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Tourism Lake Country is Throwing a Party! Can You Make It? Friday, June 03.16!

May 2016

Tourism Businesses in Lake Country…..Welcome to the 2016 Season!!

Tourism Lake Country is proud to be to working on your behalf, and to call you Friends

in Tourism as well as Stakeholders of TLC.

Thank you to the District of Lake Country for awarding a 3 Year Contract to TLC which

will carry us strongly through 2016, 2017 & 2018!

Aligned with #TourismWeek in Canada….we’re throwing a Party!

Save the Date and Join Us in The Bowery at

Gatzke Orchards!

Friday, June 3rd at 530p

Attendance is Free

$10 and you will be savouring 2 slices of Gaia ~ The Pizza Ovens

Specialty & A SunTea

or Ice Water on the House

Beer Tickets are $5 each

Apple Juice at $1

Can you make it?

Please RSVP to tourismlakecountry@gmail.com

You are welcome to bring a guest ~ just let us know how many will be in your party.

Thank you!

Highlights in advance of the Event:

For the 2016 – 2018

Seasons, Tourism Lake Country offers the following:

* FREE racking for any ‘Tourism Related Business’ within the District of Lake Country.

We have provided the DLC definition for this category, at the end of this message.

* Racking appears at each of the 3 TLC Locations.

* Exposure through the Tourism Lake Country Website [Launch Date: 06.15.16]

* Crosspromotion

with Your strong partners in this Stakeholder group.

There’s more ~ we’re saving it for the [very short] speech part of Friday’s event!

If you have racking materials you would like to display through TLC, please respond

directly to this email, and/or bring them with you Saturday, June 04th.

PS: We’ve noticed that Rack Cards are taken by Guests far more often than business

cards.

Two additional notes:

Volunteers

To Volunteer at any of the locations, please let us know, by email.

We will be pleased to work with their schedules, and our own, to create an enriching

experience for all, including the lucky visitors who will meet them!

Not For Profit Businesses, in any Category, may also rack for FREE. Spreading the

word to your own networks, will help support our NFP partners.

Feel free to forward this email to others in your network, the more the merrier!

Thank you!

We work for you.

We thank you, for the work you do, seen and unseen, that drives this vital part of our

economy, and enriches our Community.

Wishing you every success for the 2016 Season, and beyond, and welcoming your

notes, on just how we can help you do that.

Alan Gatzke

President: Tourism Lake Country

TLC Mngmt Ltd.

Lake Country BC

tourismlakecountry@gmail.com

NOTE: DLC Definition of ‘TourismOriented

Businesses’ as Per Sign Policy No. 105:

“business established for the primary purpose of satisfying the needs of visitors from

outside the immediate area, for recreational, educational, heritage, historical, scientific,

environmental, natural or entertainment related activities. These businesses include

farms and agritourism,

artisans, wineries, museums, hotels, bed and breakfasts and

campgrounds.”

GO FOODISM! heats up with chef/musician Cornel Fisher

Lake Country’s Gatzke Orchard presents REGGAE NIGHTS! July 27th

Oyama, British Columbia – June2/2014 – Gatzke Orchard presents GO FOODISM! Join Canadian/Jamaican Chef Cornel Fisher for an outdoor roaming 4-course meal on an orchard by the lake. REGGAE NIGHTS! Featuring Caribbean flavours, storytelling & songs spiced up with local farm ingredients with wine tastings by Arrowleaf Cellars.

“Cornel has been connected to the Gatzke Orchard for over a decade,” says Al Gatzke. “It’s a great moment to have him take part in our GO FOODISM! series after hearing me talk about it all these years. Cornel brings a great energy to all our events, REGGAE NIGHTS will be very special for sure.”

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Gatzke Orchard just hosted their Woodstock Revival music festival for the third year where Cornel Fisher was a prominent groovy talent on the scene.

“I love working with the Gatzke Family,” says Fisher. “Their orchard is a very special place in the Okanagan Valley and I continue to create more amazing memories each year. This year Woodstock this year was incredible, not only for all the happy hungry people, but for the music as I was able to perform with my seven year old son Benjamin Moon. An unforgettable experience.”

“Cornel has also been our pizza chef heating up our clay wood burning oven, “GAIA”, on “Feel Good Fridays,” at our weddings and music events,” says Joseph Pinheiro, Event Manager. “I’ve watched him create beautiful gourmet pizza’s then jump on stage for a set and return to a lineup 20 deep of new pizza/music fans. Even at our weddings he adds an extra element of entertainment and authenticity to peoples Okanagan experience on our orchard.

“I can’t wait until July 27th so I can cook and sing for you,” says Fisher. “I’m looking forward to sharing the stories and flavours of some of my favourite Jamaican recipes. It’s going to be a jammin’ good time.”

