While the doors to the fruit stand don’t open until the May long weekend, the GO Event Crew has already been out in full force in Lake Country.
Saturday night we took part in the Lake Country Rotary Club spring fling fundraiser, BIG NIGHT. With proceeds going to the Lake Country food bank, the community came out in numbers and enjoyed an evening of great wine and food.
Gatzke Orchard teamed up with Okanagan’s Finest Foods chef, Travis Hackl. Guests raved about his “Drunken Pigsicles” delicious pork balls on a stick with Gatzke Late Harvest Apple Juice and Jack Daniels reduction! Once they chased it with a glass of our apple juice they were in orchard heaven!
The next day it was our turn to play host as the Food Action Society of North Okanagan had their 3rd Annual Food Festival – Shoots ‘n Blooms, on our orchard.
Over 500 people came through in support of this year’s theme “Family Farming.” Great food from local farmers, cheesemakers, informative presentations in aquaponics, beekeeping and invasive species. Al Gatzke entertained folks in his jam packed farm tours while children were kept busy face painting and petting the rabbits. Chef Cornel Fisher and Ingrid Gatzke had our clay oven “GAIA” pumping out gourmet pizza’s for the hungry crowds and everyone enjoyed the great soundtrack to the day by some fantastic local musicians.
It was a great ‘unofficial’ start to #summer2014 which we are all very excited about. The weekend was a perfect soft launch to announce our GO FOODISM! dinner series which people were eagerly looking forward to here more about….soon! Stay tuned!
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Go Juice! – Gatzke Orchard’s Apple Juice for sale.
If you’re like us, you might be daydreaming of summer already. To help you through those winter months take a piece of Gatzke Orchards home with you today. Check out this year’s GO JUICE – Gatzke Orchard Apple Juice made from our delicious apples right here on our orchard in Oyama, BC.
Come on down to Gatzke Orchard this Saturday as we would like to thank you for your continued support and business. We’ll have music, shopping, $1/pizza slices and some Italian Home Cooking!! See you there. Pass it on! Saturday September 28/2013
Starting at Noon
Gatzke Orchard, OYAMA BC
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The Boom Booms eventually arrived in Oyama via the new Highway 97 that just opened, around and back again through on to the Pelmewash Parkway after being pulled over by the police regarding the new speed limit. While there are some issues still to iron out with the new highway fans of the Boom Booms made no mistake to arrive and fill the venue! Once they hit the Big Blue Stage – fire!!!
The close to 200 music fans who arrived in Oyama to hear the Boom Booms were treated to a great musical evening. The band played fan favourites like “Lonely” and “You Know” from their ‘Hot Rum’ album plus new songs from their upcoming album with producer Chin Injeti like “Real Love” that already sounds like a classic.
“The Boom Booms concert goes down as one of the classic top concerts we’ve ever had in the orchard,” Big Al Gatzke.
A classic indeed. It was a perfect night and the sky was midnight bright while the dance floor bounced and swayed to the bands infectious beats. The songs felt like we all knew them for years and their rhythm kept us dancing all night long. We’re still listening to the album around the orchard!
They warmed us up as the sun was slowly starting to set and then when they hit the stage for their second set you knew it was going to be a special night. The band was tight, entertaining, funky, rocking and they had a great set of songs to perform. The vocals and melodies were golden and the audience were prevy to a classic Boom Boom performance, as it was their last show before heading south of the border for some more shows.
It was a unforgettable show and we hope to have the Boom Booms back next summer!
Thanks Geordie, Aaron, Theo, Richard, Sean & Tom.
“Our government is proud to have partnered with the province on this important initiative that will enhance safety and ease traffic congestion for residents and travellers along this heavily-used section of Highway 97,” said Kelowna—Lake Country MP Ron Cannan.
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Shelley Robinson was passing by Gatzke Orchard one day when she spotted “Gaia”, our wood burning oven. As Executive Chef at the Delta Sun Peaks Resort in Kamloops, Shelley was preparing to take part in the 2013 Farm2Chefs fundraiser event taking place at Sun River Organics farm.
The event takes over a farm for the day, invites the public, and lets the chefs show off the best of what the farmers/producers offer. Chefs create tasty one-bite dishes. Local wineries and breweries pour the finest of beverages. Enjoy live entertainment and children’s activities. The public gets to interact directly and the money raised goes towards the farm2chefs Grant, available to farmers and local food security groups.
Gaia was a big hit! The Delta cooking crew was unstoppable sometimes filling the oven with eight or more pizza’s as they cranked out hundreds to the happy guests.
