Podcast 133 – Oooyster Festival 2013

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Photo by Amber Goodwin

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The Okanagan is turning into Festival Valley. The seasonal Wine Festivals have been going on for quite a while and the Penticton Jazz festival has been around too. But lately it seems that there are now more things than ever popping up and now the “busy season,” which used to be May-24 to early October, is getting extended on both ends and seriously diversifying. (Look for the first Food and Wine Film Festival later this year…)

The new official kick-off to the season involves oysters in Oliver and Osoyoos. Lots of oysters and a lot of towns that start with the letter ‘O’. That is how the Oooyster Festival got its branding last year in the first incarnation that featured dinners, tastings, and events. This year, the 2nd annual, ramped it up a notch or two. More events, more locations, more people, and way more oysters.

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Being that Oooyster Fest is happening in wine country, it seemed only natural that there should be some kind of a wine competition. (Wine making folk can be competitive sometimes. They always say they aren’t, but they are. Really. Ask them.) This year, a group of judges assembled to taste their way through the Canadian Oyster Wine Competition where wines would be judged on how well they paired with oysters.

This podcast is a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the competition itself, featuring rare, never-before-heard audio footage of wine judges judging. The slurping you will hear is actual wine. Do not adjust your iPods.

(A few oysters were harmed in the making of this podcast. But, they were yummy.)

Photo by Amber Goodwin

Photo by Amber Goodwin

Photo by Amber Goodwin

Photo by Amber Goodwin

Photo by Amber Goodwin

Photo by Amber Goodwin