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The 2016 workshop wouldn't exist without the support of the following partners:


We thank our main partner in the Okanagan Food & Wine Writers' Workshop, Tourism Kelowna.

Visit Tourism Kelowna's website. Follow @Tourism_Kelowna on Twitter. Like Tourism Kelowna on Facebook.




Visit BC Tree Fruit's Website. Follow @bctreefruits on Twitter. Like BC Tree Fruits on Facebook.

Visit Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel & Villas' Website. "Like" Manteo on Facebook. Follow Manteo on Twitter.

Our other event-based partners are recognized in our schedule notes.

Okanagan Food & Wine Writers Workshop 2016 Schedule


 Thanks all. We're sold out for the Alumni Dinner now. You should have received a confirmation of your seat from me by now...but if not EMAIL ME, ASAP. Thanks.

Friday, September 30

Workshop officially begins! Follow on Twitter @foodwinewriters and on Facebook. We're using #foodwinewriters.

Afternoon- Hotel check in for those staying at the Manteo Resort. Please note that you are responsible for your own transportation to the Manteo Waterfront Resort, in Kelowna's Mission District neighbourhood.  

The hotel will do their best to accommodate early check-in for guests arriving prior to 4pm, but they ask you to call ahead and let them know if you know you will be arriving early. Guests are allowed on the day of arrival to enjoy all of the resort's amentities including the beautiful outdoor pool as well as having their bags stored until their room is ready.

4:30 PM to 5 PM Meet me in the View Room at the Manteo (via SmackDAB restaurant) to pick up your workshop materials and welcome SWAG.

5 PM Meet and Greet with appies and bubbles -  Workshop attendees will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and share their interests relating to food, wine, beverage, or writing. View Room at Manteo Resort (via SmackDAB)

7 PM – A special Harvest Dinner with Manteo Resort Executive Chef Mark Schoene and wines of Quails' Gate Winery. Location: View Room, Manteo Resort.

Manteo Resort executive chef Marc Schoene


9:15 PM Optional:Drinks on the boardwalk or in the legendary bar at The El.


Saturday, October 1st

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM Breakfast at your leisure at the Upper Lounge at Manteo Resort

8:45 AM – Morning Plenary with Timothy Fowler: The Pleasure and Discipline of Daily Writing. We're kicking off the workshop with Timothy Fowler, a former chef now food and travel writer, whose inspiring talk will get you writing every day.


9:45 AM - A few housekeeping notes and programming details (Jennifer)

10:15 AM – Coffee and Snack Break sponsored by Tourism Vernon

10:30 AM Morning Plenary Session with Margo True: How to find great stories in food. As an editor at Gourmet and Saveur magazines, and now as the food editor at Sunset magazine, Margo has worked with some of the best food writers in the world. She'll discuss how she and other great food writers find great stories in food. And what influence and opportunities the various platforms story-tellers now have can be used to shape those stories.


12:00 PM Lunch at Manteo Resort, View Room

1:00 PM Afternoon plenary session with Jill Foran, editor of WestJet Magazine. In order to land an article assignment from a magazine, you need to pitch more than just a destination or an idea. WestJet Magazine's editor Jill Foran demystifies The Art of the Pitch. And then what to do what when that editor says "yes."


2:30 PM Break - Sign up sheets for Blue Pencil Sessions on Sunday

3:00 PM Prompt departure from hotel lobby with Top Cat Tours for An Orchard Experience with and cooking demo at the home of Hank and Darcel Markgraf. Hank Markgraf is manager of field services with BC Tree Fruits and Darcel, a home economist, will have us cooking with freshly picked apples. Wear comfortable walking and standing footwear.

5:30 PM Winery Tour and Tasting with newly opened Kitsch Wines

6:00 PM Organic/Biodynamic Garden Tour with Summerhill Winery's CEO Ezra Cipes and Dinner at Sunset Organic Bistro at Summerhill Pyramid Winery with Executive Chef Alex Lavroff created specially for the Okanagan Writers Workshop.

9:15 PM –   Return to Manteo wtih Top Cat Tours.


Sunday, October 2nd, 2015

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM Breakfast at your leisure at Manteo Resort - Upper Lounge

8:45 AMBlue Pencil sessions Each workshop writer will have signed up for two one-to-one 10-minute chats with instructors and industry experts for feedback and advice on your projects or a pitch. This is a workshop favourite session. You'll receive instructions ahead of the workshop on how to prepare for this. It's fun! 

10:30 AM  -  Tastings with Thomas Burns of Carmelis Goat Cheese.

11 AM Break - and check out time

12:30 PM - Lunch at Hotel Eldorado, Sunroom  (Return to Manteo after lunch)

1:45 PM Final Workshop Session: The Art of Sharing - Authenticity and Connection in Good Writing Why do some pieces of good food and wine writing stand-out? What's the secret? Jennifer Cockrall-King is not sure she knows the answers, but she has a few theories to offer on how to find your voice as a blogger, author, writer or recipe writer.


3 PM to 4 PM Farewell bubbles. Group hug. End of workshop.

Here's what Cheryl Arkison has to say about her experience after attending the Okanagan Food & Wine Writers' Workshop. Already an accomplished blogger when she attended, Cheryl used the workshop as a springboard to a full-time writing career. She just published her second book A Month of Sundays: Family, Friends, Food & Quilts.

"Before the OFWWW I was a casual writer and blogger. I enjoyed food writing and the event seemed like a good way to combine some skill development, relationship building, and a lot of good wine and food. And that it was. After the OFWWW I had the confidence to make writing my profession. Now I have two published books and a freelance career. And a deep appreciation for truffled popcorn with bubbly! I don't think any of that would have happened if I hadn't attended the OFWWW." -- Cheryl Arkison, author and blogger