The Small lot Wine & Cheese Makers- by the sea

Just back from another whirlwind weekend trip to the Coast! I am the co-organizer of Garagiste North- a wine festival and wine club that specializes in BC small lot (under 2000 case production) wines. Saturday afternoon we held our 2nd Garagiste North Wine Festival at WISE Hall in East Van. Our inaugural festival was held last year at Meyer Family Vineyards in OK Falls. Our foray into Vancouver was a great success and we are looking forward to our next event this year at The Laurel in Kelowna on September 27th. Garagiste North - Small Guys Festival

Besides the Festival, I had two final photo appointments scheduled for the cookbook โ€“ one of Chef Andrea Jeffersonโ€™s delicious Quince Cake (that I also got to eat - AH-MAZING!) and one of award-winning cheesemaker Debra Amrein-Boyes at her beautiful farm and cheese shop in Agassiz, Farm House Cheese . The farm is located in the District of Kent in the Upper Fraser Valley of BCโ€™s southwest coastal region. This part Fraser Valleyโ€™s dynamic farm community offers spectacular views of the green fields and surrounding mountains. Located close to the natural hot springs resort of Harrison Hot Springs, the region boasts: โ€œSteep canyon-like walls along the Harrison River, the heights and crags of Mt. Woodside and Green Mountain and spectacular views of the Cheam Mountain range along the south side of the Fraser River offer spectacular vistas and topographic relief from the vast expanses of our productive farmlands.โ€ (from The District of Kent website).

This is a world-class cheesemaking operation. Debra is one of only 12 people in Western Canada and the US who has been inducted into the prestigious French Cheese Guild, the โ€œGuilde des Fromagers Confrerie de Saint-Uguzonโ€ , which recognizes those who protect and continue the tradition of cheesemaking around the world. She has also written a book for home cheesemakers called โ€œ200 Easy Homemade Cheeses recipes-From Cheddar and Brie to Butter and Yogurtโ€. Congratulations are in order as well as she just won Best Aged Cheddar Cheese for the 2nd year in a row!!

Chef Andrea Jefferson owns Quince, a bright cafรฉ and cooking school in Vancouverโ€™s beautiful Kits area. With lunch offerings on the menu, all home made and using the best ingredients, she also offers a freezer section with delicious take home dinner options called โ€œQuince Expressโ€. Chef Andreaโ€™s cooking classes are fun and unpretentious, which is why she won a Georgia Straight Best of Vancouver award for Top Places for Casual Cooking Classes. She also offers a delicious mini gourmet shop with supplies for your home kitchen.

Andrea gave me the most delicious sandwich to go โ€“ smoked wild sockeye salmon with capers, marinated red onion, cucumber and mayo on house made flax bread. YOM! Canโ€™t wait to go back for another!

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Debra Amrein-Boyes, award-winning cheese maker from Farmhouse Cheese.

Debra Amrein-Boyes, award-winning cheese maker from Farmhouse Cheese.

Chef Andrea drizzling caramel sauce over her delicious Quince Cake! Recipe in By The Sea :)

Chef Andrea drizzling caramel sauce over her delicious Quince Cake! Recipe in By The Sea :)