Oh my goodness. Sometimes in life you get to participate in an event that thrills you so much that it makes your heart sing! Some people get that high from sporting events, music lovers get it from those once-in-a-lifetime concerts, but I, I get it from foodie events. And Saturday night’s Araxi Long Table Dinner, held on a farm in Pemberton, was one of those memorable events!We started with a few cheeky drinks on the sunny patio at Araxi. This is a “Frozen Vine”, which is a mix of icewine, vodka, sparkling wine. It’s a little pricey at $14 but well worth it. We picked up the shuttle that took us out to North Arm Farm, Pemberton, where we were greeted with this:
So, the view? Obviously it was absolutely amazing. And the weather? The weather was summer at its finest. Now, the food? Let me tell you about the food…On arrival we were greeted with glasses of chilled riesling, fresh berry vodka cocktails (the berries are picked right from the farm – hello!) and canapés.
…followed by Yarrow Meadow duck liver parfait. The animal-lover in me didn’t want to enjoy these as much as I did.
A well-balanced sweet corn and basil soup completed the canapés. If you so wished, tours of the farm were given or you could choose to devour more canapés and drink more welcome drinks. We chose the latter. It was an easy decision to make.
We eventually made our way over to the 114 seat long table and got ready to be wowed.
The first course, North Arm Beet Salad, was served with a Foxtrot Chardonnay. The beets were grown on the farm, paired with buffalo mozzarella and spiced nuts.
The second course was a light and refreshing Wild BC Tuna “Nicoise”. It was made with butter potatoes, beans, tomato salsa verde, quail eggs and olive tapenade. The wine pairing was a Foxtrot Pinot Noir. Absolutely delicious!
The main course was Heritage Angus Natural Beef, which was barbequed throughout the evening. The crispy slow cooked beef cheek fritters were absolutely divine. The side was North Arm onions, swiss chard and baby onions. My favourite wine of the night was the wine paired with this meal; a smooth Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon.
Here is the Meat Guardian, Pinot. She is the North Arm Farm dog and she did a great job watching over the meat and cleaning up any scraps that *might* have fallen her way. What a beautiful girl.
Dessert was served with a cabernet sauvignon ice wine, and even though we were all extremely full, we tucked right in. The chocolate dipped ice-cream bars were a delight on such a hot day. Pistachio cakes and fresh cherries were also served.
We finished our meal with macaroons and jellies, courtesy of Thierry Café.
As the sunset over the craggy mountains and the last bites were had, we piled back into the shuttle with full bellies and a drunken buzz and headed back to Araxi for more drinks with our new foodie friends. I cannot recommend the Araxi Long Table Dinner enough. Yes, $160 for the food and drinks (+ $35 for the shuttle) is quite a hefty cost but if you are a foodie then you understand that this is money well-spent.
We will be back next year!