Ode to the Okanagan in the summer pt.4…road trips and dinner with strangers

A road trip through the Okanagan of BC, can bring many visions of orchards, wineries, unexpected road side stops and adventures…but when I know dinner is going to meet me at the end of my journey,  I tend to travel with a little bit speed,  even if I don’t know who I am dining with… From Kelowna to Oliver we travelled for dinner -with strangers…

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Blue Mountain Vineyard (not just purveyors of amazing Pinot Noir -in my opinion) but pretty spectacular views…

Tasting Room :2385 Allendale Road Okanagan Falls, British Columbia      Tel: (250) 497-8244

Website: www.bluemountainwinery.com

The final destination: Covert Farms, Oliver BC  www.covertfarms.ca

Our Farm dinner, presented by Outstanding in the Field.  Their "mission is to re-connect diners to the land and the origins of their food, and to honor the local farmers and food artisans who cultivate it.  Since 1999 they have set the long table at farms or gardens, on mountain tops or in sea caves, on islands or at ranches. Occasionally the table is set indoors: a beautiful refurbished barn, a cool greenhouse or a stately museum. Wherever the location, the consistent theme of each dinner is to honor the people whose good work brings nourishment to the table.  Ingredients for the meal are almost all local (sometimes sourced within inches of your seat at the table!) and generally prepared by a celebrated chef of the region. After a tour of the site, we all settle in: farmers, producers, culinary artisans, and diners sharing the long table."

Their website lists dinners in both North American destinations as well as international.... www.outstandinginthefield.com

The celebrated and talented chefs: Joy Road Catering, located in Penticton BC.  Amazing chefs, who collaborate with other local producers and create special and memorable meals -regardless of where they are.  Check out their website for listings of dinners and events in the Okanagan through the year... www.joyroadcatering.com

Our special dinner, was sent in the middle of the mustard fields.  As our transportation dropped us off, we couldn't even see the table until we walked down a select pathway.  The mosquitos were also planning on dining that evening, and to keep them away "smoke pots" were set up, and kept us from being their dinner...the result as the evening progressed, in my opinion an unexpected but beautiful smoke line over the crops, sunset and delicious meals and unexpected conversation.

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