Schell: Great local food and wine at WAM!

This year’s WAM! event at the Rotary Centre for the Arts adds the culinary arts and art of farming to their roster of Okanagan arts.

This year’s annual WAM! (Wine, Art, Music) event at the Rotary Centre for the Arts on June 15 has added a wonderful, delicious spin to their theme—my cookbook,The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker.

This adds the culinary arts and art of farming to their roster of Okanagan arts. This event joins together all of the amazing, talented community from across the Okanagan Valley who make wine, art, music and create delicious, healthy food.

“Feed your passion with at least 20 food stations 11 wineries, eight chefs, multiple musicians and artists all under the most beautiful roof in the Okanagan!” reads the publicity.

The organizers of WAM! at the RCA explain: “You may already enjoy Rotary Centre for the Arts performances and galleries, but now is your chance to discover the culinary arts at WAM!, our signature event on June 15th. Imagine a wine tasting and foodie adventure that explores the whole Okanagan Valley in one gorgeous location, the RCA. This year, we are looking forward to incorporating the ‘farm to table’ relationships, uniting food producers, chefs, wineries and you.”

Here are some of the folks from our incredible wine, farm and art scene who will be involved in WAM! this year.  Many are featured in my cookbook and will be paired together at tables as per the layout of the book:

• BC Wine Museum & VQA Wine Shop

• Bella Wines

• Cedar Creek Estate Winery

• Double Cross Apple Cidery

• Hester Creek Estate Winery

• Hillside Estate Winery

• Intersection Winery

• Nk’Mip Cellars

• Orofino Winery

• Quails’ Gate Estate Winery

• Rustic Roots Winery

• Tantalus Vineyards

• Tree Brewing

• Upper Bench Estate Winery & Creamery

• Arlo’s Honey

• Codfather’s Seafood Market (Ted’s Trout)

• De Bakker’s Kitchen

• Delta Grand Okanagan Resort

• Dolci Restaurant & Catering

• Harker’s Organics

• Hillside Winery Bistro

• Nk’Mip Patio Restaurant

• Okanagan Lavender Farm

• Okanagan Grocery Artisan Breads

• Olive Oil Merchant

• Popular Grove Cheese

• RCA Bistro Gelateria

• Sandrine French Pastry and Chocolate

• Sunshine Farm

• Terrafina Restaurant at Hester Creek

• Upper Bench Cheese

• Terrace Restaurant at Cedar Creek

• Village Cheese Co

• Weston Baker.

There will also be a dance party featuring the diverse talents of Julie Masi and her band Cover 2 Cover. Ari Neufeld will also be performing as well as multi-instrumentalist Tanya Lipscomb (of the Dharma Dolls).

Dress code: Creative Chic

Time: June 15 from 7-10 p.m.

Tickets $89 or groups of 10: $80/each from or call 250-717-5304.

WAM! is a Safe Ride Home event powered by Turner Audi.


Don’t forget that we have also planned a Delicious Conversations speaker series based on the cookbook with three theme nights starting next week.

Farmers: Growing our Food, May 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, with tickets from Urban Fare.

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