2015 Okanagan Food & Wine Writers' Workshop
September 11 -13 in Kelowna, BC
**UPDATE MAY 3: Early-bird Registration is now open for the 2015 Okanagan Food & Wine Writers Workshop in Kelowna.
There are two ways to register. One is via Eventbrite with your credit card (credit card and processing fees by Event Brite will apply). Just click the orange button below and follow the steps.
Or send me an email to register via cheque or interac e-transfer and save yourself the Eventbrite fees. See you in Kelowna in September!
Instructors for 2015 workshop just announced! Click here to see this year's amazing faculty.**
The Okanagan Food & Wine Writers’ Workshop is a professional development and gastronomic experience developed by Canadian writer Jennifer Cockrall-King. In 2015, the 6th workshop comes to life again in Kelowna, British Columbia, in the Okanagan Valley, an unparalleled food and wine region in North America.
The workshop is open to writers of all levels, and is designed to inform, inspire, and motivate writers as they move their careers forward through professional development workshops. The experiential elements “out in the field” connect food, wine and travel writers with the top chefs, bakers, winemakers, cheesemakers, fishmongers, restaurateurs, growers, distillers, orchardists and foragers of the region. Most of all, Okanagan Food & Wine Writers’ establishes a growing collegial network of food, wine and travel writers in what can be a solitary and remote occupation.
The workshop begins Friday afternoon (September 11) through Sunday afternoon (September 13) and features more small group discussions and hands-on writing sessions from some of North America's best food, wine and travel writers and editors. The workshop is based around initmate professional development opportunities combined with exclusive culinary and winery experiences in beautiful Kelowna, British Columbia. Writers are invited to stay for an "inspired to write" extension for an extra day or two, where the days are yours to explore or write, and regroup for dinner and sharing your writing and your experiences with your new friends (September 14 & 15).
The 2015 workshop takes place at two wonderful lakeshore properties in Kelowna's historic Mission district: The Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel & Villas and its next-door neighbour, the Hotel Eldorado Kelowna. Both are luxury lakefront hotels and have special workshop attendee room rates available-but book soon to avoid disappointment as there are only a limited number of these rooms available and the workshop takes place in peak season in the Okanagan.
I'm pleased to announced that our Friday night dinner will be feature Joy Road Catering's Okanagan Cuisine de Terroir and Sandhill Winery's award-winning wines. We'll be dining at the newly opened Sandhill Winery, a fantastic new building in downtown Kelowna.
Our breakfast and professional development sessions on Saturday take place at the Manteo Resort. We'll take a field trip to an orchard lunch with BC Tree Fruits before returning for our afternoon sessions. Our dinner that evening will feature Manteo's executive chef Brad Horen.
On Sunday, we gather at the Hotel Eldorado for breakfast, lunch, and a day of learning, writing and sharing our work while overlooking the sparkling Okangan Lake. While the workshop officially wraps up on Sunday afternoon, a dinner in Kelowna will be organized for those staying on and who wish to join in (price and location to come). Also, for those who are "inspired to write," the Manteo Resort will extend its workshop room rates for one or two nights. If there are enough writers who wish to stay on, further extension programs can be organized.
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Our host hotels are the beautiful Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel and the Hotel Eldorado Kelowna. These two gorgeous lakeside properties are located side-by-side, connected by a boardwalk. You are responsible for booking your own accommodations for the duration of your stay.
Rooms are blocked rooms for us at the Hotel Eldorado and at the Manteo Resort. These premium resort properties are side-by-side along a gorgeous lakefront boardwalk. We'll have our workshop sessions and some meals at these properties.
Call Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel directly on their toll-free line at 1-800-445-5255 and quote "Okanagan Food & Wine Writers" for the special room rates for workshop attendees. Deluxe guestrooms (double occupancy) $200 per night; one-bedroom suite suites (double occupancy) $200 per night; two- and three-bedroom villas (sleep four to six people) range from $340 per night to $445. If you'd like to share a room with another attendee, let me know and I'll do my best to pair you up. The Manteo is also extending these special room rates to attendees who wish to arrive up to two days prior to the workshop, or stay on for two days afterwards.
Hotel Eldorado has rooms blocked for our group at a special room of $199 per night (double occupancy). Call 1-866-608-7500 to book your room and ask for "Okanagan Food & Wine Writers Workshop" rates and room options.
Our room-blocks at both hotels will only be held until August 12, but many of the room selections will sell out quickly. As the hotels about their room reservation cancellation policies. Better book now!