The owner of Revelstoke distillery is trying to cheer people up with his hilarious employment ads.
When popular French television show hosts were travelling through the Okanagan, their fans demanded they make a stop to Jeffer’s Fryzz in Penticton.
After witnessing the controversies surrounding the vaccine passport, and having dealt with people frustrated with previous COVID restrictions, the Chinese restaurant in Okanagan Falls has closed temporarily.
After 10 years, a popular Kelowna Mexican pub is closing its doors for good.
Small craft distilleries are struggling to get a tax break from a federal government that has made them the least competitive in the world.
Thanks to Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna, there’s a Canadian flag in the top 10 list of best Muscats du Monde of 2021.
After being purchased by new owners, a Penticton winery has launched a new brand, has given its older wines a fresh look and is undertaking several new renovations.
Faced with a lack of workers during the pandemic, some Kamloops and Okanagan businesses are shortening their hours or even closed temporarily to compensate.
Workers at Kelowna General Hospital and the B.C. Cancer Clinic are being offered free meals at the Train Station Pub.
The City of Penticton wants to cut red tape in B.C. to allow smaller wineries and distilleries to open off-site tasting rooms.
After a long year, and especially difficult summer, staff at an iconic Kamloops restaurant will be given a mandatory paid vacation next week.
Indigenous taco truck owner provides Westside Road community with wildfire updates in lieu of food while evacuated
An Indigenous taco stand owner who was evacuated due to the wildfire decided to continue communicating with his community in an entertaining way while waiting to return home.
Grasshoppers and leafhoppers are both benefitting from the hot and dry summer of 2021 in the southern Interior.
LE CANNET-DES-MAURES, France (AP) — After a wildfire blazed through a once-picturesque nature reserve near the French Riviera, winemakers who grow the region’s celebrated crop are taking stock of the damage.
Looking to kick back and enjoy the late days of summer with something non-alcoholic? There’s been a real transformation going on in the world of non-alcoholic beverages.
A Lake Country woman decided to try a new business venture after her designated driving service took a hit amid the pandemic.
After a Penticton craft brewery recently announced it would be snubbing the province's upcoming vaccine card mandate, most of the feedback has been positive.
Not only will there not be a lighthouse towering above the Goats Peak Winery in West Kelowna, there will be no highrise tower at all.
A well-known West Kelowna pizza stop is closing its doors next month.
Just launched: A brand refresh and new look for Evolve Cellars, Chronos and McWatters Collection wines. New owners Ron and Shelley Mayert wanted to celebrate their addition to the McWatters family by redesigning the label design for McWatters and Evolve Cellars lines and launching a new line called Chronos, aptly named after the Greek primordial god of time.
A family who has been donating pizza pies by the hundreds for various causes in Kamloops have been working long days recently to help feed wildfire evacuees.
Okanagan Crush Pad in Summerland creates four different labels: Haywire, Narrative, Free Form, and Bizou + Yukon. Bizou + Yukon is named for the winery’s two beautiful Great Pyrenees. These beloved dogs have retired after a long career of guarding the property and their humans and winery owners Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie decided to pay tribute to them by creating a label in their names. The line has a white and red blend, a rosé, a sparkling wine, and also wine offered in 1
One of the Central Okanagan’s newest brewpubs plans to set up shop in Lake Country, far away from the emerging Brewery District in downtown Kelowna.
A popular Kelowna Greek restaurant that burned down last year is planning on returning with a new three-storey building that includes several apartment suites.
Artakama is a natural, organic wine created by the producers of Le Vieux Pin and La Stella under the guidance of celebrated winemaker Sev Pinte. The name means desire and search for truth and the wines are in sync with the new trend of natural winemaking that has hit our new world.
A new report being presented to Okanagan regional districts is trying to get them to create a regional food system that will see most of the food consumed in the Valley grown here.
A South Okanagan produce stand and store is asking residents for help to support their business which has seen a drastic reduction in customers due to wildfires in the area.
Kamloops is moving closer to completing the construction of its first food hall, a project that began in the summer of 2019.
