Food and fun all week long
Contributed - 12:01 am - Think Local

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The Hub has new wheels! The new wrap was inspired by anonymous British graffiti artist Banksy’s Behind The Curtain. In this case it’s a metaphor for pulling back the curtain to expose a renewed night life in Penticton.

When the dynamic duo of Loree Hubner and Kori Iceton both agree that something is good, they take the first two letters of their first names and say it is “LoKo approved.”

Let’s just say the new chef at the Hub on Martin in Penticton, which is co-owned by Hubner and Iceton, is LoKo approved.

“He’s the owner of Big Willy’s food truck, which I’m a personal fan of,” Hubner says. “So that was all it took for me.”

New chef Bill Myra also spent 10 years as the chef at Peachland’s Gasthaus on the Lake, so he brings quite the resume to the Hub. His new menu will launch on May 1, featuring a blend of cherished classics and innovative dishes.

“We’re keeping the fan favourites like our flatbreads, Martin Street clubhouse and lettuce wraps, but adding new options like the steak sandwich and Caesar salad,” Iceton says, mentioning the forthcoming pork belly, and chicken and brie sandwich.

“With Bill we’re able to kind of venture out of our comfort zone a little bit and try some new stuff.”

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Further enhancing their culinary offerings, the pub has refined its Taco Tuesday program, offering a selection of $5 tacos, including options for meat lovers, vegetarians and seafood enthusiasts. Acoustic Wednesday, meanwhile, is partnered with prawn and wing night. The Hub has 17 flavours for its chicken and cauliflower wings to go along with its delicious prawns.

Once again, LoKo approved.

At the heart of the Hub on Martin, however, is the music. The joint is jumping several nights a week with talented musical groups from nearly every genre you can think of, and the atmosphere is accentuated with the occasional comedian and Tuesday karaoke night. Some of the performers set to grace the stage are Shalisa, Mama Wheelie, Daniel Wesley, The Young ‘Uns and Ari Neufeld. The full list of performers can be found here.

The Hub charges a $10 cover on Friday and Saturday nights, but that money goes to ensuring top talent makes its way to the Hub on Martin stage. The pub has LoKo approved speakers and equipment from Skaha Sound, guaranteeing top-quality music makes it into your ears.

“We’re just all about creating memories and creating moments for people to come out and have fun and relax,” Iceton says.

The Hub is currently conducting a contest where one lucky winner will receive a no-cover pass until April 1, 2025. All you have to do to enter is go to the website and join the Hub Club email group.

The Hub is family friendly until 7 p.m. every day, making all guests feel welcome, and it will soon be launching a mini-menu for the little ones. Once the kids are tucked into bed, the kitchen will be open until 11 p.m. every day—no ifs, ands or buts.

“It’s always like that,” Hubner says. “You’ll never come here at ten to eleven and not get to order from our kitchen. That has been really important to us. Even when it’s quiet, there’s no closing early. We will always be there when we say we’re there.”

The pub is open until at least midnight Sunday through Thursday and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

In other words, the Hub on Martin has everything covered.

Great food.

Great music.

Great atmosphere.

“We want to be your neighbourhood pub,” Iceton says. “We want to be a place you can visit once or twice a week at an affordable price, your everyday friendly neighbourhood pub.”

For more information about the Hub on Martin, visit its website here.

Few 450 Parc homes remain
Contributed - Apr 11, 2024 - Think Local

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Your chance to live in a convenient, modern and luxurious condominium in the heart of Pandosy Village has almost passed.

That is because there are only a few homes remaining in 450 Parc, which is move-in ready.

Spearheaded by Craig Mohr of Vineyard Developments, this project draws upon his more than two decades of luxury home-building expertise to offer an unmatched living experience. The result is a collection of 20 unique luxury homes nestled within a six-storey edifice of concrete, steel and brick, but only a handful remain.

That includes the building’s best and most private penthouse, which is facing northwest and has lake, bridge, city and park views. It boasts motorized window coverings, saltwater hot tub, outdoor kitchen, 38-inch gas fireplace, 16 foot island, custom built-in wine closet and absolutely beautiful light throughout.

The building was designed never to be replicated, marking a defining moment in luxury real estate, and most of the homes sold quickly as a result. It has a private lobby, a semi-private elevator and all units are owner occupied.

