Popular Okanagan celebration of local food and drink returns

Feast of Fields returns

One of the most delicious fundraisers is returning to the Okanagan on Sunday, Sept. 18.

Feast of Fields is FarmFolk CityFolk’s celebration of local food, the organization’s signature fundraising event, and is held on a different farm each year—except during the pandemic pause—in the Okanagan Valley, on Southern Vancouver Island and in Metro Vancouver.

The feast is Canada’s largest and longest running local food and beverage festival, and for its 12th event in the Okanagan, it’s heading to Wiseacre Farm Distillery in Kelowna.

Why go? Feast of Fields is a three-hour wandering gourmet harvest festival that highlights the connections between farmers and chefs, field and table, and farm folks and city folks. Stroll across a field from tent to tent, listen to live music,and taste gourmet creations from some of the Okanagan’s top chefs, bakers, food artisans, vintners, brewers, distillers and other beverage producers.

Here are a few anticipated highlights to whet your appetite.

Rustic Reel will pour its Amber Ale, which is actually in the beer mustard that Taste of the Okanagan produces and is used on it canapé. A perfect pairing.

The Modest Butcher has paired with West Kelowna’s Mt. Boucherie Winery, and together they will present “Things on Toast”.—in-season Okanagan veggies cooked simply with classic technique and fun garnishes.

Salty Fig Catering is creating has created a rustic ratatouille galette, while Oak & Cru, from the Delta Grand Okanagan, will serve up an Okanagan Chicken roulade and aavoury peach foam on crostini.

Volcanic Hills Winery has teamed up with Nature’s Fare Market. Try their salt roasted beet lox, paired with a delicious Pinot Gris.

Local sweet favourite Sandrine French Pastry and Chocolate will have its famous chocolate bon bons and macarons on hand.

Cult favourite UMAMI Crave the Fifth is collaborating with Don O Ray Farms to serve their Harvest Feast Grain Blend, with roasted yam, apple, and onion topped with Umami Chipotle.

And Bar Travelling Man Harry Dosanj will have his mobile bar onsite and mix up a cocktail created for the Feast called On Beet’ed Knees, featuring Wiseacre R&D Gin.

Not open yet but highly anticipated restaurant Eric Jane—opening at One Water in Downtown Kelowna and led by Chef Chris Braun—will serve a cocktail featuring Erica Jane Yuzu gin, created in collaboration with Wiseacre.

FarmFolk CityFolk is B.C.’s oldest and largest food and agriculture charitable, non-profit organization, and its programs celebrate local food while connecting people with the farmers who grow it.

Tickets for Feast of Fields can be purchased online.

This article is written by or on behalf of an outsourced columnist and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

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A creative thinker with more than two decades of experience in communications, Allison is an early adopter of social and digital media, bringing years of work in traditional media to the new frontier of digital engagement marketing through her company, All She Wrote.

She is the winner of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association's 2011 and 2012 awards for Social Media Initiative, an International LERN award for marketing, and the 2014 Penticton Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award for Hospitality/Tourism.

Allison has amassed a following on multiple social networks of more than 30,000, frequently writes and about social media, food and libations as well as travel and events, and through her networks, she led a successful bid to bring the Wine Bloggers Conference to Penticton in June 2013, one of the largest social media wine events in the world, generating 31 million social media impressions, $1 million in earned media, and an estimated ongoing economic impact of $2 million.

In 2014, she held the first Canadian Wine Tourism Summit to spark conversation about the potential for wine tourism in Canada as a year-round economic driver.

Allison contributes epicurean content to several publications, has been a judge for several wine and food competitions, and has earned her advanced certificate from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust.

In her spare time, she has deep, meaningful conversations with her cats.

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