The vivid reception table, not unlike its gorgeous Similkameen wines its full of.
A favourite wine event, for it welcomes all generations in a comfortable atmosphere
Cerelia, and all other 12 Similkameen Wineries pouring their select vintages
Van Doren Chan and guest
This girl may one day really be BBQ Queen crowned
After the wine reception comes the reveal of the 2015 Black Box Ingredients:
Two Rivers Beef Short Rib
Harker's Organics Zucchini
Similkameen River Organics Shallots
Harker's Blueberry Basil
Harker's Heirloom Tomatoes
... and the tables are open for tasting...
The music this eve, John Rousseau
The judges and critics are off! Here, Rhys Pender MW and David Stansfield
Chef Jeff van Geest of Miradoro and his whole family are here manning the BBQ station
Food writers Roslyne Buchanan & Shelley Boettcher chat with Blake Crocker
Ingrid Jarret GM of Watermark Resort and SLOW FOOD Thompson Okanagan supporter "plates"
Chef Natasha Schooten
The Grist Mill’s own, can smile big...
This year’s ‘King’ turned out to be a ‘Queen’. Chef was crowned the 2015 Similkameen BBQ Queen for the Best Wine and Food Pairing of the night (judges choice), as well as for the Most Creative Dish.
The slow-smoked short ribs with smoky-sweet apricot BBQ sauce, on zucchini naan bread was served with yellow tomato, and blueberry basil pico de gallo that was music with Corcelettes 2014 Oracle Rose.
...continuing on with the flow of the evening, before the awards...
Chef Chris Boehm of Burger 55 enjoys! As he should, the foreshadowing in this moment tells... A win!
The BBQ King’s People’s Choice pairing award for his braised short rib and Qualicum blue cheese stuffed AAA beef burger with blueberry basil apricot jam, shallot root beer BBQ sauce, with a truffle parmesan zucchini wedge: well matched with Orofino 2012 Scout Vineyard Syrah.
Alishan and Virginia pour the Orofino for the win!
But before we could have known that, the rains had began...
Some happy guests moved under tents,
Some jumped in the creek!
Tour de force organizer Kim Lawton seemed to enjoy the rain too.
Our music for the night, John Rousseau, loving every drop
Judge David Stansfield, outstanding in the field, or just out standing.
and Jacqueline Doell and me, Tarynn, grabbing provisions for the tent!
We can't wait for next year! See you at Similkameen BBQ King 2016, rain or shine :)
Congratulations to Chef Natasha Schooten on taking the crown at her own 'homestead' kitchen