450 Parc is a reflection of architectural brilliance and sophisticated living. The design philosophy marries old-world charm with contemporary aesthetics, akin to the timeless architecture found in old town Manhattan, where the past and present coexist harmoniously. This approach has culminated in a building that stands as a testament to timeless design and architectural innovation.

Mohr’s vision for 450 Parc was clear: to create a living space that transcends the conventional boundaries of luxury condominiums, embodying the essence of individual homes within a communal structure. This ambition has been realized through meticulous attention to detail, luxury finishes and an unwavering commitment to quality.

Each residence within 450 Parc boasts its own unique identity, offering the privacy and spaciousness of a single-family home with the convenience and security of condominium living.

Beyond the walls of these exquisite homes lies a deep connection with nature, a hallmark of the luxurious Okanagan lifestyle. Each residence offers expansive views of the nearby park and, for many, breathtaking vistas of Okanagan Lake. The thoughtful orientation of the homes allows for sun-drenched patios, ensuring a seamless integration of indoor and outdoor living spaces, perfect for those cherished moments of relaxation and entertainment.

The design of 450 Parc is free of hallways connecting each home. This is what provides that unparalleled level of privacy along with the barrier from neighbouring noises. Unique front-to-back connection to each home provides each residence with access to two different, incredibly spacious outdoor living spaces where you can find sun or shade all day long. There is nothing else quite like it in the Okanagan Valley.

Then there’s the location. It’s no surprise Kelowna’s South Pandosy Village is the most sought-after neighbourhood in the Okanagan. Surrounded by a plethora of unique restaurants, cafes, shops, beautiful parks and beaches, it provides an ease of living and lifestyle that defines Okanagan living. 

The residences at 450 Parc are designed to be sanctuaries of beauty, balance and harmony, inviting an exclusive cadre of residents to redefine luxury living. Located at 450 Groves Ave. and starting at $1,640,000, there are only a few residences remaining.

In other words, the moment to capture this unparalleled living experience is now.

450 Parc is a manifestation of luxury, elegance and modern sophistication, promising an unrivalled living experience in Kelowna’s most coveted neighbourhood.

For those seeking to transition to a care-free, luxury lifestyle without compromise, 450 Parc presents an unprecedented opportunity to live in a home that is as unique as the individuals it welcomes.

The fully furnished show home is open Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., and Nas Azizi is the listing agent.

For more information about 450 Parc, visit its website here.

BMO makes dental donation
Madison Reeve - Apr 10, 2024 - Think Local

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It’s a donation that will get you smiling.

A $250,000 contribution from BMO will be directed to Okanagan College’s Our Students, Your Health campaign.

The campaign aims to advance health-care accessibility and professional development opportunities.

Of the total contribution, $150,000 is designated for enhancing OC’s dental suite, which serves both as a training facility and a community clinic.

The remaining $100,000 will kick-start a hands-on learning pilot program, designed to enable individuals to pursue dental assistant certification while being employed.

In recognition of BMO’s donation, OC has named the third floor of its Health Sciences Centre as the BMO Dental Health Floor.

“Their generous gift helps us educate students and explore innovative ways to deliver programming. We’re thrilled that BMO’s gift will make it easier for more people to choose a career path as a certified dental assistant,” said Helen Jackman, executive director of the Okanagan College Foundation.

SRM Concrete still growing
Contributed - Apr 10, 2024 - Think Local

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SRM Concrete now has plenty more space to put its product.

More product means better service.

Better service means smoother construction.

Smoother construction means more community growth.

And community growth means everybody wins.

SRM Concrete, which serves the South Okanagan, now has two silos in Summerland that are 21 metres in height and can store more than a day’s worth of cement. It has more than tripled the company’s storage space, which means SRM is ready to tackle every job that comes its way in the growing region.

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SRM Concrete is a locally owned company that is a big community supporter.

Not only is the new storage facility now fully operational, but it is much more automated than SRM’s original plant, which was constructed in the 1960s. Previously it would take 15 to 20 minutes to load a truck, but that is now down to five minutes.

“This plant is fully automated and computerized, and can hold substantially more product inside the plant,” co-owner Darcy Kuchirka says. “Another reason we did that was to counter some of the material shortages that we’ve experienced in the Pacific Northwest in the last few years, with cement powder being tricky to get, with just how busy construction has been in this area.

