There's an earlybird discount for those who register now (until March 15) for the 5th annual Okanagan Food & Wine Writers' Workshop, in beautiful Kelowna, BC. The workshop takes place durring Spring Wine Festival and is open to writers of all levels. No prior writing experience necessary, just come prepared to share, learn, eat and drink.
Where, oh where, did 2013 go? I feel better when I add it all up in a yearly recap:
Regional Planning Speakers Series, Edmonton - invited lecturer (February 2013)
Seedy Sunday, Edmonton, Alberta - presenter (February 2013)
Literally Placemaking: Centre for Civic Governance Forum, Saskatoon, SK - invited speaker (April 2013)
Lawrence University, Appleton, WI - invited lecturer (April 2013)
Consumption columnist for Eighteen Bridges
- Espresso 2.0 (Spring 2013)
- It's Back. Bacon. (Fall 2013)
Avenue Edmonton: Bowled Over (March 2013)
Techlife: Brad Smoliak (Spring 2013)
City Palate: A Mexican Wine Adventure (May / June 2013)
Canadian Geographic: Return of the Sockeye Salmon (July/August 2013)
Techlife: Why Chris Cosentino and Edmonton Chefs Are Embracing Offal (Fall 2013)
Western Living: Okanagan Dinner: Nights at the Long Table (September 2013)
enRoute: Kelowna Masala (November 2013)
Writing for Magazines and Journals, University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension (January through March, 2013)
Conferences and Gatherings
Okanagan Food & Wine Writers' Workshop, Kelowna, BC (April) - founder and organizer - I ran around a lot (and ate and drank and had fun)
International Wine Bloggers Conference 2013, Penticton, BC (June) - attendee: I ate and drank a lot!
Slow Food Canada National Conference, Osoyoos, BC (April) - attendee: I ate and drank a lot!
Slow Food Thompson-Okanagan - Website coming soon!
Happy New Year everyone. All the best in 2014!
In Canada, the Air Canada enRoute magazine's November issue is a big deal for people who love food, drink and restaurant culture.
First off is the Canada's Best New Restaurants feature, where dozens of panelists from across the country recommend their city's best new spots. Then a metabolically gifted food writer - this year it was Andrew Braithwaite - eats his way around the country and pronounces Canada's Best (10) New Restaurants. The side bar to this feature also details some "hot" and "not" trends noticed along the way.
My article on the interesting East Indian-influenced food and wine scene in Kelowna, British Columbia, is also in this issue. Here's a direct link to Kelowna Masala.
I apologize in advance. I have a constant loop of "I grew these tomatoes. They taste incredible. Look how the salsa flows. From my garden down the road." in my head, and soon, you will too.
Take a look at this great video of what some teens grew this summer in the City Green summer program to promote healthy eating in urban areas. And great job on the chorus, you crazy kids.
In March 2013, I was an invited speaker at the Alberta Institute of Agrologists' Annual Conference. It took place at the gloriously beautiful Banff Centre, in Banff, Alberta. Here's the video of my slideshow presentation. Other presentations from this conference are viewable at the Alberta Land-use Knowledge Network's website.