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Craft beer in Kelowna

May 25, 2015 / 5:00 am
I’m happy to hear that one of my favourite summer drinks from last year is coming back to Kelowna’s Tree Brewing line-up this summer, the Grapefruit Radler. The popular drink at Biergartens in Germany, especially among the bicycling crowd, is also a summer crowd favourite in BC now. At...

Custom wine tours

May 11, 2015 / 5:00 am
I’ve been thinking lately about the range of fantastic wine touring companies we have in Kelowna. There is truly something luxurious about wine touring and not having to drive. Plus, you just know you’ll get added attention when you walk into a winery flanked by a tour guide who is a...

Beer festival bursts on scene

Apr 13, 2015 / 5:00 am
Do you love a good Stout? Lager? IPA? Craft beer has taken the Pacific Northwest by storm, and British Columbia can be proud of its variety and diversity of beer. That’s why Gibbons Hospitality Group, who brought us the Whistler Village Beer Festival, have set their sights on Kelowna this May...

Cheese please!

Mar 30, 2015 / 5:00 am
Perched on the hills of the Upper Mission neighborhood in Kelowna, overlooking the sparkling lake and the city of Kelowna at a not-too-far distance, you’ll find Carmelis Goat Cheese Artisan. The experience of going to Carmelis offers a glimpse into farm life, and yet it is so close to town,...

Golf season is here!

Mar 16, 2015 / 5:00 am
I can almost hear the collective sigh of relief and anticipation by all you golfers out there: it’s spring, and that means hello golf clubs! Many of you have already found your way to a course – we know this because of all the bragging that has been happening on the social media, with...

Devour Kelowna sets Okanagan table

Mar 2, 2015 / 5:00 am
Is there a time of the year when being a foodie in Kelowna is especially great? Some would argue, right now is that time. Sure, we still have months to go before we are picking fruit off our abundant trees, and until the farmers’ market is jam-packed with produce, but consider this:...

Ballet fans: mark this date

Feb 16, 2015 / 5:00 am
Ballet Kelowna has an exclusive performance coming to Kelowna on March 3. Ballet fans across BC will want to make plans to come to this Okanagan city because top dancers from New York will be bringing their talents to our stage as the only Canadian city on their tour. New York City Ballet...

Sundance of Canada: Part 2

Feb 2, 2015 / 5:00 am
Last week’s column gave an overview of what Kelowna audiences can expect at the upcoming Canadian Culinary Championships. We’re now just a few days away from this exciting event and those lucky enough to have tickets to the Grand Finale on Saturday night (February 7) at the Delta Grand...

Sundance of Canada

Jan 19, 2015 / 5:00 am
As we turn the calendar to a new year, the focus turns to the next big event our city will see: the Canadian Culinary Championships. Taking place on February 6 and 7, the Canadian Culinary Championships will feature the chefs from across the country who won the first round of Gold Medal...

A+ for Entrepreneurialism

Dec 22, 2014 / 5:00 am
Kelowna is gifted. I’d always heard that this city has one of the highest levels of entrepreneurship in Canada. This fact was confirmed last week with the announcement of the Top 10 semi-finalists in each category for the Small Business BC Awards. Eight of the Top 10 semi-finalists are...

Holiday cheer with these shows

Dec 8, 2014 / 5:00 am
This is the time of year when social engagements start to pile up: Christmas parties, decorating parties, time to invite the neighbours over for coffee. With all the hustle and bustle – not to mention Christmas shopping – it is easy to feel exhausted. There’s no better remedy for...

Learn tricks of the trade with winter classes

Nov 24, 2014 / 5:00 am
There’s something about frosty air that brings out the baker and cook in many of us. The thought of warm comfort food or breaking into home-baked bread is more than enough inspiration at this time of the year! Not a natural? No worries. We’re lucky to have some experts in our city who...

Remembrance Day at the Kelowna Museums

Nov 10, 2014 / 5:00 am
Red poppies on lapels, decorated veterans at supermarket entrances – sure signs that Remembrance Day is around the corner. We’ll be marking the day in Kelowna with ceremonies at the Cenotaph in City Park as well as in Rutland Lions Park, and a minute of silence at 11:00 a.m. this...

Is tourism important to you?

