This five-day feast through the Thompson Okanagan focuses on the Okanagan Valley, where they don’t understand all the talk about the “new” trend toward organic and slow cooking… after all, they have been doing it that way here for decades….
Arriving in Kelowna, the tone of your trip is set with a helicopter journey to Vibrant Vines. Walk up through the vineyards to the main house where the owners will greet you with fresh organic pizza and cold crisp award-winning white wine. As you look over this city of Urban/Rural expanse, they will begin to explain the culinary experience you are about to enjoy.
Monashee Adventure tours will take it from here as you jump on a bicycle and cycle (mostly downhill) to Sperling Vineyards, another family award-winning winery with a fabulous café that makes all its baked goods onsite, and will be serving you up a few piping hot, fresh items. Indulge. You earned it on the ride. Monashee will drop you off at your hotel.
“Fresh, Local, Comfortable”… so says Chef Rod Butters where his now famous Raudz Regional Table has one philosophy — Local. “Support local, buy local, eat and drink local… this will be your evening’s dining experience.”
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Today it is time to head out by car to see some of the local producers that help our chefs create their local experiences. Within the city of Kelowna you will find some of the best and most passionate growers and suppliers. Stop in at Arlo’s Honey Farm where some of the region’s happiest bees make their home. Meet Andrea at the Okanagan Lavender Farm and enjoy the cheese and gelato at Carmelis Goat Cheese Farm.
Enjoy lunch overlooking Okanagan Lake at Summerhill Pyramid Winery in their Sunset Organic Bistro. Summerhill prides itself on not only great wines but an amazing garden that inspires the Chef in his daily creations.
After lunch, cross the Okanagan Lake Bridge to West Kelowna and visit Grizzli Winery along with the other wineries of the Westside wine trail. Check in and plan to participate in a cooking class or plan a dinner on a winery terrace or a patio overlooking the vineyards and valley.
Overnight West Kelowna.
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Travel south to Peachland and be sure to stop into Bliss Bakery for breakfast treats or the Blind Angler for outstanding Eggs Benedict. Then continue down highway 97 to Summerland, home to Bottleneck Drive, a collection of wineries each with their own unique experiences. Sometime in between the wineries we suggest a stop on main street Summerland for lunch at The Beanery.
Another exquisite culinary experience awaits you tonight at Local Lounge and Grille situated on the lakeshore in Summerland and offering regionally inspired cuisine that won’t disappoint.
Start your day with rich roasted coffee and baking at True Grain’s in Summerland before you head out to Penticton for a morning kayak on the lake. This breathtaking experience is topped by the lunch they serve as you pull up on shore, followed by a tour of a few of the many wineries located on the Naramata Bench. Be sure to stop into “The Bench” for a quick snack before it is time to head back out to the highway.
Continuing to head south, drop into Covert Farms near Oliver where Gene Covert and his family have been growing organically for generations. If you really time it right, you might just be here for his Festival of the Tomato.
The wineries of the Golden Mile are up next and again, there are so many not to miss, we recommend you save that for Day 5. For now, check into one of several winery accommodations and enjoy an exquisite dinner overlooking the valley and the vineyards.
Enjoy the wineries of the Golden Mile today but before you do, book in for lunch in the demonstration kitchen at one of the wineries. You will be in for 3 hours of amazing memories served up by passionate chefs.
Make your way to Osoyoos, home to Canada’s warmest fresh water lake and check into your accommodation.
Dine lakeside tonight at the Watermark Wine Bar always preparing fresh, local ingredients in a relaxed casual setting.
Take highway 3 heading west to Vancouver.