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More Farmer’s Markets!

Some events are so much a part of our communities fabric that we take them for granted. If someone approached you and told you about an event that has over 60 vendors, 5000 attendees each week, and features family activities all summer long you would be flabbergasted.

Our farmers market is a great example of one of those events. It is one of the largest farmers markets in the BC Interior. I dropped by the market earlier this summer and interviewed Bob Callioux. Here’s the interview and a snapshot of one of our most popular local weekly events.

Kelowna Farmers & Crafters Market – Kelowna
April to October
Wednesdays & Saturdays: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Dilworth Dr & Springfield Rd

West Kelowna Outdoor Market
Saturdays: 8am-1pm
2466 Main Street

Penticton Farmers Market
May through October
Saturdays: 8:30 am – noon

Peachland Farmers’ & Crafters’ Market
May to September
Sundays: 10 am – 2 pm
Heritage Park, between Okanagan Lake and Beach Avenue

Osoyoos Market on Main – Osoyoos
June through August
Saturdays: 8 am – 1 pm
Town Square, Main St

Oliver Country Market A’Fair – Oliver
June to October
Saturdays: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Lions Park – Hwy 97N

Armstrong Farmer’s Market – Armstrong BC
April – November
Saturdays: 8 am – noon
Location: Armstrong IPE Fairgrounds

Lake Country Farmers Market – Lake Country
June to September
Fridays: 3 pm – 7 pm
10090 Bottom Wood Lake Rd

A Crush of Colour: A Celebration of Art and Wine

Article Submitted by Jennifer Pickering / Submit Your Own Article

Art and wine lovers are enjoying a unique blend of Okanagan entertainment this summer at picturesque Okanagan wineries.

Beginner to experienced art lovers are celebrating the colours of the Okanagan at workshops hosted by A Crush of Colour. Each workshop starts with a wine tasting after which participants provided with the materials and instruction to paint “En Plein Air” in the style of the masters.

Crush of Colour is a project by Jennifer Pickering, an artist based in Kelowna with an MFA in studio arts from UBC Vancouver. According to the artist, “The workshops are the perfect opportunity to relax on a patio with a stunning view, try your hand at painting and learn to see colour as you’ve never experienced it before.”

Crush of Colour will be coming to Kelowna at the View Winery and Tantalus Vineyards from July 17—August 9 and Sonoran Estate in Summerland August 23—28.

For more information visit:

Inspiring New Winery & Creamery Now Open in Penticton

It all comes down to living life with passion and not letting even the largest obstacles cloud your vision, a great lesson learned through the creation of Upper Bench Estate Winery & Creamery in Penticton.

I’ve recently had the opportunity to sit down with Shana Miller, Cheesemaker and part owner of the newly opened winery & creamery in Penticton. Shana’s husband Gavin is the winemaker, Wayne & Margareta Nystrom are part owners and grow grapes for the operation, and their daughter Tessa is in charge of marketing AND will be organizing and producing Tessa’s Tree Fruit Stand this summer. Plus her beautiful photography is showcased in the tasting room!

Gavin & Shana Miller met each other while Shana was living at Poplar Grove Winery in the 90’s. That Gavin Miller has quite the following in the industry, they all know who he is and just what he’s capable of producing. Throughout the years he’s created award-winning wines at places like Painted Rock and Poplar Grove. It’s long been a dream of theirs to open their own family operation, but of course finding land on the Naramata Bench and kicking the whole thing off the ground ain’t no walk in the park!!

King Cole, the boldest of the blue cheeses produced by Upper Bench Estate Winery & Creamery

In January 2011, a foreclosed Holman Lang establishment was up for auction so Gavin and Shana viewed it, it was perfect! But hold on… after more number crunching they realized they were just not going to be able to scrape the money together to launch the business the right way, and there is no such thing as doing a half-ass job in that family. Dismayed and downtrodden they felt it all sliding away…

A peek into the cheese locker!

Until one fateful day Gavin found himself standing in line at the grocery store with an old friend he hadn’t seen in ages and the pair got to talking; catching up on years past. Gavin filled his friend in on what life’s hand was dealing them, feeling so close but so far away to building their own piece of the wine industry pie. The very next day they received a phone call from that friend in line at the grocery store, saying that his wife had recently been talking about opening their own winery (they already grow grapes on their property at Margaretta Vineyards), and they were ready to make partners. Instantly the bond was formed, they created their partnerships and got right down to business. Gavin and a realtor friend made the trip to Vancouver to fight for the property. The anticipation was fierce, but in the end the Miller’s bid was the highest. THEY WON! THEY WON! Oh how their heads were spinning, they were about to live out their dreams! The years and years of each of them perfecting their craft was about to be realized in starting their own company in the sunny Okanagan! One year later, viola! Upper Bench Estate Winery and Creamery is now open for business!

