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."
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.
A memorable time is guaranteed!!!