“So we’ve invested quite a bit more money on being able to carry more products.”

Kuchirka and fellow company founder Jason Seddon have turned SRM Concrete into an industry leader in just six short years, and the recent plant expansion is a testament to its capability and reputation. SRM is the South Okanagan’s only locally owned ready-mix company, which means its clients are friends and neighbours. Kuchirka and Seddon are always around to help.

“If you have any questions or need help with any part of the project, Jason and I are more than happy to answer those calls and come down and help somebody out,” Kuchirka says.

SRM Concrete does it all when it comes to concrete and related materials, including ready-mix and decorative concrete, sealers, gravel, wood and concrete forms, and concrete blocks. Its concrete can be used for any project, including footings, walls, slabs, driveways, patios, sidewalks, pool bases and fence posts.

“We’re here to support our local trades partners and the builders in the area so that we can be a part of their success as well and watch the community grow,” Kuchirka says. “We like watching the communities grow. We like being a part of growth in the communities, sustainable growth.

“We’re local people supporting locals. That’s really what we’re about.”

To learn more about what SRM Concrete can do for you, visit its website here.

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Predator Ridge homes ready
Contributed - Apr 09, 2024 - Think Local

There’s a new type of housing available at Predator Ridge, ready for move-in today. 

For the first time, the popular four-season resort community is offering purpose-built, long-term rentals with terms as short as three months or available on an annual basis.

The District at Predator Ridge features new, three-bedroom, three-bathroom luxury townhome units at more than 1,781 square feet, with two patios and a garage.

The modern farmhouse style homes provide high end pet friendly living, with furnished and unfurnished options. 

Predator Ridge offers reduced green fees on its two signature 18-hole golf courses for long-term renters, along with more than 35 kilometres of hiking and biking trails.

Residents also receive access to the Tenant Advantage program, offering similar benefits as homeowners, including access to the fitness centre, boutique racquet club, as well as discounts to the restaurants and retail operations at the resort.

The fun doesn’t stop once residents leave the resort either, with SilverStar Mountain Resort, Kelowna International Airport and the many city amenities offered in Vernon just a short drive away.

“For anyone considering buying at Predator Ridge, it’s a great opportunity to give the resort lifestyle a test drive to see if it’s the right fit,” Predator Ridge marketing and communications director Michelle Beaudry says.

Those interested in inquiring about rentals are encouraged to visit the website for full details, including a virtual tour, floor plans or to book a tour of the show home. More information about The District at Predator Ridge can be found on its website here.

Starting at $950,000, The District at Predator Ridge is also offering a limited opportunity for home ownership. Learn more and view listing details at JaneHoffman.com.

Local filmmakers wanted
Contributed - Apr 09, 2024 - Think Local

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The cast and crew of When I’m Dead.

Calling all new and emerging filmmakers in B.C. and Alberta. Are you looking to pursue filmmaking and bring your dream scripted project to life? Well, this could be your chance.

TELUS STORYHIVE is elated to embark on a cinematic journey with its brand new STORYHIVE Scripted Edition, a program tailored exclusively to support fully scripted, locally reflective content.

Unleash your creativity by submitting a scripted short to mid-length fiction film or community TV pilot, from uproarious comedies to intense dramas and everything in between.

Selected filmmakers will receive $20,000 in production funding, training, professional mentorship in partnership with the National Screen Institute and distribution on TELUS Optik TV, Stream+ and STORYHIVE’s YouTube channel.

Bring your creative vision to life

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Giles says TELUS STORYHIVE is the most user-friendly film program for new and emerging filmmakers.

“We are thrilled to present this opportunity to our communities and eagerly anticipate the creative ideas and stories that will be brought to life through this program,” STORYHIVE Interior B.C. territory manager Audrey Kiss says.

“Whether it’s a gripping drama, a laugh-out-loud comedy or any genre in between, we’re seeking new and emerging filmmakers to reflect the rich diversity of the Okanagan.”

Applicants can submit scripted pitches in any genre, from drama to comedy and beyond. Most importantly, the script needs to take place within the community in which you are applying. So if you’re planning to submit a romantic comedy exploring the ups and downs of the modern love triangle, your script needs to be based in your community.