 Here’s a list of the goods they have on sale in their tasting room right now:


Riesling (2011)

Pinot Gris (2011)

Pinot Blanc (2011)

Chardonnay (2011)

Upper Bench Winery's 2011 Rose

Rosé (2011)

Pinot Noir (2010)

Merlot (2010)

Upper Bench Estate Winery supports the “Put a Cork In It” recycling program. Cork is a 100% recyclable and renewable resource that can be used to make building materials such as cork underlay, cork flooring, acoustical cork wall tiles, and

cork fabrics which all qualify for LEED points in sustainable building practices. For more information on “Put A Cork In It” check out their website at


Gold (washed rine, firm, many ‘eyes’, pairs with Chardonnay or Pinot Blanc)

Gold French (firm, brine washed, mad with basil, rosemary, oregano, thyme, lavender, fennel, tarragon herbs, pair with Riesling)

Gold Italian (firm, brine wash, made with sundried tomato, onion, and garlic herbs, pair with Pinot Gris)

Okanagan Sun (mild, soft, brine washed, pair with Pinot Noir)

U & Brie (buttery, creamy, pair with Rosé)

King Cole (12 wks old, full flavoured blue cheese, pair with Merlot)

Grey Baby (mild blue, veins throughout, pair with Pinot Noir)

Moody Cow Coming Soon!

Artist Johann Wessels paints the mural on the side of Upper Bench Estate Winery & Creamery

When it came time to start re-designing the drab building, the owners threw around the idea of having a mural painted on the facade of the building. Next thing they knew an artist walked through the door and pitched the idea of having a mural painted on the side of their building. “Oh really? Funny… we were thinking the same thing!!”

Johann Wessels is the artists name, originally from South Africa he was used to seeing great wineries cloaked in beautiful murals and just felt something was missing from the wine country in the Okanagan – there was no large-scale art. On a hope and a prayer he approached the Upper Bench owners and pitched the idea of having the murals on their building. That project went off without a hitch and Johann would love to see more being created throughout our area.

He’s been a part of the Re-Imagine Festival which is an event hosted by the Downtown Penticton Association. The organizers get artists together and disperse them throughout the downtown core to places graffiti (artists?) would target, and create a mural there instead. As a graffiti (artist?!) would not likely paint over someone else’s art it is a great way to beautify and preserve the downtown core. You will have to keep your eyes open the next time you’re in our beautiful little city!

Please check out Johann’s website at

I would definitely keep this stop on your list of places to visit this summer!

“Fit For A King” The Renaissance of Real Food

I came across this, and thought you might find it interesting. A holistic nutritionist and a rock ‘n’ roller join forces to prepare meals “Fit For A King” using only a vintage Vespa, real food, and a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. Together, they’ll change the country in just 13 episodes.

The first season of Fit For A King is currently in production, being filmed entirely in the Okanagan Valley.

In each episode, hosts James Blonde, and Lisa Kilgour, leave their “home” at picturesque God’s Mountain Estate, in search of an outdoor adventure nearby, featuring and exploring the beautiful surroundings the Okanagan has to offer.

With over 100 wineries in the region, Fit For A King will feature a selected winery for each episode, meeting with vintners to choose an exquisite, locally sourced wine.

“The show will visit organic, holistic and free-range farms and markets – all within the valley – in search of real, whole food, with which we will prepare delicious, nutritious meals,” adds Trance Blackman, the show’s co-producer, co-creator, and photographer.

Fit For A King will not only entertain you – with the most beautiful vistas, outdoor adventures, and interesting guests – but also educate, motivate, and inspire you to return to a simple, enriched, healthy lifestyle.

“We’ve set out to film and capture the wineries, outdoor activities, and the natural beauty of the Okanagan, in the most complimentary way.  We’re presenting our back garden to the world. Additionally, our goal for the show is to be distributed to over 90 countries,” says Blonde, show creator and producer.

The producers feel that the general public want to change – need to change, but are confused about the plethora of information out there. They feel it’s too expensive or complicated to eat well and cook real food. With this show, the producers aim to dispel the myths, clear up the confusion, and demonstrate how easy it can be to live a lifestyle Fit For A King.

Find out more about the show at

Spring (Yes, These Can Be Found in the Okanagan)

Morel Mushrooms, these lovelies were found right here in the Okanagan. So good to eat fresh!

