Foodapalooza catching on

Castanet's Foodapalooza is rolling right along – and filling shelves at the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank.

The summer viral video contest is catching on.

We asked local businesses to come up with the most creative and fun video while collecting food and cash for the food bank. Each business makes their own video, then challenges five others to do the same. 

So far, we've had more than 20 videos submitted, and more come in every week. And you don't have to wait to be challenged – start now and challenge five of your friends.

At the end of the summer, our assembled brain trust will select the most amusing video and award that company with a $5,000 advertising package on Castanet.

The food bank's Tammy Jackson said, so far, the campaign has brought in $10,770 and 2,413 pounds of food.

"Let's keep this baby rolling!" said Jackson.

She noted the food bank is assisting in a number of areas affected by wildfires in the Interior.

Core items that are depleted quickly are canned protein, canned fruits and vegetables, hearty soups, pasta and sauce, healthy snacks, juice boxes, all ages of baby food, diapers, formula, personal hygiene products, and toilet paper.

The local food bank is accepting donations for all fire-affected areas.

To submit your video, click here. Or to check out those submitted so far, go to our Foodapalooza page.


Summer fun photo winner

Anita Blaser is our final winner for the Summer Fun Photo Contest, brought to you by by Big Surf Beer, Rider Cider, Innerspace Watersports and Castanet.

Anita has won a wakeboard from Innerspace Watersports and an afternoon out on their boat with six friends.

The contest is now closed.

To see our current contests, please visit our contest page.

She's got flower power

Candice Newton, come on down... you're the next contestant, or rather the winner of our Flower Power Garden Tour photo contest.

We asked readers to send in photos of their gardens to win a pair of tickets for this weekend's annual Kelowna garden tour.

Newton won for this colourful photo of blooms in her beautiful flower garden.

The self-guided tour this Saturday includes six gardens, big and small, with blooms and edibles to please green thumbs and non-gardeners alike. You'll visit rock gardens, working farms and wineries, and gardens exploding with blooms.

Tickets are $34 and are available at Bylands, Art Knapp, Dogwood Nursery, Green & Bear It, The Greenery, Rick’s Garden World, Kelowna Tickets at Orchard Park or flowerpowerylw.ca.


Join the Foodapalooza

It's easy to join the Foodapalooza and help the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank.

Collect, donate, record, challenge. That's it. It's easy and it's fun.

Plus, you could win big for your workplace.

Here's how to do it.

  • Take a video of your company challenging five others.
  • Make sure they know they have been nominated and that they have five business days to complete the challenge by either taking food donations to the food bank (1265 Elis St.) or by donating online. The food bank will keep track of contributions.
  • Post your video online here and tag yourself and those you challenge on Facebook
  • The best, most creative video wins a $5,000 advertising package with Castanet. 

The food bank's Tammy Jackson says the most-needed are pasta and sauce, canned tuna/chicken/salmon, Chunky soup, canned fruit and vegetables, baby food, and Boost meal replacement.

You can tag your videos with the hashtags #foodaplooza and #jointhefoodmovement.

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