After an incredible first day of the Skookum Festival in Stanley Park, I returned the next day to experience more musical performances as well as another long table dinner which was an Okanagan Bounty themed dinner of dishes and wine prepared by Okanagan’s Joy Road Catering.
Guests were seated at two long tables each beautifully decorated with flower centerpieces adorning the tables.
We enjoyed an Amuse + Passed Canapes
Ripe Okanagan peaches with their 2-year prosciutto & basil
Dungeness crab & prawn cakes with sorrel aioli & shaved radish
Pairing: Bella Blanc de Blanc
For the Appetizers they featured a Fougasse house-baked with grapes & rosemary
Heirloom tomato & basil carpaccio an outstanding dish with homemade ricotta, Similkameen nectarines Fiore olive oil & aged balsamic
Pairing: Lock & Worth Rose
The main was served family style, featuring Overnight roasted JRC Farm Pork with Romesco sauce & charred scallions
Freshly milled Fieldstone Polenta which was one of my favourite dishes made with shucked corn, oregano, Nakusp lobster & white chanterelle mushrooms
Heritage squash confit with Arugula, toasted hazelnuts & shaved Farmhouse goat cheese with House-made quince vinegar
Pairing: Hugging Tree Telltale
Dessert finished off a fine meal with the Santa Rosa Plum Galette with Tobacco, anise & vanilla bean Chantilly
Pairing: Synchromesh 2017 ‘Four Shadows Vineyard’ Riesling
The Long Table Dinner was held under the covered tent, lit up, with blankets to keep all warm if they so desired, most of the dishes were served family style and there was a lot of food to keep diners happy; you could even get your photo taken by Tiny Prints, rounding out this incredible experience.
Earlier in the day I enjoyed some incredible music by Said The Whale, Current Swell, X Ambassadors, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Milky Chance, and Stereophonics.
There was food, beer and wine, art displays around the site as well as a food truck area.
After dinner I enjoyed the music from Metric and the festival headliner, Florence + The Machine.
The festival featured four stages of contemporary music performances with over 50 stage performances, live and multimedia art installations; gourmet culinary experiences from some of Vancouver’s most acclaimed restaurants; pop-up and roaming entertainment throughout the weekend and tasting areas showcasing some of the best BC wines, locally brewed craft beer as well as select offerings from local area craft distilleries.
By: Richard Wolak