GOODS | Chef Lee Humphries Crowned King At The ‘Similkameen BBQ King’ Competition

The Similkameen Wineries Association is headquartered in Keremeos, BC | 250.488.0878 |

The Similkameen Wineries Association is headquartered in Keremeos, BC | 250.488.0878 |

The GOODS from the Similkameen Wineries Association

Keremeos, BC | Saturday marked the night of the 5th hosted by the Similkameen Wineries Association at the historic Grist Mill & Gardens in Keremeos. Chef Lee Humphries from Local in Summerland was crowned the 2014 Similkameen BBQ King after winning “Best Wine and Food Pairing” of the night with Cawston’s Seven Stones Winery. It was a double victory for Local and Seven Stones Winery as they received both the media’s choice award and the people’s choice award for “Best Wine and Food Pairing” of the night.

Chef Lee’s winning dish was cherry BBQ pulled pork tacos with sorrel chimichurri, marinated shaved carrots, pickled zucchini, pork sausage, piggy puffs and cherry hot sauce. The pork was marinated overnight with Seven Stones Pinot Noir, which was also the paired wine. Chef Lee was assisted by Chef Damien Mischkinis.

Chef Lee, who spent two days preparing, marinating and then slow cooking the pork on the grill said, “All in all, it was a very long, hot, rewarding day surrounded by amazing talent, exceptional wine and great people.” George Hanson, owner and winemaker at Seven Stones Winery was equally thrilled, “It was such an honour to be partnered with Chef Lee and the team from Local. Their dish paired perfectly with our Pinot Noir!” Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | “Quails’ Gate” On Hunt For Cooks To Join Pastry Chef’s Team

Quail’s Gate is located at 3303 Boucherie Rd in West Kelowna | 250.769.4451 & 1.800.420.9463 |

The GOODS from Quail’s Gate Winery

West Kelowna, BC | We are seeking experienced, energetic and passionate individuals to join our Pastry Chef as member of our culinary brigade. Available positions range from: Assistant Pastry Chef to Pastry Cook. Successful candidates will assist in executing all aspects of pastry preparation and assist in the development and implementation of the seasonal dessert menus and features. Day and night line positions are available

Applicants should have at least 1-2 years’ experience in a similar position along with the Food Safe Level 1 Certificate. The successful candidate will have a positive attitude, be capable of working in high pressure situations with the ability to multi task and must be creative and passionate about the culinary arts. Wine and food pairing knowledge is an asset. Previous service experience is an asset.

If you are ready for this adventure and have the skill required to succeed, please submit your resume with cover letter to: Human Resources, employment [at] Learn more about Quails’ Gate after the jump… Read more

HOODS | Kelowna’s Best Food, Chinatown’s Best Drinks, Victoria’s Best Coffee, & More


You, Scout reader, have good taste. We’ve always known this, but we don’t often take advantage of it. This new feature changes that. From here on in, we want your help in refining our HOODS MAP so that we can keep steering locals and visitors alike to the best of our place in the world. There are five different geo-specific questions that we need answers to this month. We’ve done the initial curatorial leg-work of narrowing down the options to a shortlist, but we need you to finish the job.


Which East Side brewery has the best tasting room? Is it Brassneck, Bomber, Powell Street, 33 Acres, Parallel 49, or Main Street Beer?

VOTE for your pick (and view results) on our EAST VAN or MAIN STREET pages.


What’s the best restaurant in Kelowna? Is it RauDZ, Waterfront Wine Bar, The Terrace at Mission Hill, Bouchon’s Bistro, Old Vines at Quails’ Gate, or Sunset Organic Bistro?

VOTE for your pick (and view results) on our OKANAGAN page.


What’s the most emblematic fixture of Kitsilano? Is it the Planetarium, Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe, Bishop’s, Zulu Records, Jackson’s Meat, or Kits Pool?

VOTE for your pick (and view results)  on our KITSILANO or WEST SIDE pages.


What’s the best place for a properly made cocktail in Chinatown? Is it The Emerald, Bao Bei, The Parker, The Keefer Bar, The Union, or Mamie Taylor’s?

VOTE for your pick (and view results)  on our CHINATOWN or DTES pages.


Which cafe serves the best coffee experience in Victoria? Is it Habit, Bean Around The World, Cornerstone Cafe, Discovery Coffee, 2 Percent Jazz, or the Parsonage Cafe?

VOTE for your pick (and view results) on our ISLANDS page.

GOODS | Music Direction’s July Playlist For Prohibition Brewing Co.’s New Tasting Room

Scout Series ~ Prohibition Brewing ~ from Music Direction on 8tracks Radio.

