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A little while ago I posted about Eat Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Awards. The awards are separated to three categories; Vancouver, Victoria Island and the Okanagan. There were many awards given out, such as best place for lunch, best bartender, best restaurant, best food truck etc. There was even a category for best local food blogger and tweeter and guess what….. VineVie.com won for best in the Okanagan! I can’t believe it! My little food blog actually won a top award! Thank you so much to everyone who reads my blog! I love sharing my passion for food and writing and it’s such an honour to be recognized for that, it’s craziness really! A massive thank you to everyone that took the time to vote!

Here’s the link to see other awards winners throughout BC.

www.eatmagazine.ca

I’ll share a few of the Okanagan winner’s list here for you:

Restaurant of the Year: Local Lounge & Grill, Summerland

Best Place for Lunch:The Bench Market, Penticton

Best Restaurant Cooking Local: RauDz Regional Table, Kelowna

Best Meal Under $10 – Mad Mango Cafe, Kelowna

Best Burger – Burger 55, Penticton

Best Healthy Meal – Poppadums, Kelowna

Best Food Truck – Jefferz’s Fryz, Penticton

Top Chef – *tie* Robert Cordonier(Hillside Bistro- Naramata Bench) and Paul Cecconi (Local Lounge-Summerland)

Best Barista – Good Omens, Summerland

Best  Wine – Sumac Ridge Estate Winery, Summerland

Best Fruit Wine – Elephant Island, Naramata Bench

Best Beverage – Poplar Grove Cab Franc, Penticton

Best Cooking Classes – Mission Hill Culinary Workshops, West Kelowna

Best New Addition to the Scene – Okanagan Food Truck, based out of Kelowna

Congratulations to all the winners and the runners up and don’t forget to check out the list of all the winners.

I think I’ll celebrate tonight with a little glass of Okanagan wine. Cheers!

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Have you tried Okanagan Wineland Dressing? This handcrafted dressing will absolutely rock your salads world. Created by Executive Chef Peter Young with the help of his wife Valenica. Peter was inspired to bottle his goods while working at the Barrel Bistro at Hillside Estate Winery in Penticton, BC. Restaurants guests were constantly asking to purchase the delicious dressing after trying it at the bistro. With that Okanagan Vineland Dressing was born and Peter began first bottling his Roast Garlic Balsamic Vinaigrette, which just so happened to be the first bottle I had ever purchased as well. I was first introduced to these tasty dressings at Eat! Fraser Valley expo a couple of years ago. I couldn’t get over how fresh and flavourful each dressing tasted. These dressings are definitely a step above the rest. All three of the dressings are delightful my favourite two being the Cilantro & Lime Vinaigrette & the aforementioned Roast Garlic Balsamic Vinaigrette. There’s also a Raspberry & Black Pepper Vinaigrette which is lovely for summer eating. The dressings are excellent on salads of course but also can be used as a marinade, a dip with bread, for bbq grilling or whatever you heart desires. The bottles are sold in a 3 bottle gift pack for $20 or individually for around $7. Okanagan Vineland Dressing is available for purchase at various local farmers markets and through out the fine stores in Britsh Columbia. To name a few places to find the dressings, The Bench Market & Marketplace IGA in Penticton, Willowbrook Lane in Summerland, Okanagan Tree Fruits Co-Op in Kelowna, Meinhardts & Whole Foods in Vancouver, Continental Kitchen in Victoria and even as far away at MystiK Design Studio in Whithorse, Yukon. For a full list of where to buy Okanagan Vineland Dressings you can visit the website at http://www.wineland.ca
I’m certain these dressing will have your dinner guests asking for a bottle to take home as well.

The Summerland Fall Fair is an annual tradition that has been going strong for over 100 years. This year was the 101 anniversary of the Fall Fair and I was so happy to be in town during this event. It’s a cornucopia of  Summerland harvests. There’s fruit and vegetable growing competitions, baking and jam contests, entertainment and lots of local crafts and food to check out. I’ve been going to the fair for years and have even entered a few things into the fair in years past. It’s kitschy small town charm never ceases to fill me with wonder. This year I spent the day at the Fall Fair with my father. I rode there in the side car of his motorcycle and he even paid for my admission; I felt like a kid again.

We laughed at the wall of farming riddles and I even ground up my own whole wheat flour in the Fall Fair wood shop like I used to do when I was a child.

My dad says that I barely ground up enough to make a pancake though, haha.

We admired the prettiest flowers grown in Summerland.

And checked out the beautiful bounty of Summerland farmers fruit and vegetable harvests.

There were plenty of beauty as well as some fruit and veggie oddities and funny baking competitions like this spaghetti pizza cookie.

Which I totally think should have won the competition purely for aesthetic reasons. Those are cherry meatballs!

There was a lot more to check out including a quilting competition, local food vendors and a car show on main street but since this is mainly a food blog I will keep it at that. I finished the weekend by watching my parents hockey billets play their first exhibition game with the Summerland Steam (we won!) and was on my way back to the coast with my boyfriend for a rainy work week. Until next time Summerland… now to see what culinary adventures I get into this week, planning to make some autumn soup!