The Lavender & Herb Farm, Kelowna, BC
Every artist needs a muse. For the many artistically gifted chefs that have settled in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia it is the quality of the area’s produce that is the muse that has drawn them to this spectacular setting. That quality produce comes from food and wine growers who work with the land to bring forward the very best of its terroir; its taste of place.
Tasting the place that is the Okanagan is one of the great things about attending the Okanagan Food and Wine Writer’s Workshop (OKFWWWorkshop). Along with workshops on food and wine writing there is the actual inspiration to write that comes from visiting the farms, vineyards, chefs, caterers, restaurants, hotels and food artisans of the Okanagan. I have written about what I learned about writing from the 2012 workshop and how to register for that workshop here.
This blog is a gallery of photos that I took at the 2012 OKFWWWworkshop. The pictures speak to the taste of this place; the terroir of the Okanagan Valley. Sometimes a writer just can’t compete with the perennial “1000 words” a picture gives us so effortlessly. Exploring the food and wine of the Okanagan Valley is one of ways I savour food and savour life. Today, I’ll let these photos do my story-telling.
Such a pretty welcome to the OKFWWWorkshop
Okanagan greens, Hotel Eldorado, Kelowna BC
Chicken duo, Hotel Eldorado, Kelowna BC
Okanagan Fruit Tart w rhubarb ice cream, The Eldorado Hotel, Kelowna, BC
The baking of Okanagan Grocery’s Monika Walker pictured here w Tourism Kelowna’s Catherine Frechette
Wines of the Naramata Bench enjoyed at Bodega Retreat
Lightly smoked salmon w Green City Acres baby vegetables, Mark Filatow, Waterfront Wines, Kelowna, BC
Mark Filatow, Waterfront Wines, Kelowna, BC
Mark Filatow’s dessert, Waterfront Wines, Kelowna, BC
breakfast w the B.C. tree fruit growers
Summerhill Pyramid Winery opens their new Ariel sparkling vintage for us
food writer cum food paparazzi
a lesson in gnocchi, Cabana Bar & Grill, Kelowna, BC
Grains & greens, Cabana Bar & Grill
Cabana Bar & Grill, Kelowna, BC
A light & teasing appetizer at The Delta Grand Okanagan
The umpteenth course at The Delta Grand Okanagan Each as delicious as the one before
les macarons de le Delta Grand Okanagan
Beeswax candles from Arlo’s Honey farm
notes on honey complete w bee pollen
Helen Kennedy, beekeeper at Arlo’s Honey Farm, Kelowna, BC
Lavender ice crea, The Lavender & Herb Farm, Kelowna, BC
al fresco dining, Sunshine Farm, Kelowna, B.C.
eggs on toast, Sunshine Farm, Kelowna BC
Salad from the garden at Sunshine Farm, Kelowna, BC
Dungeness crab & spring pea soup by Joy Road Catering w Tantalus Chardonnay
Smoked ham croquette by Joy Road Catering
Charcuterie “boards” presented in long table format by Joy Road Catering at Tantalus Vineyards
The 2013 OKFWWWorkshop will be hosted by The Delta Grand Okanagan