The GOODS from Music Direction

Vancouver, BC | Music Direction’s playlist for July highlights Kelowna-based Prohibition Brewing Company. The folks from Prohibition recently opened a beautiful Tasting Room on Hamilton Street in Yaletown. Bringing you back to a time when ordering a beer was worth the risk. They commissioned Vancouver artist Rory Doyle to hand-render all their beer labels and logos. Their music program will make you want to get comfy, stay a while and share a beer with the likes of Jack White, Afie Jurvanen and The Rolling Stones. Full tracklist after the jump… Read more

GOODS | Naramata’s “JoieFarm” Wins Gold And Silver At Decanter World Wine Awards

JoieFarm is located in beautiful Naramata, BC | 250-462-1980 | |

JoieFarm is located in beautiful Naramata, BC | 250-462-1980 | |

The GOODS from JoieFarm

Vancouver, BC | We are proud to announce that the 2012 JoieFarm “En Famille” Reserve Pinot Noir (to be released in September, 2015) has won gold and the 2012 Pinot Noir (to be released in September 2014) has won silver at the UK’s Decanter World Wine Awards. This is a tremendous achievement in what is generally regarded as the world’s largest and toughest wine competition. This year, 228 wine experts from around the world, including 66 Masters of Wine and 18 Master Sommeliers, gathered in London in April to taste 15,007 wine entries from around the globe to which they awarded a mere 454 gold medals. Our results can be found below and the complete results of the competition may be found here. Read more

GOODS | Celebrated “Tacofino” Food Truck Now Rolling In Kelowna Seven Days A Week

Tacofino Commissary is located at 2327 East Hastings in the heart of Hastings-Sunrise | 778-870-6436 |

Tacofino operates 4 food trucks across BC and a restaurant in Hastings-Sunrise | 778-870-6436 |

The GOODS from Tacofino

Vancouver, BC | Tacofino is expanding to the Okanagan! We are proud to introduce the popular Orange Truck to City Park in Kelowna. The truck will offer a variety of tacos, including the famous Baja style fish taco; tuna ta-taco, with seared Albacore Tuna, wasabi mayonnaise, wakame salad, and pickled ginger; the admired Chocolate Diablo cookie, and lime-mint freshies. Tacofino currently operates food trucks in Tofino, Victoria and Vancouver and has been featured on Food Network’s “Eat Street”. We were also declared “Best Food Cart” winner of Vancouver Magazine’s 24th Annual Restaurant Awards. The Orange Truck will be open seven days a week, from 11am to 8pm (or until food runs out) at City Park, near the Children’s Water Park. Read more

GOODS | “Blue Mountain” Releases Two New White Wines Just In Time For Summer

Blue Mountain | 2385 Allendale Rd. | Okanagan Falls, BC | 250-497-8244 |

Blue Mountain | 2385 Allendale Rd. | Okanagan Falls, BC | 250-497-8244 |

The GOODS from Blue Mountain

Okanagan Falls, BC | We are pleased to announce that we are now 100% through bloom and looking forward to seeing the berries begin to form and grow. And with summer solstice behind us, it is now time to release the first of our 2013 white wines: the Pinot Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc. The former displays complex flavours of stone fruit, white peach, and apricots with a touch of honeysuckle. A full mouth feel with peach flavours leads into a long finish. The latter displays complex flavours of citrus, boxwood and lemon/grapefruit, on the nose and palate. A full mouth feel with a lemon/grapefruit flavour leads into a rich long, finish. The structure of both wines will allow them to age beautifully for 3-5 years. Learn more about the winery after the jump… Read more

GOODS | “Le Vieux Pin” Releases Vaïla Rosé & Syrah Cuvée Violette In Time For Summer

Le Vieux Pin is located at 34070-73th Street outside Oliver, BC in the Okanagan Valley | 250-498-8388 |

Le Vieux Pin is located at 34070-73th St. outside Oliver in the Okanagan Valley | 250-498-8388 |

THE GOODS FROM Le Vieux Pin & Lastella

Oliver, BC | Le Vieux Pin Winery has released two very special wines – the 2013 Vaïla Rosé and 2012 Syrah Cuvée Violette - just in time for summer. The Vaila Rosé is a delicate wine perfect for summer sipping.Winemaker Severine Pinte used the Burgundian method of Saigneé (meaning to bleed) from free run juice of Pinot Noir grapes sourced from vineyards on Black Sage Bench and the Golden Mile. Just 505 cases of it were produced. The Syrah Cuvée Violette was sourced from three vineyards – Crowley, Dead Man, Le Grand Pin – for a total of 616 cases. This noble varietal was aged 14 months in French oak. With bright acidity and a round structure to the body, it is a floral-noted, fruit forward red that is silky and smooth on the palate. Enjoy it now or save it in your cellar for 5-7 years. Either way, it will surely be fantastic. Read more

GOODS | Top Okanagan Chefs Gather For Similkameen BBQ King Competition July 12

The GOODS from the Similkameen Wineries Association

Keremeos, BC | Ladies and gentlemen, start your grills! The Similkameen is about to name a new Similkameen BBQ King! The annual Similkameen BBQ King event will be held on Saturday, July 12th 9pm at the historic Grist Mill & Gardens in Keremeos. This truly unique Similkameen wine and food experience is a competition where 9 featured chefs compete for the coveted title of Similkameen BBQ King or Queen.