Similar to how a screenplay allows readers to follow a character’s development, STORYHIVE keeps in touch with its content creators’ growth by maintaining communications with alumni eager to share their successful experiences.

Meet Vesta Giles, a filmmaker from Kamloops, who received funding through a STORYHIVE Edition for her scripted short film When I’m Dead, a project rooted in deep personal loss inspired by the death of one of her best friends.

Giles credits this passion project for kick-starting her filmmaking career. 

“What When I’m Dead did for me really locked in the elements of story,” she recalls. “And whether in a documentary or anything creative, story is key.”

Giles describes how script and story serve as the crucial fundamentals of filmmaking. 

“My scripted project, followed by the music video, Take Down These Walls, taught me about putting a story and a production together,” she reveals. “Working in Scripted has really guided what I’m currently doing in documentaries.”

A community of creatives

The professional mentorship provided through the STORYHIVE Edition program is instrumental in giving guidance that helps filmmakers like Giles in subsequent projects.

“My mentor gave me the best advice that I now give to my crews: Be the aspirin, not the headache,” she says. “I look for crew members who are positive and always eager to jump in and help, even if it’s not their responsibility. It’s made my crews really close.

“STORYHIVE has done a really good job of creating a community of confidence.”

This sentiment is at the heart of what STORYHIVE represents.

“We’re here to help support creatives to bring their unique, locally relevant stories to life and to ensure these narratives reach a wider audience,” Kiss says. “It’s more than just entertainment; it’s about fostering a sense of community and shared experiences through compelling storytelling.”

Giles agrees. “They’re basically saying, ‘Do your art, and do it where you live; you don’t have to go to Vancouver to do it successfully.’ My film was the first STORYHIVE project that was produced in Kamloops, and after that there’s been several.”

She also gained the confidence to dispense her own advice to others, encouraging filmmakers in rural communities and smaller Okanagan towns to consider applying for the Scripted Edition.

“TELUS STORYHIVE is the most user-friendly film program for new and emerging filmmakers,” she says. “Plus, it gives you a foundation and a boost in credibility. It opened, and continues to open, doors for me.”

Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your storytelling abilities. STORYHIVE alumni are also encouraged to apply.

“Your local stories are the heartbeat of our communities,” Kiss says. “Let’s bring your dream scripted film project to life.”

Apply at STORYHIVE.com/apply by May 21, 2024.

Live the Lakeshore lifestyle
Contributed - Apr 07, 2024 - Think Local

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These upcoming rental homes are designed so you can live in an Okanagan paradise.

The Arbour in Lower Mission will be move-in ready on June 1, 2024, and you can come take a look at what Lakeshore living will be like at its open house on April 13-14, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Located at 4131 Lakeshore Rd., The Arbour II features a mix of studio, one, two and three bedroom units and two bedroom townhouses.

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The Arbour lets you live the vacation lifestyle all year round in this sought after waterfront location. Spending the warm summer months at the beach has never been easier, with your new home steps away from Okanagan Lake. There are also trails, parks and outdoor recreation right at your fingertips.

What could be better than stepping outside and being greeted with the best of what Kelowna has to offer? Residents will have the best of both worlds, with lakeside tranquility and modern amenities.

Kelowna’s food scene is just a short drive or bike ride away; explore offerings from wineries, breweries and cideries including Tantalus, Cedar Creek, Barn Owl Brewing and Soma Cider.

The Arbour’s ideal location means you’ll never be far from the excitement, from downtown events to concerts, festivals and more.

While there’s plenty of amenities in the surrounding area, residents will belong to The Arbour community, with lovingly crafted spaces that prioritize your lifestyle at home.

Enjoy outdoor time with the off-leash dog park, community gardens, pergola and outdoor areas. In addition, The Arbour has secure underground parking and bike storage.

To see if The Arbour lifestyle is for you, visit the open house on April 13-14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

You can register your interest in a unit here.

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Synergy for landscape plans
Contributed - Apr 06, 2024 - Think Local

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After 20 years in the business, Max Hoogveld knows how important coordination and communication are when turning your outdoor dreams into reality.

It is why his Kelowna business is named Synergy Landscape Design, and it is why that philosophy has proven to be a winner in the industry.

