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Food, Music, Culture – Kelowna BC has got the recipe to make all your senses happy!

August 04, 2011

We've always thought of our hotel in Kelowna as being "your launch pad to adventure" - in the summer months, the area is known for being a popular summer destination to do some golfing, hiking, biking and of course playing in and around Okanagan Lake.  It has also always been known for its delicious fresh fruit crops, with sprawling lush orchards as far as the eye can see. Vineyards now cover a lot of the Okanagan Valley too, enabling the communities to locally grow and produce some amazing, and not to mention, award-winning wine.

Local & fresh seems to be the best way to describe the culinary scene in Kelowna, which is proving to be yet another positive to add to what amazing things this city already offers its residents and visitors!  Chefs are changing the way Kelowna tastes, one menu at a time, using local farms, vineyards and orchards to provide key ingredients. 

Contemporary-bistro may be your style of dining, or maybe it's the popular neighbourhood pub that you love. A Family owned café with homemade comfort food. An Exotic taste of a different culture.  Very Veggie or Meat Mania. Relaxing on a rooftop patio or hanging out at a sidewalk coffee bar. 

The dining options in downtown Kelowna are endless, delicious, and only 5 km away from our Kelowna hotel!

The Taste of Downtown is a one month contest that not only promotes the culinary delights that the downtown core of Kelowna has to offer, but also the art & culture that makes it so unique.  Take your taste buds on a self-guided tour and visit any (or all...why not? You need to eat!) of the 24 restaurants & eateries that participate.  Then get your "passport" stamped and enter to win some fabulous prizes.  Eat and win = the perfect contest. (It started July 22nd, but you still have some time to indulge and enjoy!)  The contest wraps up with the Downtown Kelowna Fusion Festival on August 13th, where the winner will be picked, more food will be eaten, music will be played and enjoyed, wine & spirits will be sipped, and the amazing Okanagan cuisine celebrated! This event is FREE, family friendly and you don't need to enter the contest to check it out.  What a perfect way to spend a summer weekend in the city of Kelowna, as you get to experience a little taste of the food, music and culture our city has to offer. 

The Best Western PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites is located 10 min from the downtown core, and easily accessible by car, taxi or public transit.  Spend the day at the Festival, then head back to our Kelowna hotel to rest your senses!  Bring back a bottle of Okanagan wine, some yummy take-out and relax in your spacious guest room or out on your own private balcony or patio.  Sounds like a match made in summer heaven. 

The Best Western Kelowna Hotel is counting down until the summer opening of our new on-site restaurant.  ORA Kitchen & Bar will showcase an inspiring & ever-changing menu, which features locally grown fresh produce and products, in a casual premium atmosphere, that's both fun and relaxed! ORA Kelowna will surely become a favorite for locals and visitors. Stay tuned for more details!

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