The Wild Meats and Wild Wines food event during the Winter Festival of Wine in Sun Peaks was a huge hit. Tickets were sold out and revellers lined up outside of Masa’s Bar and Grill eager to experience a little taste of the wild side.
With the male servers dressed in khaki safari guide uniforms and female servers donning tribal inspired flowing skirts and tops, the Masa’s staff headed by food and beverage manager Bobbe Lyall succeeded in giving the Sun Peaks restaurant an exotic African feel.
The cocktail style, stand up dinner was suitable for mingling with the crowd and spotting food that was either served at a booth or offered by roaming servers on the prowl for hungry people. The menu for the evening was true to theme and, come to think of it, with Sun Peaks known as a haven for wildlife, was also suited to the location.
If you think eating wild meats is like being on Fear Factor, a little taste test at this event might make you change your mind. The evening’s menu was surprisingly yummy. It included familiar items like duck pate and smoked trout and more unusual appetizers like bison ribs and wild boar sausage served with grape sauce.
The appetizing presentation and mouth-watering aromas in the air also helped win over hesitant foodies.
Red and white wine varietals from the Okanagan wineries were also served to complement the appetizers.
In addition to the food experience, the highlight of the event was the African performance. The Kokoma Heritage Dance and Drum Ensemble provided unique entertainment. The energetic dancing and the echoing beat of the djembes amidst the quietness of the village was a perfect ending that ushered merrymakers well into the evening. It might have been a snowy wonderland outside, but inside Masa’s, partygoers were revelling in their own version of Africa.