Feast Of Fields Okanagan 2015

 7th Annual Okanagan Feast of Fields by FarmFolkCityFolk

MEADOW VISTA ARTISAN FARM WINERY KELOWNA, BC
SUNDAY AUGUST 16, 2015

FarmFolkCityFolk's Feast of Fields is a tradition that goes back twenty years. I remember my first Feast of Fields in what seemed like the nether-regions of Vancouver, where I lived then as an art student, not fully aware that Vancouver had such bountiful supply surrounding it. I came to the city as an Okanagan girl, expecting I had left the farms and orchards behind. It was the city life for me, the 20 year old urban yogini artist. This was a great eye-opener for me back in the mid-nineties when my friend Robyn Huth, then food writer for CityFood Magazine urged me to buy one of the pricey tickets promising that the young Chef Rob Feenie of Lumière (he, and that restaurant, might have really been the birthplace of what we know in BC as the "celebrity chef") would be serving us bites of glorious butternut squash ravioli in a dreamy field. Really, I think this is where the seeds of my food love began, or at least it's where my then young yogi-nutrition based diet took a turn to the culinary delights. With cultivation and guidance from that point on the two paths merged. I can say that is simply why The Field Guide exists.

I thank Feast of Fields, and Robyn, for this first turn on to a delicious path.

I wasn't again at a Feast of Fields event until my first "FOF" held in the Okanagan in Summerland at Valentine Farms some 5 or 6 years ago. Now I won't miss one.

The event is situated every year on a different host farm where the region's best producers, chefs, farmers, vintners, brewers, distillers, cider-makers (and any other thing locally made that you can consume) all set up to serve the guests. It's a free meander from table to table, for samplings of their best representations of their craft. There's no long table and no complicated judging or schedule. Its a feast in a field. Enjoy.

We've gone in to the details of this year's event by each station. Then following, we share the story in pictures. Scroll through if you would like to see the highlights in pictures! 


ABOUT THE REGION

The 7th annual Okanagan Feast was held in Kelowna, the north end of the Valley who's history is rooted in agriculture with some of Kelowna’s oldest farming families still growing and selling their crops on the same land their ancestors settled on over 100 years ago. With the apple industry experiencing difficult economic times over a number of years, many growers have diversified their crop to include peaches, pears, cherries and plums. A number of forward thinking orchardists are making the leap into agri-tourism offering tours, farm-gate sales and delicious apple juices and ciders.

ABOUT THE "FIELD"

The host farm, Meadow Vista Honey Wines is Kelowna’s premier meadery and artisan farm, producing Canada’s first organic sparkling honey wine. Founded in 2009 by wellness & wine expert Judie Barta, Meadow Vista is a modern artisan farm winery driven by passionate eco-foodies. Their wines can be found in wine shops in the Okanagan and are winning both Okanagan and International wine awards for their efforts.

ABOUT FARMFOLK CITYFOLK

Proceeds from our Okanagan Feast of Fields help fund our work year round, particularly in developing new projects in your community. This year, as we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we were proud to once again present Meet Your Maker Okanagan, an event that brings together small-scale local food producers and small-scale local food buyers to help strengthen the local food economy in this region. FarmFolk CityFolk is also working on the ground supporting Okanagan farmers and chefs. Working with the Okanagan Chefs Association, we offer a scholarship to junior chefs who demonstrate passion and dedication to local food and agriculture. We’re also supporting local farmers by supporting local seed production through our seed-saving YouTube series, partially filmed at Sunshine Farm in Kelowna. By attending Feast of Fields, together we are cultivating a local, sustainable food system in the Okanagan and across BC. Thanks for your generous support.

-- Nicholas Scapillati, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


TENT # 1

FarmFolk CityFolk

FarmFolk CityFolk is a not for profit society that works to cultivate a local, sustainable food system. Our projects provide access to & protection of foodlands; support local growers and producers; and engage communities in the celebration of local food

TENT # 2

Poppadom’s
Okanagan Jhal Muri - from the streets of Kolkata, a snack with puffed rice, Canadian lentils, local onions, cucumber, tomato, cilantro/mint chutney, with BC Tree Fruits Broken Ladder and Arlo’s Honey gastrique. Sweet, tangy, spicy and savoury