“A good design is a collaboration of a lot of elements or ideas,” Hoogveld says. “It’s about understanding what the client wants—what they want to use the yard for and what their needs are.”

Synergy Landscape Design is celebrating its 20th year in 2024, having grown to more than 15 employees, owning the latest equipment needed for its installation and maintenance divisions, and launching a brand new website. Synergy has clearly emerged as a name you can trust in the Okanagan.

Hoogveld and his team offer a comprehensive range of services, and you can be certain they will be on your side from concept to completion. Whether it’s consulting on uncertain backyard plans, implementing hardscapes or coordinating with pool companies, Synergy will work with you to come up with the ideal plan. For tasks outside their expertise, they collaborate with trusted subcontractors to ensure the project’s success.

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“When we actually start a project, we pull up on site with all our equipment,” Hoogveld says. “From the moment we stick a shovel in the ground to the moment we’re taking our machinery away and sweeping your driveway and road, we’re there from the beginning to end ninety-nine percent of the time.

“We’re not a trade that comes in and then leaves for a week and then comes back and leaves again for two weeks.”

Hoogveld says his parents passed on their love of the outdoors to him, and he recalls having a passion for gardening when he was a youngster. He didn’t even mind picking weeds. He went to school for horticulture and landscape design, and stays ahead on all the latest innovations when it comes to creating your favourite outdoor space. Whether it’s patios, retaining walls, woodwork like pergolas or fencing, lighting, or irrigation, Synergy has the answer.

“We do design. We do installation. We do maintenance,” Hoogveld says. “So when your design and install project is completed, we can follow up with our maintenance team to maintain it and help it realize what the initial vision was.

“With our maintenance division, we make sure the crew are educated in horticulture, and know gardening and plants. So when we come to your yard, everyone knows what they’re doing. They’re not just mowing the grass and leaving.

“My guys and gals are great. They’re just good people.”

If you are hoping to do a massive backyard renovation ready for this summer, it might be a little too late, but it can still be completed this year. No matter what you are thinking, you just need to give Synergy a call at 250-862-6167 or visit Synergy Landscape Design, which is full of pictures of some of Synergy’s best work and video testimonials.

“Our core focus is building relationships and creating a lifestyle,” Hoogveld said. “We hope in the future we are able to help you create your outdoor living space for you and your family to enjoy. Thank you all for all those who have supported Synergy Landscape Design over the last 20 years, either as a customer or as an employee. Without your support I would not be able to do what I love to do—landscape.”

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Adventure in Alberni Valley
Contributed - Apr 05, 2024 - Think Local

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Explore the diverse landscapes and activities of the Alberni Valley.

Looking to make a spring getaway to Vancouver Island at a destination that’s a little on the undiscovered side? Head straight to the heart of Vancouver Island in the Alberni Valley with a trip to Port Alberni.

Located one hour inland from Nanaimo along the Alberni Inlet, the mid-Island city is the best starting point for island adventures, as it is within easy reach to hiking trails, lakes, waterfalls and more outside experiences at every turn, making the Alberni Valley a perfect vacation spot for nature enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers.

Plus, the region is full of many unique accommodation options to help you find the prime base for your explorations.

Stay like a seafarer

Get swept away at Swept Away Inn and book a floating stay aboard the MV Songhee. Once a U.S. Navy minesweeper, the restored vintage 1944 tugboat that has been converted into a fully licensed floating bed and breakfast, with a restaurant that serves the finest Moroccan-French cuisine in Port Alberni.

Swept Away Inn is located in the Centennial Pier next to the Alberni Harbour Quay, making it an ultra convenient base for your exploration of the nearby shops, cafes and restaurants.

Go on hiking trails with unforgettable viewpoints

No matter which direction you’re heading along the Alberni Highway, or Highway 4, you’re guaranteed to find a hiking trail that will take you to incredible viewpoints and literal heights.

When heading east on Highway 4, you will immediately spot some trailheads to choose your own hiking adventure. First things first; park your vehicle in the parking lot across from Coombs Country Candy, where you can pick up some sweet and savoury treats, such as artisan chocolates and gourmet popcorn, for sustenance during your hike.

