Food & Drink

Brew pub coming to valley

Jan 31, 2023 / 4:06 pm

Photo: Contributed A Lower Mainland brew pub with locations in Delta and Richmond will soon be serving its suds in the Okanagan. Britannia Brewing Company has announced on its website that it will be opening a third location in Lake Country at a location that has not been disclosed.

FDA faces overhaul

Jan 31, 2023 / 8:55 am

Photo: The Canadian Press The head of the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday announced an overhaul of the agency’s food safety and nutrition division, vowing that a new structure will better protect consumers and the U.S. food supply. FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf said

Tasty food event returns

Jan 30, 2023 / 7:00 pm

Photo: Corinne Boback Photography The Amuse event for social foodies is back. The eighth annual event will return this March after taking a break for the pandemic, and this year’s night out will take place at an interesting new venue: KF Aerospace Centre for Excellence. Attend

Lotus launches weed line

Jan 30, 2023 / 10:25 am

Photo: Lotus Cannabis A North Okanagan cannabis grower has released its first recreational product under its own name. The Lotus Cannabis Keylime Kush is available online via BC Cannabis Stores and also at private cannabis shops. Lotus is located outside Armstrong and previously sol

Changing habits on booze

Jan 30, 2023 / 6:37 am

Photo: The Canadian Press Advocates and business owners in the beverage industry say new guidance for drinking alcohol could speed up changing consumer drinking habits as younger generations drink less and non-alcoholic beverages become more popular. A report released earlier this mont

2021 Gamay Noir

Jan 29, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Gamay Noir, 2021 Winery: Deep Roots, Naramata Bench Why drink it? If you missed this vintage, follow the winery for info on when the next bottles will be released. The winery has done well with awards and accolades with this varietal, and the 2021 j

Groundhog Day

Jan 28, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed January is just about done – let’s celebrate! Many people say January is like an endless month, but now the year is starting to gather some momentum, so let’s skip ahead to February, when we start with more festivities. The first is a very ancien

Mmmmm, chocolate

Jan 27, 2023 / 4:00 pm

Photo: Contributed Barrita Durward of Cottons Chocolate Vernon master chocolatier Barrita Durward of Cotton's Chocolates will once agin be teaching the fine art of making chocolate. The Carnival of Chocolate has four events happening Feb. 5 and 12 and is best for children aged s

Silence on booze advice

Jan 27, 2023 / 6:44 am

Photo: The Canadian Press Politicians in charge of provincial and territorial liquor laws aren't hurrying to adopt or promote newly updated guidelines that advise a steep drop in Canadian drinking habits. Across Canada, the responsible ministers declined interview requests from The

For tellers of tall tales

Jan 26, 2023 / 5:00 pm

Photo: Contributed In honour of Scottish poet Robbie Burns, Vernon's Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery has launched a new single-cask release of triple-wood whisky with a frontier nod to Valley history. The Captain Shorts whisky is named after the "high admiral of Okanagan Lak

Big plans for new owners

Jan 26, 2023 / 4:00 pm

Photo: Facebook EATology has changed hands, but it's staying in the family, sort of. The popular downtown Vernon restaurant says two employees have purchased the business. But don't worry, all of the favourites will remain on the menu. Merry Goddard and Sarah Cripps say t

Sir Winston's for sale

Jan 26, 2023 / 10:09 am

Photo: realtor.ca A popular Vernon watering hole is for sale. Sir Winston's Pub has been listed for sale at what might be considered the bargain price of $99,000 – especially since the business just completed a $100,000 renovation. The pub, located on Highway 97 between Po

Filling more than bellies

Jan 26, 2023 / 8:50 am

Tracey Prediger Two days a month, All Saints Anglican Church is transformed into a food distribution hub. The Good Food Box is a bulk buying community program Donna Antonishak helped bring to Vernon 23 years ago. "As a nutritionist, I wanted to help people eat healthily, and when t

Dry January sales up

Jan 23, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Three weeks into Dry January and both bars and restaurants around the Okanagan are busy making non-alcoholic drinks for their customers. Riley Strother, the head bartender at Kelowna's Kettle River Brewing, says his craft beer establishment has quickly gone from

2020 Winemaker’s CUT

Jan 22, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Q&A, 2020 (red blend) Winery: Winemaker’s CUT, Oliver Why drink it? This wine is a blend in two ways. First, a blend of the three collaborators behind it: actor-director Jason Priestly, broadcaster Terry David Mulligan, and winema

Food holidays? Why not?

Jan 21, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Did you celebrate World Pizza Day (Jan.17) or National Popcorn Day (Jan. 19)? We eat traditional foods on holidays like Christmas, Hannukah, Ramadan, etc., but how about days that are special because of the food associated with them? There is a fellow in the U.S.

Winter sips at Predator

Jan 15, 2023 / 7:00 pm

Photo: Pexels The Okanagan Winter Wine Festival is ready to launch its inaugural winter programming, and everyone is invited. The festival takes place Jan. 22, 27 and 28 with the opening night for the festival to be held at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre. However, wine lo

Uppercase Cabernet Franc

Jan 15, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Cabernet Franc, 2020 Winery: Uppercase, Oliver Why drink it? Of the Cabernets, Franc deserves more attention than it generally receives, and it’s an excellent varietal for the Okanagan. Find this one at the District Wine

Sipping on whisky

Jan 14, 2023 / 6:00 pm

Photo: Whisky Global Whisky lovers rejoice! Vancouver's long-running premium whisky festival Whisky Global is coming to Kelowna in February. After seeing so many Okanagan residents make their way to the coast for the annual tasting event, 10 years later, Whisky Global has decide

Food for a better mood

Jan 14, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Here we are, in the dead of winter. Many of us are trying to get back up to speed and maybe recover from the indulgences of the holiday season. New Year’s resolutions of dieting and gym attendance are a popular pastime. January is now also known as “Ve