BC Tree Fruits
Broken Ladder Cider

Lake Country Harvest
Dried cherry scone with shaved gouda and ham

House of Rose Winery
2014 Cool Splash (Pinot Gris/Riesling Blend),2014 Grapes with benefits (sweet 3-way blend), 2013 A Senior Moment (Syrah), and 2014 Hot Flash (Marechal Foch and Syrah)

TENT # 3:

SEED TENT
A partnership between FarmFolk CityFolk the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security and Slow Food- Thompson Okanagan Convivium

We visited the Seed Tent to learn about the importance of local seed production and meet the growers who are committed to increasing the quality, quantity and diversity of locally produced seed. By growing out a variety of seed they protect biodiversity and assure our local seed is adapting to our changing climate. Slow Food was there to talk about their commitment to seed as well as their support for the (ONA) Okanagan Nation Alliance. The ONA works to conserve, protect, restore and enhance the indigenous fishers and aquatic resource within the Okanagan Nation Territory. We tasted the variety of heritage tomatoes, grown on Harker’s Organic Farm, learned about USC Canada’s “I am a Seed Saver Campaign” and were introduced to the movement of folks who enjoy the Good Food that comes from Good Seed.

Slow Food Okanagan
Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization, founded in 1989 to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us. Slowfood cares about our food’s connection to the Thompson-Okanagan region, its customs and traditions.

Okanagan Nation Alliance
Okanagan Select is pleased to offer the highest quality, nutrient dense, local, sustainably trolled or seined wild Okanagan sockeye. Ocean Wise approved, Slow Food recognized, wild Okanagan Sockeye will be available in 419g Candied Salmon (frozen).

The proceeds from the sales are reinvested in the conservation of native fish and aquatic resources in the Columbia Basin.

TENT # 4

Howling Moon Cider
Howling Moon “Cidre Blanco-Serenity” Sparkling Apple Wine, “Draught-Craft Cider” Cider

Krafty Kitchen & Bar
Plum Stuffed Tomatoes

Range Lounge and Grill at Predator Ridge
Sauternes compressed watermelon, ouzo gel, avocado cream and Orange blossom pearls,miso dust, fried wonton, pinenuts paired with Quinta Ferreira Viognier

Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery
2012 Chardonnay, 2012 Viognier, 2010 Merlot,
2013 Rose

Okanagan Greens Society
Working together in our community for a healthy environment, happy people and a sustainable local economy

Squeezed Wines
2012 Red, 2011 Merlot, 2014 White, 2014 Pink

TENT # 5

Sandrine French Pastry & Chocolate
Mille Feuille (puff pastry with light vanilla
cream)

Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm
Italian Sodas - Cherry Basil, Blueberry

Nature’s Fare Market
Chicken terrine, kale pesto, apricot chutney

Sage Hills Vineyard
Pinot Gris Gewurztraminer 2013, Rose 2013

Okanagan Chefs Association
Okanagan fruit infused chocolate lollipops, pressed vegetable, goat cheese terrine, organic apricot chutney, toasted fennel seed cracker

Church & State Wines
2014 Trebella, 2014 Lost Inhibitions White, 2013 Coyote Bowl Chardonnay, 2013 Lost Inhibitions Red, 2012 Coyote Bowl Syrah, 2010 Coyote Bowl Merlot

Maple Leaf Spirits
Maple Liqueur (signature product of Maple Leaf Spirits) and newly released Apricot Liqueur

TENT # 6

Old Vines Restaurant at Quails’ Gate
Hoggard Farms Pork Rillettes, Riesling & Peach Salsa, Pork Cracker, Micro Greens paired with 2014 Quails’ Gate Riesling from Chef de Cuisine Nav Dhillon

Quails’ Gate Winery
Quails’ Gate 2014 Dry Riesling, 2014 Rosé, 2012 Old Vines Foch

Choices Market
‘Goatsicle’ Goat cream cheese with apricot, peach and coconut

Kalala Organic Estate Winery
2013 Harmony Red, 2012 Zweigelt

Living Water Organic Vineyard
2013 Pinot Gris (organic, gluten free, vegan)

Intersection Winery
Miles Edge White, Viognier- Marsanne Reserve, Unfiltered Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Okanagan Master Gardeners
Providing horticultural advice to the gardening public in the southern Interior from Osoyoos to Enderby

TENT # 7

Okanagan College Culinary Arts
Pulled pork slider with apple relish and whisky bbq sauce, Sterling Springs Chicken sausage crostini with raspberry dijon mustard

