THE ULTIMATE OKANAGAN
This is going to be a series of five posts dedicated to the most popular activities in the Okanagan. It is summer time and most people are thinking about vacation or stay-cation. Okanagan valley has something interesting to offer to various groups: families with children, adults, youth.
Activity #1 Wine Tasting
I am suggesting leaving young children home under grandparents supervision before you decide to visit wineries. Although some wineries offer apple juice tasting for younger crowd, most of them are adult oriented. Hop into the car or book a tour car and head towards Oliver, BC on HWY 97 Okanagan.
Just past Oliver watch for wineries signs, turn left.
Target#1 Oliver Twist Estate Winery www.olivertwistwinery.com
theThey are open daily from 10 AM to 5:30 PM. There are 16 wines to choose from. Especially good is Nostalgia series, but that really depends on your preferences. They charge $5 fee for tasting which is waived with the wine purchase.
Let me know which wine turn out to be your favorite!
Target #2 Silver Sage Winery www.silversagewinery.ca
This is an amazing place for everyone who loves wine. If you never been wine-tasting before, this place will sweep you off your feet! The tasting is free and a fun presentation of 5 to 6 wines. Listen carefully to your wine connoisseur, you might use his suggestions later at home. Truly unforgettable experience!
Silver Sage winery offers stay/wine/dine packages for newlyweds or anyone looking to refresh their feelings. Please take a look at their website www.silversagewinery.ca
Target #3 Intersection Estate Winery www.xwine.ca
Different wine, different experience. They charge $5 fee for tasting which is waived with purchase. Worth checking out!
Winery has a beautiful view. Pictures are a must during you wine-tasting trip!
Target #4 Tinhorn Creek Vineyards www.tinhorn.com
They have great wines, tasting fee $5 which is waived with purchase. If you plan to have a lunch/dinner in the area, here is Miradoro restaurant that serves Tinhorn Creek wines.
Worth the visit!
This tour will take almost all day.
Please let me know, which winery you liked the most, I want to know your opinion.
QB Gelato is relatively new to Kelowna and is very much loved by happy customers.
QB stands for "Quanto Basta" in Italian language, which means "precisely what you need, no more, no less".
QB Gelato is family owned and gelato is prepared with precision in mind every day without use of preservatives.
It is delicious! Summer flavors are (at least what I saw today): sweet basil, lemon basil, summer picnic, Holy cacao, chocolate salted caramel, berry cheesecake, green goddess, milk cookies, stracciatella, chocolate seduction, orange blossom, creamy coconut.
Gelato is served depending on your choice in a cup or in a home made waffle cone. Single portion is $6.50. MMM, delicious!
They also make gelato bars, gelato pops and gelato oreo sandwich (pictured above). I really wanted to take a picture of my treat, but it was too scrumptious (I forgot about everything in this world for about 10 minutes).
There is a stylish cafe to sit down and enjoy your treat, as well as an outside patio for hot Kelowna days.
BC Tree Fruits Market is a year-round local market owed and operated by BC Tree Fruits Cooperative. The cooperative unites 430 local growers, contributing apples, pears, cherries, strawberries, apricots, peaches, nectarines, prune plums, grapes. BC Tree Fruits owns and operates three packing and six receiving facilities in BC.
In addition to the Market cooperative owns and operates Cider Company and Grower's Supply company.
This is my favorite place for fresh fruit year around. I like to bake and apple/blueberry pies turn out delicious with ripe and fresh fruit.
I purchased a carton of fresh strawberries during my last visit. Please see photo below showcasing improvised early June breakfast. Strawberries were ripe, juicy, flavorful.
I highly recommend this market to anyone looking to buy fresh produce. They also sell carrots, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, local bread, local jam and juices.
They are located close to Prospera Place, downtown Kelowna at 826 Vaughan Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 7E4.