6th Annual 2011 Organic Okanagan Festival

on Sunday September 18, 2011 from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

at Summerhill Pyramid Winery, 4870 Chute Lake Road, Kelowna

AND the Center for Learning at Okanagan College, 1000 KLO Road, Kelowna.

2011 Attendee Information:

General admission is $6 at the door plus a non-perishable food item for the Kelowna Community Food Bank.

Help us raise 2500 lbs. of food in one day!

Students & seniors $4 admission.

Children under 10, FREE admission!

Bike riders FREE admission! *Cyclists please enjoy the free bike valet service courtesy of the Kelowna Cycling Coalition at the lower Summerhill parking lot. Entrance to this area is off of Lakeshore Road; make a right turn onto Lakeshore, off of Chute Lake Road and less than 1 km down the road you will see the marked entrance.

Green your mind, spirit and palate!

With $6 admission OOF attendees can enjoy both festival venues and all the entertainment including: the lecture series and films, live music, our Consignment is Cool fashion show, the children's entertainment and the entire marketplace with over 72 green living exhibitors. Enjoy, sample, shop and learn with Activist Alley, the Green Building Expo, an Organic Farmer's Market and much more!

Extensive parking is available at Okanagan College, with limited parking at Summerhill Winery. We will be offering a free OOF bus shuttle all day long enabling festival attendees to park and ride from either location on a loop.

2011 is an exciting year for the Organic Okanagan Festival (OOF)! Attendance has been growing steadily every year as we are able to expand our offerings; therefore with the addition of a second venue at Okanagan College we will simultaneously showcase even more Okanagan environmental information, focusing on eco-building, alternative energy and green transportation. We are collaborating with the BC Sustainable Energy Association and hosting an Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Show at the 2011 OOF.

Click here for the Okanagan College OOF exhibitor map!

Click here for the Summerhill Winery OOF exhibitor map!

2011 OOF Entertainment Schedule

Summerhill Winery - IN THE MUSIC TENT

12:00 PM – Kiki the Eco Elf
Kiki the Eco Elf is a magical Children's Entertainer from Vernon, British Columbia.  She is an avid fan of the planet earth and is dedicated to teaching children about how to protect this amazing planet through engaging story-telling, interactive songs, and entertaining clowning/face painting.

2:00 PM - Raging Grannies
Raging Grannies are caring older women who use song to protest and raise awareness of the issues of Peace, the environment and social justice. Satirical and serious, they are politically conscious but non-partisan.

3:00 PM - Community Consignment Fashion Show
A true community event, as the models already personify consignment fashion in their everyday lives!  Watch them walk their walk and talk their talk, as second hand is in command at this something for everyone show.

4:00 PM - Ari Neufeld
Ari Neufeld creates in the moment. Music is the strongest, most electric and far-reaching personifications of this ideal, in the consumable, public forum. So there is singing and instrument playing happening over the poetry, but – deeper – there is a celebration in the performer/audience relationship. Ari keeps up with his voice and guitar by playing drums with his legs through an amplified wooden box-half he found in his grandfather’s toolshed. His growth as an artist has been a journey of world-traveling and an array of honest experience, yielding an ever-flourishing deepening to the rendering, and a highly entertaining approach to folk music. Prepare to be disarmed!


1:00 PM - Genetic Engineering and the Future of our Food – Presentation by Lucy Sharratt, CBAN.
Lucy Sharratt is Coordinator of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network and has been researching and campaigning on the issue of genetic modification for 15 years.  Join Lucy to get the latest information and ask your questions about the threat of GM food to our environment and to the future of organic food & farming!   Visit www.cban.ca/events to learn more about Lucy's BC tour!

3:30 PM - MOTEAS - Seminar & Tasting by Amber Piche
As tea is becoming more popular in the North American market, MOTEAS have sourced tea from around the world that is Organic Certified and Certified Fair Trade. As well, the tea bags are 100% biodegradable. Join Amber in an afternoon talk & tea tasting!


12:30 PM - African Drumming & Dance Lessons with the Ivy Dandjo African Dance Group.


1:45 PM - The Importance of Permaculture - Tour Summerhill Gardens with Gabe Cipes & Jaclyn Herzog
On our 45 minute tour we will be exploring indigenous earth building, companion cropping, forest gardening, biodynamic composting, growing food for the Sunset Bistro and wild crafting.

Okanagan College – Centre for Learning, in the Atrium

11:30 AM - Raging Grannies
Raging Grannies are caring older women who use song to protest and raise awareness of the issues of Peace, the environment and social justice. Satirical and serious, they are politically conscious but non-partisan.

12:00 PM, 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM - Centre for Learning Tour, with Regional Dean Heather Schneider
The goal of the Centre for Learning is to be living, breathing building that showcases the best sustainability practices and environmental stewardship possible by the College. The IDP design method was used to produce a building with significant reductions in energy demand and water use, while providing improved indoor environments and healthier building sites.  Enjoy an informative tour with the Dean herself!

4:00 PM - Tanya Lipscomb
Throughout Tanya’s musical career, there has been a constant display of passion and devotion.   Her stage presence is marked with exuberance and excitement, her playing is consistently solid and her voice sways from rich, deep and powerful, to soft, subtle and sensuous.  

*ALL DAY – Buy raffle tickets at the BCSEA booth to win Electric Vehicle Rides!

Okanagan College - Centre for Learning, in E103

12:30 PM - The Incomappleux, FILM
The Incomappleux River Valley lies in the heart of the only Inland Temperate Rainforest in the world. It is home to colossal +1000 year old trees, rare plants, newly discovered lichen species and glacier fed streams. Narrow trails shared by grizzly and black bears, wolves, elk and deer wind around man-sized ferns, pass magical springs and tunnel through avalanche debris paths. This antique forest is like no other. The majority of the valley bottom has been clear-cut. Come share what remains: visit The Incomappleux.

1:30 PM - Introduction to the Living Building Challenge, by Deren Sentesy of Cascadia Green Building Council
The Living Building Challenge is a philosophy, advocacy tool and certification program that promotes the most advanced measurement of sustainability in the built environment possible today. It can be applied to development at all scales, from buildings - both new construction and renovation, to infrastructure, landscapes and neighbourhoods. Join Deren in an introduction to the Living Building Challenge.

2:30 PM - Building Momentum towards a Teaching Building, by Andrew Hay of Okanagan College
On June 6, 2011 the first Okanagan College students walked into their classes and shops in the Centre of Excellence, Okanagan College, Penticton Campus. They entered through the doors of one of the world's greenest buildings; a structure that is as much a lesson in itself as it is a place to learn. It's a building that incorporates made-in-B.C. innovation as much as it serves to promote it.  Join the Vice President of Okanagan College in exploring this Living Campus!

3:30 PM - Electric Car Conversions – Presentation by Gerry Martselos, VEVA
Gerry helps people make positive changes , from importing EV’s, to Biodiesel and Waste Veggie Oil conversions, to solar hot water heating systems, his goal is to facilitate positive changes that make a tangible difference.  The future of transportation belongs to the electric car; come learn why it’s a common sense requirement for our sustainable survival.

Click for a map to Summerhill Winery & Okanagan College