Sperling Vineyards
Pinot Noir 2013, Market White 2014

Knifewear
Precision Japanese cutlery in Kelowna

TENT # 8

Pilgrim & Pearl
BBQ Cod Tongue, Sungold Tomato Chutney

50th Parallel Estate Winery
2013 Pinot Noir, 2014 Pinot Gris, 2014 Gewuztraminer

Salted Brick
Bison Meat Pie

The Hatch
B. Yanco., Ross O., Hobo Semillion, Hatchchild

TENT # 9

The Harvest Golf Club
Braised Lamb Blini with harvest peach relish

Thornhaven Estate Winery
Tortured Grape (blend of Chardonnay, Riesling, and orange Muscat) to pair with the Braised Lamb from The Harvest Golf Club Pinot Gris, and Rosé (100% Pinot Noir)

Codfathers Seafood Market/The Table at Codfathers
Honey cured Okanagan Char

Meadow Vista Honey Wines - HOST FARM
Feast White - a blend of honey & pinot gris.
Created and bottled for Feast of Fields, a portion of the proceeds goes to FarmFolk CityFolk. Pick up a bottle at the Wine Shop!

TENT # 10

Bonfire Restaurant at The Cove
Okanagan Arctic Char Gravadlax with Fester’s Peppers organic microgreens; Bonfire Culinary Garden cucumber, grainy Dijon mustard and buckwheat honey mayonnaise

Sumac Ridge Winery
Sumac Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2014 –
San Francisco International Wine Competition GOLD (pairs beautifully with the Artic Char), Private Reserve Rose – Winery Exclusive (pairs beautifully with the cucumber salad), Black Sage Vineyard Shiraz 2012 –

My Tea Blending Room
A selection of chilled teas

Indigenous World Winery
Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Simo Bordeaux blend Made Here Okanagan
Bocconcini, heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil drizzled with Balsamic Bliss Garlic & Herb, and Balsamic Bliss Hot Habanero

RauDZ Regional Table
Old Meadows Farm Carrot ‘Hot Dog’, Rabbit Pico de Gallo, Coriander Glazed Donut

Wild Goose Vineyards
2013 Stoney Slope Riesling, 2014 Autum Gold,
2012 Pinot Noir, 2012 Red Horizon Meritage

Green Tourism Canada
Building a strong and sustainable tourism industry

TENT # 11

Delta Grand Okanagan Resort
Crackle Peach Choux - Raspberry Diplomat Cream, Peach Gel, White Wine, Compressed Peach

Painted Rock Estate Winery
Painted Rock Chardonnay 2014, Rose 2014, Merlot 2012, Syrah 2012

Glow Juicery
Organic cold pressed juice + juice pulp crackers and hummus, falafels with cauliflower tabouli

TENT # 12

Blind Tiger Vineyards
2013 Riesling, 2013 Gewurtztraminer, 2011
Speakeasy Red (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah)

Blu Saffron
Cumin & sesame seed seared albacore tuna with crostini, black bean and mango salsa, and chipotle aioli

Volcanic Hills Estate Winery
Volcanic Hills 2014 Pinot Gris

Sysco
Cedar plank Johnstone Strait Sockeye Salmon with S&G Farms baby zucchini pickles

Intrigue Winey
Social White Blend, 2014 Pinot Gris, ‘I Do’ Bubbly, 2013 Merlot

Summerhill Sunset Organic Bistro
Chef Luca’s Tomato Tart - Zucchini, Almond & Flax Tart, Lemon Basil Cheese, Arugula, fresh, marinated and dry Summerhill garden tomatoes, fresh basil

Summerhill Pyramid Winery
2014 Alive White, 2013 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay


Old Order Distillery
Heritage Vodka, Legacy Gin

TENT # 13

Bee tours/table
Come by the bee table to talk all things bees and honey!

MUSICIANS

Sarah N’Dipitous

Mark Luongo

Jonathan Heaven

FEAST WINE

With Meadow Vista’s Field White, a blend of honey & pinot gris, enjoy the taste of Feast of Fields at home! Created and bottled for Feast of Fields, a portion of the proceeds go to FarmFolk CityFolk. Visit the Meadow Vista wine shop and pick up a bottle or three! 

