Nourish Your Senses Itinerary
Registration for the conference is now closed; to get dinner tickets please contact cfossett@watermarkbeachresort.
If you are a voting delegate who is late registering for the meeting, please contact Jen Blitz.
On behalf of the Thompson Okanagan convivium, I extend to you a warm welcome. We are looking forward to showcasing our amazing region – its people – our history – our farmers – our chefs and our passionate Agritourism and Culinary tourism culture. Osoyoos is a small resort town, of approximately 3,000 people; Spring will be just beginning. We should have cherry and apricot blossoms everywhere. Our land produces a mecca of products: ground crops, ranchlands, fisheries and the fruit industry has been alive and well here for almost 200 years. (Our region is the size of Ireland.) The Thompson River is a ribbon of life spanning from the Rocky Mountains to the North, through to the Okanagan Valley connecting with Okanagan Lake, then leading to our Border with Washington State. Our wines are world renowned and a sense of community and celebration comes easily to us all.
We will be showcasing many of our schools and students, cooperative successes in support of food sovereignty, as well as introducing the unique ecological sensitivity of Canada’s only desert. While Slow Food Delegates are attending meetings, the non-meeting registrants will have a varied choice of tours and experiences from which to choose (links are provided at the end of the online registration process, or upon request). You are also encouraged to take advantage of these tours by arriving early or staying late.
Note: Transportation will not be provided to and from the airport if you chose to stay longer, but the hotel room rate will be extended to you.
Arrival April 25th, Thursday
Arrival at Kelowna International: You will be greeted at the Airport on arrival by a Slow Food Volunteer. Your flight information is requested during the registration process so we know when you are arriving!
There will be a tasting and a farm experience near to the airport for early arrivals. Then… a wonderful trip along Okanagan Lake from Kelowna International Airport to Watermark Beach Resort and the lovely town of Osoyoos. There will be stops and tastings along the way which we have organized for you; it all depends upon when you are arriving as to where and when you will be stopping as the trip door to door is approximately 2 hours, without any of our planned stops.
Arrival at Watermark Beach Resort: Your room and a welcome package with your itinerary and the timing for the meeting and conference will be provided on arrival.
6:30pm Opening Reception and Dinner at Watermark Beach Resort Conference Centre
Local Flavours: with local wines and entertainment. We have our first nations Chief and Salmon Dancers welcoming us, along with Government, Agriculture and Tourism officials.
Friday, April 26th
Meeting: 8am to 1:00pm
Panel Presentations and Workshop: 1:00 to 2:30
Similkameen Farm and Culture Tour
- Transportation pick up: 2:30 to return at 5:30pm
Saturday April 27th
Meeting: 8am to 1:00pm
Panel Presentations and Workshop: 1:00pm to 2:30
Artisan Market of Taste & Wine Garden: 1:00pm to 5pm
- Market of Taste is outdoors along the route to the Wine Garden
Vancouver Aquarium: 1:00pm to 5pm
- Vancouver Aquarium AquaVan, the living sea, youth programs and tastings all at Watermark Beach Resorts Hotel
Sunday April 28th
Meeting: 8:00am to 1:00pm
Covert Farms tour and tasting 1:30 to 5:00pm
- Includes drop of at the Kelowna International Airport for 5pm
What to bring:
Your wonderful self, your ideas, your energy. Also:
- boots for the farm tours
- bathing suit for the lake, the pool and the hot tub
- wind breaker or rain jacket: we will be outside on farms and thought the average temperature in April is 18 degrees (with a low of 10 degrees over night), it could be 25 degrees, as well, so bring layers.
Be sure your suitcase is big enough to take home artisan products from the market or other collectables!
Market of Taste:
This is like Salone Del Gusto, or a farmers market. It is outdoors and will be along the front of the Watermark Beach Resort Conference Centre on Main Street.
If you are bringing products for the market of taste, or to profile during the meeting, you will need to ensure we are informed; the tables at the Market have a fee of $20.00 each. There is a list of information required to register a booth and we recommend sharing one so you can go around and taste as well as sell! Please request to be connected with our Market of Taste organizer on your registration form; we will follow up with you personally.
This will be in the conference center and will provide a convivial tasting of many of the local and regional wines, craft beers, liquors and similar products.
We look forward to seeing you in April! We are selling the Slow Fish Dinner and the Taste of the Thompson Okanagan Dinner to the public in a effort to raise funds for Slow Food Canada, and our new convivium. It is important we have your registration and payment as early as possible so we can accommodate Slow Food members across Canada prior to the public. There is enormous regional interest for the events and workshops so register early to ensure transportation and accommodation are taken care of as well as the additional experiences you might like to participate in.
We look forward to sharing stories, laughs, commitments to good, clean, fair food and ideas for growing our amazing network of Slow Foodies across Canada.
Ingrid Jarrett, President Slow Food Thompson Okanagan