Dine Around, Stay A While, and Winter Wine Festival Spark A Fresh Start

Dine Around, Stay A While, and Winter Wine Festival Spark A Fresh Start

Dine Around entices you to “Sip, Savour and Stay,” January 17 to February 11, throughout the province.

A partnership program of the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association (BCRFA), Dine Around – Sip, Savour & Stay Interior BC presents over 60 of the region’s best restaurants offering set three-course menus at delicious value along with special accommodation rates to make it a relaxed staycation.

Chefs get the opportunity to experiment with some creative ways to present their culinary acumen and folks quick enough to snag reservations get to explore restaurants they may not have eaten at before or find new dishes at favourite establishments. It’s a great way to encourage bookings in the low season and get a fresh start on the season. Visitors and local diners find it a leisurely time to explore the region’s food and beverage scene.

Okanagan Options
Choose to stay at lovely facilities such as Best Western Kelowna, Coast Capri Hotel, Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort, Manteo at Eldorado Resort, Spirit Ridge Resort, The Cove Lakeside Resort, or Prestige Vernon Hotel.

On the Dine Around website, peruse the many restaurants to explore their details and menus. A snapshot of possibilities:

19 Okanagan Grill + Bar offers three-course price fixed menus where you pick a starter, main course, and dessert from corresponding options. For $35, you could select a house green salad, soup or classic Caesar salad to start; then pick a Carvery Sandwich, Fijian Curry Bowl, or Tuna Poke Bowl and cap it off with Cheesecake or Chocolate Mousse. For those interested, five-ounce wine pairings are suggested for each dish for an additional fee.

BNA Brewing Co. presents three courses for $45 and you can opt for beer pairings for $10. Course One options are Ahi Tuna Sashimi, Patatas Bravas, Chicken Wings, or Mushrooms on Toast; Course Two select from Roasted Cauliflower Pizza, Steak “N” Potatoes, Burger and Fries, or Beef Rendang; and for Course Three pick Sticky Toffee Pudding, or Brookie.

Discover restaurants including 15 Park Bistro; 97 Street Pub; Basil & Mint; Bernie’s; Bin4 Burger Lounge; BLOCK ONE Restaurant at 50th Parallel; BNA Burger; Bourbon Street Bar and Grill; Cactus Club Café Bands Road, Kelowna Yacht Club or Vernon; Cannery Brewing; Cantina Del Centro; Central Kitchen + Bar; Chilango Modern Mexican; Diner Deluxe; Earls Kitchen + Bar; El Taquero Tacos & Tequila; Elma; Erica Jane Restaurant; Garden Bistro at Peak Cellars; Gulfstream; Home Block at CedarCreek Estate Winery; Hooded Merganser Restaurant; Humo Izakaya; Il Mercato Social Kitchen; Infusions Restaurant at Okanagan College; J’s Café & Bistro; Kelly O’Bryan’s Neighborhood Restaurant; Kelowna Beer Institute; Kettle River Brewing Co.; KIN & FOLK; King Taps Kelowna Lakeside; Lakeside Dining at Eldorado Resort; Maestro’s Mediterranean Restaurant and Terrace; Match Eatery & Public House Kelowna, Penticton, and Vernon; Mid-Town Station Kitchen + Drink; Milestones; Mission Hill Family Estate Winery; Moxie’s Grill & Bar Kelowna; Naramata Inn; Nk’Mip Cellars; OAK + CRU Social Kitchen & Wine Bar; Old Spaghetti Factory Kelowna; Old Vines Restaurant Quails’ Gate Winery; Original Joes Kelowna and West Kelowna; OROLO Restaurant + Cocktail Bar; Palmer Steakhouse Casual; Pretty Not Bad; Salt & Brick; Shore Line Brewing Co.; Skinny Duke’s Glorious Emporium; Slackwater Brewing; Sociale Enoteca Ristorante; The Barley Station Brew Pub; The Bear, The Fish, The Root & The Berry; The Curious Café; The Fixx Café; The Hatching Post Brewery & Smokery; The Keg; The Landing Kitchen + Bar; The Modest Butcher; The Office Brewery; The Train Station Pub; Vintner’s Grill; Waterfront Wines Restaurant; and Zia’s Stonehouse Restaurant.

Breweries such as Cannery Brewing, Penticton participate in Dine Around – RBuchanan photo

Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre; or Prestige Kamloops Hotel are great bases from which to dine at ATLAS Steak + Fish Kamloops; Bright Eye Brewing; Casa Azul Mexican Restaurant; Cordo Resto & Bar; Isagani F2T Café Lounge; Match Eatery & Public House Kamloops; Maurya’s Cuisine; ROMEOs Kitchen + Spirits; Stills Co. Tapas & Cocktails; and The Columbia Diner.

Stay A While Thompson Okanagan

The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) launched a visitors campaign that focuses on extended stays, transformative experiences, and an invitation for everyone to re-think all things Thompson Okanagan.

The Stay A While website, designed to showcase the region’s hidden gems, is a wonderful resource for visitors and locals alike to dive into local culture, stay longer, and make meaningful discoveries. Themes include road trips, food and beverage delights, arts and culture exploration, serene soft adventure, thrilling escapes, and Indigenous culture.

Thompson Okanagan winter scene – photo by Ryan Scott Production, courtesy TOTA via Hatch Hospitality

Okanagan Winter Wine Festival

The Okanagan Winter Wine Festival, January 20 to 28, is presented by Okanagan Wine Festivals. The kick off is WINTER SIPS – South, presented by Valley First, 7:30 to 9:30 pm, Saturday, January 20, a grand tasting at Penticton Trade and Convention Centre. On this winter evening, celebrate 25 of your favourite BC wineries as you explore Okanagan wines along with small bites and live entertainment with DJ Shakes.

Winterfest at the District is offered, Saturday and Sunday, January 20 and 21, in partnership with The District Wine Village. As part of the TASTE Passport, the afternoon’s programming will include festival wineries and District beverage partners. As a one stop tasting experience unique to the Winterfest, each TASTE Passport includes six vouchers redeemable for an elevated tasting experience from the participating beverage partners.

Valley First also presents WINTER SIPS – North, 2 to 4 pm, Saturday, January 27, at Kelowna’s hottest new venue, Revelry Food + Music Hub. In downtown Kelowna, enjoy the best in Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling along with a number of other varietals in a showcase of BC wines influenced by the cool climate region. A culinary experience curated by Revelry will accompany the wine and live performers.
To purchase tickets and view the calendar of events see: https://www.thewinefestivals.com/events/index/

Tasting Event – courtesy Okanagan Wine Festivals
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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, Culinaire, Impact, 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 a diva feline Baja. Find her personal blog at www.rozsmallfry.com, follow her on twitter @RozDB Facebook @roslynebuchanan and Instagram @markdrinksathome


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