The BC Tasting Games is a hilarious blind tasting competition, with a wine-loving audience tasting the same wines as the experts on stage.
Hosted by Master of Wine Rhys Pender, each of the fun, irreverent events in Oliver, Penticton and Kelowna will feature three wine industry celebrities on stage, blind tasting five wines. The evening will begin with a quick “how to blind taste wine” tutorial from Rhys, and then the game is on!
On stage, the wine experts will debate what they taste in the glass. Expect some heated discussion and a few bluffs, as the celebrities discuss, haggle and use their wine savvy to guess at the mystery wines’ origin, varietal, producer, age and price. Meanwhile, the audience be tasting the exact same wines, listening in to the experts on stage and colluding with their friends to guess at which international wine is in the five glasses. It’s an amazing opportunity to learn from (and compete against) some of the best wine tasters in the business, in relaxed, social atmosphere.
After much discussion and cajoling, the experts and the audience members will hand in their best guesses. While the results are tabulated, the celebrities will mingle with the audience, enjoying chef-prepared small bites and glasses of local wine. Enjoy the camaraderie, as proceeds from the evening benefit viticulture scholarships and culinary education.
At the end of the evening, Rhys will reveal what actually was in the glass. The top-scoring wine celebrity from on stage and the top scoring audience member will be invited to compete on stage at the BC Tasting Games Finale in Kelowna.
The title of “Best Wine Taster in BC” is up for grabs – and anyone can win!
Terrafina at Hester Creek by RauDZ is thrilled to be hosting the BC Tasting Games South Okanagan Division on Tuesday, April 23 at 7:00 pm.
The Wine Celebrity Competitors for this round are:
• Wes Hunter: Beverage Operations, RauDZ Creative Concpets Ltd., including RauDZ Regional Table, Terrafina at Hester Creek by RauDZ, micro bar • bites and Sunny’s Modern diner. Wes holds a WSET Diploma.
• Severine Pinte: Winemaker at Le Vieux Pin and La Stella wineries. Severine has a Masters in Viticulture and Oenology, and a National Diploma of Oenology.
• David Paterson: General Manager and Winemaker at Tantalus Vineyards. Dave holds a degree in Winemaking fro Christchurch New Zealand.
Fourth Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser
Join us for an evening of gourmet soups prepared by local chefs including Chef Jenna Pillon and Chef Rod Butters of Terrafina at Hester Creek by RauDZ. We are creating our version of a heartwarming and cure-all Chicken Noodle Soup.
Proceeds support Desert Sun Counselling & Resource Centre. Also featured — Artisian Breads as well as regional beer, wine and cider.
After the event, please bring your Osoyoos Potters handcrafted soup bowl home as a reminder of the empty bowls in our community.
Garlic Festival – Saturday, September 29 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Join us at the 4th Annual Garlic Festival at Hester Creek Estate Winery. This festival supports the Oliver Elementary school farm to table lunch program.
This program feeds the school a local, healthy lunch twice a week for the majority of the year. Guests to the festival are asked for a donation to go to the festival. In the 3rd year$2300 collected. The first year saw about 1500 guests and last year they had over 2000, expecting even more this year.
There will be food carts and local artisans including local bread, gelato, jams and jellies. As for garlic there will be lots of that! Generally, about half of the vendors focus on garlic and local fresh bulbs harvested that morning!
The wine shop, of course, is open all day and will be very busy with tastings and food and wine pairings with a focus on garlic. The patio will also have live music by Brent Tyler and Joshua Smith for guests.
Hester Creek Estate Winery is celebrating 50 years in 2018. The summer is full of celebration of this milestone achievement and the Revival Weekend planned for August 24 – 26 brings food, wine and family all together.
Friday, August 24
Long Table Dinner
Join award winning Chefs Rod Butters and Bernard Casavant for a wine paired dinner in the vineyard.
$150 per person. Call Hester Creek for tickets.
Saturday, August 25
Wine, Food & Music Festival
Live music with Rann Berry’s Time Machine, Food Trucks, fun for the entire family. This event is complimentary.
Sunday, August 26
Garland Brunch at Terrafina
The experience begins with a wine reception at Hester Creek followed by a wine-paired brunch with Chefs Rod Butters and Jenna Pillon
$95 per person (plus tax and gratuity) Tickets for the brunch are available exclusively through EventBrite.
Okanagan Feast of Fields is the annual fundraiser for FarmFolk CityFolk. This year will be the 10th Anniversary and we are proud to say that restaurants from RauDZ Creative Concepts Ltd. have participated EVERY year.
This year the event is Sunday, August 12 at Father Pandosy Mission in Kelowna. Described as a wandering gourmet harvest festival, Feast of Fields highlights the connections between farmers and chefs, field and table and between farm folks and city folks. With a wine glass and linen napkin in hand, guests stroll across the outdoor venue travelling from tent to tent tasting gourmet creations from the top Okanagan chefs, farmers, food artisans, wineries, breweries and cideries.
Terrafina at Hester Creek by RauDZ will be there along with our other restaurants, Sunny’s Modern Diner, RauDZ Regional Table and micro bar & bites.
Funds raised from this event support FarmFolk CityFolk’s work to cultivate local, sustainable food systems across BC.
We are honoured to be part of the cooking classes offered by Hester Creek Estate Winery. Throughout the season they offer the rare experience of interacting with chefs in an intimate setting. You are one of only 14 guests seated at the granite island in the state of the winery’s art demonstration kitchen. Watch as the chef prepares each course before you and shares little known culinary secrets. These evenings as not so much a hands-on experience but more of an interactive evening with the chef.
Chef Brock Bowes (RauDZ Regional Table) – Thursday, May 10
Chef Chris Braun (micro bar & bites) – Thursday, June 14
Chef Brock Bowes (RauDZ Regional Table) – Thursday, July 12
Chef Rod Butters (RauDZ Creative Concepts Ltd) – Thursday, July 19
Experience the largest tasting of BC wine and food in Western Canada at this multi-city event series celebrating all things grown, crushed, raised and produced in BC
Okanagan – features 330+ wines, 12 restaurants
June 23, 2018 noon – 4:00 pm at See Ya Later Ranch
We were there last year with grilled octopus and our culinary team from Terrafina at Hester Creek by RauDZ is back with another delicious treat.
We look forward to seeing you there.
For more information and tickets click here.
Our Sunday Brunch has become a ‘must-do’ event whether you live in the area or if you are just visiting Okanagan wine country. Chef Jenna Pillon has created a menu filled with dishes that are Italian inspired and using the freshest local ingredients. Be sure to start off your visit with the Terrafina Mimosa of freshly squeezed orange juice and Blue Mountain Brut.
We suggest reservations for this special occasion.