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Revelstoke distillery entices employment applicants with entertaining ads

The owner of Revelstoke distillery is trying to cheer people up with his hilarious employment ads.

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Penticton poutine to be showcased on Quebec television

When popular French television show hosts were travelling through the Okanagan, their fans demanded they make a stop to Jeffer’s Fryzz in Penticton.

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Chinese restaurant in Okanagan Falls taking hiatus while vaccine passports roll out

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.

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Popular Mexican pub in downtown Kelowna closing for good

After 10 years, a popular Kelowna Mexican pub is closing its doors for good.

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Cutting taxes on craft spirits in Kamloops, Okanagan could boost Canadian economy

Small craft distilleries are struggling to get a tax break from a federal government that has made them the least competitive in the world.

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Kelowna winery puts Canada on map with gold medal at international wine contest

Thanks to Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna, there’s a Canadian flag in the top 10 list of best Muscats du Monde of 2021.

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SunRype switches its juice box straws to paper

SunRype is getting ahead of the proposed federal ban on plastic straws by switching to recyclable, bendable paper straws on all its 200 ml beverage boxes in Canada.

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iN VIDEO: New wine, new look for downtown Penticton winery

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.

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Some Kamloops, Okanagan businesses temporarily closing, adjusting hours due to staff shortages

Faced with a lack of workers during the pandemic, some Kamloops and Okanagan businesses are shortening their hours or even closed temporarily to compensate.

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Kelowna pub offers free meals for beleaguered health-care workers

Workers at Kelowna General Hospital and the B.C. Cancer Clinic are being offered free meals at the Train Station Pub.

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Penticton councillors fighting to remove red tape for off-site winery sales

The City of Penticton wants to cut red tape in B.C. to allow smaller wineries and distilleries to open off-site tasting rooms.

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Kamloops restaurant staff given mandatory paid vacation to 'recharge' after stressful summer

After a long year, and especially difficult summer, staff at an iconic Kamloops restaurant will be given a mandatory paid vacation next week.

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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.

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Why there are more grasshoppers, leafhoppers than usual in Okanagan this summer

Grasshoppers and leafhoppers are both benefitting from the hot and dry summer of 2021 in the southern Interior.

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Vintners despair after French wildfire ravaged grapevines

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.

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Late-summer sip: A new world of booze-free options

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.

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Lake Country woman develops love for fungi, starts gourmet mushroom farm

A Lake Country woman decided to try a new business venture after her designated driving service took a hit amid the pandemic.

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Defiant Penticton brewery getting positive feedback on anti-vaccine card stance

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.

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West Kelowna rejects proposed eight-storey tower at winery

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.

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Kamloops Farmers' Market is a delicious adventure

The Kamloops Farmer’s Market is a bi-weekly market that beautifully showcases the bounty from the surrounding areas of the Thompson Valley.

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West Kelowna pizza restaurant closing its doors next month

A well-known West Kelowna pizza stop is closing its doors next month.

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RECIPE: Watermelon feta skewers

Refreshing is the theme we are all looking for during these dog days of summer and watermelon in any form is a perfect choice.

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Wine of the Week: New Chronos Rosé joins the TIME Family of Wines

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.

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Kamloops family business cooking pizza for wildfire evacuees

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.

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RECIPE: Cristi's espresso semifreddo

Summertime means frozen dessert time.

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Wine of the Week: Bizou + Yukon Savvy Gris

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

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RECIPE: Mexican Street Corn

Mexican street corn is our new obsession. Called Elote, this corn is grilled and slathered in a lime-y mayo “crema” and topped with salty, crumbly Mexican cheese. You are seriously going to go loco for this new summer favourite.

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New brew pub is choosing Lake Country for its home and its name

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.

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Recipe: Anna Olsen’s no bake cheesecake

Did you know today, July 30, is National Cheesecake Day? A great excuse to eat this delicious favourite dessert this weekend. Blueberries are also in season right now making this combination dreamy.

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Popular Kelowna Greek restaurant destroyed by fire planning a comeback

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.

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Wine of the Week: Artakama 2019 Pinot Noir Magnum

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.

