Schell: Summer’s the best time of year for food and wine lovers

Summerhill Winery executive chef Jesse Croy (with help from chef Darren Mitchell) wow’d guests at last years Feast of Fields in OK Falls with his Caramel balsamic dipped organic heirloom tomatoes. - Contributed
Summerhill Winery executive chef Jesse Croy (with help from chef Darren Mitchell) wow’d guests at last years Feast of Fields in OK Falls with his Caramel balsamic dipped organic heirloom tomatoes.
— image credit: Contributed

Start booking up your summer calendars, food and wine lovers. There are amazing events and festivals happening all over our province—dive in and taste why we live in the most beautiful place in the world.

Beginning on Thursday, June 23, one of Kelowna’s newest restaurants, Okanagan Street Food, will be offering special wine paired dinners. Each month owner/chef Neil Schroeter will present a five-course dinner paired with a local winery and special guest host.

Cost is $75 plus tax and gratuity (includes all food and wine) with a 20-person capacity.

The inaugural feast will be with special guest wine star Erik Von Krosigk—winemaker and viticulturist from Summerhill Pyramid Winery.

Future dates for the event are July 27, Aug. 24 and Sept. 15.

For more info email or call 778-478-0807 to make your reservation.


Experience the good vibrations radiating from Vibrant Vines Winery every Saturday.

This super cool, dazzling winery, located amongst East Kelowna’s vineyards and orchards, is now offering free live music on Saturdays from 2 to 5 p.m.

Enjoy hot tunes, cool wine and good times with winemaker Tony Lewis and crew. $5 gets you a glass of their delicious wine on tap.

Check out the music schedule at This Saturday, June 11, local jazz songstress Anna Jacyszyn and her fabulous band are in the house (or should I say vineyard?). Right on.


Savour the Similkameen. Enjoy an extraordinary evening with award-winning wines from eight Similkameen wineries and eight distinguished chefs who are vying for the title of Similkameen BBQ King 2011. It’s July 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Historic Grist Mill & Gardens in Keremeos.

There will be live entertainment by the Darylectones and awesome silent auction items. Go see why this glorious little valley has created such a buzz on the food and wine scene.

Tickets at or call 250-488-0878.


Speaking of the Similkameen, I can’t wait to attend the annual 1.6 Mile Dinner at Orofino Winery in Cawston on Aug. 6. Catered by locavorian chefs Cameron and Dana from Joy Road Catering, and hosted by lovely owners John and Virginia Weber, this will be a night to remember.

The evening will consist of a five-course meal crafted with the best local products provided by artisan growers from within a 1.6 mile radius of Orofino Winery. Each course will be paired with Orofino’s award-winning wines. Fabulousness.


Feast of Fields tickets have already gone on sale and are sure to sell out fast. This year this amazing festival, celebrating our superstar local food and wine scene, is happening in Naramata on Sunday Aug. 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the stunning Van Westen Vineyards & Orchards. Do not miss this magically delicious local experience.


Grindrod Music and Arts Festival is July 10.

I love this tiny village on the river made famous for foodies by being the home of favourite organic grower and flourmill Green Croft Gardens and Wolfgang’s Grains and Flour.

Local food, musicians, artists, vendors, kids activities and more—there is something for everyone.

Find them on Facebook: Grindrod Musicfest or visit or

Restaurant news

Le Plateau Bistro, the delightful little French eatery tucked into Tutt Street Square, is now open seven days a week for both lunch and dinner.

Owner Michael Gautier has just announced his new chef team: executive chef Karl Jarrett, formerly of Mission Hill, supported by sous chef Katelyn Boutilier, formerly of RauDZ. Sounds like a recipe for delicious.


Local favourite wine bar The Rotten Grape is now open for lunch on Sundays. The perfect place to while away a long, leisurely lunch outdoors, it also offers a safe place for the local biking crowd to take a break.

Owner Rita Myers, also an avid cyclist, came up with the idea to offer up a lovely bike-friendly patio. Park and dine al fresco.

Jennifer Schell is editor of B.C. Wine Trails Magazine.


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