2015 Feast of Fields by Darcy Nybo

Okanagan Feast of Fields 2015

We came – we ate – we drank!


Not so long ago, in a land not so far away, chef Michael Standlandter partnered with Jamie Kennedy to create an event that got urbanites out to Ontario farms. In 1995, with permission to use the Feast of Fields name in BC, FarmFolkCityFolk organized Feast of Fields as annual fundraisers to highlight the connections between farmers and chefs and to increase the connections between farm folks and city folks.

small_for_blogWhat can I say except that it was a bloody brilliant idea! 

I am currently reminiscing about all the tastes and smells and smiles from my fifth Feast of Fields event (their seventh okanagan event), held August 16, 2015 at Meadow Vista Honey Wines in Kelowna.

The weather was gorgeous (as is usual for mid-August in the Okanagan) and the venue was superb. Judie Barta (Meadow Vista) and Alison Love (Spatula Media) did a fantastic job of creating an inviting space for this event.

There was the perfect amount of space, rows upon rows of delectable delights, and a fantastic group of servers and pourers with nothing but smiles and passion for their food and drink.

Plus there were the hundreds of people milling about and having fun! It’s not hard to do when you’re at an Okanagan Foodie event with dozens and dozens of vendors supplying you with seemingly endless food and beverages.

Raudz was my favourite this year for the most refreshing, delicious nibble of the day.

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Okanagan College Culinary was the tastiest, and literally everyone else came in a close second. Wines and ciders, spirits and mead, flowed freely with vendors reminding guests they could always come back for more. Another favourite was the “punches” made by My Tea, by mixing in wine, ginger ale and other ingredients. Refreshing to say the least.

The most common phrases heard on Sunday were “Oh, you must try this!” and “Where did you get that?” Closely followed by “Damn that was good,” and “I’m going back for seconds!”

There was great information on things like green tourism, organic farming, gardening and seeds, as well as a working beehive and some chicks.cropped_chicks

Do yourself a favour, sign up for the eAlerts and get your tickets for next year. If you like fresh, locally grown, locally created food and libations, then this is a must attend event. Come and support your farm folk, and the food and beverage artisans in your community. Your taste buds will thank you. 

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Publisher and CEO of something or other! First & foremost, father, son, brother and uncle. I am also a huge music fan, promoter and marketing & promotions maniac. As a fulltime musician for the past 35 years myself (yikes, that’s a long time!), I’ve come to appreciate the fact that I am able to perform and sing for people and in return, enjoy it as much as I do. There is something to be said for that exchange of energy and good vibes that live music brings to all, from the stage to the seats, there is nothing like it and I so look forward to feeling that again when we are out of this crazy mess we are in. Music is needed desperately in everyone’s lives. The goal is to reach out and bring some awareness and light into the music scene by featuring their new music, events and in general, some light into the changes we’ve all had to adjust to in 2020. We all feel the strain in every aspect of these changes and are going to try to do our best to fill our cups up with some fantastic local music while many so of us hang on through this bumpy ride we are on. ? Making an effort to change our own thoughts and habits, can strike a chord mentally and change us along with our communities lives. Be safe and…let’s ROCK N ROLL!

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