2012 7th Annual Organic Okanagan Festival

Sunday September 23, 2012

11:00 am - 5:00 pm at Summerhill Pyramid Winery, 4870 Chute Lake Road, Kelowna

2012 Attendee Information

General admission is $7 at the door plus a food donation for the Kelowna Community Food Bank - help us raise 2000 lbs. of food in one day! Students & seniors $5 at the door. Children under 12, FREE admission!

Bike riders $3 admission *Cyclists please enjoy the free bike valet service courtesy of the Kelowna Cycling Coalition at the lower Summerhill parking lot. Entrance to this area is off of Lakeshore Road; make a right turn onto Lakeshore, off of Chute Lake Road and less than 1 km down the road you will see the marked entrance.

With $7 admission OOF attendees can enjoy all the entertainment including: lots of live music, the COABC Apple Panel - NO GMO, the FortisBC kids zone,  children's entertainment and the entire marketplace with over 50 green living exhibitors. Enjoy, sample, shop and learn with Activist Alley, the Green Living Expo, a Certified Organic Farmer's Market and much more!

Parking for the OOF is managed by the Commissionaires on site at Summerhill Winery - please remember to carpool if possible and parking is first come first serve.

We will be running a shuttle service again. Thanks to Freddy's Wine Tours and the Mission Community Hall we are running an overflow Parking & Shuttle Service from the Mission Community Hall at 4409 Lakeshore Rd, up to Summerhill Winery and back down! An on demand free shuttle for the Organic Okanagan Festival from 11:30 am - 5:00 pm. Freddy's van seats 20, so first come, first shuttled! Entrance to this lot is off of Dehart.

The theme for the 2012 Organic Okanagan Festival is “Love the Apple – NO GMO”. A small BC company called Okanagan Specialty Fruits has submitted a request to Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for approval of a genetically modified (GM) “non-browning” apple. Contamination from GM apples threatens the future of our apples, and the farmers who grow them.  The OOF vision of celebrating organic apples includes live organic apple juicing with the Mobile Juice Factory and Old Meadows Farm, Summerhill's Chef Jesse inspired apple creations, an apple panel, apple art and much more!



11:00 AM – Hon. Norm Letnick, B.C. Minister of Agriculture and Kelowna-Lake Country MLA.
Hon. Norm Letnick will open the festival with a proclamation to the Certified Organic Associations of BC recognizing Sept. 22-29, 2012 as “Organic Week in British Columbia”.

11:45 AM & 3:45 PM – Priscilla Judd
Priscilla Judd is a professional piano tuner but after an industrial orchard moved in next door, she became an activist songwriter. Priscilla now lives in an organic forest and she still tunes pianos.

12:00 PM – Kiki the Eco Elf
Kiki the Eco Elf is a magical Children's Entertainer from Vernon, British Columbia.  She is an avid fan of the planet earth and is dedicated to teaching children about how to protect this amazing planet through engaging story-telling, interactive songs, and entertaining clowning/face painting.

2:00 PM - 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.

2:45 PM - Ari Neufeld
Ari Neufeld creates in the moment. Music is the strongest, most electric and far-reaching personifications of this ideal, in the consumable, public forum. So there is singing and instrument playing happening over the poetry, but – deeper – there is a celebration in the performer/audience relationship. Ari keeps up with his voice and guitar by playing drums with his legs through an amplified wooden box-half he found in his grandfather’s toolshed. His growth as an artist has been a journey of world-traveling and an array of honest experience, yielding an ever-flourishing deepening to the rendering, and a highly entertaining approach to folk music. Prepare to be disarmed!

4:00 PM – Urban Birds
The Urban Birds entertain with 3 piece fusion funk jazz ensembles. A very fun experience for all!


1:00 PM - COABC presents:  The Apple Panel Discussion – NO GMO!
Join Okanagan orchardists and scientists as we host a panel discussion about the numerous threats posed by Okanagan Speciality Fruit’s CFIA application for the GMO non-browning apple.  Come listen, learn and leave empowered with real information & action about the NO-GMO apple campaign!


ALL DAY – Open Drumming Sessions & Wild Crafting Displays. No alcohol please.


3:00 PM – Biodynamic Demeter Status at Summerhill - Tour Summerhill Gardens with Gabe Cipes
On our 45 minute tour we will be exploring indigenous earth building, companion cropping, forest gardening, biodynamic composting, growing food for the Sunset Bistro and wild crafting.


11:30 AM, 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM – The Yoga Sessions.
Enjoy a 30 minute yoga session with Lucas, an Anusara-inspired yoga instructor based out of the North Okanagan, BC. His teaching is fuelled by the simplicity and potency of waking to ordinary life as it is here and now.


Click here for the 2012 Organic Okanagan Festival Map.

Click here for directions to Summerhill Pyramid Winery.

2012 Exhibitor Information

2012 Volunteer Information

To learn more about volunteering at the 2012 OOF please click here: Volunteer email and we will send you all the info!