This event is a competition where 9 competing chefs will create unique dishes for guests using organic ingredients from local farmers in the heart of Canada’s organic capital. Attendees at the event will go from station to station enjoying the foods prepared by each chef, along with Similkameen wines specifically paired to go with each dish, and then all attendees get the opportunity to cast their vote for the best wine and food pairing.

George Hanson, President of the Similkameen Wineries Association explained, “We are so excited for our upcoming Similkameen BBQ King event which is our annual, signature event. It is held at the gorgeous Grist Mill and Gardens in Keremeos. It is an extraordinary evening and a very special Similkameen experience!”

The first hour of the event, from 5-6pm, will feature wine tastings from our Similkameen wineries and some delicious appetizers from local chefs including Benja Thai, Branding Iron and Tree to Me. And then the competition begins at 6pm!

The 9 competing chefs are:

• Chris Boehm from Burger 55
• Jason Hartl from the Delta Grand Okanagan
• Natasha Schooten from the Grist Mill
• Brent Pillon from Hillside Winery & Bistro
• Lee Humphries from Local Lounge & Grille
• Jeff Van Geest from Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek
• Shayna Merritt from Shayna & Shulman Culinary Adventures
• Justin Paakkunainen from Walnut Beach Resort
• Adair Scott from Watermark Beach Resort

In addition to the amazing food and wine at this event, there will also be live entertainment by Ajna featuring home-town favourite, saxophonist and music educator Jonnie Bridgman who is returning to the Okanagan/Similkameen for his second annual summer tour with the Ajna Jazz Trio. Jonnie is really looking forward to performing in his hometown of Keremeos at the Similkameen BBQ King. Ajna is a creative, modern collective of accomplished jazz musicians. They deliver a no-limits performance of innovative original jazz and unique interpretations of classic standards. They will be joined by a special guest vocalist, Corrine Painter, to keep you singing and swinging all night long.

There will also be a silent auction that is a partial fundraiser for the Grist Mill, which is a Heritage BC site. Hanson expanded, “We are starting to get in some absolutely amazing prizes for our silent auction, many of which are unique wine and food experiences themed around the competing chefs and our member wineries.” Hanson continued, “This award-winning event sold out last year and we had to turn people away at the door. Read more

GOODS | Naramata Tailgate Party To Screen “My American Cousin” On September 13th


The NBWA has created a unique culture presenting their wines and region with enthusiasm in fun, accessible ways

The GOODS from the Naramata Bench Wineries Association

Naramata, BC | The 24 member wineries of the Naramata Bench Wineries Association are circling their trucks on September 13 for the Okanagan’s wine party of the season, and the wine and food event for wine enthusiasts to plan an Okanagan Fall weekend around. The event will take place at Poplar Grove Winery from 6:30pm to 9pm.

Attendees will enjoy wines from 24 renowned wineries, local cuisine, live 50′s music and a celebration of the making of the Naramata film “My American Cousin,” which was shot in September 1984 by Writer/Director Sandy Wilson, who was born and raised in Naramata. Sandy and some of the original cast and crew will be at the party. We will revisit the summer of 1959 in Naramata, the setting for the film, so dare to wear a 1950′s outfit as there will be prizes for the best and most authentic ones!

Seven talented Chefs from Naramata Bench restaurants will be creating a fabulous menu of gourmet offerings featuring a wide selection of Ocean Wise seafood supplied through Codfathers Seafood Market and game meats supplied by North Okanagan Game Meats.

The 24 Naramata Bench Wineries Association members pouring are: Kettle Valley Winery, Therapy Vineyards, Serendipity Winery, Van Westen Vineyards, Elephant Island Orchard Wines, Lake Breeze Vineyards, Lang Vineyards, Terravista Vineyards, Moraine Estate Winery, Bench 1775 Winery, Black Widow Winery, Laughing Stock Vineyards, 3 Mile Estate Winery, Howling Bluff Estate Winery, Hillside Winery & Bistro, D’Angelo Estate Winery, Red Rooster Winery, La Frenz Winery, Poplar Grove Winery, Monster Vineyards, Perseus Winery, Misconduct Wine Co., Deep Roots Winery and Upper Bench Estate Winery.