Tickets for the GO FOODISM! series available at gatzkeorchard.com

A total of six orchard dinners featuring a diverse group of BC’s finest chefs will take over the orchard this summer. Cornel Fisher is the third chef featured in the Gatzke Orchard outdoor, roaming dinner series, taking place on the last Sunday from May through to September.

Before dinner, guests will explore the property alongside those who raised their dinner and harvest some of the bounty nurtured according to the FLOS mentality. The Fresh Local Organic Seasonal mentality is prioritized in that order and uses local farms to help grow community. Gatzke’s creates a food and beverage service that educates people about the connection between food, nature and agriculture.

Nestled in Lake Country in the Central Okanagan Valley, the Gatzke family has been proudly farming in Oyama, B.C. since 1929. Gatzke Orchard currently grows over 50 varieties of tree fruit throughout the season. It is grown the most natural and sustainable way, which guarantee premium quality of the fruit & vegetables.

Gatzke Orchard is a 3rd generation family owned and operated farm, steeped in agricultural history. Leo’s grandson Alan, his wife Ingrid and their two daughters continue to maintain the family operation and the legacy that Leo started 80 years ago.

A Pike & a Grape amidst the cherries!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 7, 2014

Bryan Potvin (The Northern Pikes) and Kevin Kane (The Grapes Of Wrath) to play a handful of acoustic dates together this July including Gatzke Orchard in Lake Country July 20th!

From the mid-80s to the early-90s, The Grapes Of Wrath and The Northern Pikes produced some of the catchiest and most heart-felt singles and videos to come out of Canada at that time. Although the bands shared similar values musically, they only performed on the same bill once during their heydays. Fast forward some 20 years later and the guitarists from each of these bands find themselves living just blocks away from one another in Toronto. This realization led to the two of them getting together to hang out with a couple of guitars for some casual jams, and the conclusion: “this sounds good! Let’s do some shows!”

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“We are very excited to have these two great Canadian songwriters and singers to the Big Blue Stage this summer,” says Joseph Pinheiro, Event Manager at Gatzke. “I’ve know Bryan since our PolyGram days together and to have him on stage teamed up with another great Canadian talent like Kevin – I just know the Okanagan is in for a rare treat!”

This pairing presents a special treat for fans of Canadian rock, as Bryan Potvin of The Northern Pikes and Kevin Kane of The Grapes Of Wrath team up to perform their solo material and favorites from both bands, both individually and as a duo (“The Northern Grapes”? “The Pikes Of Wrath”?).

As well as old favourites from their respective back catalogs, Bryan will also be drawing heavily from his just-released debut solo album, Heartbledwhite, while Kevin will be performing several of the songs from last year’s Grapes comeback, High Road, and may slip in a song or two from his next solo project.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear the voices behind so many CanCon classics team up and perform together!
Tickets available at www.gatzkeorchard.com

For further information or to arrange an interview:

kevinkanemusic@gmail.com
bryanpotvin@hotmail.com
go@gatzkeorchard.com

LOCALVORE

GO FOODISM! Gatzke Orchard Dinner Series with chef CHRIS VAN HOOYDONK
LOCALVORE!

Spirit of 1969 grooves on Oyama orchard

Woodstock Revival III

Oyama, British Columbia – June 9/2014 – In a technicolor sea of tie dye and bell bottoms, love is in the air and so is the scent of patchouli, or is that sage? For the third year in a row, Gatzke Orchards in Oyama will be hosting one of the hippest and grooviest festivals in the Okanagan.

Woodstock Revival III takes place July 4, 5, 6 at Gatzke Orchards, a third generation family-owned and operated orchard in Lake Country.

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“For me, our Woodstock Revival is an opportunity to celebrate the little hippy in all of us and all that was good in the late 60s and 70s,” says Al Gatzke. “It’s about a time of innocence and love without the rush, rush, go, go pace of today. It gives me pleasure to revisit my youth once every summer by opening up the farm and sharing experiences with others about those groovy times.”

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The setting is idyllic. Double lakeside to both Kalamalka and Wood Lakes. Now with the Pelmewash Parkway open, the little town of Oyama has turned into the hidden jewel of the Okanagan. Guests can camp onsite and enjoy some tasty local food and beverages while checking out some great live music.

Some confirmed artists include JASON BUIE, POPPA DAWG, SABRINA WEEKS, KATHY FRANK, ELLIE JOHNSON, SUGARBUD, LINDA SUE WILSON, DAN ENGLLAND and the SOS HOUSE BAND. Producers are working on some more additions to be announced soon..

