As the days become longer and warmer, there is a sense of anticipation that fills the Okanagan. A foodie’s paradise, the region is filled with orchards, wineries and farmers’ markets. Renowned chefs have been relocating to the Okanagan for years, using local ingredients to create a burgeoning dining scene. This week’s guestagrammer @meghan_reading is sharing some of her favourite photos of the region.
Okanagan Lake: “Spring has just begun and I am already excited for the warm Okanagan sunshine that is coming our way. Kelowna lake-life is pretty special, and as a former Calgarian, I always jump at the opportunity of spending the day wading in the cool waters. This photo was taken from where Mission Creek meets Okanagan Lake. You will probably get your feet wet getting there, but this little sandspit always makes for a lovely photo op.”
Quails’ Gate Winery, West Kelowna: “What gets me most excited for the spring/summer season is the culinary-loving/farmers’ market heaven that British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley becomes. There are so many iconic events and delicious flavours, all set with an Okanagan Valley backdrop. This photo is from a long table dinner at Quails’ Gate Winery that I attended last summer, a major highlight of my season. We sat at the table as the sun went behind the hills and the string of lights continued to illuminate our feast.”
Quails’ Gate Winery, West Kelowna: “The chef at Quails’ Gate brought out appetizers on eight-foot long planks of wood. We tasted three varietals of wine, local charcuterie, and fresh picked grapes from the vineyard. Nothing quite compares to enjoying good food outdoors, so I am already planning my hit list of culinary experiences for the 2017 season.”
Sun City Cherries, Kelowna: “Last summer my friends and I were on a mission to try the best farm-to-table flavours in Kelowna. This expedition led us to try local goat cheese at Carmelis, herbal products at the Okanagan Lavender Farm, earl grey tea-infused pale ale from BNA, ice cream from Sun City Cherries and so much more.”
Desert Hills Winery, Osoyoos: “As the Thompson Okanagan is home to many wineries, it can be hard to decide where to start. I personally love the Naramata Bench for its views and the Osoyoos region for its sun-soaked desert landscape.”
Kettle Valley Railway Trail, Myra Bellevue Provincial Park: “A great way to enjoy the Thompson Okanagan is on the Kettle Valley Railway Trail (part of the Trans Canada Trail). The trail winds its way through the region, so there are many diverse sections to visit. My favourite section is between Myra Canyon Station and Penticton; the trail starts up high on the trestles and ends up going right through the Naramata vineyards.”
Cedar Creek Park, Kelowna: “One of my favourite places to go on a warm spring night is Cedar Creek Park along Kelowna’s lakeshore. It’s actually a dog park, but it has some of the best sunset views around.”
Paynter’s Fruit Market, West Kelowna: “Stroll through shaded rows of fruit trees—basket in tow—picking fruits and vegetables. ‘U-picking’ allows visitors to harvest their own produce and take it home. Talk about farm-to-table! Produce varies depending on the time of year. We made it out for peach season last summer and came home with baskets of fresh fruit.”
Growing up, I spent every summer exploring British Columbia. Five years ago, I officially made the move to call myself a local. Whether it be photographing skiers having a blast in interior powder, or showcasing gorgeous Okanagan produce, I love promoting British Columbia through photography. I now have the privilege of working in British Columbia’s tourism marketing industry, which means I get to actively promote this awesome region to the world.
To see more of Meghan’s work, visit her website: meghanreading.com
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