By Roslyne Buchanan.

Ever popular DINE AROUND OKANAGAN returns January 15 to February 2, 2020 by the British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association (BCRFA) and sponsored by the Wines of British Columbia and Tourism Kelowna.

At the launch of DINE AROUND OKANAGAN, Codfather’s Jon Crofts and The Table at Codfather’s Ross Derrick shuck oysters. Photo credit: Roslyne Buchanan.

If the launch held at Okanagan College Kelowna is an indication of how anxious the Okanagan Valley is to get out there and support local establishments, 2020 will be a DINE AROUND OKANAGAN to remember. Despite a chilly night, a sold-out crowd of more than 350 people nibbled and slurped their way through delicious representations of what to expect.

At the launch, many restaurants posted their DINE AROUND OKANAGAN menu such as The Table at Codfather’s. Photo credit: Roslyne Buchanan.

Most of the restaurants presenting at the launch had their DINE AROUND OKANAGAN menus on hand so guests could be tantalized to reserve a table. While the presenting establishments didn’t replicate what to expect, the appetizers and beverages provided tasty insight.

Road 13 Vineyards of Oliver pouring at DINE AROUND OKANAGAN. Photo credit: Roslyne Buchanan.

Multi-course menus are featured at 50 restaurants throughout the Okanagan for $15, $25, $35, $45 or $55 with suggested BC VQA wine pairings, BC Craft Beer pairings or spirits and cocktail pairings. With more than 8,000 people expected to participate, it’s a good idea to make a reservation or two at various participating restaurants. When you arrive, request the Dine Around menu and be prepared for a thoughtfully designed meal. See a list of participating restaurants and menus online at www.dinearound.ca.

All hands on deck behind The Keg Steakhouse booth at DINE AROUND OKANAGAN launch. Photo credit: Roslyne Buchanan.

New in 2020 is complementary Dine Around and Stay packages. Three Okanagan restaurants including Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort, Eldorado Resort and Watermark Resort are offering packages. For more information visit the Dine Around website: Dine Around, Sip and Stay.

Spicy pork tostados by blu SAFFRON Bistro at Volcanic Hills Winery at DINE AROUND OKANAGAN launch. Photo credit: Roslyne Buchanan.

“This festival is great for restaurants as we help promote their businesses during what has been traditionally a slow time of year,” comments Ian Tostenson, President/CEO BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association. “Consumers also appreciate it as they have the opportunity to sip, savour and save with these delicious three-course menus for such incredible prices. Many residents take the opportunity to get out and try restaurants that they may not have ever been to or don’t visit often enough, it’s a win-win for the consumer and our member restaurants.”

At the launch of DINE AROUND OKANAGAN, OAK + CRU offered dessert and lamb chops. Photo credit: Roslyne Buchanan.

Christina Ferreira, Dine Around coordinator noted, “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to promote the Wines of British Columbia during the Dine Around Thompson Okanagan Festival. This is an excellent opportunity for local restaurants, wineries and breweries to focus locally and showcase how well BC VQA wines, BC Craft Beer and Craft Spirits pair with our local foods.”

Summerhill Pyramid Winery’s Chef Jeremy Luypen and Ryan Andrews ready to serve at DINE AROUND OKANAGAN. Photo credit: Roslyne Buchanan.

Extra incentive to partake in Dine Around is offered by the BCRFA: From January 15 to February 2 at the participating restaurants, you can enter to win $350 in restaurant gift cards by requesting a passport entry form, completing and leaving it at the restaurant. There are more chances to win throughout the festival by using social media to be eligible to win $25 gift cards from participating restaurants. To enter, take a photo of your food and wine, spirit or beer pairing and tag the restaurant you are visiting along with #dinearound2020 and post to Facebook or Instagram to be automatically entered. Winners will be selected at random throughout the festival with more than 20 chances through social media.

At DINE AROUND OKANAGAN miniature chocolate cakes with pecan on a stick at Gray Monk Estate Winery a huge hit. Photo credit: Roslyne Buchanan.

Track the festival by liking the page on facebook.com/sipsavoursave following @bctastesbetter on Twitter and Instagram and following the hashtag #dinearound2020
The BCRFA is the largest and most progressive industry organization in British Columbia. The voice of BC restaurants, it is dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of its unique industry partners and restaurant members, providing valuable information and exclusive opportunities with a goal to improve business and achieve success. The BCRFA has more than 40 years’ experience and over 3,000 members. For further information see https://www.bcrfa.com/

Photos by: Roslyne Buchanan.

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Roslyne Buchanan (aka Roz) Roslyne Buchanan is a regular freelance contributor to food, travel, wine, home and lifestyle magazines. Her work has appeared in Food & Wine Trails, WestJet Magazine, OpenRoad Driver, Savour, Niche, Destinations Travel Magazine, My Van City, and blog.hellobc.com. Based in Penticton, she enjoys spectacular views of forests, vineyards, lakes, and hills beyond and regular visits from wildlife. Enchanted by the food and beverage industry and all things culinary as well as recreational pursuits such as travel, golfing, skiing, hiking, tennis and snorkeling. For her it’s the perfect balance to pursue her passion for writing with integrity and joy to share firsthand experiences. Most of her adventures are shared with her husband, Mark and when they’re not out exploring, they are managed by two felines Baja and Floyd. Find her personal blog at www.rozsmallfry.com, follow her on twitter @RozDB and Facebook @roslynebuchanan


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