Culinary Stage: Fort Berens with The Kitchen
The Kitchen at Fort Berens Estate Winery, featuring Chef Jean-Sébastien Ouellette
Crafting the Culinary History of Lillooet
The Lillooet area is steeped in storied history, a place where the living traditions of the First Nations of the region met the practices of the 19th century settlers drawn by the discovery of gold along the Gold Rush Trail.
In recent years, other newcomers have arrived to take advantage of the bounty of the land in this region. They have discovered what was long known: that the alpine breezes, lingering summer sunlight, and moderate winters of Lillooet are perfect for growing many crops.
Lillooet and the surrounding areas have experienced a growth in the production of local, organic and often heritage, fruit, vegetables and herbs, and meats such as beef, pork, lamb and duck. Farmers are increasingly focused on the production of varieties that not only are organic, but also more nutritious, with better flavour and aromas than those commercially produced elsewhere.
As this region evolves, these new crops of today and those we will see tomorrow have an opportunity to meld uniquely with the traditional First Nations recipes of the region, as well as with other food cultures.
This culinary stage experience is a unique opportunity to savour three unique wine-paired dishes along with a presentation and celebration of Lillooet's culinary history, through to the present, and with a nod to the exciting future. This experience is designed to be just as educational as it is delicious.
Today, with 30 acres of vines in the ground, and a cabinet filled with regional, national and international wine awards, Fort Berens is showing the world that Lillooet is a discovery for the new millennium and the birthing place of an exciting emerging wine and culinary region as they passionately handcraft award-winning wines that reflect the unique Lillooet terroir. You can see all of the richness of these bounties come together with a farm-to-table meal showcasing the local food and wine at The Kitchen at Fort Berens, their winery restaurant overlooking the vineyard.