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 “locavore” culture.
Kelowna’s agrifoods scene is not only abundant, but it is also very much tourist-ready, meaning that many of the farms offer extra experiences on their sites, like tours, demonstrations, or special events. Since we at Tourism Kelowna know that travelers are in search of those memorable experiences that give them a glimpse into the real character of the destinations they visit, we have developed a special program to help link curious travelers with the unique attractions and activities that show Kelowna’s Farm to Table scene.
The Farm to Table brochure is the tool that helps travelers seek out these unique locations. It is available either online or at many locations in Kelowna including our Visitor Centres, hotels, farms, and wineries. For instance, visitors might be curious to see the abundance in action at the Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market, or at family-run farms like Don-O-Ray’s Vegetables, Hillcrest Farm Market, or Paynter’s Fruit Market. Alternatively, they may be looking for educational opportunities to learn about where food comes from, like taking in a bee demonstration at Arlo’s Honey Farm. A traveler might be looking for tasting experiences of local products on the hunt for the perfect tasty local treat to bring back to family members at home, so they might be curious to taste the distinct ciders at East Kelowna Cider Company or Function Junction Fruit Stand, or the wonderful selection of cheeses at Carmelis Goat Cheese.
Sometimes we locals just want to get in on the fun, too! This brochure allows us to map out a little tour for ourselves to discover parts of the city we might not yet know. The map is easy to follow and user-friendly, so it lends itself well to a mini road trip in your own hometown!
Then after the tour, you’ll want to sit down to a delectable meal featuring some of the ingredients from places you visited. Several restaurants are the proud ambassadors of Kelowna’s produce and farms, and they are listed on our website (just use the drop-down menu to select restaurants involved in Farm to Table) for your reference. Restaurants can often also be the catalysts of farm visits when their patrons taste the delicious local flavours and get excited about visiting the farms that were the source of the yummy foods. It’s a unique relationship between our chefs and farmers, and we are proud to celebrate it with Farm To Table. Be sure to hit the road for some fun and flavourful touring (tip: it’s high season for produce right now!) in your own town.
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