Beyondchopsticks on AM1470

Beyondchopsticks with Deborah Moore

Showtime: Tuesday, October 7th @10:30am


A) Okanagan Wine Festivals and BC Wine Awards

Drawn by lush vineyards, misty lakes and harvesting energies surrounding the wineries, September has always been my favourite month to visit Okanagan wineries. I had one more reason to do so this year – judging the British Columbia Wine Awards.

There were a record-breaking number of 540+ entries in this year’s BC Wine Awards Competition. As a new member of the panel of 9 judges, I expected to face tough challenges, but found myself having much fun and learning tons about BC wines and the wine-judging process. Conversations with fellow judges, every one of them masters in the field; and the hardworking souls behind the Festivals and the Awards humbled me. After 3 days and many flights of sipping and spitting; numerous bottles of water and slices of breads, we selected 5 Platinum, 3 Gold, 113 Silver and 122 Bronze medals.

Judging captain Sid Cross getting ready

Celebrating its 34th year, the Fall Okanagan Wine Festivals is the oldest wine festivals in BC. The 10-day long festival is the best way to present the best of Okanagan. From terroir to bottle, from farms to tables, the food and wine events spans across the lakes and valleys. This year, the Festivals unveiled with a bang – The Premier’s Wine Award presentation at the welcoming party. There are still tons of delicious food and wine to be had and gleeful events to participate for those who decide to join in the fun this weekend.

The annual British Columbia Wine Awards Reception kicked off the Festivals and was highlighted by Premier Clark’s handing out the very first Premier’s Wine Award in person on site. The winner of this prestigious award, selected amongst the 5 Platinum-awarded wines is:

See Ya Later Ranch Rover - Premier's Wine Award

See Ya Later Ranch Rover Shiraz – Viognier 2012. Remaining Platinum wines are:

  • Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery Cabernet Franc 2012
  • Quails' Gate Syrah 2012
  • Silkscarf Winery Viognier 2013
  • SpierHead Winery Pinot Gris 2013

For full results for this year’s awards, visit: http://www.thewinefestivals.com/wine_awards/british-columbia-wine-awards.

**Premier's Wine Award was selected from all Platinum medals, and based on the judges’ consensus, The Best Wine in British Columbia was named the Premier's Wine. This wine represents varietal consistency and a combination of superb grapes and winemaking.

B) Sustenance Festival - Making Connections, Building Relationships

Since 2009, Sustenance has been an annual festival of the Vancouver Park Board. Sustenance is all about food, art, sustainability, celebration, discussion, and food security. It’s dynamic, creative, delicious, educating, and timely.

A city-wide festival with local food-inspired workshops, cooking classes, exhibitions, talks, walks, dances and more – all taking place in community centres and public spaces throughout Vancouver.

Chef Karen Barnaby cooking at Sustenance Festival

Now to October 19







C) Game and Wild Mushroom Festival

Now in its ninth year, the Game and Wild Mushroom Festival takes place October 15 to November 2 with three or four course prix fixe menus featuring wild, local mushrooms, deliciously rich game meats such as elk, red deer and speciality foods.

Four restaurants, multi-coursed dinners and exotic dining experiences:

La Buca opens for dinner Sunday to Thursday from 5 to 9:30 pm and from 5 to 10 pm on Friday and Saturday. 4025 MacDonald Street. 604.730.6988 or dinner@labuca.ca

Pied-a-Terre opens 7 nights a week for dinner and for lunch on Fridays.

3369 Cambie Street. 604-873-3131 or eat@pied-a-terre-bistro.ca.

Sardine Can near Gastown’s Maple Tree Square offers bar seating, classic Spanish tapas dishes, and an all-Spanish beer, sherry, wine, and brandy list. Doors open every afternoon at 4 p.m. (noon on weekends)

26 Powell Street. 604-568-1350 or tapas@thesardinecan.ca.

The Abbey Already receiving rave reviews, the progressive tavern offers pedigreed food with a modern sensibility. Open daily for dinner from 5 p.m., with Happy Hour daily until 6:30 p.m.

117 West Pender Street. 604-336-7100 or info@abbeyvan.com

Stuffed mushroom at Abbey







D) Canadian Chocolate Awards

The Canadian Chocolate Awards judging is now taking place at Vancouver Community College. Canadian winners will be announced October 9th. All Gold, Silver and Bronze winners of the Canadian Chocolate Awards will go forward to the World Finals in London, UK on November 4–6, 2014. There, Canadian winners will compete against winners from the European, Germany/Austria/Switzerland, Scandinavia and Americas rounds for the 2014 World prizes. info@internationalchocolateawards.com

E) Stephanie’s Cookbook Recommendations:

The Chocolate Tasting Kit by Eagranie Yuh – Everything you need to know about chocolate

The Deerholme Foraging Book by Bill Jones – Wild Foods and Recipes from the Pacific Northwest

Eating Stories published by Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia – A Chinese Canadian & Aboriginal Potluck

The SOBO Cookbook by Lisa Ahier - Recipes from the Tofino Restaurant at the End of the Canadian Road