Many would agree that Kelowna’s most spectacular asset is its proximity to Okanagan Lake. The magnificent grandeur of this 135-km long body of water runs alongside Kelowna’s shores from tip to tail. Watersports have long been a part of the lifestyle here as well as celebrations around it and the Kelowna Yacht Club (KYC) has been at the core of it all since 1945.
Taco Vino, a Mexican-themed wine, cider and spirits tasting will take over the Kelowna Ford Lincoln dealership Oct. 23 for the BC Wine, Cider & Spirits Festival.
When the owner of Gyldi's Pizza went to pick up the company food truck on the morning of July 22, he was shocked to find out the truck was gone.
Two pioneering wine families in the South Okanagan are joining forces.
My mom’s friend Polly is Russian and is a vegetarian. She is also an amazing cook and has shared many delicious recipes with us over the years.
Spirit Ridge Lake Resort is part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt. This series of one-of-a-kind hotels offer amazing experiences to their guests, and Spirit Ridge is just that – amazing.
Are you picking up good vibrations from Southeast Kelowna? Well, I know where it is coming from — the Vibrant Vine Winery. Southeast Kelowna is one of our wine country’s most colourful experiences. Wine, art and music are the themes here and each are demonstrated in spectacular fashion.
From the semi-arid, antelope-brush ecosystem deep in the South Okanagan comes a beer described as rosy red, tart — but not lip-puckering sour — and very fruity.
There is a lot of buzz these days around the new District Wine Village in Oliver. The first of its kind in Canada, the village will be home to 16 small, craft producers and an exciting new destination for visitors.
Naramata’s Red Rooster Winery has long been a destination on the famous Bench. As one of the OG wineries, the wines and look have evolved over the years.
An Okanagan delivery service is taking the next few days off in the Central Okanagan as restaurants are closing due the heat wave.
With an unprecedented heat wave rolling across B.C., some Okanagan businesses are adjusting their hours, menus and some are even shutting their doors.
An Iranian-themed winery in the McKinley Landing area of Kelowna is seeking permission for an observation tower that’s about six storeys tall.
With its wonderful, sunny climate, Kamloops has long been a destination for golfers. The play season here extends over eight months earning the area the title as “the hottest market in Canadian golf”.
I can’t wait for blueberry season to begin. Like all local, seasonal fruits, veggies and berries, fresh is best. However, one of the starring attributes of blueberries is that they freeze incredibly well, so do make sure to stock up for the year.If you have the chance to visit a u-pick blueberry farm- do it!
Amna Ahmed of Kamloops loves to cook. She started cooking at an early age and has never looked back.
As the temperature continues to rise in the Okanagan, locals are finding ways to stay cool.
An award winning Kelowna cookbook author has been shortlisted for a Taste Canada award.
After starting small in s 2017, Kelowna’s Red Bird Brewery is applying to have seating for 500 patrons in the summer, which would make it the largest of the seven craft brew pubs in what’s become known as the Brewery District.
Everyone seems to have at least one of the famous Whitewater Cooks cookbooks in their collection. And for good reason, the recipes are amazing and they all work.
Cheers, wine lovers: Canada’s first wine village is officially opening in Oliver on Canada Day.
A downtown Kelowna restaurant has been ordered to temporarily close due to COVID-19 transmission in the workplace.
The Kelowna Farmer's and Crafter's Market is expanding downtown for the season.
LONDON (AP) — Love it or hate it, tequila conjures up strong feelings in many drinkers.
A Kelowna restaurant struggling with COVID-19 restrictions is pivoting its business model to become more farmer’s market-like.
Plans to make Vernon a world-class wine destination are currently paused as city workers address flooding issues.
A popular Penticton craft brewery is making a move north as it eyes new markets in Kelowna.
Alchemy Brewing Company in Kamloops has won the ‘best wings in town’ Facebook competition.
Restaurants may be able to open their indoor spaces to more customers in July but doesn’t mean they’ll have the staff to make the meals.
Rosé all day! Saturday, June 12 is actually National Rosé Day, officially the day to think pink. This annual holiday falls on the second Saturday in June every year, and it is the chance to celebrate some of our amazing local rosés.
