The sun shines on Butter Tart Festival

Lumby holds its first Butter Tart Festival and it's a big success and yes, there will be even more butter tarts next year

Blessed with good weather and record attendance, Lumby’s first Butter Tart Festival and Contest was a big success.

More than 200 people passed through the Market Sept. 12 to enjoy the sunshine, the contest, eating butter tart samples and listening to some toe-tapping music.

“There were extraordinary traditional pecan butter tarts in the running, but the winning entry, baked by Euan Harron of Lumby, took the old favourite to new heights of deliciousness with the addition of white chocolate and brandy,” said festival organizer Dona Easto.

Kelowna resident Vanessa Pfannenschmidt scored third place in the People’s Choice category by including wholesome local ingredients in a luscious recipe of her own creation.

“The recipe is a secret, but we foresee big things for this talented first-time competitor,” said Easto.

She said judges Rick Fairbairn, Regional District of North Okanagan; Judy Phillips, Lumby IDA Pharmacy; and Ken and Audrey Ingram of Lumby had a tough job choosing three winning butter tarts from among 20 outstanding entries.

“I’m very pleased with this, our first festival,” said Easto, “we’re definitely going to be back next year. We already have plans for a bigger, better festival.

“And, in response to market goers’ suggestions, there will be many more butter tarts for sale next year.”