Cowichan Valley Wine & Culinary Festival


September 17th & 18th, 2011 from 10-4 daily

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Come and savor community food security planning: edible landscaping, natural buildings, water recovery systems, diversion of waste streams, alternative energy technologies…and yummy local treats. Enrich your experience of the Cowichan Wine and Culinary Festival by attending O.U.R. 2011 Insight Into GMOs Symposium.

This year’s events include

  • Experience the 2011 Insight into GMOs Symposium with Dr. Don M. Huber, Jon Steinman & Lisa Hach√©-Maguire (Saturday, September 17)
  • Fundraiser dinner
  • Tours of the O.U.R. Ecovillage demonstration site and school – including beautiful natural buildings
  • Local brew at a straw bale bar,
  • Local producer kiosks and Artisan Market on Sunday
  • Extraordinary guest speakers and entertainment
  • Labyrinth
  • Oh… and did we mention that Dr. Don M Huber and Jon Steinman will be OUR keynote speakers?

… activities for the whole family…

Event Details

This year we are pairing up with the Cowichan Valley Wine & Culinary Festival to celebrate our decision to make O.U.R. Ecovillage the first GE Free Zone on Vancouver Island. This declaration will be included within the covenant that we are using to protect the land and all of its activities into the indefinite future.

To celebrate, we have created a special event called the 2011 Insight into GMOs Symposium to give the whole community an opportunity to learn more about the current food system and become informed foodies! All proceeds and donations from the weekend will go toward creating a covenant on the land and protecting this community resource forever.

Local Food Menu

This year’s menu is a delectable combination of Local food, Zero Mile produce, Organics with both Omnivore and Vegetarian options, all Non-GMO of course! Take a look at the 2011 Wine & Culinary Menu (pdf) for more the complete deconstruction of dinner, we’re sure you will be satisfied.

As you indulge in our delicious meal, enjoy scintillating entertainment provided by Robin Massey and the middle eastern dance troup from Shawnigan Lake.

Detailed Schedule

You can pick and choose the activities you would like to attend for the weekend, or go ahead and register for a day long access pass and even the whole weekend.

Saturday, September 17, 2011
Time Description (click for info & to register) Cost
All Day Full Day Access Pass $70
12:00pm – 1:00pm Locovore Lunch $15
1:00 pm Lisa (The Work that Reconnects & Pecha Kucha – What are GMOS?) $30
2:00 pm Break
2:15 pm Dr. Don M. Huber (Roundup Ready seed implications on Agriculture & Livestock)
3:45 pm Break
4:15 pm Jon Steinman (GE FREE Kootenays & Deconstructing Dinner)
6:00 pm Local Food Feast & Dinner Music $40
7:30 – 10pm Facilitated panel discussion (Don Huber, Jon Steinman) Free
Saturday Tours
Time Description Cost
10:30 am Site Tour By Donation
11:30 am Site Tour By Donation
2:00 pm Site Tour By Donation
3:30 pm Site Tour By Donation

Sunday, September 18, 2011

We welcome you to join us for an Artisan Market featuring kiosks from various local artisans from around the Island and the Cowichan Valley from 10am – 4pm. Then, take a break for lunch for great local food and conversation with Jon Steinman. The perfect pairing of deconstructing and delicious food!

Time Description (click for info & to register) Cost
Full Weekend Two Day Access Pass $95
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Deconstructing Lunch with Jon Steinman $28
Sunday Tours
Time Description Cost
10:30 am Site Tour By Donation
12:00 pm Site Tour By Donation
1:30 pm Site Tour By Donation
3:00 pm Site Tour By Donation

Sounds great! How do I register?

To register for the full weekend, including Saturday Lunch, Symposium, Dinner & Sunday Lunch, click the green registration button at the bottom of this page. Book your accommodations here. You can also register for each event separately by clicking on the event description on the detailed schedule above.