BC Wines Set to Shine Alongside Celebrity Chefs at Chef Meets BC Grape Taste of the Okanagan June 23

BC Wines Set to Shine Alongside Celebrity Chefs at Chef Meets BC Grape Taste of the Okanagan June 23

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


Celebrity chefs from across Canada and award-winning BC wineries descend on the Okanagan Valley to celebrate local wine and cuisine at the Wines of British Columbia‘s Chef Meets BC Grape Taste of the Okanagan wine and food festival, in its second season at the beautiful See Ya Later Ranch Winery June 23.


Chef Meets BC Grape Okanagan Taste of the Okanagan is a one-day, festival-style outdoor extravaganza in the heart of BC wine country. The event is designed to celebrate the best of BC wine and food – highlighting all things grown, crushed, raised and produced in British Columbia.


With more than 150 BC VQA Wines to sample and 12 food stations with plates prepared by the country’s top chefs, guests will meander throughout the vineyards and vistas of BC wine country for a day of wine education seminars, chef demonstrations, wine and food pairings, and live entertainment.


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


Guest speakers will include Global TV’s Sonia Sunger, who will kick off the event with BC sparkling wine sabering at the VIP reception. Top Chef Canada head judge Mark McEwan and Master of Wine Rhys Pender return for the second year to lead wine and food pairing demonstrations throughout the day showcasing local Okanagan produce. Celebrated sommelier Mike Lee will lead wine education seminars in partnership with Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country and the Westside Wine Trail.


“This is going to be my second trip to the Okanagan Valley for Chef Meets BC Grape where great chefs come together to cook and do seminars, and great winemakers come out to show you their craft. And we all get to meet at See Ya Later Ranch, which is one of the most picturesque spots I’ve ever been to. I’ll be doing some cooking demos on the cliff’s edge, and the view behind me is spectacular!” exclaims McEwan. “We’re going to have a blast.”


Joining McEwan in the lineup of celebrity chefs are other Food Network stars; Trevor Bird, Matthew Stowe and Jinhee Lee. Also participating are 11 top BC winery chefs and three notable chefs from the winning restaurants of Calgary’s Chef Meets BC Grape 2018.


Create a memorable journey this summer in BC wine country, and savour all that is BC at this star-studded premier event.


For event details and general tickets visit WineBC.com.




    1. Mark McEwan, Restaurateur, Retailer, Author, Chef and Head Judge Top Chef Canada


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


    1. Matthew Stowe, Winner Top Chef Canada Season 3


    1. Rod Butters, Terrafina at Hester Creek by RauDZ, RauDZ Regional Table, Micro Bar + Bites and Sunny’s Diner


    1. Stephen Blackburn, Chef The Sonora Room at Burrowing Owl, Director of culinary operations Vintage Hospitality’s properties


    1. Roger Sleiman, Old Vines at Quails’ Gate Winery


    1. Matt Martin, Liquidity Bistro at Liquidity Wines


    1. Ben Overland, Great Estates Okanagan Chef See Ya Later Ranch


    1. Patrick Khatri, Black Sage Bistro at Desert Hills Estate Winery


    1. Jinhee Lee, Foreign Concept, Calgary – Top Chef Canada Season 6; Winner Gold Medal Plates Canadian Championships 2017; 2018 Chef Meets BC Grape Calgary Consumers’ Choice Winner


    1. Duncan Ly, Foreign Concept, Calgary – 2010 and 2013 Gold Medal Plates Champion, Silver & Bronze Medalist in 2008, 2009, 2012; 2018 Chef Meets BC Grape Calgary Consumers’ Choice Winner


    1. Peter Paiva, Raw Bar, Calgary – 2018 Chef Meets BC Grape Calgary Best Pairing Winner


  1. Katarina Edwards, Yellow Door Bistro, Calgary – 2018 Chef Meets BC Grape Calgary Best Dish Winner


    1. Sonia Sunger, Anchor Global TV Morning News


    1. Rhys Pender MW, Winegrower, educator, judge, writer, and Canada’s youngest Master of Wine, one of only 300 Masters of Wine worldwide


    1. Mike Lee, certified sommelier and wine educator


    1. Ravi Kapur, Iron Chef Competitor, Best New Chef 2016 Food & Wine, James Beard Semi Finalist, owner and Executive Chef LihoLiho Yacht Club, San Francisco


  1. Christian Zhang, Shanghai-based sommelier, winner 2017 Canadian Wine Sommelier Championship in Greater China hosted by the Canadian Embassy, Global Affairs Canada, and Consulate General of Canada


About British Columbia Wine Institute


Since 1990, the BC Wine Institute 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 BC Wine Institute 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 BC Wine Institute 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: WineBC.com.
For details on BC VQA Wine and the Wines of British Columbia, go to WineBC.com, like the Wines of British Columbia Facebook page and follow @WineBCdotcom on Twitter.

Chef Meets BC Grape in partnership with Destination British Columbia



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