouver or 457 kilometers (284 miles) from Seattle and accessible via either Kelowna International Airport or Penticton Airport, Osoyoos boasts Canada’s driest climate with the lowest rainfall and highest temperatures in the country. Getaway, runaway, escape to Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos and discover all the region has to offer, from world-class wineries to breath-taking championship golf courses.  Immerse yourself in spectacular amenities that will quench your thirst for healthy self-indulgence. Watermark Beach Resort defines luxury in the South Okanagan, featuring extraordinary suites with gourmet kitchens, an award-winning Wine Bar, swimming pool, hot tubs, waterslide, on-site spa and yoga/ Pilates studio, kids club and more!  All nestled against the shores of Canada’s warmest lake.

For more information or for reservations, call the Watermark Beach Resort at 1.888.755.3480, or visitwww.watermarkbeachresort.com or email reservations@watermarkbeachresort.com

Oliver Osoyoos Oyster Festival #oooysterfest

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

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

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

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

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

WEDNESDAY APRIL 18TH SHELLSHOCKED – SAVING OYSTERS TO SAVE OURSELVES

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

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

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

Oyster Beach Brew Party Event

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

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

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

Shellshocked

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

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

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
jcroteau@redpointmedia.ca

 

Wild BC Spot Prawns Spawn around BC

Wild BC Spot Prawn Festivals have been proven to be a crowd favourite with the success of the Chefs’ Table Society’s Annual Spot Prawn Festival. This year, the Pacific Prawn Fisherman’s Association, in conjunction with the Chefs’ Table Society, will host Wild BC Spot Prawn Festivals in Kelowna, Saturday June 4th from 1 – 4pm at the Manteo Resort, 3762 Lakeshore Road and Sunday, June 5th at the Watermark Beach Resort, 15 Park Place, Osoyoos, BC, again from 1 – 4pm. Entrance to the Festivals is free; there will be a small fee for tickets to purchase samples. The original Spot Prawn Festival, now in its 5th year, takes place at False Creek Fisherman’s Wharf in Vancouver on Saturday, May 7, 2011.

The Okanagan festivals are community driven and will feature chefs preparing Wild BC Spot Prawns samples to taste. The Kelowna Festival will feature Junior Chefs vying for the best prawn recipe, voted on by media, guest chefs and consumers alike. Ocean Wise from the Vancouver Aquarium will be on hand to educate Festival participants about the sustainability of this delectable seafood. Live Wild BC Spot Prawns will be available on site for sale from Codfather’s, and recipe cards from some of Canada’s top chefs will guide consumers through preparation of the prawns.

About Wild BC Spot Prawns

Wild BC Spot Prawns are a delicacy known around the world for their sweet, delicate flavour and firm texture. They are most recognizable for their reddish brown colour, which turns bright pink when cooked, defining white spots on their tail and white horizontal bars on the carapace. Spot prawns are the largest of the seven commercial species of shrimp found on the west coast of Canada. Wild BC Spot Prawns are available live during the short harvest season, which usually starts in May and lasts anywhere from six to eight weeks. Prawn fishermen spread baited traps along the rocky ocean floor at depths ranging from 40 to 100 metres. This method has minimal impact on ocean habitat and very low levels of bycatch of other species.

About The Chefs’ Table Society of BC

The Chefs’ Table Society of BC is a chef-administered, province-wide collaborative dedicated to creating a foundation for the exchange of information between culinary professionals. They support innovative and sustainable programs that will inspire, educate and nurture chefs, producers and local food industry, all the while promoting standards of excellence with the aim of enhancing the reputation of BC regional cuisine.

Contest Closed #Giveaway Package to the Okanagan worth $750!

CONTEST CLOSED – CONGRATS @scribbler9 – Melanie!

I am not sure what’s on your agenda for 2011, but I know mine will include many trips to the Okanagan.  While I am lucky enough to have spent my teenage years in Kelowna and return frequently to visit my family, I still find there’s many reasons beyond my relatives that draw me back to the valley.  Skiing, Wine Tasting, Resort Activities, Biking, Golfing, Hiking, Cultural Events….the list is endless.

