Tasting Festival presented by:
Argus Hospitality Group

Join us for OC Cultivates - Stimulate your tastebuds and your mind! 

Meet and mingle over delicious pairings, then sit back and enjoy storytelling from renowned local innovators passionate about Okanagan food, beverage and tourism.   

Registration is open - seating is limited! 

Tasting Festival and Innovators in Conversation

Join us Thursday, May 2, 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Centre for Learning, E Building, Kelowna campus
Okanagan College, 1000 KLO Road


5:30 p.m. - OC Cultivates Food and Beverage Tasting Festival - Presented by Argus Hospitality Group

  • Food and beverage tastings offered by local producers and restaurants
  • Opportunity to mingle and network with industry leaders in food, beverage and tourism
  • Your own take-home stemless wine glass

7 p.m. - Innovators in Conversation- Rising to the challenge: The role of innovation and entrepreneurship in driving this region's food, beverage and tourism industries 

  • Hosted by AM1150’s Phil Johnson, the conversation will feature storytelling from esteemed leaders in Okanagan food, beverage and tourism 
  • Featured speakers include Audrey Surrao, Chief Clarence Louie, Dr. Neil Fassina and Tony Stewart

OC Cultivates Innovators: Presenter Bios

Audrey Surrao

Audrey Surrao is a force in the world of culinary excellence and hospitality. Audrey, along with business partner and co-owner Chef Rod Butters, has masterfully crafted a small culinary empire that has redefined the dining scene in Kelowna and beyond. Her deep-rooted connections have contributed significantly to the region’s gastronomic evolution.  

Audrey Surrao

Chief Clarence Louie

Chief Clarence Louie is an innovator and entrepreneur with success in building tourism and industrial enterprises and has been Chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band for over 36 years. A recognized national leader in Indigenous economic development, he has received regional, national and international recognition, including the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada

Chief Clarence Louie

Dr. Neil Fassina

Dr. Neil Fassina became Okanagan College's President in April 2021. A thought-leader, collaborator and visionary with over 15 years of experience in academic leadership, he advocates to increase access to post-secondary education and lifelong learning opportunities, specifically through collaboration and partnership with communities, business and industry, and the public sector.

Neil Fassina, President Okanagan College

Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart is the CEO of BACAS Family Estates and Quails’ Gate Estate Winery. An innovator and leader in the winery and culinary industries, he is passionate about developing one of Canada’s top wine brands and committed to establishing the Okanagan Valley as North America’s leading wine and culinary region.

Tony Stewart

Host Phil Johnson

Phil Johnson interviews local, national, and international guests skewed towards locally-based issues. He also presents information on the buzz topics of the day through interviews and guests.

Phil Johnson

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