June is National Indigenous History Month and the Osoyoos Indian Band is celebrating by hosting a long table dinner at Nk’Mip Cellars—the first Aboriginal-owned winery in North America and one of the oldest and largest wineries in the Okanagan.
The five-course dinner, inspired by the four elements--earth, air, fire and water--is a collaborative effort between three chefs who will showcase local ingredients and create dishes influenced by Indigenous techniques and culture.
Host chef, Orlin Godfrey, Ontario’s Joseph Shawana of the Odawa Nation and Shane Chartrand of the Enoch Cree Nation in Alberta will serve the multi-course meal on the patio of Nk’Mip Cellars, with each course paired with wines by winemaker and Osoyoos Indian Band member, Justin Hall.
Chief Chief Clarence Louie of Osoyoos Indian Band will also be onsite to welcome guests at a pre-dinner reception held on the roof of Spirit Ridge.
“We invite visitors to disconnect from their busy lives and reconnect with themselves in the South Okanagan,” said Chief Clarence Louie. “There are so many opportunities here for guests to learn about local Indigenous culture, and to see for themselves how we preserve the past by strengthening our future as an incredible year-round travel destination.”
The dinner takes place on National Aboriginal Peoples Day, Thursday, June 21st.