Local foods and flavours featured at the Shuswap Trail Party

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Local foods and flavours featured at February's Shuswap Trail Party
The Shuswap, British Columbia – Trails are about connecting us to each other and the land, say local advocates. Trails should engage all five senses, and be more about the experience around us than the trail itself. The upcoming February 3rd Shuswap Trails Auction and Dance is set to celebrate just that.

The Fifth Annual Shuswap Trails celebration will feature a taste of the region’s local foods and flavours. Trail appetizers and finger foods will be created by Al and Sandy Boucher of Blue Canoe, in Salmon Arm, who grow much of the produce they use in their culinary creations in their own garden, and source the rest from local growers. The focus is on fresh, local, and flavourful. “We’re creating trails and greenways to get people outside and connected with the place we live,” says Shuswap Trail Alliance coordinator, Phil McIntyre-Paul, “so let’s create community events that do the same thing.”

The February 3rd celebration rounds the local flavours out with veggie trays featuring fresh organic produce from Mara’s Wildflight Farms, prepared by volunteers from another local culinary hot spot, the Shuswap Pie Shop staff. And then pairs it all with hops from local microbrewery, The Barley Station, and locally crafted wines from the Larch Hills Winery. Finally, add the music with the dancing energy of Sicamous’ own, Scarecrow, edged on by EZ Rock DJ of the local airwaves, Partick Ryley, and the stage is set for a festival of local flavours.
“It’s a perfect reflection of exactly what makes calling the Shuswap home such a privilege and worth looking after with every ounce of our will,” says Phil. Great people, incredible local flavours, and knee buckling beauty all around us. Natural trails help us connect with it all.”

The February 3rd Shuswap Trails Auction and Dance establishes the annual base funding needed to support community greenway trail projects throughout the Shuswap in 2012.

Tickets for the much anticipated event are on sale at Skookum Cycle and Ski, Lakeside Insurance, Ridetech, Trailheads, and Salmon Arm Financial in Salmon Arm; AJ’s and the Worx in Sicamous; and MacLeod Agencies and Canhealth and Dental in Enderby. Every ticket sold translates into a metre of greenway trail on the ground somewhere in the Shuswap.

To find out more about Shuswap Trails throughout the region, visit www.shuswaptrails.com.
And be sure to “Like” Shuswap Trails on Facebook. 1000 likes by February 3rd triggers entry for everyone liked to the page for cool prizes.

For further background on this release, please contact:

Winston Pain (Chair)
For the Shuswap Trail Alliance

Phil McIntyre-Paul (Project Coordinator)           
for the Shuswap Trail Alliance