26 Sep Celebrating in Style.
On September 22, The Garage Sale Luxury Auction House sold a 35-acre orchard estate in an unreserved auction for a record-breaking hammer price of $5,775,000 and a final price of $6,315,000. The auction of Harvest Ridge Luxury Orchard Estate was held on the property, just outside the 5,900-square-foot home in East Kelowna.
Auctioneer Danny Hooper warmed up the crowd with some practical yet comical advice on how to exit the orchard in case of emergency as well as some (perhaps not so practical) advice on when to raise your hand during an auction. It did not take long for auction goers to see how Danny has parleyed his unique personality and offbeat sense of humour into an award winning career as a celebrity benefit auctioneer. The house and charity auctions lasted just over one hour and Danny managed to keep guests both entertained and at the edge of their seats for its entirety. Following the excitement of the live auction, ten registered bidders and over one-hundred special guests celebrated the sale in style.
Joy Road Catering has a cuisine-du-terroir philosophy—and that means the food they make has a strong sense of place. Owners and operators Cam and Dana are true champions of local cuisine! They proudly showcase the wealth of delicious food options available in the Okanagan valley by creating unique dining experiences that feature premium, seasonal ingredients.
The auction day menu was a glorious medley of flavours and textures. Thai cucumber salad, homemade Yorkshire puddings, and truffle devilled eggs all wowed the crowd but the Oysters Rockafellar, buttermilk fried chicken, and wild salmon cakes were also crowd favourites.
Jacqui and her team at Mint Julep Creative Events treat guests to designer drinks served from their vintage 1975 Boler. This lovingly restored, travelling bar is fully stocked with premium spirits and charming barkeeps who are ready to shake, stir, and serve locally inspired cocktails.
The skilled team of bartenders ensured there was no shortage of locally produced wine, beer, and cocktails once the celebration began. Guests gathered round the Boler to have their photo taken and their thirst quenched (in no particular order). The highball highlight of the afternoon were the two signature cocktails; a Pear Gin Rickey and a Hops Whiskey Old Fashioned made with only the finest world-class liquors from Okanagan Spirits (Western Canada’s oldest craft distillery).
Okanagan Spirits liquors are made just a tractor-ride away from the orchards and fields where the base ingredients were grown. BC’s original harvest-to-flask distillery now offers a selection of more than twenty-five internationally awarded spirits ranging from malt whisky to gin, vodka, liqueurs, and fruit brandies. Shareen and her team were poolside post-auction mixing cocktails and giving the party a big splash of class.
The Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards‘ commitment to traditional champagne methods of production make for a perfect glass of sparkling wine. Fitz Brut, their signature blend, is made with a combination of Pino noir and Chardonnay. This blend varied between each vintage as the Fitzpatrick family strives to evoke a clear statement on the year, terroir, and those who contribute to its sparkle.
Jeff, the Director of Marketing and Sales for The Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards also joined in the fun by wowing the crowd with a bubbling tower of Fitz Brut. Layers of their signature Cuvée sparkled as vintage coupe glasses filled for thirsty post-auction guests.
Showcase Pianos carries only the finest artist’s instruments, highlighting world-class brands, like Fazioli. The Fazioli Company has produced grand and concert-grand pianos since 1981. Each instrument is individually handcrafted combining high-quality materials with the finest workmanship and technology.
Manuel and his team at Showcase sent one of these beautiful pianos along with The Max Zipursky Trio to ensure we got the event kicked off on just the right note. The poolside sounds of these music magic-makers kept the crowd entertained both before and after the main auction event.
One lucky event goer was the holder of the golden ticket, winning $1,500 worth of Private Sky Aviation charter services. This premium travel service has an aircraft to fit any traveller and gives you the convenience and flexibility to fly when you want as you want. With help from their team of aviation experts and staff, the lucky winner is in for a delightfully elevated service of flight. The winner was announced after the main auction event.
The Garage Sale Luxury Auction House would like to thank all of our partners and everyone who attended this live auction event —you made it an afternoon to remember.