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Okanagan Food & Wine Writers' Workshop 2015

Every year, I pull together a few of Canada's top food, wine, and travel writers to instruct at the Okanagan Food & Wine Writers' Workshop.

Now in its 6th year, from September 11-13, we'll learn from award-winning author and travel writers Marcello Di Cintio, WestJet editor Jill Foran, NUVO magazine editor Claudia Cusano, and me for six professional development sessions over two-and-a-half days in Kelowna, British Columbia--the food and wine eipcentre of Canada's hottest wine region. There are also exclusive food and wine experiences that only happen at the Okanagan Food & Wine Writers' Workshop. See what writer Roslyne Buchanan has to say about past workshops here.

The early-bird registration discount on workshop fees has been extended until July 31. Click here to find out more about the schedule and the registration info on the Okanagan Food & Wine Writers' Website.



Register now for Okanagan Food & Wine Writers Workshop, May 9-11, Kelowna, BC

There's an earlybird discount for those who register now (until March 15) for the 5th annual Okanagan Food & Wine Writers' Workshop, in beautiful Kelowna, BC. The workshop takes place durring Spring Wine Festival and is open to writers of all levels. No prior writing experience necessary, just come prepared to share, learn, eat and drink.


Okanagan Food & Wine Writers Workshop 2010: Recap #2

One the first full day of the workshop -- Naramata Bench Friday -- we had two great professional development presentations. First Dianne Jacob, food writing instructor, coach and author of Will Write For Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir, and More (updated and revised 2010 edition just launched in August) gave a great master class in how to sharpen up our food writing skills. Then Edmonton Journal food writer Liane Faulder gave us an inspirational talk on how food writing can change your life, peppered with funny and touching stories from her journey to becoming a food writer.

Lunch was a light-ish affair, catered by The Bench Market, a personal favorite deli, coffeeshop and gourmet food stop in Penticton.

After lunch and a bit of free time, we boarded our Top Cat tour bus for visits to three wineries on the Naramata Bench: Howling Bluff Estate Winery, Van Westen Vineyards and Nichol Vineyard.

Then we began our lovely dinner at the Naramata Heritage Inn & Spa where Sommelier of the Year (and blogger and wine writer for various Canadian wine publications), Kurtis Kolt, looked after our dining and drinking. Our group was joined by Ian Sutherland, winemaker at Poplar Grove winery and Val Tait, viticulturalist at Poplar Grove. Depsite being in the middle of crush, winemaker at Therapy Vineyard Steven Latchford, even popped in to talk to the group.

Thanks again to the wineries of the Naramata Bench for sponsoring this day of the Okanagan Food & Wine Writers Workshop.

And now, the slideshow


Okanagan Food & Wine Writers Workshop 2010: Recap #1

I'm always impressed and grateful for the enthusiastic attendees and guest instructors who come out to my Okanagan Food & Wine Writers Workshop. We just wrapped our annual 2 1/2-day eating, drinking, learning and touring extravaganza. I'll let the photos speak for themselves. Here is a slideshow from our first event, a dinner by Cam Smith and Dana Ewart of Joy Road Catering. We dined under the stars on the bluffs overlooking Skaha Lake.