Canadian Thanksgiving is Just Around the Corner

I know we have been late/delayed in posting.

First my partner was ill and getting ready for the FOG (Festival of the Grape) in Oliver last weekend was time consuming.

The day before was cold and rainy but the festival day was glorious!!! Do I have any pictures of the events? The grape Stops? The other vendors? The music? The Attractions?

Unfortunately not. Our tent was in the back row and I was there by myself, so I did not get the chance to wander around or see the festivities.

However, the Oliver Chronicle has posted some great shots on their facebook page. Here are a couple.

 

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Representatives from the participating wineries lined the stage during the opening ceremonies of the 17th annual Festival of the Grape. This year’s edition included 46 Okanagan-Similkameen wineries.

The Portuguese Drummers lead the procession of wineries through the festival grounds during the opening ceremony.

The Portuguese Drummers lead the procession of wineries through the festival grounds during the opening ceremony.

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Teams of grape stompers filling their jugs!

Crowds gather at the Oliver Community Centre to watch the Grape Stomp during the 17th annual Festival of the Grape on October 6. The event attracted more than 3,000 people and was held in conjunction with the Oliver Arts Council’s annual Fall Art Show and Sale.

Crowds gather at the Oliver Community Centre to watch the Grape Stomp during the 17th annual Festival of the Grape on October 6. The event attracted more than 3,000 people and was held in conjunction with the Oliver Arts Council’s annual Fall Art Show and Sale.

Click here to go to the Oliver Chronicle website to read their article on FOG and their Facebook page to see the above pictures (and More). There is also a great video of the stomping!!!

I met a ton of great people and had a wonderful time.

Then it was my turn to get ill! At the Grand Forks Market on Tuesday, I could feel the cold virus taking over my body….the mega doses of vitamin C, the getting enough sleep and the echanisia were finally overcome and I was SICK!!!

I made Dave and the dogs a nice supper, enough to last 2-3 days and then

BOOM!!!!

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I turned into a zombie!

No canning, no pumpkin tart baking took place, just lots of sneezing, coughing and  sleeping.

Today-Friday, I missed going to the Grand Forks Market!!! It is the first we have missed (except when we were at the Hill’s Garlic Festival).

We did not want to miss today – after all, Thanksgiving is Monday and it is traditionally a great Market.

TOMORROW though, we will be trying out the Penticton Market.

Stay tuned for some pictures from that (if I can find my camera)

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Prepared by hand and cooked in small batches – our preserves are cooked slowly. There is an average of 1.5 pounds of fruit in every 8 oz jar. Not only can you taste the difference – you can see the difference. Beautiful natural color and unmatched textures – that can only be achieved by the patience and experience of the Confiseur (the maker). There is alchemy to what we do. Like fine wines, each season has it’s own specific style. We create preserves with exceptional taste. Capturing these flavors is the craft of our business. Beary Good Stuff is a collection of seasonal, sustainable, artisinally made preserves. The collection is made (in limited quantities) from local fruits using traditional cooking methods. We use the freshest ingredients we can get. The small batch production insures a taste and texture that is unmatched in the commercial market today. The collection includes preserved fruits & vegetables – marmalades, jams, fruit butters & salsas, pickles and gift collections that reflect the bounty of the season and spirit of feasting. Although not necessary yet, we have received a letter from the BC Heath Authority. We submitted a package detailing how and where we made our products, what each recipe contains and how we prepare it. This letter is displayed in our tent at the Farm Market. We have our BC MarketSafe and FoodSafe certifications.

Posted on October 11, 2013, in Unique and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Callie (a.k.a.) Trouble

    I am sorry to hear about your illness. Let Dave and and kitties take care of you. Sassy and Callie are turning out to be pretty good little nurse companions after my heart attack!

    Mom Brenda

  2. I hope you can chase away the cold-gremlins. Thanks for sharing this great photos with me. The Drummers look phenomenal!

  3. Oh no! We are so sorry to hear you are under the weather. Get lots of rest and we are sending purrs and prayers of healing to you!

    Thank you for sharing those FOG pictures. It looks like it was fun.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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