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Seared rare Ahi tuna, avocado salad, crispy won ton and smoked salmon from Carmelo's

The Second Annual Best of the West, presented by Park Royal and hosted by house wine, is back. This is a great event (and one that I attended last year), serving up BC’s best, in celebration of BC Day.

Foie gras tart with red wine, apple marmalade, apple-ginger caviar, fleur de sel and savoury sponge toffee from Fraîche
[Foie gras tart with red wine, apple marmalade, apple-ginger caviar, fleur de sel and savoury sponge toffee from Fraîche]

This enjoyable evening has become a new highlight of the yearly Harmony Arts Festival, taking place this year from August 3 to 12.

Pouring a Haywire Rosé
[Pouring a Haywire Rosé]

Tantalus Vineyards Riesling

Guests will enjoy food and wine from 13 participating restaurants and wineries. Set at the foot of 14th Street at the Pier, this ticketed event is set to be an unparalleled waterfront experience.

Best of the West

You’ll also be able to vote on your favourite dish and wine team to be crowned 2012’s Best of the West. Live entertainment will complete the picture, as you enjoy a glass of wine and delicious food from some of the area’s best-loved chefs on a (hopefully) warm summer night.

Best of the West

Participating Restaurants

Beachside Forno
Carmelo’s Ristorante
Fraîche Restaurant
La Régalade French Bistro
Louis Gervais Fine Foods & Catering
Mangia E Bevi
Restaurant Chez Michel
The Observatory Restaurant
Zen Japanese Restaurant
Larson Station
PIER 7 restaurant + bar
Dundarave Fish Market Ltd. Restaurant and Lounge
Dale Ferris Catering

Participating Wineries

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
JoieFarm
Laughing Stock Vineyards
Meyer Family Vineyards
Mission Hill Family Estate
Okanagan Crush Pad
Orofino Vineyards
Painted Rock Estate Winery
Poplar Grove Winery
Quails’ Gate
Stag’s Hollow Winery & Vineyard
Tantalus Vineyards
Blue Mountain Vineyard & Cellars
On-site BC VQA Regional Wine Bar

Best of the West

Date: August 8, 7 to 9 pm
Venue: Ambleside Pier (at the foot of 14th Street and Argyle Avenue)
Tickets: $100; available online
Note: in the event of inclement weather, the location will be changed to a covered venue. You will be notified on the day of the event.

All images © 2012 Ariane Colenbrander.

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