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Cheers to beers at festival

Apr 8, 2017 / 5:00 am

Dustin Godfrey Sample-sized cups of craft beer permeated a convention centre brimming with merry crowds Friday evening, which can only mean one thing. Fest of Ale has hit the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre once again, and organizer Martin Lewis says Friday night

Cedar Creek, Kelowna

Apr 2, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Submitted   For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to wh

Foolish food

Apr 1, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed April Fool’s Day is today, so I thought I would use that as inspiration to be a bit goofy. It could be cabin fever – the delayed arrival of spring has made me a bit stir-crazy. I don’t know about you, but I just feel that a little bit of whimsy

Gray Monk, Lake Country

Mar 26, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

Parents deserve break too

Mar 25, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed The kids are out of school – are they driving you crazy yet? If you don’t have any, you might be muttering that the mall or the movie theatre is busy or traffic patterns are wacky, but count your lucky stars. If you are a parent, you have kids underfoot a

Township 7, Naramata

Mar 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

Message in a bottle

Mar 18, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed We spent two weeks on the Mayan Riviera recently, enjoying the sand and the sea. It was warm, sunny and very relaxing, but also very troubling. The water and the sky are beautiful shades of azure, but the sand is littered with all kinds of garbage. More than any

Black Cloud, online

Mar 12, 2017 / 2:19 pm

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

Seasonal shock therapy?

Mar 11, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Springing forward is a great thing once you’ve done it, but I always feel like I was robbed of that hour of sleep on the Monday after. Usually though, the continuing daylight does take effect and I am reminded of that old John Denver lyric, “Sunshine

Gehringer Brothers, Oliver

Mar 5, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

Thoughts of spring sprouting

Mar 4, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Continuing on my train of thought from last week, I am blazing ahead with my visualizing of spring. I know it’s still a bit nippy out there, with grey skies and mucky fields, but never fear, spring is fast approaching. In case you’re not feeling the wa

Burrowing Owl, Oliver

Feb 26, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

New winery coming along

Feb 25, 2017 / 9:44 am

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer A downtown winery being built at the former PenMar Theater site on Penticton's Martin Street is quickly taking shape. Harry McWatters, co-owner of Time Winery,  said everything is going according to plan, and the hope is to open this

We all need a Lion's Day

Feb 25, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Phew, it’s all but over          The calendar is about to flip. February will soon be a memory. It seems to be the month that pretty much everyone is happy to see go. No one says, “TGI-February.” Ev

Evolve Cellars, Summerland

Feb 12, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

Make the most of It

Feb 11, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I don't mean to gloat, but I am posting from Cozumel this week. We have seen the groans and cries of exasperation posted on Facebook by friends and family, and I'm here to tell you the best thing is to make the most of it. If you can't get away literal

Bench 1775, Naramata

Feb 5, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

Tinhorn Creek, Oliver

Jan 29, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

Date night with my guy

Jan 28, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Ever since Martin and I got together 20 years ago, we have had a standing date night every week. Tuesday is our night for dinner and a movie; it’s date night. It helps that Tuesday is the cheap night to see a show, and we don’t always go out for the di

Focus on Okanagan wine

Jan 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo
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