What is the Harvest Party? Our annual event, the Harvest Party gathers a bunch of folks with their harvest/excess fresh food. You bring any veggies or fruit, and a few jars and you leave with all your jars filled with your creation - either a fermented vegetable like beets, dill carrots or sauerkraut. Or maybe a jar full of fresh apple juice that you can drink OR turn into cider or vinegar. You can bring your own jars too but we'll also supply some for those who forgot!
Bring: any fruit to ferment any vegetable to ferment a few jars with lids
We provide: raffle prizes! clean filtered water for ferments sea salt for brine a few mason jars in case you forgot some snacks! (bring your own if you want to share!) a fantastic location support, networking, fun!
The event is all about community and saving time (60 hands are better than 2!) to make delicious fermented foods and sharing of course!
Thanks everyone..... it was so worth it! Here I’m sharing photos taken by one of our dearest members…. and words on how the harvest party all began…. and you can get a taste of what goes on!
11 Choppers a' chopping....
5 Juicers a' juicing....
10 packers packing....
5 GOOOOLDEN Ri-................. multi-colored veggies!
2 cameras snapping,
---3 kids running,
-----1 major party.
Here are some of the wonderful faces that graced us that night! This was after all our hard work was done, only a bit of clean-up remained and most headed out after this photo, after 2 hours of steady work flow and laughter.
Many members of Lutz Nutritions' "Fermenting the Okanagan" group on Facebook.
The Harvest Party is open to the public!
We had folks join us from Cowork that had never tried fermenting anything before. It was a great way for them to see it happen, ask questions and network with some seriously advanced fermenters who have experience.
We had folks visit from Osoyoos Signs, Get Bent Yoga & Dance in Penticton, Pentage Winery in Kelowna. We had women from Oliver, Kelowna and even Rock Creek. It was so amazing that we had such a balanced group, representing each part of the entire Valley.
Pictured to the left were some of the responses in our Raffle prize draw. The question was "What's your favourite thing about fermentation?"
I loved so many of the answers! For the raffle, we had amazing edible gifts from Walla Bakery in the Cannery, and from the Cannery Brewing.
THANK you to the businesses' involved in the making of this event - and the folks who attended!
Cowork Penticton for the great space! THANK YOU.
So, how did the Harvest Party get started?
The Harvest Party started as a need to gather together.
It started as an idea and has grown to a fruitful harvest gab-session & healthy-edible creation night.
It started as a hope that we could all touch our food more. Touching food is something we have lost touch with. Food comes from a machine that grabbed it from the land, to a packing plant, to a box, to a shelf, to our bowls.
As a society, we rarely take the time to prepare meals from scratch and really be involved in the process of preparing food.
It started as the need to share the knowledge of the traditional preparation of food, and storage of food over the winters' months, just as our ancestors' used to do.
It started as a way to connect us to old ways.
.... to Get Back.
That we could learn more about how to prepare food traditionally in bigger numbers, on a bigger scale.
That we could get kids involved. Whether they help juice, or run around. That this food will be in their memories for future years. Implanting memories of food being around implants the thought that food is important. In later years, when kids have grown up, they do come back to real food if they remember it when they were young.
No matter what our cultural background is, the preparation, placement and eating of food is something we all have in common with one another. But food is much more than nourishment; it is the vehicle through which we communicate sentiments, express our creativity and create memories. And it is in the sharing of food with others that keeps us connected.
The Harvest Party started as a need to connect the local community of fermenters'.
It has grown into a sharing session.
It has blossomed into a recipe exchange.
It has sprouted into a fun and rewarding way to spend an evening, connecting.
It developed into its own form of a party. A party of bacteria, yeast and lactobacilli beginnings. A party of meeting and sharing, kindness and tradition.
It means so much to me that we all got together.
I can't wait to do it again next year.
In love and for the love of food,