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The Okanagan could grow most of its own food and still have room for wine

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.

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South Okanagan produce store asks for local support after business declines due to wildfire

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.

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Kamloops's first food hall looks to open later this year

Kamloops is moving closer to completing the construction of its first food hall, a project that began in the summer of 2019.

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The Kelowna Yacht Club opens The Galley Lakeside Cafe on the boardwalk downtown

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.

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Taste of Mexico being offered to Kelowna at fall event

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.

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Don't panic, Kamloops will soon have bannock

Don’t panic, another B.C. city will soon have Sharon Bond’s bannock.

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Food truck in Kamloops gets stolen, damaged and recovered

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.

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Wine of the Week: Rigour & Whimsy 2019 Hyperdrive

Rigour & Whimsy is a micro winery in Okanagan Falls featuring hand crafted small lot wines. Costa and Jody Gavaris are the very cool husband and wife team behind the label that have brought a very colourful wave to our wine industry.

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RECIPE: Fresh cherry slice

It is cherry season now and the fruit stands and farmers' markets will be offering baskets of these beautiful red orbs.

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Wine of the Week: The Second Act Field Blend Rosé

Looking for a low-alcohol bevvie?

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Two pioneering South Okanagan wine families join forces

Two pioneering wine families in the South Okanagan are joining forces.

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Popular Okanagan food truck moves in to Kamloops

The Lobster Pot food truck opened in Kamloops for the first time this week and residents are raving about their food.

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RECIPE: Turn up the beet! Make this unique and delicious beet salad this weekend

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.

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RECIPE: Greek butterflied leg of lamb

Grilled Greek-style butterflied leg of lamb is a great meal to serve at a summer dinner party.

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Spirit Ridge Resort: A delicious escape to the desert

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.

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Vibrant Vine Winery: Wine, art, music

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.

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‘Tart and very fruity’: Tin Whistle in Penticton brews prickly pear cactus beer

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.

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Former national volleyball team players open winery in Oliver

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.

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Wine of the Week: Red Rooster Sauvignon Blanc pairs perfectly with summer

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.

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NINJAnow shuts down food delivery service in Kelowna, West Kelowna due to heat

An Okanagan delivery service is taking the next few days off in the Central Okanagan as restaurants are closing due the heat wave.

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Okanagan restaurants adjusting hours, menus, temporarily closing to beat the heat

With an unprecedented heat wave rolling across B.C., some Okanagan businesses are adjusting their hours, menus and some are even shutting their doors.

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Kelowna winery looking to use gravity to boost quality of wine

An Iranian-themed winery in the McKinley Landing area of Kelowna is seeking permission for an observation tower that’s about six storeys tall.

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Kamloops Golf & Country Club: Membership not required for great food & drink

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”.

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RECIPE: Blueberry Lime Scones

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!

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Why this Kamloops restaurateur doesn't mind being called the 'chicken biryani girl'

Amna Ahmed of Kamloops loves to cook. She started cooking at an early age and has never looked back.

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It's getting hot out there, it's time for a cool cocktail

As the temperature continues to rise in the Okanagan, locals are finding ways to stay cool.

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Jennifer Schell shortlisted for Taste Canada award

An award winning Kelowna cookbook author has been shortlisted for a Taste Canada award.

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Red Bird looking to be biggest in Kelowna’s brewery district

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.

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RECIPE: This Father's Day potato salad will become a tradition

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.

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Canada’s first wine village opening this summer in the South Okanagan

Cheers, wine lovers: Canada’s first wine village is officially opening in Oliver on Canada Day.

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Earl's Kelowna closed due to COVID-19 transmission

A downtown Kelowna restaurant has been ordered to temporarily close due to COVID-19 transmission in the workplace.

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Kelowna satellite farmer's market starts up this weekend

The Kelowna Farmer's and Crafter's Market is expanding downtown for the season.

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Wine of the week: My new fave, Narrative malbec

Malbec is a Bordeaux grape that you may not be too familiar with in our industry as a single varietal. Very popular in Argentina, Malbec is used in many of our B.C. blends and does not see the spotlight alone very often in B.C.