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“The orchard, music and the people are what makes the Woodstock Revival so special,” says Joe Pinheiro, Event Manager at Gatzke, “Last year I met a lady who missed the original Woodstock in ’69 because she went into labour. Now here she was with her daughter at our Woodstock having the time of her life. It was such a great experience.”

After the success of Woodstock II and the overwhelming enthusiasm from everyone, producers met and started some early planning to return in 2014.

“When I attended the Woodstock Revival at Gatzke Orchards last summer, 2013, it was an event like no other I had attended in many years,” says returning Woodstocker Jody Postma. “For me, it was a complete immersion into the innocent past. No chaos…. it was groovy. It was peace and love. That simple. I left knowing I would be back to replenish my soul with the spirit of Gatzke Orchards Woodstock Revival.”

Tickets are $60 for a three-day pass and $25 for a day pass, available at Gatzke Orchards located on Pelmewash Parkway in Oyama, Lake Country, between Vernon and Kelowna. There is some camping and RV spots still available for the event. This is an all ages event with activities planned for the kids.

More information is available at gatzkeorchard

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GO FOODISM! heats up with Chef/Musician Cornel Fisher

Lake Country’s Gatzke Orchard presents REGGAE NIGHTS! July 27th

Oyama, British Columbia – June2/2014 – Gatzke Orchard presents GO FOODISM! Join Canadian/Jamaican Chef Cornel Fisher for an outdoor roaming 4-course meal on an orchard by the lake. REGGAE NIGHTS! Featuring Caribbean flavours, storytelling & songs spiced up with local farm ingredients with wine tastings by Arrowleaf Cellars.

“Cornel has been connected to the Gatzke Orchard for over a decade,” says Al Gatzke. “It’s a great moment to have him take part in our GO FOODISM! series after hearing me talk about it all these years. Cornel brings a great energy to all our events, REGGAE NIGHTS will be very special for sure.”

Gatzke Orchard just hosted their Woodstock Revival music festival for the third year where Cornel Fisher was a prominent groovy talent on the scene.

“I love working with the Gatzke Family,” says Fisher. “Their orchard is a very special place in the Okanagan Valley and I continue to create more amazing memories each year. This year Woodstock this year was incredible, not only for all the happy hungry people, but for the music as I was able to perform with my seven year old son Benjamin Moon. An unforgettable experience.”

“Cornel has also been our pizza chef heating up our clay wood burning oven, “GAIA”, on “Feel Good Fridays,” at our weddings and music events,” says Joseph Pinheiro, Event Manager. “I’ve watched him create beautiful gourmet pizza’s then jump on stage for a set and return to a lineup 20 deep of new pizza/music fans. Even at our weddings he adds an extra element of entertainment and authenticity to peoples Okanagan experience on our orchard.

“I can’t wait until July 27th so I can cook and sing for you,” says Fisher. “I’m looking forward to sharing the stories and flavours of some of my favourite Jamaican recipes. It’s going to be a jammin’ good time.”

Tickets for the GO FOODISM! series available at gatzkeorchard.com

A total of six orchard dinners featuring a diverse group of BC’s finest chefs will take over the orchard this summer. Cornel Fisher is the third chef featured in the Gatzke Orchard outdoor, roaming dinner series, taking place on the last Sunday from May through to September.

Before dinner, guests will explore the property alongside those who raised their dinner and harvest some of the bounty nurtured according to the FLOS mentality. The Fresh Local Organic Seasonal mentality is prioritized in that order and uses local farms to help grow community. Gatzke’s creates a food and beverage service that educates people about the connection between food, nature and agriculture.

Nestled in Lake Country in the Central Okanagan Valley, the Gatzke family has been proudly farming in Oyama, B.C. since 1929. Gatzke Orchard currently grows over 50 varieties of tree fruit throughout the season. It is grown the most natural and sustainable way, which guarantee premium quality of the fruit & vegetables.

Gatzke Orchard is a 3rd generation family owned and operated farm, steeped in agricultural history. Leo’s grandson Alan, his wife Ingrid and their two daughters continue to maintain the family operation and the legacy that Leo started 80 years ago.

Al fresco dinner series continues with Chef Jeff Kreklau

GO FOODISM! Al fresco dinner series continues with Chef Jeff Kreklau
Lake Country’s Gatzke Orchard presents SOUTHWEST BLUES! June 29th

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Oyama, British Columbia – June2/2014 – Gatzke Orchard presents GO FOODISM! Join award winning Chef Jeff Kreklau, Proprietor of Routes Grill for SOUTHWEST BLUES! Featuring smoky southern flavours spiced up with local farm ingredients with wine tastings by Intrigue Wines.

