Fishing. Food. Friends. Fluids The Four F’s Year Seven
For 7 years I have had the pleasure of gathering once a year with 3 food and wine friends to fish, eat a great meal and pour tastes of interesting wines.
What’s not to like about that.
Along for the fun again are:
John Weber – Our host this year as we all gathered at John’s Orofino Winery in the Similkameen Valley in the South Okanagan. John’s wife Virginia was kind enough to let us stay overnight in her outstanding Orofino Winery Suites, right beside the crush pad.
John is the real true fisherman here. He arranged a pontoon boat drift down a stretch of the Similkameen River, from just outside Hedley and almost to Keremeos. 6 hours in total.
Our second day was spent just outside Cawston on a farming lake that can be seen from the highway. Its stocked, locked and loaded.
Executive Chef Mark Filatow from came along again with his spinning rod..the one with no tip.
Didn’t stop him in the least. Caught more fish than me, that’s for sure.
Mark also prepared a sensational breakfast and a dinner that I’m still telling people about.
Oh, and then he created pizza’s from all the leftovers. Pies that could win awards.
It’s the kind of cooking you come to expect from his Waterfront Bistro and his Catering café in Kelowna.
One other thing, because he’s a certified Somm, his wine choices for all of us are from all over the Planet!
And finally Rhys Pender – Master of Wine and co-partner in Cawston’s Little Farm Winery, just around the corner from Orofino.
In the two days that we’re together it’s Rhys that starts most group laughs. Plus he comments about the wines we’ve brought to no one one in particular..I think he just shouts out tasting comments to the ceiling.
Occasionally I feel like I’m in one of his Wine Plus Classes.
Enjoy the food, the wines, the fishing and what friends do when they gather.
(all fish were catch and release.)
Just a heads up – to all those many people who drive through Keremeos , Cawston and The Similkameen Valley on their way to “wine country”, STOP and check out The Similkameen, Its where many of the other wineries wish they had vineyards. This IS wine country!!
And the fishing is outstanding!!
Special thanks to:
Row 14 Restaurant
STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON:
Lft Governors Awards