My Wife’s Notes – 2010 Dirty Laundry Hush – Raspberry Mint Eton Mess

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Raspberry Mint Eton Mess

  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 1/8 cups sugar
  • 2 cups raspberries
  • splash Hendrick’s gin
  • 16 leaves fresh mint
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • 4 cups sliced strawberries

(Note: the meringue must be made at least 2 hours before serving, and lasts well in the freezer if you want to make a large batch)

Preheat the oven to 275F. Mix egg whites, 1 tsp vanilla, and cream of tartar in a bowl. Beat with a a mixer until soft peaks form. Very slowly add 1 cup of sugar while beating until the mixture starts to stiffen.  On a baking sheet covered in parchment or wax paper, spread the meringue mixture about 1 inch thick. Place the baking sheet in the oven and set the timer for 1 hour.  When the timer goes, turn off the oven, but leave the baking sheet in the oven to dry for an additional hour.  When the meringue is dry, remove from the oven and break into pieces approximately 1 inch wide.

While the meringue is in the oven, put the 2 cups of raspberries (fresh or frozen) into a small saucepan on medium-low heat.  When the berries have disintegrated from heat, add 12 leaves of fresh mint.  Boil for 10 minutes, stirring frequently, and remove from heat. With a fine strainer over a bowl, separate the raspberry seeds and mint leaves from the juice.  Discard the seeds and mint, and return the juice back to the saucepan on medium-low heat. Add 1/8 cup sugar, and boil the mixture until it reaches the consistency of maple syrup. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Pour the whipping cream and 1 tsp vanilla into a chilled bowl, and beat until the cream begins to thicken. Slowly add the icing sugar, and continue to beat until the cream reaches desired consistency.

In the dessert glasses and bowls, layer pieces of meringue, strawberries, whipped cream and raspberry mint syrup.  Top with a few leaves of fresh mint. Serves 4-6.

I ran into a couple of ladies from Dirty Laundry Winery at a networking event, and I was thrilled to find out they are hosting weddings now!  As a wedding photographer, I’m always on the lookout for great wedding venues to recommend, so brides and grooms: if you’re looking for a winery-setting for your ceremony, check out Dirty Laundry.

I’m no stranger to Dirty Laundry’s line-up, but I was reminded that I hadn’t tasted their rose in a little while.  Called Hush, this is one of Alana’s favorite summer sippers.

I remember this wine tasting like berries, so I decided to go a little different with my food pairing this week.  This wine isn’t very sweet, but I figured it would pair really well with a twist on the classic Eton Mess. My mom used to make this for us as kids, and I never get tired of it.

My Notes:

While pouring this out of one of the best looking bottles in the Okanagan, your nose is hit with fragrant sun-ripened berries. As bright on the tongue as it is in the glass, this vibrant pink-red wine is crisp and clean, with juicy strawberries and raspberries as the primary flavors. The pairing with Eton Mess is exceptional, with the raspberry and strawberries accentuating the flavor of the wine, the cream giving the wine a bit more body, and the mint adding just a hint of freshness. 89 points on its own, 91 with dessert.

My Wife’s Notes:

“I know I was supposed to save some of the dessert to pair with the wine…but I think you should know by now that if you put food in front of me, I will eat it. And come on, you know I love this wine.”

2010 Dirty Laundry Hush. $19.99 at the Dirty Laundry Wineshop or online at

Spotted! For Everyone

The Following

Was Spotted


“Coffee is brewed for friends, sipped for pleasure, and enjoyed by all.” Snapped this at Cannery Coffee this week before a nice long hike up Knox Mountain. Maybe coffee isn’t quite for everyone, and this is a bit less homemade than some of our other Snapped! features, but it’s still nice and it makes me smile!

CATOFest 2012: Twisted Carnivale

Article Submitted by MaryBeth Lafferty / Submit Your Own Article

For the past three years, CATOs energetic Event & Promotions Management students have been hosting a campus – and now community – wide event called CATOFest. This year will mark the fourth anniversary of the initiative, which combines music, food, games, prizes, comedy, and entertainment at a great local venue. Proceeds from the evening go towards future student bursaries.

This year’s event – CATOFest “Twisted Carnivale” – is happening on Wednesday, April 11 at the Laurel Packing House.  We invite you to join staff, students, and friends of CATO for a night of carnival inspired games, food, and entertainment. DJ 5by5 will be keeping the music going and you can try your luck for over $3000 in prizes, including a tablet and Center of Gravity tickets!

Call 250-860-2787 for tickets!

Where: Laurel Packinghouse (1304 Ellis Street)
When: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 — 6pm
How Much: $15 / 2 for $20
For: Everyone