Bake up those butter tarts for Lumby market festival

Celebrate the timeless Canadian treat when the Lumby Public Market hosts the inaugural Butter Tart Festival and contest Sept. 12.

Celebrate that timeless Canadian ooey gooey treat when the Lumby Public Market hosts the inaugural  Butter Tart Festival and contest Saturday, Sept. 12.

“I just love butter tarts,” said organizer Donna Easto. “Growing up, my aunt used to make them for birthdays. They were the best. Mine aren’t quite as good, but I know that the Okanagan boasts some of the best butter tarts in the west. And, I’m not sure, but this may be the very first Butter Tart Festival held in B.C.”

As part of the festival, there will be a juried Best Butter Tart Ever contest and a People’s Choice Award, which will be decided by market goers. Judging commences at 11 a.m.

“As the event’s theme is Okanagan freestyle, we are hoping to see a wide range of butter tarts, celebrating both the talented bakers of the Valley and the wealth of its natural abundance – Apple?  Peach?  Brussels Sprouts? Stinging Nettle?   Bacon?  The variations are endless,” said Easto, adding, “We (also) expect to see some fabulous traditional raisin and pecan tarts at the festival and in the contest.”

Everyone can enter the contest: home bakers, commercial bakers, kids, and “gee-that-sounds-like-fun” beginners.

Vendors are welcome to sell their wares  along with buskers to perform at the market, but first they must call to reserve a place.

The Lumby Public Market takes place at Glencaird at Norris (beside the pool) Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m..

For information, contact Easto at lumbypublicmarket@gmail.com or 778-473-0013.