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Peachland beach experience just got a lot less tasty

Peachland's Swim Bay.
June 14, 2021 - 5:11 PM

After years of ongoing service to the beach-going public, the Swim Bay concession at Peachland's Swim Bay is definitely going down market this summer.

For possibly as many as 15 years, BGP Catering offered a variety of ice cream and food options, renewing their contract every five years.

When the contract came up for tender earlier this year, BGP was the only bidder but declined to take on the job for personal reasons.

“She was a really great vendor for us,” Cheryl Wiebe, director of community services for Peachland said.

The contract will go out to tender again next year.

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“If she is the successful bidder, we would be delighted to have her back and she would be delighted to come back,” Wiebe said.

Given that there was not enough time for another tendering process and getting the required permitting in place before summer, Peachland council agreed to let local non-profit groups sell packaged food out of the site instead.

“Interior Health has confirmed that, if selling pre-packaged, not-potentially hazardous food like pop, popsicles and chips, no permitting is required,” a report out of last week’s council states.

Four local non-profit societies attended a meeting with Wiebe last week so the details just have to be worked out as to how they will be scheduled to operate the concession this summer.

While fresh cooked food and fresh scooped ice cream won’t be on offer this summer, it does create an “awesome” opportunity for local non-profits to fundraise, Wiebe said.

Peachland's Swim Bay is a bit of a destination point around the valley because it's the last Okanagan beach to offer lifeguard service.

Peachland has 10 lifeguards that rotate through the site throughout the summer and they offer everything from life jackets to weaker swimmers to input on where to eat to curious travellers.

The season for lifeguard duty usually starts in June and ends in August.


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