Food & Drink

Big White cantina for sale

Jun 24, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Cantina del Centro Big White There's a new restaurant opportunity for the right operator at Big White Ski Resort. The Cantina del Centro closed down after this year's ski season ended and they have since listed the space for sale for $1,250,000. Big White Ski Resort s

Arrival of summer

Jun 24, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Pixaby Some believe Stonehenge may have been constructed to mark the June solstice. I am writing this column on the day of the summer solstice (June 21), the longest day of the year. I am grateful that the sun has decided to celebrate the occasion and come out. The last few d

Cocktail lounge opens doors

Jun 23, 2023 / 4:50 pm

Photo: Casey Richardson Click here to view gallery Photo: Casey Richardson Photo: Casey Richardson Photo: Contributed Photo: Casey Richardson Photo: Casey Richardson Photo: Casey Richardson Photo: Casey Richardson Photo: Casey Richardson Pentictonites are now invited to pull up a chai

Legacy winery at $6.5M

Jun 22, 2023 / 12:39 pm

Photo: Chamberlain Property Group A long-standing legacy Summerland winery is up for sale, for a cool $6.5 million. Sumac Ridge Winery has been in operation for more than 40 years, reportedly one of the first operating wineries in British Columbia. It has a 14.43-acre footprint incl

Local wine wizard returns

Jun 22, 2023 / 12:01 pm

Photo: Contributed World-renowned winemaker Spencer Kelly is bringing his expertise home. Hailing from the tranquil town of Kaleden, Kelly is returning from the Napa Valley to become the winemaker and general manager at CheckMate Artisanal Winery, located just south of Oliver. Kelly

Lab-grown meat approved

Jun 21, 2023 / 9:18 am

Photo: The Canadian Press Chicken salad dishes made from Good Meat's cultivated chicken. For the first time, U.S. regulators on Wednesday approved the sale of chicken made from animal cells, allowing two California companies to offer “lab-grown” meat to the nation's

Cool temps, sweet cherries

Jun 21, 2023 / 4:00 am

Casey Richardson One South Okanagan fruit grower has welcomed the recent cooler weather, helping the cherries nearing harvest to have increased sugar levels and lower acidity. Balpreet Gill, the operations manager for Gold Star Fruit Company in Oliver, had concerns last month about the imp

Blasted Church Pinot Noir

Jun 18, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Blasted Church 2021 Pinot Noir Winery: Blasted Church Vineyards Why drink it? A sassy label and a sassy wine, brimming with juicy cherry and clay aromas and flavours. This is why you want to drink this Pinot Noir. It’s the funny and fun Blasted Church

Farmers market coupons

Jun 17, 2023 / 11:45 am

Photo: Penticton Farmers Market File photo The province is working to continue to improve access to healthy and locally produced foods once again with the Farmers' Market Nutrition Coupon Program. "Our government is proud to support the Farmers' Market Nutrition Coupon Pro

Help feed hungry bellies

Jun 17, 2023 / 11:00 am

Photo: Castanet file photo of donated canned goods The Salvation Army in Penticton is hosting its Family Fun and Food Drive Saturday, working to collect food for the community. A number of free activities will be running throughout the day as volunteers will be accepting non-perishable

New vegan bistro in town

Jun 17, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: StillFood Bistro The former site of Penticton's Wild Scallion restaurant has a new operation, styling itself StilFood Bistro & Cappuccino Bar and offering vegan fare. StillFood took over the space on Front Street this spring, after Wild Scallion announced in April it wou

Do you remember when?

Jun 17, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Pixabay I remember camping as being a time when most of the everyday rules were suspended. Bedtime was when we were done having fun for the day and parents didn’t mind because that meant we were out of their hair. I’m not sure what is new and exciting for kids tod

Atrium back with Cabana

Jun 16, 2023 / 12:00 pm

Chelsey Mutter After years of construction – and a pandemic – a Vernon classic has officially reopened. “I'm really excited to be welcoming the Vernon community back to the Vernon Lodge today. Our beautiful garden atrium restaurant, Cabana, is officially opened,&rdquo

Asian market off to hot start

Jun 15, 2023 / 4:00 am

Chelsey Mutter Exciting news for Vernon foodies – a new Asian market has opened its doors downtown. Fort Asian Food “soft-launched” this week, and manager Tifany Andrade says she’s been hearing great things from shoppers. “It's been very warm, and every

Road 13's 2020 Malbec

Jun 11, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Road 13 Vineyards 2020 “John Oliver” Malbec Winery: Road 13 Vineyards Why drink it? The new John Oliver collection pays homage to, well, the late John Oliver. The town of Oliver is named after this popular farmer, politician (B.C.’s premier

Most hated foods

Jun 10, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Pixabay I consider myself a very fortunate person when it comes to food. My body processes good food very well. I don’t gain weight quickly, I don’t have any allergies and I enjoy most foods. I also had a happy childhood with food—no memories of choking down so

Quest to eat everywhere

Jun 9, 2023 / 4:00 am

Chelsey Mutter A Vernon man is on a quest to try every restaurant, eatery, and watering hole in the Vernon area. Logan Saunders says if it’s on Google Maps, then it’s on his list to review. “I think I’ve done 87 and have 53 to go,” Saunders said recently.

Four years of local pints

Jun 8, 2023 / 7:00 pm

Photo: One Eye Shut Media One of Penticton's downtown breweries is celebrating four years of serving up pints and hosting plenty of events with a specialty beer and some anniversary festivities. Slackwater Brewing will be hosting the events over the next week, kicking off with the

The Hub opens its doors

Jun 8, 2023 / 12:22 pm

Photo: Castanet The stage is set, the drinks are cold and a new live music venue pub is hot. The Hub on Martin has officially opened its doors in Penticton, welcoming in friends and family to test out the new digs before the big bands start playing and the crowds are in. The team an

Locally loved market legacy

Jun 7, 2023 / 4:00 am

Casey Richardson “I don't know where 50 years went, but like I said, I've enjoyed all of it.” A Penticton family-owned and operated gourmet food store is nearing its fifth decade of business, with the third generation now pitching in the big ideas. La Cucina European