The 3rd Annual Lumby Butter Tart Festival was truly blessed by the arrival of rain. While a few of us got a little wet, there was no denying the sense of relief and sheer joy as a gentle shower turned into a much more robust rain. Even the Park crows were in a celebratory mood!
This Festival gets bigger and better every year, this year we had 16 vendors selling butter tarts and every one of them was busy until the Market closed. No shortages this year, but no great surpluses either. Absolutely perfect. There were so many people involved from the Community and I have to thank the following for their assistance and involvement:
Regional District of North Okanagan; the Village of Lumby Parks & Recreation Department
Lumby Chamber of Commerce; all the Lumby merchants who put up posters
All our volunteers with a special nod to the Community Pride Program young people
Whitevalley Community Resource Centre; Whitevalley Community Centre
Lumby Valley Times; 107.5KISS FM; Vernon Morningstar; Global TV
Rogers Foods Ltd. for sponsoring the Butter Tart Contest again this year
All the entrants in the Best Butter Tart Contest;
All the wonderful vendors who offered everything from Mexican Food for hungry humans to butter tarts for pets
to massages for harried Festival goers
Gold Fox Acres for bringing out the adorable animals of the petting zoo
The charitable organizations whose members mixed and rolled, filled and baked hundreds of butter tarts to raise funds for their worthwhile projects
The family of Market vendors of the Lumby Public Market who brought butter tarts, jewellery, purses, artwork, crocheted and quilted products, flowers, vegetables, fruits, household products and so much more to this special version of our regular Saturday Market
All the Community organizations that joined in the fun by offering their own special events in concert with the Festival
Bruce for taking all those wonderful pictures, which you can see on our website soon
Around the Block Lumby for its support and for posting our many messages
People who came from all over the Okanagan to visit our Village, our Festival and share the wonder of the rain
If I’ve missed anyone, I’m sincerely sorry but you know that your contributions and faith in the growth of the Butter Tart Festival is hugely appreciated
DIDN’T GET ENOUGH BUTTER TARTS LAST WEEK? Check it out, this week the Lumby United Church will be offering coffee and butter tarts at the Market and Sharlene’s jolly crew will be back selling even more of their very special butter tarts. See you at the Market, Saturday 9am-1pm as usual.
WINNERS: LUMBY’S “BEST HOMEMADE BUTTER TART CONTEST”
This year’s “Best Homemade Butter Tart” Contest at the Lumby Butter Tart Festival held September 9th was again sponsored by Rogers Foods Ltd. of Armstrong. Rogers supplied gifts for 1st and 2nd place winners, gift baskets for a draw as well as ribbons for the winners.
Judges Kim Hutton, Rick Fairbairn, Judy Phillips, and Richard Rolke faced a difficult challenge with so many excellent entries in both the traditional and non-traditional categories. And, the winners were:
1st prize Randy McDermid
2nd prize: Charlotte Blanchard
3rd prize: Barbara Quibell
1st prize: Kitty Hertgers
2nd prize: Judy Farago
3rd prize: Tina-Marie Christian
In the photo, Barbara Quibell, Randy McDermid, Charlotte Blanchard, Kitty Hertgers Missing Judy Farago, Tina-Marie Christian
Here’s the line-up for September 9th at Whitevalley Community Park 9am-1pm
- 9am Judging of the “Best Butter Tart in BC” contest;
- 9am Market opens for the 2017 Lumby Butter Tart Festival
- Vendors selling butter tarts: Cedarstein Farms, Sam Nason, Elsie Manahan, Julie Wilding, Leona Carr, Gwynn LePoidevin, Charlotte Blanchard, Deborah Shearing, Murray August, Sharlene Sivyer…
- Fundraisers selling butter tarts on-site: Cherryville Elementary, Sacred Heart Church, NOV Gleaners, Lumby & District Health Services Society
- Fundraisers selling butter tarts off-site: Lumby United Church, Monashee Community Co-op, Monashee Arts Council at The Village Gallery
- Food Trucks: Joy’s Addiction Mexican,
- Pie & ice cream Fundraiser: Lumby Museum
- Public Market vendors selling fruit, vegetables, farm produce and products, jewellery, soaps, crocheted items, quilts and needlework, tablecloths and runners, 31 Gifts purses and bags, acrylic paintings, Norwex products, Watkins Products, Tupperware, doggie toys & treats, new-to-you goods and more…
- Massage with Lucy on-site
- 107.5 KISSFM events crew on-site
- For the kids: playground, spray park, and Gold Fox Acres petting zoo
- 1:00 p.m. draw for two gift baskets donated by Rogers Bulk Food Store, Armstrong
- Looking for an after-festival rest stop? Try Ida’s Bakery or Jitter Beans Coffee
Lumby’s a little Village located at the gateway to the Monashee Mountains of British Columbia. You can reach it from Vernon, B.C. via Highway 6 https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/My+location/Lumby,+British+Columbia/data=!4m6!4m5!1m0!1m2!1m1!1s0x537dd3cd2f93148d:0xcd224383fce0f360!3e0
Have you seen our website? www.lumbymarket.com. It’s so cool, it has a countdown to the Butter Tart Festival & Contest! You can also get information about the Festival, and print off application forms for both vendors and for those folks who want to enter the “Best Homemade Butter Tart” contest. I notice a fair number of butter tarts are already appearing on vendors’ tables, you might want to check a few out before the big event on September 9th.
The Lumby Public Market Society is a non-profit organization and community is very important to us. This year at the Festival we’re happy to have the Lumby & District Health Services Society, North Okanagan Gleaners, the Lumby Museum, and Sacred Heart Church at the Festival grounds offering tarts and other baked goods as part of their fundraising activities. And, both the Monashee Co-op and the Lumby United Church will be doing the same, but at their own locations. With Ida’s Bakery and Jitter Beans getting into the fun, we’ll soon have the makings of a butter tart tour of Lumby. Mustn’t forget the Monashee Arts Council sale of gently used arts & crafts supplies/equipment that’s being held at the same time at the Village Gallery.
It’s pretty easy to find things in Lumby, we only have one red light and it’s a four-way stop at the intersection of Highway 6 and Shuswap Avenue. So, upon entering the Village from Vernon, one of the first Butter Tart Sites you’ll see is Lumby United Church, it’ll be to your left – across from the (only)
Shell station. Proceed to the four way red light, now here you’ll have to make a choice. Should you go left on Shuswap and follow the signs to the main Festival site, or turn right and check out the organic butter tarts on offer from the Monashee Co-Op, a farmer’s and producers co-op and seller of organic products? Now you could go straight and you’ll pass by Ida’s Bakery (home of one of last year’s award-winning bakers) and Jitter Beans Coffee House (they make a mean butter tart,) but I wouldn’t advise lingering over a fresh cuppa if you want to witness the judging of the Butter Tarts, or buy some to take home. The judging starts at 9 am sharp, and the Butter Tarts for sale go fast – unless you’ve used our online order form, then you can just sashay over and pick them up from your favourite non-profit organization.