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September 20 – Roots ‘n Brews 2014 Tickets on sale now!!

Join us for an evening of live music, dancing, feasting, and celebrating the abundance of this year’s harvest !

For this event we bring together passionate local farmers & chefs to create a 4-course meal that truly celebrates the harvest of the Okanagan.

Enjoy complimentary tastings of Real craft cider from The Bx Press Cidery,
organic ales from Crannog Ales,
and artisan spirits from Okanagan Spirits

and then dance the night away with the artists and farmers themselves to the Foot Stompin’ Barn shakin’ alt-Country Gypsy Circus dance music of Blackberry Wood.

Opening for Blackberry Wood will be

OM featuring Mikkal Waters
Cmbining the unstoppable dance rhythms of OM’s dynamic, groove heavy sound with the rich lyricism and energy of singer-songwriter Mikkal Waters, these two acts together create a truly captivating dance frenzied show.

We will also be featuring the finest of coffees from Vernon’s Triumph Coffee,
and beautiful organic tea blends by the Organic Tea Grannies of Lumby.


There will also be a silent auction filled with lots of local goodies, and special recognition given to all the local growers and food producers who have taken part in making this event happen.

This year’s theme is Gypsy Market, so blow the dust off your tickle trunk and come dressed in all your funky, bohemian, gypsy scarfs, jewelry & fun costume pieces.

MC’s : Jayme McKillop and Gabriel Newman

Our Chefs: Maya Fetterly and Brian Fetterly of The Best Western Vernon Lodge, and Billy Sanderson of Gumtree Catering.

This night is an opportunity to shake the hand that feeds you and explore the wonders of all we can grow and create with the natural resources of the Okanagan.




Early Bird $50 (Until August.31st)
Regular $60

Tickets will be available at:

Bean Scene Coffee House
Address: 2923 30th Ave, Vernon, BC V1T 5A7
Phone:(250) 558-1817

Best Western Plus Vernon Lodge & Conference Center Hotel
Address: 3914 32 St, Vernon, BC V1T 5P1
Phone:(250) 545-3385



The BX Press Cidery Tasting Room..
Friday-Sunday 11am-5pm
Address: 4667 E Vernon Rd, North Okanagan C, BC V1B
Phone:(250) 503-2163


There are only 180 Tickets Available so act fast because this event will sell out!

If you would like more information on this event, would like to volunteer, or donate please contact us at or 250-309-8321

Inquisitive Clips Short Film Competition

We received this message from Robyn and wanted to pass it along – any film buffs or aspiring directors who would like to try their hand at filmmaking? Good luck and we look forward to seeing the entries!Hello!The Regional District of North Okanagan and City of Vernon are hosting the 2nd annual Inquisitive Clips Short Film Competition.  This year, the theme is “Water in your Backyard.” Entry rules and requirements can be found here:

I’ve attached a poster and it would be super appreciated if you could share this via social media or other networks that Food Action Society is a part of.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Kind regards,


Robyn Cooper, B.Sc., B.Ed.  |  Waste Reduction Coordinator  |  Regional District of North Okanagan  |  9848 Aberdeen Road Coldstream BC V1B 2K9  |

P 250.550.3743  |  F 250.550.3701  |  W

Municipal Elections

Do you want to ask your municipal candidates about their food security policies but don’t know where to start?

Here are some great suggestions from the Central Okanagan Food Policy Council:

The Central Okanagan Food Policy Council is a group of citizens who are working towards a food secure Central Okanagan. Our website is being built as a hub of related information for all residents and organizations within the Central Okanagan.

We would appreciate your participation in answering a few questions which would be of interest to our constituents. These questions are a pared-down list of questions from several participants. The responses will be posted on our website starting this Wednesday (Nov 9, 2011).

Please reply with your name, district you are running in, and position you are running for.

  • What do you think are the top priorities to ensure a food secure community?
  • What are some ways you will support local farmers?
  • What are your plans for a permanent, all-season farmers market, which is easily accessible by transit, pedestrian, and vehicular traffic.
  • Would you change the regulations surrounding chickens and / or bees in urban areas?
  • How are you going to increase the number of community gardens and farm-to-school programs?

