Food & Drink

Sip into the Season today

Dec 10, 2023 / 12:30 pm

Photo: Contributed Wine and the picturesque landscapes of West Kelowna are once again on display today during the Westside Wine Trail’s annual Sip into the Season event. The celebration is running Sunday between noon and 5 p.m. Everyone who buys a ticket will receive a Christm

Sparkling wines to try

Dec 10, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Pixabay I will drink sparkling wine at every opportunity, and luckily for me, many Okanagan Valley wineries offer beautiful examples at a variety of prices. You don’t have to wait until New Year’s Eve to open a bottle. Many pair well with roast turkey and typical hol

Your birthday your way

Dec 9, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Pixabay What makes a great birthday celebration in your mind? According to good old Google, the trends for 2023 were to go all out, do it up in style and really make the party a big deal. Themes that create a special world based on your favourite escape (character, style, movie,

Bread price-fixing denied

Dec 8, 2023 / 6:01 am

Photo: The Canadian Press The bread supplier that admitted to price-fixing earlier this year says in new court filings that any anti-competitive behaviour it participated in was at the direction and to the benefit of its then-majority owner Maple Leaf Foods. In a statement of defence f

Gift of cheese says you care

Dec 8, 2023 / 12:01 am

Photo: Perseval & Young You can never go wrong giving the gift of cheese during the holiday season. Perseval & Young has learned this during its five years of existence, as families and business people flock to its Richter Street shop in Kelowna to find the tastiest of gifts fo

Food inflation moderates

Dec 7, 2023 / 6:27 am

Photo: The Canadian Press Food prices will keep rising in 2024, though at a slower pace, according to the latest Food Price Report. The 14th annual report by Dalhousie University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Guelph and the University of Saskatchewan predicted

A plant-based comeback?

Dec 4, 2023 / 7:03 am

Photo: The Canadian Press It's been more than five years since A&W first started selling Beyond Meat burgers to customers eager to see whether the patties could compete with their beloved beef. The burger chain sold out of the patties when they first launched, having underestim

Holiday white wines

Dec 3, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Pixabay White wine in winter is a wonderful thing. Here are five winter whites that are ideal for holiday sipping, and they’ll transition us into 2024, too. Photo: Contributed Wine: Solvero Wines 2022 Pinot Gris Winery: Solvero Wines Why drink it? Tale

The origins of nutmeg

Dec 2, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Nutmeg tree with fruit Nutmeg is one of those spices that comes out of hiding at this time of year. Most of us recognize it as part of pumpkin spice, that ubiquitous blend of flavours that takes over the fall season. It then rolls into the holiday season as a sort

Soar High on New Year's

Dec 1, 2023 / 1:12 pm

Photo: Allan Brooks Nature Centre Thinking about New Year's Eve yet? Allan Brooks Nature Centre Invites You to "Soar High" at its New Year's fundraising gala. "Prepare for a night of elegance, entertainment, and philanthropy as we bid farewell to the old year

Beer for 45 cents, wine 60

Nov 30, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed If our story on food prices from the 1970s and beyond had you feeling nostalgic, you may need a drink after this one. We shared photos earlier this week from the Vintage Vernon and Old Kelowna Facebook groups that showed just how much grocery prices have changed.

Holiday wine bundles arrive

Nov 29, 2023 / 12:01 pm

Photo: Contributed The holiday season is upon us, and Phantom Creek Estates is ready to make yours a memorable one. The distinguished, Oliver-area winery recently revealed its exclusive, limited-time 2023 holiday wine bundles, perfect for both wine aficionados and culinary enthusiasts.

The BC bug bakeoff

Nov 28, 2023 / 6:48 pm

Inside a culinary lab at the University of British Columbia, nine students took turns offering a menu of insect-infused recipes to a panel of judges. Beef tacos wrapped in cricket flour-laced tortillas. Mealworm ginger sugar cookies “to add a little protein during the holidays.” A

All you can eat for $1.95

Nov 28, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Vintage Vernon Click here to view gallery Photo: Vintage Vernon Photo: Old Kelowna Photo: Vintage Vernon Photo: Old Kelowna With the days of $100 beef roasts and $25 burgers upon us, the price of groceries and eating out is surely on many people's minds. Food infl

Wines for the holidays

Nov 26, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed As we start to gear up for the holidays, entertaining and gift-giving may be on your mind. And what a better way to celebrate this time of year then with a bottle of fine wine. To help you decide, Castanet 's wine columnist, Shelley Boettcher, has put together four

Holiday baking treats

Nov 25, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Do you have visions of shortbread? Are you, like me, one of the few people who honestly likes fruitcake? Now that we are officially in the holiday season—with a month to go before Christmas, it’s time to preheat that oven. This week I’m going to

Roster dishes out kindness

Nov 23, 2023 / 5:00 pm

Photo: Castanet file photo The Roster Sports Club Bar & Grill will be serving up kindness again this holiday season. The Vernon eatery is gearing up for its fourth annual Dish Out the Kindness fundraiser. Running throughout December, the campaign supports the Salvation Army'

'Full bodied, well balanced'

Nov 19, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: The Hatch 2020 Portmanteau of Merit and Heritage Winery: The Hatch Why drink it: When was the last time you laughed when you bought a wine? Or drank it? That’s one of the things I love about The Hatch. Jason Parkes and team make seriously good wines, b

Holiday socializing

Nov 18, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Pixabay Can you believe it? We are entering the holiday season. I don’t know where the time goes. It’s like socks in the dryer. I wonder, does it seem to go faster when we are older or younger? I have almost always wanted to pack more into a day. As I get older, I ha

More cantaloupe recalled

Nov 17, 2023 / 8:49 am

Photo: The Canadian Press The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is now recalling three brands of cantaloupes because they may be contaminated with salmonella.  The brands are Malichita, Save on Foods and Urban Fare and include not only whole cantaloupes, but pre-cut chunks, fruit sa