Posts in Environment

The Beauty of Food When You Grow it Yourself!

Harvest from the garden

Okanagan Organic Festival


Harvest time good food!


Great weather, great turn out!


Summerhill Estate Winery

Kelowna Wineries Pour for the Continent

With so many great wineries in the Okanagan it can be easy to miss some of the great things that are happening.  Tourism Kelowna hosted a houseboat tour for over 35 journalists from across North America to show off the new ‘Wine Trails’ guide, with plenty of great wineries on board pouring some of their best vintages.

Gord Fitzpatrick from Cedar Creek Winery poured 2006 Platinum Meritage, ‘Colbert Edition.’ The story behind the vintage is lovely and is bound up in the story of the oak casks the wine was aged in.  “If a 350-year-old-oak tree falls in the French forest of Bertrange, we wanted the wood.  So we acquired four of the impossible-to-get 40 barrels handmade from that tree.  In that exquisite Louis XIV era Colbert oak, Cedar Creek aged a hand selected blend of 40% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Malbec, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot.”

Proprietor Gord Fitzpatrick of Cedar Creek Winery holding a bottle of 2006 Meritage

On the Lake Country Scenic Sip wine trail, the northern tip of the Kelowna wine region, Ex Nihilo Winery is winning support from a global audience.  The Rolling Stones themselves have endorsed Ex Nihilo wines. Partners, Jeff Harder and Jay Paulson bring tremendous agriculture and wine industries to the winery.  Lake Country wines have come into their own.

Jay Paulson and a Bottle of Ex Nihilo Wine

Westbank Outdoor Market Starts Tomorrow

The 2011 Westbank Outdoor Market kicks off the 2011 season tomorrow Saturday, July 9 at the Westbank Community Centre at 2466 Main Street in historic downtown Westbank.  Join the new and returning vendors every Saturday morning and enjoy a weekly pancake breakfast and free entertainment – something for everyone in the family.

The Westbank Outdoor Market is a joint project of the Westbank Lions Club and the Historic Westbank Association. Booths at the Market feature hand-made clothing and craft items from local artisans as well as prepared food items (in season) from local orchards.

For a list of vendors, latest information or to take part, visit the Westbank Outdoor Market website.

Go Green This Summer

Back Yard Laundry

Do you need a Freebie to kick start your green summer? FortisBC is giving away laundry lines in Kelowna June 21  at Kelowna City Hall and then throughout the Valley on later dates. Create some retro culture in your back yard with a classic laundry line and earn a few brownie points with Mother Nature.

It’s Pretty Where I Live

There is a reason I live in the Okanagan. It’s beautiful. As a photographer, making my home here makes sense. It offers plenty of tranquil, beautiful landscapes, lush foliage and flowers galore for me to capture.

Yet more reasons why the Okanagan is “Awesome”

Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park, 25th Anniversary

A park that featured greatly in the first 19 years of my life, Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park will be turning 25 on the 13th. On June 13th, 1986, Kal Park officially opened. I’ve only got about 9 months on this park, and between the two of us, Kal Park is probably looking better at 25 than I am.

Taken from the BC Parks website:

Virtually at the back door of the City of Vernon, this fine example of north Okanagan grassland is dotted with ponderosa pine and groves of Douglas-fir. The spring wildflower show is truly spectacular. The largely undeveloped park has an all season appeal to those interested in its natural setting. The sloping, paved trail which wanders down to the beautiful private beaches, is filled with informative signs that let you know about the flora and fauna along the trails; in winter, cross-country skiers enjoy the wild beauty here.

A variety of animals, bird-life and reptiles and plant-life reside in this mosaic of grassland communities. To date, 432 varieties of vascular plants have been identified in the park, a rare find in such a small area.This peaceful park is ideal for the study and appreciation of natural history, all year round.

In 2008 Kalamalka Lake Protected Area became part of Kalamalka Lake Park, encompassing an area of 4209 hectares, and is now managed as part of the Park

Between hikes, school encouraged bike trips, years of parking the boat on the fabulous beaches surrounding the area, and some excellent cliff diving, this park and the memories & scrapes that go along with it defined a childhood in the Okanagan for me. At the time I was unaware the impact that environment would have on me as a designer. I find so much of my work has been influenced by the lakes and trees and mountains, it’s impossible for me to ignore the credit the A-OK deserves for consistently inspiring me.

Today at 1PM there will be a picnic between Jade and Juniper Bay with some fun and activities, including the opening of the 1986 time capsule
, guided walks, cake and refreshments

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Photos by Smath. & sporkist

How Sparkling Wine is Made — Eat. Drink. Drink.

I found this very cool video from Vancouver/Okanagan based Eat. Drink. Drink. Blue Mountain Winemaker/Founder Ian Mavety explains the making of sparkling wine (champagne) in the Methode Traditionale. We aren’t allowed to embed the video itself, so you’ll have to watch it after the jump.