14 July 2012

Come Join Us at Feast of Fields 2012








Kelowna, BC: FarmFolk CityFolk is pleased to announce the exciting
 details of their 2012 Okanagan Feast of Fields event. On Sunday, August 12, 
Claremont Ranch Organics will host the Okanagan's fourth annual multi-course 
celebration of farming, food and wine in Winfield, BC.  
An estimated 30 teams will present guests with local ingredients, shaped by local chefs and served with local wines, beers or spirits. The event is decribed by FarmFolk CityFolk's Okanagan Events Co-ordonator, Jennifer Vincent as a "four hour, 30-course, gourmet, wandering harvest festival that highlights all that is wonderful about the Okanagan and Similkameen regions."
For the past 3 years the Okanagan has been the home of the Feast of Fields. In it's 4th year in the valley it is a world-class, sumptuous experience. It can be described as a "wandering harvest festival" that creates a marriage between the producers who grow our food and the consumer. Spend a leisurely afternoon wandering through an 80-year-old peach orchard from tent to tent sampling bites and nibbles of the very best the Okanagan-Similkameen has to offer. The event helps to cultivate an increased appreciation for local and organic food production. The variety, abundance and quality of our British Columbia bounty ranks with some of the best agricultural regions in the world.




Here in the Okanagan Valley the top chefs of the Okanagan-Similkameen pair with local farmers, wineries and breweries to create a gastonomical celebration of local food. On arrival, each guest is handed a linen napkin and a wine glass. Then, everyone is free to roam and discover the gourmet food and beverages of the region at their leisure. The Feast of Fields experience takes guests on a delicious journey through the area’s many faces and flavours. Wandering throughout the farm, patrons are able to meet the chefs and farmers, the vintners, brewers and food artisans, to taste their products, ask questions, and learn more about where their food comes from.

Feast of Fields acts as a catalyst for bringing our region’s food and agricultural communities together while raising awareness of the importance and enjoyment of eating locally. It provides the public with an up-close-and-personal opportunity to sample our local products while supporting a not-for-profit organization FarmFolk/CityFolk that has been committed to food security projects in British Columbia since 1993.With the help of FarmFolk CityFolk each guest is helping to develop a secure food future for future generations. Feast of Fields has been held at different venues across Canada for nearly 20 years.

Together with scores of dedicated volunteers, they expect 500 - 700 people to attend Feast of Fields this year. If you've ever been to one of Farm Folk City Folk Feast of Fields you will know they just keep getting better and better!!! This will be my 4th year attending this event and I wouldn't miss it for the world! FarmFolk CityFolk utilizes proceeds from their Okanagan Feast to fund their provincial work with emphasis on the Okanagan region including organizing and filming seed saving workshops for a video series, their SharedHarvest.ca website and their Meet Your Maker Okanagan networking event for small scale food producers and buyers.

This years location is in the north Okanagan in Lake Country known for its scenic beauty and serene lakes. Claremont Ranch Organics offers a rich farming history with the welcoming shade of an 80-year-old pear orchard and a century old farm house. Claremont Ranch Organics was previously leased and now owned by Matt and Molly Thurston who recently purchased the property from Bob McCoubrey of McCoubrey Farms. For a number of years they worked very closely with Bob to produce a variety of fruits and vegetables for market. Matt and Molly both have Bachelors of Science in Agriculture. Matt works with Farm Credit Canada and Molly with Okanagan Tree Fruit Co-operative. Molly sits on the Certified Organic Associations of BC Accreditation Board and is currently President of the North Okanagan Organic Association. Claremont Ranch Organics offer a rich farming history.
In addition to an amazing feast, guests can enjoy acoustic music, tours of the host farm, a silent auction and access to some of the Okanagans best chefs, vintners, farmers and food artisans. Join us for a delicious afternoon of grazing, sipping and conviviality in the beautiful historic Claremont Ranch. 

Special Thanks to Choices Markets ho have sponsored the Okanagan Feast every year. This year, they've signed on as our Gold Sponsor, Many local businesses are also sponsoring the event ensuring its continued success including: Kelowna Instant Print, Penticton and Wine Country Information Centre, and Farm Credit Canada, Canadian Linen and Uniform and Savour Magazine. 

Things to Know For Okanagan Feast of Fields 2012:


Tickets are $85 for adults and $15 return for the Feast Bus from Oliver. They can be purchased online or at Choices Market in Kelowna at the Penticton and Wine Country Visitors Centre. Keep up with all the Feast of Fields happenings here.

Attendance is expected to be between 500 - 700 guests. There will be no guest parking on site. A park-and-ride site at Winfield's George Elliot Secondary School and our Free Shuttle Bus will take guests to and from the event site. This has worked well in other years.

There is a Feast Bus ($15 return) leaving from Oliver with stops along the way with the last stop in Kelowna. Tickets must be purchased in advance to ensure adequate transportation for all guests.

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8 comments:

  1. Sounds like there perfect way to spend a day, wish I could visit!

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  2. I have friends that have gone to similar type things. I'm dying to do this one day.

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  3. I would love to visit your area and experience this. Maybe someday we'll make it up that way. Until then, I'll have to enjoy it through your eyes. Hope you are enjoying your special day.
    Sam

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  4. Oh, how I wish I was still there! Sounds like this is going to be amazing!

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  5. Fabulous, Val. I do wish I could be there, but take photos and share with us so we can be there virtually. Love events like this.

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  6. Sounds fabulous - a great way to showcase the bounty of the land. Someday ....

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  7. Val sounds really fun I would like be there!
    Hope you have a nice weekend!

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  8. I would love to go to this and it is actually possible, I think. Depends on how Vanja feels when he gets home Tuesday (been gone to see his parents for 3 weeks)... we were thinking of doing the coast to Portland, but I would like to go on a much shorter little ditty... I thought this was always in Vancouver... Farm Folk City Folk... is it many places? Heather Pritchard is the Treasurer of Slow Food Canada and I believe she is the chair of it.
    :)
    V

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Welcome to my home. Thank you so much for choosing to stay a while and for sharing our lives through food. I appreciate all your comments, suggestions, daily encouragement and support.

Val

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