Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Food and wine stories from British Columbia

(News Release)

Here is a captivating collection of Food and Wine Fresh Story Ideas from British Columbia.

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Vancouver, Coast & Mountains: Whistler's Moveable Feast: If your time in Whistler is short and sweet, deciding which of its deliciously innovative restaurants to try is sure to be a tough decision. And nobody wants to make tough decisions while on holiday. What if you could pull up a chair at a few tasty restaurants in one night, without having to eat full meals at each one, while being led by a guide who provides local knowledge and colour? That's the question the folks at Whistler Tasting Tours asked, then answered. Thanks to these edible ambassadors, culinary excursions that include Finer Things (four award-winning restaurants), Hidden Gems (five local favourites) and Lunch and Dessert tours (with seven different stops, each) are the perfect way to sample the area's culinary bests. Feeling ravenous? You could potentially do all four tours in two days. Just be sure to pack your appetite.

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Kootenay Rockies: One Fairmont Hot Springs Kitchen Works From Scratch: In BC's Fairmont Hot Springs, luxuriating soaks and stunning scenery may tempt you out of doors — that is, until you get a whiff of what From Scratch...A Mountain Kitchen has cooking. As the newest kid on the culinary block, From Scratch packs a punch with its production kitchen, 30-seat bistro (with 20 more on the patio), and retail space offering its own signature line of products, including crispy crackers and smooth spreads (try the bacon jam). But before you stuff your fabulous finds into your backpack, take a seat to sample Chef Adrian's fresh, local fare. Favourites include from-scratch poutine, hummus with flatbread fresh from the wood-fired oven and house-smoked ribs with maple bacon beans and "Scratch" slaw. (If you're feeling celebratory, keep a calendar watch for From Scratch's themed culinary events and kitchen parties.) But don't take our word for it — taste for yourself what these folks have whipped up. From scratch, of course.

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Cariboo Chilcotin Coast: Make a New World Order in Cowboy Country: The largest urban centre between Kamloops and Prince George — with a population of just 11,150 — Williams Lake is a city known for its annual Canada Day weekend Stampede (a professional rodeo), for being the home of Canadian paraplegic athlete and philanthropist Rick Hansen, and now for New World Coffee and Tea House. The first of its kind in Williams Lake, New World has gleaned as many accolades for Chef Brice O'Neill's daily homemade soups (with flavours like broccoli and walnut, carrot and butternut squash, and chunky Russian borscht) as for its organic coffee and 60+ international teas. New World is, by its own admission, not a drive-thru, not a coffee shop and definitely not a doughnut shop, but it is another unique shot of personality in a delightful cowboy, country town. So, take a seat, and get to know the locals. One steaming bowl at a time.

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Thompson Okanagan: Toast BC Vintners During the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival: Fall in BC's Thompson Okanagan region means more than harvesting the fruit of local labours — it marks the season of vintage celebration during the 32nd annual Fall Okanagan Wine Festival. Over 150 wine, food, educational and arts-focused events are set to fill the roster September 28 – October 7, as crowds gather to pair cheese with favoured pours, sample menus courtesy of young Okanagan chefs and challenge their tastebuds during a host of blind taste tests. Additional highlights include a House of Rose Grape Stomping Party, a chance to gaze at the stars while you sip at Rollingdale Winery and various orchard-to-table events, including the Fall Epicurean Wine Dinner at Mission Hill Family Estate, which teams Executive Chef Matthew Batey with Top Chef Canada winner Dale MacKay. In all, this wine fest proves to be one of the easiest ways to sample a cross-section of BC's best wines and to hear stories of how each came to be, told by the friendly folks who make them.

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Northern BC: Travel the Alaska Highway In Search of ... Cinnamon Rolls: Northern British Columbia: home to grizzly bears, mountain goats, some of BC's highest mountain peaks and ... cinnamon rolls? Yes, cinnamon rolls — also known as cinnamon buns, swirls and snails (note: no escargot have been harmed in the making of these tasty nuggets). Cinnamon rolls are thought to have originated in Sweden (though a variety from Hamburg, Germany, also claims the title), but have made their way to Northern BC's Alaska Highway, where a completely informal and friendly competition is afoot on the historic road: who, on the 2,232-kilometre (1,387-mile) long highway, makes the best cinnamon roll? The only way to find out is to make the scenic drive, stopping along the way to try each gooey roll and, perhaps, more of the bounty of delicious home baking that's so prevalent in BC's northeast. Is it the melt-in-your-mouth cream cheese goodness at Toad River Lodge, Cabins and RV Campground, situated at Mile 422? Or the cinnamon-slathered morsels at Mile 375's self-proclaimed "cinnamon bun centre of the galactic cluster," a.k.a.Testa River Services? Simply pull over when hungry, and relish in the Canadiana of the country stores where, somewhere between the taxidermy and the local goods, a table of homemade, sticky cinnamon rolls await your verdict.;

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Vancouver Island: Say Cheese!: "There's something alive in my fridge," proclaims a blog entry by Little Qualicum Cheeseworks. It's talking about cheese, of course, specifically one of Vancouver Island's world champion artisan cheeses. British Columbia owes much of its internationally renowned culinary prowess to this coastal region, where the perfect combination of soil, climate and water come together in prime agricultural land, where each award-winning cheese begins. Check your menu; many BC restaurants incorporate cheese from the Island, but a trip to the farm is where you'll glimpse purebred Jersey cows and bearded goats in settings that are the stuff of children's stories. You could, for example, take a self-guided stroll through the dairy cow pastures at Parksville's Little Qualicum Cheeseworks, or head to Salt Spring Island Cheese for views of the oh-so-cute goats and sheep that amble through the countryside. (No matter where you roam — from the Comox Valley, through Cowichan Bay and down to the Gulf Islands — be sure to duck into the area's charming farm gate stores.) Where to start? Take a gander online at these tasty Island offerings, where the tone and aesthetic of each comes in as many flavours as their cheeses. Tip: with more than 40 wineries on the Island, you'll be sure to discover the perfect grape to wash it down.

Salt Spring Island

Cowichan Bay


Comox Valley

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