“We’re very happy to have Jeff Kreklau at Gatzke’s,” says Joseph Pinheiro, Event Manager, Gatzke Orchard. “When I moved to Lake Country a year ago I had my first dinner at Route’s Grill. Jeff and his family share the same passion for tourism in Lake Country and promoting our great farmers and producers. I’m very curious to see what sweet and spicy surprises he’ll cook up for SOUTHWEST BLUES!

A total of six orchard dinners featuring a diverse group of BC’s finest chefs will take over the orchard this summer. Jeff Kreklau is the second chef featured in the Gatzke Orchard outdoor, roaming dinner series, taking place on the last Sunday from May through to September.

“I am very excited to be working with Al Gatzke & Joe at Gatzke Orchard for the GO FOODISM! dinner series,” says Jeff Kreklau. “Supporting Okanagan valley tourism was one of our main goals when we opened up Routes Grill in Lake Country with Chef/Partner Michael Coates and my wife Cody.”

Guests continue to rave about the educational and interactive style to the dinner series. Sipping on great Lake Country wines, discussing local produce with the farmer and then being able to ask questions to the chef has made for a unique Okanagan dining experience.

“Moving our family to the Okanagan, has been an amazing experience,” says Kreklau. Discovering fresh locally sourced ingredients, cooking with them every day, and working with the people who dedicate their time to growing the best product they can has been wonderful.”

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Before dinner, guests will explore the property alongside those who raised their dinner and harvest some of the bounty nurtured according to the FLOS mentality. The Fresh Local Organic Seasonal mentality is prioritized in that order and uses local farms to help grow community. Gatzke’s creates a food and beverage service that educates people about the connection between food, nature and agriculture.

Tickets for the GO FOODISM! series available at gatzkeorchard.com
Nestled in Lake Country in the Central Okanagan Valley, the Gatzke family has been proudly farming in Oyama, B.C. since 1929. Gatzke Orchard currently grows over 50 varieties of tree fruit throughout the season. It is grown the most natural and sustainable way, which guarantee premium quality of the fruit & vegetables. Gatzke Orchard is a 3rd generation family owned and operated farm, steeped in agricultural history. Leo’s grandson Alan, his wife Ingrid and their two daughters continue to maintain the family operation and the legacy that Leo started 80 years ago.

Orchard Quails

A new family of quail is born on the orchard.

GOtv: Victoria Day, DAY140 #IYFF

The 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) aims to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farming by focusing world attention on its significant role in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas.

Gatzke Orchards has been an iconic mainstay in Lake Country and the popularity of their unique location on Pelmewash Parkway makes them the hotspot in the summer. The orchard hosts over a dozen weddings, some music shows and special events each summer, while also running a restaurant and catering on-site.

Chef Chris Van Hooydonk launches Gatzke Orchard Dinner Series May 25th

Gatzke Orchard presents GO FOODISM! Join award winning Chef Chris Van Hooydonk, Proprietor of Artisan Culinary Concepts for LOCALVORE! Featuring a creative meal inspired by the efforts of the local quality farmers and producers with wine tastings by Burrowing Owl Winery.

“Chris and I share a commitment to growing the local food community and we are excited to have him kick off our GO FOODISM! series this summer,” says Al Gatzke. “I’m also looking forward to an amazing dinner that night too!”

Chris Van Hooydonk is the first chef featured in the Gatzke Orchard outdoor, roaming dinner series, taking place on the last Sunday from May through to September. Chris’ passion not only for cooking but for growing food, made him the a great choice to launch GO FOODISM!

“I am excited to be hosted by Alan Gatzke for this event,” says Van Hooydonk, “as we both share the same philosophies in food culture. From the very first conversation I was certain we should work on a project together. He is very much a visionary mind, making quality his priority while investing time in sharing his love of farming with his staff, colleagues and community. It is a visionary mind such as his that will help continue to evolve our Okanagan Food system.”

Guests are in for a treat this summer as this unique culinary series showcases highly skilled local chefs creating an interactive and educational experience culminating with signature meals with farmers and chefs.

“To me, eating well means to enjoy a meal with great company, prepared with ingredients seasonally and locally sourced-being grown with the same passion and dedication to quality,” says Van Hooydonk. “Thoughtfully grown and prepared food always has a story, and it is my motivation for cooking-sharing my passion for food with our guests, and telling the story of the dedicated farmers, producers and wines. The foundation for healthy, sustainable eating is supporting the local growers and producers, creating meals around the seasonal bounty.”

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Before dinner, guests will explore the property alongside those who raised their dinner and harvest some of the bounty nurtured according to the FLOS mentality. The Fresh Local Organic Seasonal mentality is prioritized in that order and uses local farms to help grow community. Gatzke’s creates a food and beverage service that educates people about the connection between food, nature and agriculture.

Tickets for the GO FOODISM! series available at gatzkeorchard.com