Oliver Roots and Fruits

A Day
full of
fun!

Check out this years Activities and Demonstrations:

  • Roots and Fruits Arts Show;
  • Art Displays
  • Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre exhibit;
  • beverage garden featuring local beer, cider and wine;
  • pop-up market;
  • Bouncy castles;
  • giant sandbox;
  • henna tattoos;
  • kids’ craft stations;
  • food trucks;
  • Kids Lego tent;
  • AND MORE
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Roots & Fruits Exhibit Hall:

Is your baking, artwork or produce blue-ribbon worthy? Now’s the time to prove it! Showcase your artistic, culinary and gardening talents at this year’s Roots and Fruits Exhibition! Plan to enter your tastiest baking, best art, craziest-looking produce, and more in the Roots and Fruits Exhibition, set to take over the Community Hall throughout the Roots and Fruits Expo.

Competitive categories include everything from collage to photography to sculpture, tomatoes to flowers to garlic, cookies to bread to canning. Kids are invited to participate too, with categories for those aged 5 and under, 6-8, 9-12 and 13-15. Full details about the Exhibition including all entry categories are located in the prize book.

The Roots and Fruits Expo is designed to bring our townspeople together, to build community, to celebrate where we’ve come from and to look forward to where we’re going.

Entertainment Schedule:

Come down to the Oliver Community Park for the Roots and Fruits Expo. This year’s line-up is HUGE, including non-stop music and entertainment, local crafts and art in The Roots and Fruits Exhibit Hall, tons of kids’ activities, and vendors right through until evening.

Official welcome by Osoyoos Indian Band, Dignataries and the Oliver Ambassadors.

Performances by the TOONMADE lessons students

Toonmade Lessons is Oliver’s premier music school, offering private lessons, coaching, and group classes for a variety of ages and musical styles.

Performances are by the Spring Semester students, singing and playing songs they’ve been working on since April.

The school is led by head coach and teacher, Stephen Toon, who holds an undergraduate degree in Music from Ambrose University, with a major in Classical Voice and a minor in Piano. Stephen has been passionately involved in music since his teen years, playing and teaching guitar across various genres including rock, pop, folk, country, and jazz. He has also taught voice in diverse styles at the collegiate level, specifically at Pacific Life Bible College within the IMM Program, and is proficient in teaching beginner keys, drums, recording, and bass guitar.

Music offers a multitude of benefits: it can heal, reduce anxiety, enhance problem-solving skills, aid in learning, entertain, and foster a sense of self and accomplishment, among other advantages.

While there are many modern ways to learn music, such as through apps, YouTube lessons, and books, having a dedicated coach or teacher provides unparalleled benefits. These include accountability, expert knowledge, hands-on feedback, and personalized attention to detail. 

Bianca Berkland is an exceptionally gifted, modern Jazz/Blues multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and performer  based out of Oliver, BC. Her growing presence in the Okanagan region over the past 4 years performing pop, rock and jazz cover songs ignited within her an endless ambition to share her own wealth of beautiful, original material. Bianca’s passion for Jazz music was first sparked from witnessing a local performance by Juno Award Winner, Kenny Blues Boss Wayne. After seeing him perform, Bianca took to immediately researching Jazz music, and began learning and singing the standards of Nina Simone and other Jazz and Soul artists. She was then asked to perform alongside Kenny Wayne and his band at their next local concert, and from there her passion for writing and sharing Jazz music – with her own pop sensibility, was forever sealed.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Oliver

Sign up in the Exhibit Hall.

Pies supplied by M&J Country Kitchen

More Main Stage Entertainment!

Rebel Luv  – We love using our talents to create amazing memories with dedication to combine a love of music with a desire to take others to places they love to remember and relish in.  That passion shows in all we do! best rock bands

Introducing The Mudrats, a youthful yet accomplished band hailing from Oliver, BC. Since their formation in November 2023, this rock ensemble has played a few gigs and gained a number of raving local fans! With a deep appreciation for rock and pop classics, they delight in delivering collective renditions of these timeless tunes. The band consists of the skilled Ezra Toon, with his captivating voice and deft bass guitar. This harmonious synergy is extended through the electrifying guitar performances from Tommy Racz and Edwin Lee. Multi-talented Silas McAllister contributes both vocals and guitar, while Sam Lee adds a melodious touch with the keys. The ensemble is anchored by Rocky Toon, whose precise drumming ensures a tightly coordinated performance.

7:00pm – Activity Stations & Exhibits close

Johnny Carwash and the Desert Dogs

Rock & Roll covers to get your toes tappin’ and your hips shakin’. This rocking band formed in late 2019 and debuted at the Orchard House in Penticton on January 25th, 2020. Don Brogan on Guitars and Vocals, Danny Sapriken on Drums and Vocals, John Batyka on lead guitar and vocals, and John Kendrick on Bass Guitar are Johnny Carwash & The Desert Dawgz

Introducing ‘The Racket’, an extraordinary ska ensemble hailing from Oliver, BC with an endearing twist. This quintet is far from your ordinary band; it’s a lively coalition of five dads who’ve swapped lullabies for the infectious rhythms of ska. Juggling fatherhood with an undying love for music, they create a rich tapestry of sound that reverberates through the air. They don’t limit themselves to ska; occasionally, they venture into the realm of rock, infusing their exuberant tunes with a raw edge. However, the real charm emerges when they unleash their full energy, crafting dance-inducing melodies that guarantee a rip-roaring good time. As unpredictable and spirited as the dads themselves, their music is a testament to their passion and joie de vivre. 

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