2015 - 10th Annual Organic Okanagan Festival

BEE oRGANIC!

Sunday September 27, 2015

11:00 am – 4:00 pm

SUMMERHILL PYRAMID WINERY

4870 CHUTE LAKE RD, KELOWNA

On Sunday September 27, 2015 we will celebrate the 10th Anniversary Organic Okanagan Festival at Summerhill Pyramid Winery! The theme Bee Organic will celebrate bees & honey and the vital role pollinators play in keeping our ecosystems healthy and supporting agriculture!

Once again the OOF will highlight National Organic Week in Canada; showcasing  local organic farmers and organic food production. Think Before You Eat - Think Canada Organic!

Every year we produce the most comprehensive, approachable and enjoyable green living exposition in the Okanagan Valley. On festival day attendees can sample & shop for organic food and wine at Summerhill Pyramid Winery, in the Certified Organic Farmer’s Market and Green Living Marketplace, enjoy live local music, children’s entertainment and be inspired with Activist Alley too. Enjoy Summerhill's entire property and mission with organic wine tasting & tours, dining in the organic bistro, bio dynamic garden tours, drumming in the Makwala Kekuli and more!

General admission is $10 at the door.

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Students & seniors $8 at the door.

Cyclists & pedestrians $8 at the door. *Bike valet provided at lower admission area.

Children under 12, FREE admission.

Please bring a food donation for the Kelowna Community Food Bank.

With general admission OOF attendees can Enjoy, Sample, Shop and Learn with Activist Alley, our Certified Organic Farmer's Market, the Green Living Marketplace, delectable Summerhill Pyramid Winery Certified Organic Food Court, Live Music and much more!

2015 ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE

TIME LOCATION PRESENTERS
11:00 AM LAWN TENT - SPEAKER The Honourable Norm Letnick - Festival Opening by Kelowna Lake Country MLA and BC’s Minister of Agriculture 
11:30 AM LAWN TENT - MUSIC  Rainbow Rhythms - Our style is eclectic world music and our objective is to spread light and happiness.
12:00 PM LAWN TENT - SPEAKER Tirso Gonzales - Tirso is a Peruvian Aymara activist and scholar. He holds a Ph.D. in Rural Sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Tirso is Assistant Professor in Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan, Canada. His scholarly work includes indigenous autonomy, epistemologies, community based participatory research, indigenous education, indigenous self-determined development, indigenous biodiversity, traditional medicinal plants and healing, food sufficiency and climate change.
12:30 PM LAWN TENT - MUSIC  Niki Martinus - Niki is gaining momentum in the Okanagan music scene, emerging with her heartfelt original and cover songs.
1:00 PM PYRAMID - KEYNOTE SPEAKER Vic MacDonald - Victor is a leading authority on honeybees, especially the African bees.
As a lecturer in Bio Chemistry in South Africa, England and Canada his passion for the well being of bees and beekeeping always came to the fore, which in turn led to the establishment of strong beekeeping communities and associations in each of these countries.
In Canada he is especially proud of the VICTORIAN QUEEN BEE that he bred from  the gene pool available in Victoria on Vancouver Island. The BBC (Backyard Beekeepers Club) is also one of his many projects in the Okanagan and has a membership of over 450 active beekeepers, Beesincorporated.com “Working with bees is therapeutic, provided we let Nature take its course”
1:30 PM LAWN TENT - MUSIC  Lowell Friesen - folk-roots Americana with a Canadian twist, foot-stompin banjo tunes and heart-felt understated acoustic riffs, songs sung with a tongue in cheek sense of humor and an introspective lyrical flair 
2:00 PM LAWN TENT - MUSIC  The Raging Grannies - Raging Grannies are caring older women who use song to protest and raise awareness of the issues of Peace, the environment and social justice. Satirical and serious, they are politically conscious but non-partisan. 
2:30 PM LAWN TENT - MUSIC  Tiger Moon is a Folk trio with a huge sound, boasting raucous ragtime, road songs and soulful folk with guitars, a mandolin, three pairs of stompin' boots and three big voices. They draw sounds from soul, ragtime, traditional folk, reggae and rock & roll, combining it all into a unique sound that has found it's home nestled inside BC's interior.
3:00 PM PYRAMID - PANEL DISCUSSION 

Organic Box & CSA Success Stories:                                                                                                

Lisa McIntosh and David Nelson started Urban Harvest in 2000 with the dual goal of creating meaningful self-employment while contributing to a more sustainable food system.  They have now been delivering organic produce and other goods to Central Okanagan homes for 15+ years (with the help of their amazing staff team!), and they continue to operate with a deeply integrated environmental and social conscience.                                                                                                          

Jordan Marr owns and runs a market garden at The Homestead Organic Farm in Peachland. He sells his produce to local restaurants, fruit stands, and at the Penticton Farmers' Market. He also operates a subscription-based home-delivery program, often called a CSA, for Peachland residents.                       

Jaye Coward and Mirielle Gourlay of Farm Bound Organics Ltd provide weekly organic boxes to customers in the North Okanagan, Northern BC and at UBCO.  They helped start the Monashee Community Co-op in Lumby as access to Organic food in their community was very limited.  They then took a permaculture design course together and were challenged to develop a business or idea that will be beneficial to the environment or the community.  They recognized a bridge that was needed to connect more people with organic food.                                                                                          

Thomas Tumbach is an innovative and hard-working entrepreneur from the Okanagan region, with a degree in Agriculture and Sustainable Land & Food Systems from UBC. Thomas has spent most of his life involved with farming, and started LocalMotive in 2005 to help develop local food distribution networks that connect organic farmers with consumers in the Interior regions of BC. He has a passion for producing high quality, fresh organic vegetables, and is well acquainted with the opportunities and limitations that face producers in the region.
Thomas believes that the current paradigm shift towards "knowing where our food comes from" ultimately stands to benefit our society as a whole… because as people spend more time growing, cooking and eating together, the more likely they are to be happy and healthy.  

3:30 PM LAWN TENT - MUSIC  Richie and the Poor Boys play a diverse mix of Jazz, Roots, and Blues. With a unique voice that stems from a love of live performance and improvisation, Richie keeps the audience soothed and intrigued. Slide Guitar, Cello, Drumkit, and Vocal Harmonies bring highly original sound to every different performance.
     
ALL DAY SUMMERHILL PYRAMID tours 12:30 2:30 4:30 6:30
ALL DAY Makwala Kekuli Drumming Circles, Wild Crafting
ALL DAY SUMMERHILL GARDENS Bio-dynamic gardening talk with Gabe Cipes & Jade Shaman

2015 EXHIBITOR INFORMATION

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