Food & Drink

Burrowing Owl Cab Sauv

Jul 9, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon Winery: Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Why drink it? Because it tastes good, of course. Seriously, though, I love giving Burrowing Owl reds as gifts. Wine lovers recognize the bottles as premium wine, somethin

History lessons with fun sips

Jul 8, 2023 / 6:05 pm

Photo: Summerland Museum & Archives Society The Summerland Museum 'popped-up' at the Summerland Heritage Cider Co. on Friday to share some local history The Summerland Museum is on the move — heading to local wineries and distilleries to share some history. Throug

Potluck proficiency

Jul 8, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Pixabay Summer is a time for relaxing. Especially in the Okanagan where it feels hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk most days, most of us aren’t too keen to cook often. When people are gathering, it can be a lot of fun to have everyone contribute a bit of something.

Pick cherries for wine deals

Jul 6, 2023 / 8:00 pm

Photo: @bellahomestead Head out to Bella Wines in Naramata this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to help pick cherries for the animals on the farm and get a deal on their bubbly. The sparkling wine house shared on social media that guests coming out to taste wine can also help with their o

Celeb chef kitchen takeover

Jul 6, 2023 / 11:11 am

Photo: Facebook/Roger Mooking Vernon's Predator Ridge Resort is hosting celebrity chef Roger Mooking for an intimate kitchen takeover experience. Mooking is a chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, and visual and recording artist born in Trinidad and raised in Canada. He is the ho

Park party for a great cause

Jul 4, 2023 / 2:04 pm

Photo: Okanagan Falls Skaha Lake Winery Association file photo A unique event supporting a good cause and featuring wine, food and music is coming to Okanagan Falls. Frälik in the Falls, in the spirit of Party in the Park, will take place the evening of July 22 at Centennial Park

Best of the Bench is here

Jul 3, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed "Four seasons of fun" is an ongoing collaboration between Castanet and Visit Penticton showcasing what Penticton has to offer all year round. Watch for it every Monday morning. The second annual Best of the Bench event will be uncorking some of its best win

Bars feel same pressures

Jul 2, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Unsplash/Amie Johnson Liquor industry insiders are as concerned about public safety as everyone else. Alliance of Beverage Licensees (ABLE BC) members met in Vernon this week, to talk with local liquor licensees, liquor store workers, pubs and bars and hear their concerns. Ex

2021 Kitsch Block Party

Jul 2, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed 2021 Kitsch Block Party Wine: Kitsch 2021 Block Party Okanagan Valley, British Columbia Winery: Kitsch Wines Why drink it? Because, as the winery team says, it’s a party — a block party — and we’re invited. One of Trent Kitsch&rsqu

As Canadian as...

Jul 1, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Pixabay Poutine is considered by many to be truly Canadian food. Sitting on the edge of summer with our national day (Canada Day) of pride upon us, I am reminded of that phrase our neighbours to the south use: “As American as hot dogs and apple pie”. That doesn&rs

Picker campsite success

Jun 30, 2023 / 3:17 pm

Photo: Sebastian Kanally Left to right: Mark Pendergraft, RDOS board chair, Minister of Agriculture Pam Alexis, Area C RDOS director Rick Knodel A unique provincial partnership at the South Okanagan's largest seasonal worker campground might be an inspiration for other such collabo

All aboard the wine cruise!

Jun 30, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Jon Manchester Shelley McDonald certainly "seized the day" when she started her business, Carpe D'Wine. McDonald moved from Edmonton with the dream of starting a wine truck. She ended up with a boat. So, of course, she started floating wine tours. Along wi

Tapas coming to Penticton

Jun 30, 2023 / 12:01 am

Photo: Instagram Christopher Royal has decided to add some Spanish flavour to Penticton’s burgeoning food scene. The managing partner of the wildly popular Pizzeria Tratto, Royal will soon be opening Chulo Tapas & Bar, a Spanish micro-restaurant that will offer small bites an

'Pretty Not Bad' now open

Jun 29, 2023 / 4:48 pm

Madison Reeve Calling all sports fans and craft beer lovers! Pretty Not Bad, formerly known as Bad Tattoo Pizzeria & Brewery, is now officially open. The location at 740 Clement Avenue was purchased by the Salt and Brick Group in January 2023 and has now relaunched with a new brand.

Wineries and spirits team up

Jun 28, 2023 / 6:00 pm

Photo: Hatch Comms Hoping to entice locals and tourists to park in a little corner of the Naramata Bench, five local beverage experiences in a 1.5-kilometre radius have teamed up to become the Aikins Loop Wine + Spirits Cooperative. In a press release, it was announced that Deep Roots

New focus for Arterra

Jun 27, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Don Urquhart The new Cellar Door & More celebrated the new tasting room with a weekend BBQ. The Jackson Triggs wine tasting room just outside of Oliver on Tuc-el-nuit Drive that many might be familiar with has rebranded as the Cellar Door & More, offering a much bigger s

'Labour of love' winery

Jun 26, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Casey Richardson Alysha Harker, Oak Estate Winery owner, celebrates the imminent opening of their tasting room on Sunday. After multiple years of sprucing up their location into the dream property, a Summerland winery will soon be opening its tasting room to the public. Oak E

Nearly $75K redeemed

Jun 26, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Chelsey Mutter Vernonites redeemed nearly $75,000 at the Vernon Farmers Market last year through its coupon program. Program manager Peter Leblanc says Vernon and area families redeemed 24,888 coupons for a total value of $74,664 in produce. Leblanc says the program has been

Haywire 2021 Gamay

Jun 25, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Haywire 2021 Gamay Secrest Mountain Vineyard, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia Winery: Haywire Why drink it? For 14 years, Haywire wines were made as part of the Okanagan Crush Pad folio, but this year, Haywire has taken over, with colourful new labels, a

It's CheckMate for Kelly

Jun 24, 2023 / 1:00 pm

Photo: CheckMate Artisanal Winery Spencer Kelly takes over as winemaker, returns to Okanagan roots. Napa Valley winemaker Spencer Kelly joins CheckMate Artisanal Winery, which has a sole focus on making premium wine from only two grape varieties - Chardonnay and Merlot - to take over t