June 28, 2013 | by Christina Van
The Okanagan is renowned for its peaches and apples. Depending on the time of year you're here, you won't want to miss the cherries or any of the other dozens of fruits and vegetables at the many fruit stands around.
(Photo by ActiveSteve/Flickr)
One of the best things about going on vacation is the food. When you’re staying at hotels in Kelowna, you don’t have to go far or spend much to find delicious, local dishes.
In fact, Okanagan street food offers a surprising range of fresh foods prepared with 100-mile ingredients by local artisans. And you can often get a mouth-watering meal for just dollars.
Whatever your tastes, this summer, be sure to get out of those Kelowna hotels and explore these meals on wheels.
A picnic for the beach or your wine tour
If you find the perfect spot of beach to spend the day, no need to leave for lunch. Basket Case Picnics caters to locals and tourists alike who are craving gourmet food but don’t want to lift a finger or leave their seat. Basket Case’s locally inspired fare includes items like twice-baked peach cobbler and peach chutney chicken wraps.
The farmers’ market
Even if you weren’t a foodie, the Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market is one attraction you wouldn’t want to miss. Several Kelowna hotels along Harvey Ave. (HWY 97) are just a 10 or 15-minute walk away from this busy Saturday affair. Bring a reusable bag and your appetite.
Two stalls you’ll want to visit to fill your belly include Family Gourmet Foods, renowned for their breakfast quesadillas and mint lemonade, and The Allergic Chef, coveted for ‘free’ (nut and gluten) snacks such as quinoa granola and pumpkin seed brittle. Of course, there are also dozens of stalls where you can buy fresh fruit of the season right from the farmer.
If you take day trips to attractions outside Kelowna, hotels can give you tips on which fruits to keep an eye out for along the way. Fruit stands are almost a dime a dozen in the Okanagan; Generally, in the central and North Okanagan, cherries are ready at fruit stands from early July to early August, our infamous peaches are ripe and ready in late July, pears are on the table by August and orchard apples start getting picked in September.
If you want more of a farm-to-table experience, consider stopping by Gatzke’s Farm Market along Highway 97 in Lake Country. Here you can buy any one of 50 fruit varieties at this orchard’s on-site market, or taste these fruits in baked goods and sauces at its Orchard Cafe.
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