 We share the story in pictures (as many as we could capture between bites and sips):

My friends for the feast in the field, Sara and Blake

 

Quails' Gate restaurant, Old Vines, wins (photographer's choice) for best pairing with their Hoggard Farms Pork Rillettes, Riesling & Peach Salsa, Pork Cracker, Micro Greens paired with 2014 Quails’ Gate Riesling from Chef de Cuisine Nav Dhillon

 

Okanagan College Culinary Arts - delicious and beautiful -
Pulled pork slider with apple relish and whisky bbq sauce, Sterling Springs Chicken sausage crostini with raspberry dijon mustard

 

RauDZ Regional Table, an outrageously good "hot dog"
Old Meadows Farm Carrot ‘Hot Dog’, Rabbit Pico de Gallo, Coriander Glazed Donut

 

 

Judie Barta, Winemaker and proprietor at Meadow Vista Honey Wines

 

Harvest Golf Club makes a great Braised Lamb Blini with harvest peach relish

 

Mmmm, crispy tomato skins, by Summerhill Sunset Organic Bistro - Chef Luca’s Tomato Tart - Zucchini, Almond & Flax Tart, Lemon Basil Cheese, Arugula, fresh, marinated and dry Summerhill garden tomatoes, fresh basil

 

Bonfire Restaurant at The Cove gets fresh with Okanagan Arctic Char Gravlax with Fester’s Peppers organic microgreens; Bonfire Culinary Garden cucumber, grainy Dijon mustard and buckwheat honey mayonnaise

 

Salted Brick does offal good - Bison meat pie (heart and spare parts included)

 

The new Kelowna GLOW Juicery in the field 

 

Poppadom’s pops with Okanagan Jhal Muri - from the streets of Kolkata, a snack with puffed rice, Canadian lentils, local onions, cucumber, tomato, cilantro/mint chutney, with BC Tree Fruits Broken Ladder and Arlo’s Honey gastrique. Sweet, tangy, spicy and savoury

 

Delta Grand Hotel sweets Crackle Peach Choux - Raspberry Diplomat Cream, Peach Gel, White Wine, Compressed Peach

 

Sandrine's many layers - delicate, light and perfectly buttery - Mille Feuille (puff pastry with light vanilla cream)

 

The Sysco team serve Cedar plank Johnstone Strait Sockeye Salmon with S&G Farms baby zucchini pickles

 

To the right stands Jon Alcott, pioneer organic farmer and seed supplier, specializing in excellent tomatoes

 

Chef Chris of Krafty Kitchen with an admiring guest

 

Chefs left to right: Jeremy Luypen - The Range at Predator Ridge, Ross Derrick - The Table at Codfather's, Brock Bowes - Raudz Regional Table and Micro Bar + Bites, and Evelynn Takoff - Raudz Regional Table and Micro Bar + Bites, steal a moment out from behind their delicious tables

 

Chef Alex Lavroff, Catering and Seasonal Chef at Meadow Vista Honey Wines has a leisurely afternoon out of the kitchen to enjoy the fare

 

Stephanie Pullen pours the new line of Church & State Winery's Lost Inhibitions wines - "Classy, sassy and a little smart-assy", as it says on her shirt, so does it on many of their bottles, plus, it suits our sassy friend Stephanie :)

 

Andrew Melville from the new West Kelowna winery, The Hatch pours B. Yanco., Ross O., Hobo Semillion, Hatchchild 

 

New producers like this one, Old Order Distillery from Penticton can be discovered too

 

Jessica Samuels pours Quinta Ferreira. I love her shirt.

 

This incredible old "seedsavers" collection was brought to the festival. The Seed Savers Tent was a partnership between FarmFolk CityFolk, the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, and Slow Food- Thompson Okanagan Convivium

 

Not sure who was cooking these up

 

A leisurely festival of enjoyment where most people find a great place to slow down and take it easy

 

Blake's found a place for the picnic blanket in the rows of blackberry brambles that feed the honeybees who make the farm winery's honey for the honey wine (mead),

 

... and so has this family

 

Sunday companion Sara Triggs picnique-ing in the brambles

 

Holly Dober, creator of the Kelowna winter food event Devour, getting a taste from many who also attend her annual culinary event

 

 

He's got a chick

 

Jennifer Vincent is with a chick too

 

Guests have the space to roam and enjoy the farm

 

The afternoon turns to evening and the guests are well sated with the best of our Okanagan bounty. The scene made in this field is what summer dreams are made of. Sigh... :)

Cheers to another beautiful year, and the years ahead for this seven years new Okanagan tradition. 

- Tarynn Liv Parker

 

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