Clear skies on first WestJet flight to Penticton – Penticton Western News.
This is a follow-up to my last post on the inaugural WestJet flight to Penticton that I got to be a guest for on October 26. I had a lot of fun and met a lot of very excited people. Mark Brett of the Penticton Western News took a few fun photos of me and interviewed me for the article above. I met some of the WestJet brass and representatives from Hester Creek winery. That last meeting was very handy indeed because, as it turns out, less than an hour’s flight in beautiful clear skies give a person room to dream big joy-filled dreams.
Pentiction Hill – photo – Karen Anderson
VQA shop – Penticton – photo – Karen Anderson
blossoms – spring in the South Okanagan comes a full month earlier than in Alberta – photo – Karen Anderson
photo – Karen Anderson
Wistful wisteria – Penticton in spring – photo – Karen Anderson
View from Liquidity Bistro – photo – Karen Anderson
lunch with Ian MacDonald owner of Liquidity – photo – Karen Anderson
steak at Liquidity Bistro – photo – Karen Anderson
Liquidity tasting room – photo – Karen Anderson
desert in bloom – South Okanagan – photo – Karen Anderson
Black Sage Road
Church and State tasting room – photo – Karen Anderson
wines of Church and State – photo – Karen Anderson
Black Sage Road – photo – Karen Anderson
Barrelling through Fairview Cellars on private tour with owner – photo – Karen Anderson
Bill the bear at Fairview Cellars – photo – Karen Anderson
Hester Creek for dinner – photo – Karen Anderson
scallops – Hester Creek – photo – Karen Anderson
Hester Creek cooking school – photo – Karen Anderson
Calm morning at Lake Osoyoos – photo – Karen Anderson
the unexplored Similkameen Valley – photo – Karen Anderson
Similkameen trio – photo – Karen Anderson
South Okanagan vineyard spring cleaning – photo – Karen Anderson
Robin Ridge – photo – Karen Anderson
stopping for lunch – photo – Karen Anderson
to the cave – Seven Stones – photo – Karen Anderson
George Hansen at Seven Stones Cave – photo – Karen Anderson
no matter how you stack the wine barrels the South Okanagan is a great place to visit – photo – Karen Anderson
One of my winter projects this year is to follow-up on the wonderful dreams I so clearly envisioned in the highlighted article above. The photos gallery you’ve just scrolled through, might give you an idea of a future expansion for my company Calgary Food Tours Inc. I’ll keep you posted when that happens but until then, I think you’ll have a pretty good idea of where the inspiration for my dreams of food and wine tours in the South Okanagan came from. This is one of my favourite places in the world to savour it all.
For me, great food and wine – like I find when I travel in the South Okanagan of British Columbia – will always lead to joy.
Dappled sunlight at day’s end signals time for a Joy Road Al Fresco dinner
photo – Karen Anderson
Canada’s Top 40 under 40 Foodies, Dana Ewart and Cameron Smith of Joy Road Catering are coming to Calgary March 15 and 16, 2014 for a weekend of sharing not only their cooking but their cooking skills.
Joy Road’s Al Fresco Winemaker’s dinner series – held on the clay banks escarpment high above Lake Skaha in Penticton, B.C. each summer – has been listed in the top ten dining events to experience in Canada. Tickets for each season sell out as quickly as they are announced. Patrons eagerly await the chance to return to the bucolic setting and taste of place this team serves up with deceiving ease. A multi-course dinner for 40, paired with local winemaker’s bounty, served outside on crisp white linens – complete with elegant flowers, candles and a touch of whimsy – are carried out with the panache that only comes with mastery of the culinary arts. The vibe is French or Italian countryside without the pricey plane ticket and jet lag but with all the subtle pride in a region’s produce and terroir.
The Joy Road Catering Calgary events at The Cookbook Co. Cooks are as follows:
March 15 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – whole hog butchery – $135/person.
March 15 – 6:30 to 9 p.m. – Joy Road Catering’s wine paired feast – $100/person.
March 16 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – hands on charcuterie-making – $100/person.
All tickets are available through The Cookbook Co. Cooks by calling (403) 265-6066.
Want to know a little more about what makes Joy Road’s Ewart and Smith so special? Read on for a cozy peek into life lived on Joy Road…