Tickets selling fast for Similkameen Barbeque King

The annual Similkameen Barbeque King event is coming up on Saturday, July 12 from 5-9 p.m. at the historic Grist Mill.


The annual Similkameen Barbeque King event is coming up on Saturday, July 12 from 5-9 p.m. at the historic Grist Mill and Gardens in Keremeos. This truly unique Similkameen wine and food experience is a competition where nine featured chefs compete for the coveted title of Similkameen Barbeque King or Queen.

This event is a competition where competing chefs create unique dishes for guests using organic ingredients from local farmers.

Attendees of the event will go from station to station enjoying the foods prepared by each chef, along with Similkameen wines specifically paired to go with each dish, and then all attendees get the opportunity to cast their vote for the best wine and food pairing.

The first hour of the event, from 5-6 p.m. features wine tastings from our Similkameen wineries and some delicious appetizers from local chefs including Benja Thai, Branding Iron and Tree to Me. The competition begins at 6 p.m.

This year’s nine competing chefs are:

Chris Boehm from Burger 55

Jason Hartl from the Delta Grand Okanagan

Natasha Schooten from the Grist Mill

Brent Pillon from Hillside Winery & Bistro

Lee Humphries from Local Lounge & Grille

Jeff Van Geest from Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek

Shayna Merritt from Shayna & Shulman Culinary Adventures

Justin Paakkunainen from Walnut Beach Resort

Adair Scott from Watermark Beach Resort

Home-town favourite, saxophonist and music educator Jonnie Bridgman returns to the Okanagan/Similkameen for his second annual summer tour with the Ajna Jazz Trio. He and his band are at the mill to provide  a full afternoon and evening’s entertainment.

There will also be a silent auction that is a partial fundraiser for the Grist Mill. Tickets for this year’s event are $80 and can be purchased at any of our member wineries, at the Keremeos Visitor Centre or the Grist Mill or online at Shuttle options are available from throughout the Okanagan/Similkameen including a few seats left on a local Princeton, Hedley, Keremeos and Cawston shuttle.

For further information, please contact:

Kim Lawton, Marketing Director



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