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Lake Country orchard transformed into county fair for romance movie

A country fair set at Gatzke Orchard in Lake Country, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. CMW Productions Inc. is filming the made-for-TV movie "Sweet as Pie".
September 24, 2021 - 6:00 AM

The orchard is the perfect place to fall in love.

At least, it is for the actors on the set of the latest CMW Productions Inc. movie Sweet as Pie.

Alan Gatzke, owner of Gatzke Orchard in Lake Country, said crews have been filming the made-for-TV movie for nearly two weeks in Lake Country, on both his and his father’s property.

Gatzke Orchard owner Alan Gatzke with orchard worker Danny Kiatipis, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021.
Gatzke Orchard owner Alan Gatzke with orchard worker Danny Kiatipis, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021.

The story is about an old apple farmer going broke until his daughter comes home from New York and bakes her grandmother’s recipe to save them at the country fair. There’s also some romance between the daughter and the farm helper.

"It's a storyline that people in the apple industry will be able to relate to," Gatzke said, adding he's seen several romances blossom between farm workers on his farm.

Crews were setting up the county fair and filming yesterday, Sept. 23. Crews have been filming around the orchard and at Pane Vino Pizzeria.

On set at Gatzke Orchard as CMW Productions Inc. films
On set at Gatzke Orchard as CMW Productions Inc. films "Sweet as Pie".

Gatzke is happy to support the film industry as it's had some challenges during the pandemic.

The main character's maiden name was changed to Gatzke as a thank you to the orchardist. It made it easier for the film crews as they’ve used a lot of Gatzke’s props. He hasn’t asked for a cameo but he said he might be at the fair.

Crews will also be filming in Kelowna this week before they wrap up production.

The movie will be available in roughly the next eight to 10 months but does not yet have a network attached to it, assistant location manager Cole Pollack said.

On set at Gatzke Orchard as CMW Productions Inc. films
On set at Gatzke Orchard as CMW Productions Inc. films "Sweet as Pie".

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