Oct 27, 2014 / 5:00 am
As a resident of a tourist destination, you might have had interactions with visitors to our city recently. Maybe you helped someone find an address or pointed someone in the right direction as you crossed paths on the sidewalk. Maybe you took a photo of a couple or family on their camera as a...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Oct 13, 2014 / 5:00 am
This time of the year is simply magic in Kelowna. The leaves are changing colour, the Farmers’ Market and fruit stands are still stocked full of freshly harvested produce, and the crispness in the air feels refreshing on our Kelowna hiking trails. Many of us have Thanksgiving Monday off...

Fall Wine Festival in focus

Sep 29, 2014 / 5:00 am
Early October is always an exciting time in Kelowna and throughout the Okanagan Valley. It’s a time when the grape harvest is in full swing, wineries are in full action mode, and the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival takes place. This year, the dates for the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival are October...

Farmer Appreciation Week

Sep 15, 2014 / 6:00 am
All last week, Tourism Kelowna was sharing tweets and Facebook posts in appreciation of farmers. The occasion was the September 8 through 15 Farmer Appreciation Week, a time for us to reflect on the vital work and contribution to our community that farmers undertake. Although today is the...

Win a trip to Iceland!

Sep 1, 2014 / 5:00 am
There’s something special about sculpture exhibits. The ability to walk around a piece of art work and to admire it from each perspective adds a dimension to exhibits, a personal note. This has been the prevailing mood at Mission Hill Family Estate the last few times I’ve been there,...

From the back of a horse

Aug 18, 2014 / 5:00 am
Late summer is the perfect time to take a breather from the bustle of our downtown and our beaches, and find tranquility out on the trails around Kelowna. Since I’ve written about mountain biking and hiking in previous columns, I thought I’d focus on a different way to get out on our...

Joys of cherry season

Jul 21, 2014 / 5:00 am
Ladies and gentlemen, it is officially cherry season in Kelowna! Time to load up on the beautiful inky-red fruit and sit with a bowl full and a friend to share with – preferably somewhere shady or by the lake. Here are some of my top picks of places to find great, juicy cherries here in...

Vineyard shows this summer

Jul 7, 2014 / 5:00 am
One of the great luxuries of our Kelowna summers must be going to see a show in the romantic setting of our verdant vineyards. This summer, a number of wineries in Kelowna have special events taking place on their magnificent grounds, spanning the disciplines of theatre, music, and art. Here are...

A new museum comes to town

Jun 23, 2014 / 5:00 am
It was a thrill to enter the brand new Westbank First Nation Sncəwips Heritage Museum last Saturday, when the ribbon was cut and doors first opened onto what will surely become a keystone museum for the Central Okanagan. The museum houses the art and artefact collection of the Westbank First...

Run a half-marathon? Yes, you can!

Jun 9, 2014 / 5:00 am
September 6th may seem like a long way away, but if running a half marathon has been something you’ve thought about, now is the time to start planning and training. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or not, this is an achievable goal and a gift to your strength and stamina. Just ask my...

Food & wine writers pour into Kelowna

May 26, 2014 / 5:00 am
The Okanagan Food & Wine Writers Workshop was in Kelowna once again this year, and again the city rolled out the welcome mat. This scholarly group was here to dive into professional development workshops on writing, pitching, crafting a story, coming up with angles, and how to present their...

Biking bliss in Kelowna

May 12, 2014 / 5:00 am
Bike to work week is just around the corner (May 26 through June1), so I thought it would be a good time to talk about cycling in this beautiful city. Kelowna is seriously bike-friendly. There are over 240 km of bike lanes all around Kelowna, and the trails and surrounding mountains are full of...

Golf golf golf!

Apr 14, 2014 / 5:00 am
I can almost hear the collective sigh of relief and anticipation by all you golfers out there: it’s spring, and that means hello golf clubs! Many of you have already found your way to a course. With 17 golf courses in the immediate Kelowna area, there certainly are many fantastic choices...

Reflections on tourism

Mar 31, 2014 / 5:00 am
Today’s column will be quite different from my regular tourism subjects. At this time last week I was freshly returned from Myanmar and Thailand, wandering through the produce section of the grocery store in a jetlagged daze, and considering the mangos in a whole different light. Days earlier...

Sweet song of Spring

Mar 3, 2014 / 5:00 am
This is the time of year when daytime walks become filled once again with the sound of birds’ songs. Maybe their sweet chirping seems so much more pronounced in the spring because of winter’s relative absence of birdsong. It’s a yearning we don’t know that we have until we...

