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iN wine: Vernon food tours shine spotlight on city's culinary culture

New foodie tours of Vernon will showcase highlights from some of the city's downtown eateries.
New foodie tours of Vernon will showcase highlights from some of the city's downtown eateries.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Loretta Friedrich

VERNON - Foodies in Vernon now have the chance to experience some off-the-menu items at local eateries with the launch of a downtown food tour.

Kelowna based Okanagan Foodie Tours have expanded their operation and launched the Vernon - Downtown Discovery Tour.

The walking tour of downtown Vernon takes it six locally-owned eateries and gives participants the opportunity to taste dishes and beverages outside of the regular customer menu.

The tours are being run by professional holistic nutritional consultant Loretta Friedrich.

"I just thought Vernon should have a foodie tour, then I thought, well I could develop one," Friedrich said.

Friedrich said the foodie tours will shine a spotlight on food culture in Vernon.

"We do have a food culture and while it's still growing and developing this is the time to bring that spotlight and shine it on some of the eateries," Friedrich said. "We have so many fantastic restaurants and places to eat."

The three-hour tour takes stops at Olive Us, Hot Bread Shoppe, The Fig, EATology, Station BBQ Smokehouse and Teassential. Friedrich said the eateries will cater specifically to the tour and serve up the "best of the best" of the food on offer. Friedrich said they'll also be an opportunity to speak to the chef or owner so guests can get more of an understanding about where the food is coming from.

Friedrich says dishes will include slow-cooked Southern barbeque, sweet and savoury chicken and waffles, a variety of bread, bubble tea, and plenty of other specialties. All of the food served up Friedrich said is "delicious."

The foodie walking tour also has a little bit of Vernon history mixed in.

Vernon - Downtown Discovery Tours run Thursday and Friday and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $75 and include everything. Friedrich recommends the tours for 13 years and older.

For more information go here.

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