The latest dinner in Gatzke Orchard’s Go Foodism series will feature Canadian/Jamaican chef Cornel Fisher for an outdoor roaming four-course meal on Sunday, July 27.
Billed as reggae nights, the third in the Go Foodism series will haver Fisher cooking up Caribbean flavours and sprinkling in some storytelling and songs spiced up with local farm ingredients and wine tastings by Arrowleaf Cellars.
“Cornel has been connected to the Gatzke Orchard for over a decade,” said third generation orchard owner Al Gatzke. “It’s a great moment to have him take part in our Go Foodism series after hearing me talk about it all these years. Cornel brings a great energy to all our events. Reggae Nights will be very special for sure.”
Gatzke Orchard just hosted its Woodstock Revival music festival for the third year, where Fisher was a prominent performer on the scene.
“I love working with the Gatzke family,” said Fisher. “Their orchard is a very special place in the Okanagan Valley and I continue to create more amazing memories each year. This year Woodstock was incredible, not only for all the happy hungry people, but for the music as I was able to perform with my seven year old son Benjamin Moon. An unforgettable experience.”
A total of six orchard dinners this year will feature a diverse group of B.C.’s finest chefs taking over the orchard. Fisher is the third chef featured in the Gatzke Orchard outdoor, roaming dinner series, taking place on the last Sunday of the month, from May through to September.
“Cornel has also been our pizza chef heating up our clay wood burning oven on feel-good Fridays and at our weddings and music events,” said Joseph Pinheiro, event manager.
“I’ve watched him create beautiful gourmet pizza’s then jump on stage for a set and return to a lineup 20 deep of new pizza/music fans. Even at our weddings he adds an extra element of entertainment and authenticity to people’s Okanagan experience on our orchard.”
Before dinner, guests will explore the Gatzke property alongside those who raised their dinner and will be able to harvest some of the food that will be cooked.
“I can’t wait until July 27th so I can cook and sing,” said Fisher. “I’m looking forward to sharing the stories and flavours of some of my favourite Jamaican recipes. It’s going to be a jammin’ good time.”
Tickets for the Go Foodism series are available at gatzkeorchard.com.