There’s optimism in South Okanagan cherry orchards this year as the picking of the first of this year’s crop gets underway in Osoyoos.
Summertime in the Okanagan means wine touring time so why not add a little glam to your next wine adventure and book a limo?
You may have noticed SPUD delivery trucks around town: This Vancouver-based online home grocery delivery company services cities across B.C. including the Thompson-Okanagan. SPUD prides itself on choosing the best in local, organic, and sustainable groceries by working directly with farmers and other producers. Seriously, this makes shopping local super easy and their product list ranges from produce to bakery, meat and seafood and even liquor.
The Jeffers Fryzz has been a fixture on Nanaimo Avenue in Penticton for so long, most residents probably don’t remember a time when it wasn’t there, on the street in front of the CIBC bank’s rear parking lot.
Strawberry season is upon us and luckily today is farmers market day.
Blaufränkisch. It may be a mouthful to say but this wine might just be your new favourite red. Popular in Europe, this cool climate varietal is also known as Lemberger. Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery is the only producer of it in the Okanagan but there is also a Lemberger produced by Larch Hills Winery in the Shuswap area.
A proposed lighthouse for the Goats Peak Winery in West Kelowna has now been amended to be a tower with three squarish “look-out pods.”
The 10-year-old son of the owners of a newly-opened international grocery store in Penticton has become an overnight sensation for his efforts as the store’s pitchman.
A new pilot recycling program in Kelowna is going to find out if the public will jump on board a plan to collect wine corks, made from actual cork, to be repurposed into footwear.
A Penticton man has created a recipe for a gelato that may be the first of its kind.
Today is International Chardonnay Day and I will gladly raise a glass to celebrate my favourite variety.
B.C. spot prawn mania is underway. These delicious, sweet prawns harvested from our own west coast waters have become an epic success story.
Nighthawk Vineyards in Okanagan Falls is one of our wine country’s must-do experiences. Owned and operated by the uber food- and wine-savvy Bibby family, their warmth and passion for the industry shines through every detail at this charming farmgate winery.
Mad for asparagus? Well, the season finally here. I anticipate these delectable green spears all year long as our local asparagus is so far superior to the imported varieties. Tender and flavorful, it is like gold because it is very hard to farm. This crop takes a patient farmer as takes about three or four years to get the asparagus crop ready to harvest and then its annual success is very weather dependent and needs sunshine.
As the weather heats up, who can’t wait for another beautiful Okanagan summer — with wine! Hopefully pandemic restrictions will ease as the B.C. vaccination program is in full swing. Getting out and about will likely be top of mind for many people.
The head of the association representing restaurants in B.C. says there will be indoor dining Tuesday following the COVID-19 circuit breaker, but he is also issuing a word of caution.
Vedika Jawa’s mission to sweeten the lives of those in need began when she was just 13, on a family trip to San Francisco. She could not help but see the multitudes living on the streets.
Summerland has aspirations of becoming the food innovation and processing hub for the Okanagan.
The Sweet Spot Beauty Bar in Kelowna is applying for a liquor licence so its customers can enjoy a cocktail with their pedicures.
MONTREAL - A group representing Quebec's dairy industry says it's eyeing a special government designation for the term poutine in order to better promote it internationally.
Frind Estate Winery hit the headlines when its famous owner Markus Frind, creator of the legendary dating site Plenty of Fish decided to change his lifestyle and dive into the wine industry in 2017.
There’s a surge of excitement around seaweed cultivation on the West Coast if the heavy-hitters on the speakers’ list of an upcoming inaugural conference on the topic is any measure of interest.
I love to support anything local, including cookbooks. For years. Marzia Bellotti Molatore, known as “Mamma Marzia” has been offering Italian cooking classes from her Langley home kitchen. Known as Bella Cibo, Marzia decided to publish some of her favourite class recipes from her popular cooking school into a book. “Cooking with Mamma Marzia” came out in 2020 - just in time to fill the gap during Covid.
From sourdough to feta pasta, much of the last year at home has been food-focused. And one driver of these delectable fads is the social media platform TikTok.
Kelowna's Start Fresh Kitchen is the latest casualty of the pandemic and public health restrictions.