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RECIPE: Egg Foo Yung for Chinese night at home

This easy and delicious Chinese style omelette is super versatile and a favourite in our house.

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iN VIDEO: Rethinking tequila: Premium brands aim to change perceptions

LONDON (AP) — Love it or hate it, tequila conjures up strong feelings in many drinkers.

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Kelowna restaurant survives by becoming cafe, farmer’s market

A Kelowna restaurant struggling with COVID-19 restrictions is pivoting its business model to become more farmer’s market-like.

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Construction work for Vernon winery on hold due to flooding concerns

Plans to make Vernon a world-class wine destination are currently paused as city workers address flooding issues.

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Penticton's Bad Tattoo craft brewery setting up a second shop in Kelowna

A popular Penticton craft brewery is making a move north as it eyes new markets in Kelowna.

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Alchemy Brewing in Kamloops wins best wings in town contest

Alchemy Brewing Company in Kamloops has won the ‘best wings in town’ Facebook competition.

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As B.C. restaurants prepare for July 1, a new problem arises

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.

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Think pink and drink Sandhill for National Rosé Day

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.

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Okanagan cherry crop 'looking very good' as first fruit of season ready in Osoyoos

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.

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Experience wine country life in style this summer with South Okanagan Limousine & Tours

Summertime in the Okanagan means wine touring time so why not add a little glam to your next wine adventure and book a limo?

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SPUD home delivery service now offers B.C. restaurant meals

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.

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Pentictonites keeps their eye on the Fryzz — Jeffers Fryzz, that is

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.

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Local strawberries are at the markets: Load up and bake muffins

Strawberry season is upon us and luckily today is farmers market day.

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Wine of the Week: Mt. Boucherie Blaufränkisch

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.

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West Kelowna winery plan would require high-rise training for firefighters

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.”

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Penticton 10-year-old stars as pitchman for family's grocery business

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.

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Wine corks into footwear: New recycling pilot program in Kelowna

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.

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Buckwheat gelato created by former Penticton chef could be first in world

A Penticton man has created a recipe for a gelato that may be the first of its kind. 

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RECIPE: Korean spot prawn & green onion pancakes

B.C. Spot Prawn season is in full swing right now so do make sure to head to the docks to purchase some if you are on the coast or source some from your local fishmonger.

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Wine of the Week: Celebrate International Chardonnay Day with Mirabel Vineyards

Today is International Chardonnay Day and I will gladly raise a glass to celebrate my favourite variety.

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Celebrate the B.C. spot prawn season from the comfort of your home

B.C. spot prawn mania is underway. These delicious, sweet prawns harvested from our own west coast waters have become an epic success story.

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Strawberry season returns to the Okanagan

Strawberry season is upon us once again.

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Nighthawk Vineyards is one of the Okanagan's most delicious food & wine destinations

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.

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RECIPE: Get it while you can, asparagus season is here

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. 

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Touring wineries with your furry, four-legged friend

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.

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Don’t expect indoor dining at all B.C. restaurants on Tuesday

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.

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iN VIDEO: Teen baker sweetens lives making desserts for those in need

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.

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Summerland wants to be food innovation, processing hub for Okanagan

Summerland has aspirations of becoming the food innovation and processing hub for the Okanagan.

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This Kelowna salon wants to serve wine with its manicures, pedicures

The Sweet Spot Beauty Bar in Kelowna is applying for a liquor licence so its customers can enjoy a cocktail with their pedicures.

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Protecting poutine's identity: Quebec dairy group wants official designation on delicious dish

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.

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Wine of the Week: Refresh with Frind Estate Winery Riesling

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.

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Seaweed cultivation is a growing trend on Canada’s West Coast

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.

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RECIPE: Egg free Tiramisu from Mamma Marzia

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.

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iN VIDEO: Home cooks find antidote to blandness on TikTok videos

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.

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iN VIDEO: Kelowna's Fresh Start forced to close because of pandemic

Kelowna's Start Fresh Kitchen is the latest casualty of the pandemic and public health restrictions. 

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Nicola Valley woman vying for title of 'greatest baker'

A Lower Nicola resident is hoping to make her dreams come true by competing for the top spot in The Greatest Baker competition.

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