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Okanagan's latest dining takes place in a 500-year-old farmhouse

Image Credit: SUBMITTED: Sparkling Hill Resort

To complement its authentic Austrian-German menu, Sparkling Hill Resort has opened a new restaurant in an actual 500-year-old farmhouse.

Gerni’s Farmhouse opened last week and is located in a timber frame farmhouse originally built in Weeburg, Austria in 1587.

The resort had the farmhouse taken apart piece-by-piece and shipped to Canada in six 40-foot containers in the spring of 2020.

The farmhouse was then reconstructed at the Sparkling Hill Resort.

"It's a super interesting building, it's... stunning inside," Sparkling Hill Resort spokesperson Chelsea Pihach said.

Instead of building a replica, Pihach said the resort wanted to keep it as authentic as possible.

"We're serving up authentic German and Austrian style food (so) we wanted to have the authentic farmhouse," she said.

Gerni’s Farmhouse is named after the resort's Austrian-born owner the late Gernot "Gerni" Langes-Swarovski, who made the Forbes billionaire list in 2014.

The restaurant, which is open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to the public, has a German-Austrian menu featuring traditional dishes such as Bratwurst, Wiener Schnitzel and Leberkäs, a warm meatloaf with sweet mustard, potato salad, and served with a pretzel. For dessert there's Apfel Strudel and Heiße Liebe.

While there are several German and Austrian beers on offer, the wine list is exceedingly local with wines coming from Lake Country and the Kelowna area.

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