Canadian Troubadour Shannon Lyon at Gatzke Orchard Sunday, July 28, 2013
Shannon Lyon performs at the Gatzke Orchard this Sunday, July 28th, part of a 24-date tour taking him from Ontario to Vancouver Island. Over the years, he has toured and shared the stage with artists like Ray LaMontagne, Lucinda Williams, Blue Rodeo and Bruce Cockburn.
“I’m excited to see Shannon Lyon perform again after all these years,” says Joseph Pinheiro, Event Manager at Gatzke Orchard.
“I was working at PolyGram Music in Toronto and tried signing Shannon when he released his first couple albums, “Buffalo White” and “Mods Rule”- I still think he is one of Canada’s best kept secrets too. I’m looking forward to the Okanagan discovering his great songs.”
Lyon is looking forward to his Oyama debut as well.
“I’m looking forward to the show indeed, especially looking forward to getting reacquainted with someone who believed in me since my first album was released back in 1994. Thank you JP!”
“This is my first full Canadian tour since the middle 90’s. After spending the past 13 years living in Europe I feel like a young man again, falling in love with this beautiful country all over again! Taking all the risks and all the pleasures!”
Shannon’s most current album “Broken Things” is a very raw and stripped down album echoing the Buffalo White era. The album is out on Busted Flat Records. If you can’t catch him in Oyama check out the rest of his tour dates.
July 25 – Salmon Arm, BC @ The Shuswap Pie Company
July 26 – Kelowna, BC @ Minstrel Cafe
July 28 – Oyama, BC @ Gatzke Orchard (6-9pm)
July 31 – Vancouver, BC @ Arts Club Backstage Lounge w/Lindsay May
Aug o1 – Duncan, BC @ The Duncan Garage Showroom
Aug o2 – Ladysmith, BC @ Short Close Song Shelter w/Ryan McMahon
Aug o3 – Victoria, BC @ Victoria House Concerts w/Ryan McMahon www.victoriahouseconcert.com
Aug o8 – Port Alberni, BC @ Char’s Landing w/Ryan McMahon
Aug o9 – Gabriola Island, BC @ The Surf Pub
Aug 1o – Coombs, BC @ Coombs Fairgrounds (outdoors) w/ Ryan McMahon
Matt Masters rolled in to town last night and delivered a fantastic performance at Gatzke Orchard. It was an intimate and appreciative crowd who definitely arrived to hear the warm tone of this Albertan country singer/songwriter. Being from Calgary, Matt shared his perspective on the recent floods as we heard him sing “Centennial Swell,” a song he wrote about the last time Calgary was flooded.
Matt performed songs from his early albums as well as from his recent release “All Western Winners” album plus tracks from the award winning country and western musical, Don Coyote.
The audience was treated to Master’s great repertoire of original country songs and his funny stage banter as he shared many of his great songwriting stories.
Matt Masters is simply a great country music entertainer with one of the warmest vocals in Canada. He is definitely a Western Canada gem that will soon be a household name across the country. It was great to have Matt at the orchard with his wife Amanda and daughter Nora. Enjoy the rest of your travels through BC and we’d love to have you back next summer!
For more information on Matt Masters check him out!
I must first admit that I’m not a hardcore country music fan. While I appreciate some of the greats of traditional country like Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Hank Williams and Willie Nelson, I barely listen to any of it. But the first time I saw Matt Masters perform at the Railway Club in Vancouver – I was a fan.
Matt simply knows how to gently work a room until he has the audience joining him in a sing a long. He entertains you with his wit and humour, educates you about great western history stories and then shocks everyone when they hear his warm, deep crooning voice.
Matt is also a music fan and I think that is why we’ve known each other as long as we have. He is a big champion of Canadian music and is always supporting and promoting other acts.
I spoke to Matt recently, who lives in Calgary with his wife and child. It’s been a tough go lately with the floods but he’s looking forward to hitting the Big Blue Stage!
“In the past month I spent two weeks as a flood evacuee, another week cleaning my dad’s and my friend’s houses in Calgary and High River, then dove into 14 straight days of playing cowboy songs 6 hours a day at the Stampede. I’m really looking forward to coming out the orchard to play some beautiful music by the lake in a peaceful setting and sharing some stories about life as a 21st Century Country and Western troubadour.”
Matt Masters performs live in Oyama on the Big Blue Stage. Sunday July 21st/2013 6pm Matt Masters Concert $15
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