September 21, 2018
An Okanagan EAT DRINK LOCAL Tour
We have so many fantastic businesses in the Thompson Okanagan region – so many, in fact, that we’ve decided we should suggest an itinerary for people in the region to make the most of these delicious local offerings.
This is just one possible idea for locals or visitors alike – pick and choose what you do, or take it as a complete itinerary. It’s up to you!
A day in the Thompson Okanagan
Start your day at Sunny’s Modern Diner for breakfast, situated on Bernard Avenue in downtown Kelowna. Sunny’s offers all-day breakfast from 7:30-3:30pm, which means you don’t need to rush!
It’s exactly what it says on the box – a modern diner, with a great selection.
While they have a great range of breakfast (and lunch) items, we have to recommend their Chicken & Waffles.
After breakfast, head to a farm to make the most of the season. Which one you visit depends on your interest – here are a few you might be interested in that are open through September.
If you don’t mind the drive to Vernon (assuming you started in Kelowna), Davison Orchards Country Village offers orchard tours, farm animals, antique tractors and a playground for the kids.
Learn about bees at Planet Bee! These amazing creatures are really important to our ecosystem, and at this farm in Vernon you can learn, taste and shop. Yum!
And for something a bit different, you could also check out Okanagan Lavender and Herb Farm. They make skincare products, culinary products, and they also offer workshops if that’s your thing. Their shop is open daily until October 6, and Tuesday-Saturday from then onwards. The ‘Garden Wander’ is also open until October 6.
Now, this might depend on which farm you visited (and if you bought any snacks). If you’re around the Kelowna region and have a penchant for seafood (like me), you have to check out The Table Café for sustainable, fresh and local product.
Get classic Fish & Chips, oysters and sandwiches or even a Seafood Feast.
If you’re closer to Vernon, stop by The Chase Wine’s Garden Bistro or BLOCK ONE Restaurant at 50th Parallel Estate. Both options have delicious fare – check out the Marinated Beet & Watercress Salad at The Chase Wines (which makes a great Instagram post) or enjoy Block ONE’s Mac & Cheese using local cheese, frisee, truffle vinaigrette and parmesan foam. Yum!
You can’t visit the Okanagan and not experience a wine tasting. And there are so many fantastic wineries to choose from!
In Kelowna, you can head to the tasting room at Indigenous World Winery, or House of Rose Winery open daily from 10am-6pm, who are celebrating their 25th anniversary! For something a little different, you could also try Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery premium spirits created from 100% BC fruits and grains.
For south Okanagan stops, you can check out Okanagan Crush Pad or Dirty Laundry Vineyard in Summerland, Pentage Winery and Perseus Winery in Penticton as well as Intersection Estate Winery in Oliver (among many others).
And what about dinner?
It depends on where you’ve ended up in your day, but we have a couple recommendations to make.
RauDZ Regional Table (try their famous Crab Cappuccino) and Salt & Brick in Kelowna have fantastic local menus – Salt & Brick in particular changes their menu almost daily depending on what ingredients they have available.
If you’re in Oliver, you can also check out RauDZ’s sister-restaurant Terrafina at Hester Creek. You can build your own board of charcuterie, cheese, honey and other delicious snacks, or sample something from their Italian-inspired menu.
If you’re closer to Osoyoos, you can visit the restaurant at the Watermark Beach Resort for fantastic tapas. Share the meal or try one of their mains – and the view is pretty great as well!
And if it’s Penticton you’re interested in, the Villa Rosa has over 20 years experience providing delicious Italian food using local produce.
This is just an example of some of the places you could visit on a trip to the Okanagan – there is so much more to do! If you do visit the region and visit any of our Buy BC: EAT DRINK LOCAL restaurants, wineries, breweries or distilleries, tag us on social media! We’d love to hear about your visit – @eatdrinkbuybc.