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Wine Bloggers Conference: Penticton, BC June 6 - 8, 2013

Wine Bloggers Conference

I'm taking a break from my usual food writing to attend my first Wine Bloggers Conference. It's an easy decision, as it's in Penticton, so right here in the Okanagan Valley. With over 200 wine bloggers registered, I'm looking forward to meeting wine people from around the world, and welcoming them to the amazing Okanagan Valley (a beautiful wine+food producing region of Western Canada).

I'll be tweeting and Facebooking (maybe even Google+ after I learn what that's all about) for the next three days. Then I'll post some of the conference highlights here in the weeks that follow.

Follow the hashtag #WBC13 on Twitter, and follow my @OKFWWWorkshop twitter feed, as well as the official conference twitter account @winebloggerscon.


View south from Naramata Bench to Penticton, home of the #WNC13



Wine Bloggers Conference: Penticton, BC June 6 - 8, 2013


Wine Bloggers Conference


With my Okanagan Food and Wine Writers' Workshop a wrap (check out the two photo galleries I posted on the OKFWWW site), I'm looking forward to be an attendee at the 2013 Wine Bloggers Conference right here in Penticton, BC. It's an unbelievable bargain for three wine-packed days at $95 for citizen bloggers, $295 for industry wine bloggers (those whose blog is affiliated with a winery, retail store, or other business or organization), and $395 for non-blogger participants (industry, media relations professionals, friends and family, etc).

This is the first time the WBC has come north of the border. We have Tourism Penticton to thank as well as the  two+ years off hard work and lobbying by the visionary Allison Markin, creator of the social media phenom Eat.Drink.Tweet. She's also the principal behind the social media strategy company All She Wrote Consulting.

I'm hoping it gets me into a blogging frame of mind this summer...because, I know, I know, I haven't been the best at keeping the material fresh on



Sunday Garden Tour: Penticton Community Garden, British Columbia, Canada

Penticton stretches out at the south end of Lake Okanagan and the north end of Skaha Lake. It's essentially a hot, dry sandbar between the two lakes in the British Columbia southern interior. Penticton couldn't be further away climate-wise from Vancouver if that's the only BC city you know.

Penticton is on the 49th parallel, so about an hour's drive from the US border (Oroville, Washington is the closest US city, just across the border). The days in July and August are generally in the mid-30s C to high-30s Celsius (85 F to 100 F). Penticton gets an average of 330 mm (13 inches) of precipitation annually giving it a semi-arid climate. The rabbitbush and sagebrush grasslands are more Wyoming than British Columbia, but that's part of the South Okanagan's appeal for me. Summers (usually!) are hot and sunny, and its smack in the heart of BC wine country.

The Penticton Community Garden is a 13-year old community garden on a 1/2-acre of slope on Vancouver Avenue. It's on prime real estate, as it looks over the marina and the lake, but it has a history now and it's a beautiful feature of this busy road leading from the Naramata Bench to Lakeshore Drive in Penticton. So let's hope that the land stays in use as a community garden.

Last year, Penticton Community Garden president Carol Allen, and vice president Pat Bennet spent time one morning showing me around the garden (which is locked and fenced, though the fence is chainlink so visually the plants and beds dominate). All photos below were taken by me on July 7, 2010.

Penticton (BC, Canada) Community Garden, from the uphill slope view. The oversized rusty steel pheasant was donated to the city by local sculptor Lawrence Cormier to enhance the Penticton Community Garden, and its especially lovely in the late summer when the vegetation is burnt out from sun and in the winter when it can be grey and cloudy over the lake. The garden is not very visible in this photo, but look for the gardener in the straw hat and red top. You can see the fencing that surrounds the garden once you've located her.

Penticton (BC, Canada) another shot of the community garden looking west-ish into Penticton's waterfront.Wooden boardwalk paths through Penticton Community GardenSweet peas climbing on a fence in a plot at Penticton Community GardenRed nasturtiums (nasturia?), Penticton Community GardenBundled cauliflower, Penticton Community GardenCompost bins, Penticton Community GardenWorms, under padlock!Strawberries, Penticton Community GardenBird cage garden art, Penticton Community Garden

"Skyrocket Project" Native plant project on the land surrounding the Penticton Community GardenPenticton also has an active garden club since the mid-1950s.