Schell: Survey of great local produce, places to check out this summer
So many fun summer food and wine events—so little time. Time to pick your events and plan your schedules.
Every Wednesday and Saturday don’t miss the semi-weekly Kelowna Farmer’s Market, offering a plethora of glorious local treasures to load up on. New favourite discovery: Lumby’s Triple Island Farm’s Gouda cheese. These amazing Dutch Gouda makers will thrill your palates. I purchased a wedge of their Cumin-speckled variety and it is sublime.
For the Tuijtel family phone 250-547-6125 or visit www.kelownafarmersandcraftersmarket.com.
East Kelowna Community Hall is getting a second wind after taking a break from many years of service. With a new board in place, lots of exciting plans are in the works for this local landmark.
Help support this little piece of history by attending its upcoming fundraising activities and plan to host your next event there. Email me for more information on events and how to book. For now, check out their new weekly Flea Markets every Saturday. Located across from McCulloch Station Pub. Yea for East Kelowna.
Gatzke Orchards in Oyama knows how to have fun and they have planned a line up of food and wine events to last all summer long.
Alternating with live jazz on upcoming Wine & Foodism nights and blues tunes for BBQ nights—there is something for everyone at this “more than a” farm market. Besides the market that features their local fruit and vegetables, they have an on-site restaurant, The Orchard Café, with outdoor picnic area and a farm stay option with RV sites, cabins and campsite. www.gatzkefarmmarkets.com
Beautiful Hester Creek Winery in Oliver has a line up of cooking classes happening this summer and fall. Guests will enjoy a multi-course menu prepared before them by an acclaimed chef and paired perfectly with Hester Creek’s award winning wines. Each class begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. There are many exciting classes to choose from. For example, one of my favourite chefs, Ricardo Scebba from Ricardo’s Mediterranean Kitchen, will be featured on Sept. 12. www.ricardos.ca Check out the entire schedule: www.hestercreek.com.
For your own summer backyard parties, may I suggest sliders for your menu? Sliders have been in food fashion for a while now but have you ever thought of preparing them at home? These very cute, very compact little burgers are perfect to nosh on at cocktail parties or to serve as part of a tapas menu. Kids love them too because—well, they are kid size.
Our friends at L&D Meats in Guisachan Village are now preparing house-made slider patties and carrying slider buns at their shop. Easy peasy.
Pick some up today and garnish with your favourite fixin’s. If they get a little “high” like mine do—use a pick or a rosemary twig to secure. Perfect for Canada Day.
Jennifer Schell is editor of B.C. Wine Trails Magazine.