Local businesses see CCC action

Feb 17, 2014 / 5:00 am
I was speaking with a food writer friend of mine today when she remarked with enthusiasm that Kelowna has really become a 4 season’s destination for wine and food experiences. In my mind, I scrolled through the high level of activity over these first two months of 2014, including Wine &...

National chefs to compete in Kelowna

Feb 3, 2014 / 5:00 am
As the Canadian Culinary Championships, the final competition of Gold Medal Plates, rolls into Kelowna this coming weekend, you can be sure of intense moments: mad ingredient shopping, feverish recipe planning, competitive wine pairing, and ingenious flavor creation. For one victorious chef, this...

Wine and Dine comes to Kelowna

Jan 20, 2014 / 5:00 am
Just when the mid-winter blues are supposed to be setting in, Kelowna restaurants float us a little “gift” in the form of their wonderfully creative and affordable Wine and Dine menus. Now until February 2, 2014, select restaurants are offering 3-course menus for $15, $25 or $35 paired...

A guide for all seasons

Jan 6, 2014 / 5:00 am
One thing I always love about the new year is taking some time to make household improvements. It can be as small as rearranging your pantry or a cupboard. It can even involve thinking about how to improve the experiences of your guests in your home and making your guest room as well organized as...

Fun Kelowna stocking stuffers

Dec 9, 2013 / 5:00 am
We all have them on our gift list: the hard-to-shop-for family member or friend. It might be your father, who seems to have all the latest gadgets; or it might be your mother, who always smiles and says “there’s nothing I really need, dear.” And if that’s definitely not your...

Stuart Park Rink to open very soon

Nov 25, 2013 / 5:00 am
One common aspect that I have always loved about stately older European villages that I’ve had the chance to visit in my lifetime has been the village squares or piazzas, that bustling common ground where everyone feels welcome. In Kelowna, that place (to me) is Stuart Park. In the summer...

A time for reflection

Nov 11, 2013 / 5:00 am
Red poppies on lapels, decorated veterans at supermarket entrances – sure signs that Remembrance Day is around the corner. We’ll be marking the day in Kelowna with ceremonies at the Cenotaph in City Park as well as in Rutland Lions Park, and a minute of silence at 11:00 AM this morning....

Corn mazes delight in Kelowna

Oct 28, 2013 / 5:00 am
There’s something about the end of October which puts kids’ sense of adventure into high gear. Maybe it’s the anticipation of Halloween – yes, this is very likely the source! Regardless of the catalyst, parents might find it a challenge to think up new and exciting...

Harvest fair coming soon

Oct 14, 2013 / 5:00 am
There’s a new fall fair in town, and the Kelowna Museums want you to be a part of it! On October 19, the Grow Local Fall Fair is taking place at the Laurel Packinghouse in celebration of the many tree fruit harvests that we enjoy in this agriculturally gifted city. The museum combined the...

Grapes & grains trail

Sep 30, 2013 / 5:00 am
In honour of the Hopscotch Festival having been this weekend, I am inspired to talk about Kelowna’s thriving beer & spirits scene for this week’s column. If you came out to Hopscotch, you’ll probably agree with me that the commitment and passion of the men and women in these...

Kelowna alive with theatre this month

Sep 16, 2013 / 5:00 am
As the sun begins to set earlier and the evenings become a bit cooler, many of us relish the idea of going out for a night of entertainment at the theatre. If the thrill of suspended disbelief and the rise of the curtain on a dark auditorium are your thing then you are very much in luck this month....

From Kelowna farms to your table

Sep 2, 2013 / 5:00 am
It is a treat to get out to our local farm markets, and every so often, I do just that with a journalist in tow. The aim was to showcase the abundance of produce, the interesting and dedicated producers, and the connection that our local farmers share with local chefs with a passion for...
About the Author

Catherine is the Media Relations Manager for Tourism Kelowna and is dedicated to building Kelowna's intrigue as a travel destination through her work with the travel media. In her role she is fortunate to find out about Kelowna's many secret gems attractions, activities, and interesting people that are a surprise for travel media, tourists, and even for residents. This column gives her the chance to share with you the many things that make Kelowna unique and unforgettable so that you can glean ideas of places to visit or take guests when they come to town.

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