The Naramata Bench Restaurants are: The Bench Market, The Vanilla Pod, The Kitchen, The Pecking Room, Hillside Bistro, Lake Breeze Patio, and the Naramata Heritage Inn. Read more

GOODS | Summerland’s Okanagan Crush Pad Thrilled With The Arrival Of “Baby Bub”

Okanagan Crush Pad is located at 16576 Fosbery Road in Summerland, BC | 250-494-4445 |

Okanagan Crush Pad is located at 16576 Fosbery Rd. in Summerland | 250-494-4445 |

The GOODS from Okanagan Crush Pad

Summerland, BC | The team at Okanagan Crush Pad is thrilled to announce the arrival of Baby Bub. On June 20, 2014 at 5:30pm 3,600 – 375 ml bottles, weighing 3,240 Kg, were bottled at the winery, just in time to enjoy summer. Baby Bub was crafted by Jordan Kubek, Okanagan Crush Pad’s cellar assistant with direction from chief winemaker Michael Bartier. “The Baby Bub is tasting fresh, fruity and fabulous”, noted Jordan, “and I am very happy with the results. We stayed consistent with the 2012 Pink Bub giving Baby Bub six grams of residual sugar. I love the texture as it has quite a bit of yeasty fullness. Although it is a new born, the bubbles are quite fine and you can see the direction the wine will take as it ages.”

The wine was made in the classic style using Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes with secondary fermentation occurring in the bottle. It was hand riddled and warm disgorged with a red wine dosage being added at final bottling. Like its bigger siblings, Baby Bub is closed with a crown cap ensuring that cork taint does not interfere with the wine.

This tiny bottle is a young, bright shade of pale rose and is packed full of raspberry, strawberry patch and lime zest character. Its singularly distinctive taste is gun flint which lends a smokey, stoney edge to the wine and keeps it in balance with its more berry salad side. Read more

GOODS | Laughing Stock’s 2011 “Portfolio” And Syrah Win Awards At Home And Abroad

Laughing Stock Vineyards is located at 1548 Naramata Rd. in Penticton, BC | 250-493-8466 |

Laughing Stock Vineyards is located at 1548 Naramata Rd in Penticton, BC | 250-493-8466 |

GOODS from Laughing Stock Vineyards

Naramata, BC | Our flagship wine, Portfolio 2011, was awarded the very prestigious Lieutenant Governor’s Award of Excellence in BC Wine 2014. Of the 436 wines entered by 119 wineries, only 12 wines are honoured with this award as determined by a blind tasting panel of esteemed and qualified judges.

Laughing Stock has won 3 times in the past 4 years, previously for Pinot Gris 2010 and Syrah 2010, but this is the first time that Portfolio has received this accolade. Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon will be visiting the winery in late July to present the award in person to David & Cynthia Enns. This award is well timed to launch the upcoming celebration of the 10th vintage release of Portfolio in October 2014.

Laughing Stock’s other big red, Syrah 2011, was also triumphant this week on a world scale, being awarded a highly coveted Regional Trophy at the Decanter World Wine Awards for Best Canadian Red in London, England. Regional trophies are only awarded to the top rated medal winner from that region and thus it is a huge accomplishment to be recognized in the world’s largest and most influential wine competition. 2014 saw another record-breaking year of entries, with over 15,000 wines entered into the competition from 46 countries.

Grown at our estate vineyard, “The Perfect Hedge” in Osoyoos, BC, Syrah has been winning regular top award honours including Lt. Governor Award in 2012 and GOLD at National Wine Awards in 2013. Unfortunately we have limited supply of Portfolio 2011 and are pretty much sold out at the winery for the Syrah 2011, but have held back a few cases for orders until July 1st (2 bottle maximum order limit). Read more

GOODS | International Sculpture Exhibition At “Mission Hill Family Estate” This Summer

Mission Hill is located at 1730 West Bank Rd in West Kelowna, BC | 250-768-7611 |

Mission Hill is located at 1730 West Bank Rd in West Kelowna, BC | 250-768-7611 |

The GOODS from Mission Hill Family Estate

West Kelowna, BC | Iceland is a land of intrigue and discovery, where rugged landscapes and the beauty of nature co-exist to create a rich and vibrant culture. The ‘land of fire and ice’ comes alive at Mission Hill Family Estate with ‘Encounters with Iceland’, a major sculpture exhibition devoted to the works of acclaimed Icelandic artist Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir.

Inspired by Iceland itself, the new interpretive exhibition featuring more than 40 large-scale sculptures is the largest exhibition of the artist’s works ever in North America. ‘Encounters with Iceland’ is open to the public from June 22nd to October 2014.

The exhibition at Mission Hill Family Estate features the artist’s dynamic sculptures on display throughout the winery grounds as well as in interior spaces, including the winery’s spectacular underground barrel cellar. Read more

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