Thank you on behalf of all Central Okanagan Food Policy Council members, along with all concerned residents.

Communities in Bloom

The Food Action Society is sponsoring the new Edible Garden category this year. Why not enter your vegetable garden or edible landscaping project? If you like to grow food or enjoy edible landscaping, why not enter the new Communities in Bloom residential edible garden category? Food growing is a rediscovered art that provides recreation, delicious food, and fosters skill-building for more resilient communities. In my walks out and about, I’ve seen a number of gardens that integrate food with ornamentals as well as some lovely food gardens. It’s not so much about winning a contest, it’s more about inspiring others. Check out the brochure below and enter today!Entry brochure

Why Food is an Election Issue

The People’s Food Policy 

By rabble staff

The People’s Food Policy is encouraging voters to attend debates and ask candidates questions about the close to 2.5 million Canadians who are regularly concerned about having enough food to eat.

Canada urgently needs a national food policy. Close to 2.5 million Canadians are regularly concerned about having enough food to eat — more than the populations of Calgary and Ottawa put together. At the same time, one in four Canadians is considered obese. Hunger and obesity strain not only individuals and families, but an already overburdened health care system — with wide-ranging physical, mental and social health implications. The current approach to food in Canada is also failing food producers, and the environment. We are losing thousands of farms a year — 67 a week nationwide. And the food system is a leading contributor to climate change — responsible for somewhere between 30 and 57 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. The status quo is no longer an option.

The need for change is obvious, and food has, for the first time, become an election issue. All five federal parties are advancing either national food strategies, or policies. In the next year, it is likely that steps will be taken to create Canada’s first national food policy. It is critical that the voices of Canadians across the country, the food movement, and people who don’t have enough to eat, are actively involved in deciding what this will mean in practice.

“Resetting the Table: A People’s Food Policy for Canada,” launched this week in Ottawa, is the first-ever citizen-led national food policy. The People’s Food Policy lays the groundwork for a Canada free of hunger, with decent livelihoods for food producers and sustainable environment for the future. Developed over two years, it is based on the work of hundreds of people who devoted thousands of volunteer hours to create a policy that genuinely reflects the perspective of Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast. The People’s Food Policy is grounded in 10 detailed discussion papers which cover subjects ranging from agriculture, to health, to the environment, to fisheries, to Indigenous food systems, to science and technology to international food policy. As a result, it is the most comprehensive national food policy being advanced in Canada today.

The People’s Food Policy has dozens of policy recommendations. Among the key ones are:

  • Food should be eaten as close as possible to where it is produced. This would ensure that more Canadians are able to eat fresh and healthy home-grown food, and bring more resilience to the livelihoods of Canadian food providers. This would mean not only increased support for well-known local food approaches such farmers markets, urban agriculture, and community-supported agriculture, but a more systemic shift towards support for Canadian food. A key example of this would be the creation of legislation where institutions and retailers would include a set percentage of Canadian food in what they serve and sell.
  • The food system is a leading contributor to climate change. In order to ensure food for the future, a key priority for the People’s Food Policy is supporting food producers in a widespread shift to ecological food production. This would include increased support for initiatives such as organic agriculture, community-managed fisheries and indigenous food systems, as well as the creation of transition plans for existing farmers and fishers to move to more ecological ways of producing food.
  • It is unacceptable that close to  2.5 million Canadians are food insecure. The People’s Food Policy calls for the creation of federal poverty elimination and prevention programs, with measurable targets and timelines, to ensure Canadians can better afford healthy food.
  • Canada is the only G8 country with no national school meal program. The People’s Food Policy calls for a federally funded Children and Food Strategy, including school meal programs, school gardens, and food literacy programs to ensure that all children at all times have access to the food required for healthy lives.

As we head into the final weeks on the campaign trail, the People’s Food Policy is encouraging voters to attend debates and ask candidates questions about food policy. The future of food in Canada is now.

Anna Paskal is a writer and organizer on food issues in Canada and internationally. She is the policy lead for the People’s Food Policy and on the advisory board of Food Secure Canada. She is also an author and award-winning filmmaker.

To read the People’s Food Policy, and to sign the People’s Food Policy Pledge, please click here .