Barrels of freshly picked apples, baskets piled to the brim with sweet cherries, juicy peaches, plums and vegetables. A picturesque region of vineyards, orchards, mountains and valleys set around Okanagan Lake, British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley is a feast for the eyes and taste buds.
A road trip through the Thompson Okanagan region takes you past rich pickings of vineyards and orchards, where meeting the winemakers and farmers is part of the farm-to-table experience.
What’s more, the region is home to Canada’s only true desert, the planet’s only inland temperate rainforest and the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies (Mount Robson).
Inspired to go? Here’s a 10-course storytelling menu that will give you a taste of the Thompson Okanagan region in British Columbia.
A 10-course storytelling menu
A taste of British Columbia
How to Make a Tabjito Cocktail
A creative twist on the classic Mojito, bartender Harry Dosanj from Bar Travelling Man shares with us the Okanagan ingredients that make this cocktail special.
Food of the Gods: Okanagan Honey Wine
Find out where to taste mead and why Ed Nowek from Planet Bee Honey Farm is in love with honey bees.
Reinventing the Farm: Beyond the Apple Orchards
Meet Tamara Davison from Davison Orchards Country Village and learn how a third-generation Okanagan farming family is reinventing the family farm.
Glamour Farming: Winemaking in the Okanagan
Winery owners Curtis and Sheri-Lee Krouzel entertain us in a video about how they are making their dreams come true at 50th Parallel Estate.
The Inside Story: My Okanagan
An interview with award-winning cookbook author Jennifer Schell reveals why the Okanagan is attracting the attention of top foodies and winemakers.
Things to do in Kelowna
The secret world of bartender Harry Dosanj: where does a bartender go to eat and drink in his own backyard?
8 Kelowna Wineries
Of the Thompson Okanagan region’s 200+ wineries, there are 30 around the Kelowna area. Here are eight wineries around Kelowna to put on your list.
Okanagan Apple Dumpling Bombs Recipe
Find out how to make this recipe here
Rhubarb Tiramisu Recipe
Whet your appetite for British Columbia’s Thompson Okanagan region with these delicious dessert recipes shared with us by Jennifer Schell.
Here’s the recipe for rhubarb tiramisu.
Three Days in the Thompson Okanagan
A local perspective of how to spend three days in the region. This itinerary includes wineries in Oliver, Naramata and Kelowna.