Inaugural Chef Meets BC Grape Okanagan Wine & Food Experience Launches this August


Four-Day Wine and Food Festival of Iconic BC Wines, Celebrity Chefs and Interactive Experiences


The Wines of British Columbia is thrilled to launch its inaugural Chef Meets BC Grape Okanagan Wine and Food Experience weekend bringing as many as 60 BC wineries and 16 top chefs from western Canada to the Okanagan Valley August 24 through 27. This weekend in the heart of our province’s wine country is a multi-event series designed to celebrate the best of BC wine and food – highlighting all things grown, crushed, raised and produced in British Columbia.


Chef Meets BC Grape Okanagan Wine & Food Experience is a four-day, festival-style weekend including intimate dinners, seminars, demonstrations, a Sunday brunch and the grand Taste of the Okanagan event, featuring over 150 BC VQA Wines to sip and sample. Celebrity chefs and winemakers, along with wine experts and consumers, will gather throughout the vineyards and vistas of BC wine country for a celebration of the best-of-the-best that BC cuisine and winemaking offers.


“This event offers the perfect opportunity for wine and food enthusiasts to indulge their taste buds and mingle with Food Network stars, iconic BC winemakers and top chefs while enjoying the breathtaking scenery of BC wine country.” notes Miles Prodan, CEO and President of the BC Wine Institute.


The weekend kicks off with a spectacular First Nations Elements Dinner held at Nk’Mip Cellars, North America’s first Aboriginal owned and operated winery. Featuring winemaker Justin Hall, Chief Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos Indian Band, and culinary creations from top chefs Enoch Cree Chef Shane Chartrand, Chef Matthias Fong and Nk’Mip Cellars Chef Orlin Godfrey, this four-course BC VQA Wine-paired dinner will celebrate the rich culture and heritage of Indigenous Peoples.


Food Network stars including Chefs Mark McEwan, Connie DeSousa, Nicole Gomes, Trevor Bird, Matthew Stowe and notable chefs,John Jackson, Duncan Ly and Jinhee Lee come together for the Icons of Wines and Food Dinner in a top chef collaboration unlike any other. Hosted at The Sonora Room restaurant at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, renowned wine writer John Schreiner will discuss his bookIcon: Flagship Wines from British Columbia’s Best Wineries, and will be joined by emcee and Master of Wine Rhys Pender to lead guests through pairings with BC’s most iconic BC VQA Wine.


“I recently drove through BC wine country and was captivated by the beautiful landscape and so many great new wineries we have right in our Canadian backyard,” exclaims Chef Nicole Gomes, Winner of Top Chef Canada All-Stars 2017 and Executive Chef at Nicole Gourmet & Cluck N Cleaver in Calgary. “This event is a fabulous reason for chefs to get together and enjoy the local bounty of food and wine in a remarkable setting. I am honoured and excited to cook among all these talented chefs and winemakers.”


The Taste of the Okanagan signature tasting event will take place on Saturday, August 26 at the historic See Ya Later Ranch in Okanagan Falls, where guests are invited to spend the day with celebrated star chefs and various award-winning BC winemakers. The day will include a variety of food stations prepared by the country’s top chefs, masterclass wine education seminars, food and wine pairing demonstrations, over 40 BC VQA Wines to sample, and much more.


Wrapping up the weekend will be a Bubbles and Brunch at Terrafina Restaurant amongst the vines of Hester Creek Estate Winery on the “Golden Mile Bench”. Emceed by Top Chef Canada All Stars Judge Mijune Pak, the Terrafina by Raudz culinary team including Chef Rod Butters, Executive Chef Brock Bowes and Restaurant Chef Jenna Pillon will welcome guest chefs Duncan Ly, Jinhee Lee and Ryan O’Flynn to co-create what is sure to be an indulgently brunch.


With many of British Columbia’s best BC VQA Wine and top chefs from across Canada descending on the South Okanagan to celebrate local cuisine, this promises to be one delicious weekend. Create a memorable journey this summer in BC wine country.



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General and VIP tickets are available, with the VIP experience including early entry, a welcome reception, meet and greet and photo opportunities with celebrity chefs, and VIP parking.



Mark McEwan – Restaurateur, Retailer, Author, Chef and Head Judge on Top Chef Canada

Nicole Gomes, Nicole Gourmet & Cluck N Cleaver, Calgary – Winner of Top Chef Canada: All-Stars 2017 and Finalist Top Chef Canada Season 3

Trevor Bird, Fable Kitchen & Fable Diner, Vancouver – Finalist Top Chef Canada: All-Stars 2017 and Finalist Top Chef Canada Season 2

Connie DeSousa, Co-Chef and Co-Owner of Charcut & Charbar, Calgary – Finalist in Top Chef Season 1, and also contender in Top Chef Canada: All-Star in 2017

John Jackson, Co-Chef and Co-Owner of Charcut and Charbar in Calgary

Matthew Stowe, Joseph Richard Group, Vancouver – Winner of Top Chef Canada Season 3

Jinhee Lee, Foreign Concept, Calgary – Winner of Gold Medal Plates Canadian Championships 2017

Duncan Ly, Foreign Concept, Calgary – 2010 and 2013 Gold Medal Plates Champion, Silver & Bronze Medalist in 2008, 2009, 2012

Ryan O’Flynn, The Guild, Calgary – Winner Gold Medal Plates Canadian Championships 2016

Matthias Fong, River Café, Calgary – River Café rated No. 29 of Canada’s 100 Best 2017

Wesley Young, Pidgin, Vancouver – Pidgin rated No 5 – Enroute Magazine 2014

Rod Butters, RauDZ Regional Table, Kelowna – Renowned Chef and Cookbook Author of The Okanagan Table, 2017

Brock Bowes, RauDZ Regional Table, Kelowna – 2015 Chopped Canada Winner

Shane Chartrand, River Cree Resort & Casino, Edmonton – Gold Medal Plates Bronze & Silver Medalist, Aboriginal Role Models Award, Champion Bottoms Up Chili Competition, CCFCC Chef of the Year, Chopped Canada competitor

Lee Humphries, Chef The Sonora Room at Burrowing Owl, Director of culinary operations for Vintage Hospitality’s properties

Orlin Godfrey, Nk’Mip Winery Chef

Jenna Pillon, Terrafina Restaurant Chef



Chief Clarence Louie, Chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band

John Schreiner, Renowned wine writer, best-selling author of fifteen books, judge of wine competitions in North America and abroad

Mijune Pak, International food personality, social media influencer and judge on Top Chef Canada All Star

Rhys Pender MW, Wine grower, educator, judge, writer, and Canada’s youngest Master of Wine, one of only 300 in the world


About The British Columbia Wine Institute: 

Since 1990, the BCWI has played a pivotal role in taking BC’s wine industry from a vision to an internationally recognized niche region producing premium wines and providing exceptional wine tourism experiences. The BCWI markets the wine and regions of BC; delivers quality trade, media and consumer tastings; and acts as the voice of BC’s wine industry by advocating to government on behalf of industry that contributes $2.8 billion in provincial economic growth annually.

The BCWI represents all wineries in British Columbia to grow the premium market share for the Wines of British Columbia, while driving awareness of our world-class wines and tourism product – currently drawing 1,000,000 visitors with $600 million in tourism and tourism employment related economic impact every year. For more information about BC Wine Institute’s programs and services, please visit:

For details on BC VQA and the Wines of British Columbia, go to or, like the Wines of British Columbia Facebook page and follow @WineBCdotcom on Twitter and Instagram.

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