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Okanagan College Culinary Arts students get cheesy with Wine Festival competition
Okanagan College Media Release

A marriage of savoury with sweet will be ready for the tasting at Okanagan College May 10 when Culinary Arts students put on The Cheesiest Sweet & Savoury Competition as part of the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival.Wine and cheese at OC

The unique event takes place at Infusions Restaurant at the Kelowna campus, starting at 7 p.m.

Diners will spend the evening enjoying exquisite food paired with wines from Calona Vineyard, Hester Creek, Summerhill Pyramid Winery and Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery.

Products are coming into the Culinary Arts department’s kitchen now, including select cheeses from local purveyors Poplar Grove Cheese in Naramata, and The Village Cheese Company in Armstrong.

“I’m a bit nervous about it, but I’m excited too,” said Tracie Woloshyniuk, who is in the final weeks of completing her Culinary Arts certificate, and one of two dozen students taking part in the competition. “My favourite is the bakery, so I’ll be working on one of the desserts.”

Okanagan College Chef instructor Perry Bentley has put together four melt-in-the-mouth sweet dishes for his four teams of students to concoct, including a brûlée made with double cream camembert, cheddar crisp, and grape compote.

Meanwhile Chef instructor Jim Armstrong will be overseeing his four teams as they work to create four of his savoury masterpieces like prosciutto wrapped lingcod with a mascarpone risotto cake.

The concept of putting together something featuring cheese and wine came from a conversation between Bentley and Okanagan College Business professor Blair Baldwin, who is also the general manager of the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society.

“We thought this would be a friendly and fun competition,” Bentley said. “And at the end of the evening, everyone will get to find out who won best paring, best plate, and of course, most fun plate.”

Tickets for the event are $40 and available through the College by calling 250-762-5445, ext. 4426. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Okanagan College cafeteria, located on campus at 1000 KLO Road, between 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For more information, visit the Okanagan Wine Festivals at www.okanaganwinefestivals.com.