BONUS – ADDED Dec. 6 – a one night stay in a deluxe harbour mountain room at Fairmont Pacific Hotel AND Bottle of Nichol Vineyards Wine and wine tasting at the vineyard with owner Ross Hackwell (must be pre-booked)

If you’d like to experience the area, there’s a Package worth $750 up for grabs.  You must do all 3 activities to win.

1) RT this post

2) Be a fan of The Good Life on Facebook and comment on your favourite Okanagan Wine and/or Restaurant

3) Comment on this post as to what your favourite Okanagan activity is.

Good Luck to all!  We will draw on Wednesday, December 8th.

Package includes:

Accent Inns: one nights’ accommodation for two.

Beyond Wrapture Spa: a Red and White Vinotherapy spa lotion and 20 “Spa Dollars”.


Best Western Kelowna: one nights’ accommodation for two.

Okanagan Wine Cheese Plate made from recycled VQA Wine bottles.


Okanagan Wine Festivals Society: one bottle of Okanagan-Similkameen Wine.


Sandman Group Kelowna & Chop Restaurant: complementary upgrade to one bedroom executive suite for two people and a $25 Chop gift certificate.

Smudge: one body butter cream sample.


Summerhill Pyramid Winery: $10 coupon towards a wine purchase at their Wine Shop and a tasting and tour gift certificate.

Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association 2010 Vacation Guide.

Watermark Beach Resort: one nights’ accommodation in a complementary suite and a $50 credit at the Wine Bar.

Wineries Refined Fall/Winter 2010 Magazine.

Orofino Winery September 2010

Hello everyone! Here we are again on the eve of crush season – a time of nerves, long hours and excitement about a new vintage. Kinda like having a new baby again???

We are in a waiting game with the grapes right now as I write this but we are optimistic that 2010 will be another great year at Orofino. It looks as if we will start harvest the first week of October with some pinot gris and then some pinot noir and chardonnay. The bordeaux varietals will come in throughout the last half of October. I have been spending some time in our vineyards and things look really promising! I could go an and on about the block of syrah waiting for us at Scout Vineyard just south of Cawston. Looks amazing! And then there is the riesling block here on the Cawston bench…Wow! 

2010 OKANAGAN WINE FESTIVAL and OROFINO 

Join us at the Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos for an exceptional 7 course progressive dinner paired with our best wines. The Wine Bar will host us for an intimate evening of fine food prepared by Chef Natascha. Small plates will highlight each of the wines throughout the evening. Seating is very limited so book right away. Watermark is also the South Okanagan’s newest luxury accomodation resort and they are offering special room prices of $129 per night for those attending the dinner. A hassle-free and decadent evening from start to finish. Hope to see you there!!

Thursday, October 7th @ 6pm

$109 per person (+grat. and tax)

For reservations call (250)495-5508

OUR WINESHOP WILL BE OPEN EVERYDAY FROM 10-5 THROUGHOUT THE FESTIVAL (Oct. 1-12).

Please  stop at the wineshop to taste our selection of wines available! We are thrilled to feature the fused glass artwork and jewelry of Jo-Anne Hartley in our wine shop for the duration of the wine festival.  Her accomplished pieces have adorned private galleries of numerous private collectors, as well as many public art galleries in British Columbia. 

The Watermark Beach Resort Welcomes Natasha Schooten as Chef de Cuisine

As a young child, Natasha Schooten would spend hours in the kitchen looking over the shoulder of her grandmother as she carefully prepared wholesome, nutritious dishes for friends and family. Her grandmother’s passion and respect for food ultimately became the fuel for Natasha’s successful future in the culinary arts.

Originally from the small town of Nanton Alberta, Natasha began her career studying culinary arts at the SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary. Following graduation, Natasha started a seven-year career with Delta Hotels and Resorts that took her on a culinary journey across Canada as far east as Guelph Ontario and as far west as Kamloops, British Columbia. Prior to starting with the Watermark Beach Resort, Natasha worked under Chef Michael Allemeier at the Mission Hill Family Estate winery in Kelowna.

Working with talented chefs from across the country, Natasha further developed her appreciation for back-to-basics cooking that incorporates fresh, local ingredients. Natasha learned first hand that thinking globally and sourcing locally is not just politically correct, but is also personally rewarding for chefs and growers alike.