At just under four kilometres, the Alberni Valley Lookout Trail is an out and back hiking trail that takes approximately one to two hours to complete. After an elevation gain of 130 metres, you will reach a stunning viewpoint that opens you up to sweeping panoramic views of the inlet, Port Alberni and the surrounding mountains.

The Stokes Creek Falls Trail is an easy waterfall hike that can be completed in 30 minutes to an hour, with a trail that meanders through the woods and culminates in a climb up a steep hill to get to the wooden bridge in front of the gushing waterfalls.

If you’re craving more adventure, continue onwards along Highway 4 for camping at Loon Lake and more challenging trailheads toward Mount Arrowsmith. Even further along, you will find Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park, where you can hike to see some of the oldest and tallest trees in Canada.

Enjoy a lakeside retreat at Sproat Lake

Located west of Highway 4, towards the Pacific Rim, is Sproat Lake, one of Vancouver Island’s best spots for fishing, swimming, windsurfing and many other activities on its clear and warm freshwater lake.

For those planning to stay at Sproat Lake, the picturesque Sproat Lake Landing Resort and Lodge offers luxury accommodations that offer cottage country charm along the shore. The resort has an adventure centre for lake activities, and lake tours aboard the Drinkwater IV Tugboat are available for guests.

Spending quality time with your special someone? Rent this cute and charming cabin for two, located right on Sproat Lake, through VRBO. This quaint and fully equipped cottage features a private deck with beautiful views overlooking the water. After a day of kayaking or relaxing, end your day with a dip in the soaker tub under the starlit sky.

Plan your trip to Port Alberni and the Alberni Valley at www.albernivalleytourism.com.

Breweries on wine passport
Kirk Penton - Apr 05, 2024 - Think Local

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The BC Wine Passport is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever.

This is the fourth year the exclusive passport has been available from uncorkBC, and the selections are more varied than ever. In addition to receiving exclusive, complimentary tastings at 79 wineries across the province, passport holders will also earn privileges at 10 breweries, 10 cideries and six distilleries.

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The inclusion of breweries is new for 2024.

“Of course we’re blessed with incredible wineries, and that is the core focus of the passport program, but there’s an incredible craft beer scene across the province and in the Okanagan as well,” uncorkBC founder Kayla Bordignon says. “I thought it would be a great addition to include a few breweries to offer our guests an all-inclusive tasting experience across B.C.”

The concept is simple. You purchase a BC Wine Passport for $85, and you will receive complimentary tastings experiences at more than 100 participating wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries during the 2024 season. That works out to more than $1,400 in tasting fee savings, and it gets you others perks as well, like 10% off classes at Lakehouse Cooking School.

The passport takes away all the research one would normally have to do when planning a local wine tour. This self-guided program includes key information about each tasting room, like which ones are dog friendly, offer views, allow children, boast picnic space or have a restaurant. Most of the tastings in the passport are for one person, but some are two-for-one experiences, or for as many as four people to enjoy.

“It really simplifies the experience for our guests,” Bordignon says. “It saves time from doing research because it’s all at your fingertips and ready to go.”

There are even two groups of wineries and breweries in this year’s passport that are close enough to one another to access within minutes on foot or bike. The Aikens Loop in Naramata features Deep Roots Winery, Elephant Island Winery, Van Westen Vineyards and JoieFarm Winery, while the downtown Kelowna circuit includes BC Tree Fruits Cider Co., Sandhill Wines, Rustic Reel Brewing Company, Red Bird Brewing and Vice & Virtue Brewing Co.

A big reason to support the BC Wine Passport this year is because of the dire situation facing wineries. Local vineyards were destroyed by unseasonably cold winter weather events in December 2022 and again in January. There are few bigger supporters of the B.C. wine industry than Bordignon, and she would love it if valley residents did what they could to support the B.C. wine industry.

“Our wineries really do need the support of local people selecting B.C. wine. Whether at the liquor store, out for dinner at a restaurant or visiting a local tasting room, buy B.C.,” Bordignon says. “The passport is such a perfect program for locals to use this season, because it provides complimentary tasting access across the Okanagan Valley and across B.C.

“All your tasting fees are waived through the program, and that just leaves more money in your wallet to actually buy wine from the tasting room directly.”

More information about the BC Wine Passport can be found on its website here.

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