While her career took her to many special places in Canada, Natasha fell in love with the tastes and sights of the Okanagan region. “The undeniable connection between the food and the wines of the Okanagan and the gentle hints of complementary flavours that allow each ingredient to support this balance make for a very unique place. The exemplary food and wine combined with the breathtaking landscape makes for an experience like none other,” notes Chef de Cuisine, Natasha Schooten.

As Chef de Cuisine at the new Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos, Natasha will continue to champion her passion and relationship with the growers, the wineries and her team. Partnering with local farmers and producers, the Watermark Wine Bar and Patio will showcase an ever-changing, fresh menu that incorporates all of Natasha’s passions.

The new 153 suite Watermark Beach Resort is set to launch into its first summer season offering Penthouse, Studio, One, Two and Three-bedroom Suites offer all the comforts and conveniences of home, including stainless steel kitchen appliances, deep soaking tubs, flat-screen televisions in the master bedrooms and living areas, and private balconies with breathtaking views of the lake or desert landscape. The hotel’s complement of amenities include a yoga studio, fitness facility, steam room, hot tubs, seasonal outdoor pool, and the Watermark Wine Bar and Patio serving up the finest and freshest the local producers have to offer.

Located 396 kilometres  (246 miles) from Vancouver or 457 kilometers (284 miles) from Seattle and accessible via either Kelowna International Airport or Penticton Airport, Osoyoos boasts Canada’s driest climate with the lowest rainfall and highest temperatures in the country.  For more information about weddings at the Watermark Beach Resort, call the hotel at 1.888.755.3480 or visit www.watermarkbeachresort.com.

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Learn how to wakeboard in the warm waters of Canada’s hottest destination

NOT YOUR TRADITIONAL ‘ROOM & BOARD’ PACKAGE AT THE WATERMARK BEACH RESORT IN OSOYOOS
Not what one would normally expect when they hear the words “room and board”, the Watermark Beach Resort’s ‘Room & Board’ package takes seasoned or want-to-be wakeboarders out on the crystal clear waters of Osoyoos Lake in the Okanagan for some adrenaline-pumping, heart-thumping fun. Whether you are a novice wakeboarder wanting to step up your game, or just want to see the kids pulled around the lake by someone you can trust, Wakepilot’s team of certified professionals provides clear instruction in a fun and entertaining manner. Priced starting at $477.00 for two based on double occupancy, the ‘Room & Board’ package is available between June 18 and September 11, 2010 and includes two-nights of luxurious waterfront accommodation, 5-hours of wakeboard instruction, and Deluxe Continental Breakfast each day. 

A cousin to other board sports like surfing and snowboarding, wakeboarding takes thrill-seekers on a specially designed board towed behind a purpose-built boat. Since first appearing on the watersports scene in the mid-1980’s, wakeboarding continues to be the fastest growing watersport thanks to its accessibility to everyone from ages 4 to 80. Wakepilot in Osoyoos led by Rob Rausch and Simon Davis has been taking guests out on the water for over seven years. Hailed as the “hottest destination in Canada”, the warm, still waters of Osoyoos Lake makes it perfect for wakeboarders.

The new 153-suite Watermark Beach Resort is the ideal place to relax and unwind following a thrilling day on the water. Each of the Penthouse, Studio, One, Two and Three-bedroom Suites offer all the comforts and conveniences of home, including stainless steel kitchen appliances, deep soaking tubs, flat-screen televisions in the master bedrooms and living areas, and private balconies with breathtaking views of the lake or desert landscape. The hotel’s complement of amenities includes a yoga studio, fitness facility, steam room, hot tubs and outdoor pool. Kick back, relax and enjoy the sunset at the Watermark Wine Bar & Patio, serving up a wide selection of the regions finest wines and local produce.

Located 396 kilometres  (246 miles) from Vancouver or 457 kilometers (284 miles) from Seattle and accessible via either Kelowna International Airport or Penticton Airport, Osoyoos boasts Canada’s driest climate with the lowest rainfall and highest temperatures in the country. Best known for the multitude of wineries and orchards that dot the region, Osoyoos also offers a wide range of activities from fishing, horseback riding and water sports to golf, cultural experiences, hiking and fine dining.

For more information about the ‘Room & Board’ package or for reservations, call the Watermark Beach Resort at 1.888.755.3480 or visit www.watermarkbeachresort.com