The Okanagan

Halloween in the Okanagan
Oct16

Okanagan Events: Get ready for Halloween!

It doesn’t matter whether you love or hate Halloween, you can’t avoid this crazy festival of everything spooky.  The hoards of youngsters dressed up as witches, wizards, vampires and zombies can’t really be missed – especially if they come trick or treating at your door!  If there are Halloween-lovers in your family, be sure to check out these local events happening across the Okanagan.  The fall is a beautiful time of year in the region, with copper and golden leaves lining the lake and mountainside.  Here are the best events to get you in the scary spirit:

 

  • Bumbershoot Theatre’s production of The Nightmare before Christmas is showing from October 12th – 22nd. Bumbershoot is a non-profit children’s theatre company that wants to appeal to “the child in all of us”.  Enjoy their adaptation of Tim Burton’s classic animation, The Nightmare before Christmas, and follow Jack Skellington on his journey to Christmas Town.

 

  • If you’re looking at visiting Kelowna Art Gallery during October, why not check out the Jane Kidd: Curious exhibition. Kidd’s works explore themes of genetic modification, living things, creating new entities and the consequences.  If you’ve ever read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, then these themes are no stranger to you!  Looks like a real interesting treat.

 

 

  • Take a trip out to O’Keefe Ranch in Vernon between October 7th and October 28th and take advantage of their Family Daze in the Corn Maze event. This family-friendly event includes a brand-new corn maze with eerie scenes.  The kids can also enjoy a pony ride, tractor ride or a spider-web climb! You can eat lunch at the event as many food trucks will be available, making this the perfect way to get ready for all hallows eve. If you’re into something a little scarier, then you could also attend the Ranch’s Field of Screams: Dante’s Inferno event (Oct 13th – 28th).  There are two haunted mazes to explore so be prepared for zombies, ghosts and all kinds of terrifying creatures!  Please note that the event is not suitable for young children.

 

  • Why not take the family to The 14th Annual Walk of Terror at the Caravan Farm Theatre on October 28th between 4pm – 6pm. Contact the Caravan Farm Theatre for more details on this festive celebration. There will be treats, bonfires, performances and possibly best costume competitions. Past events have been a huge success so definitely check their website for up to date event details.

 

  • For all those music enthusiasts out there, we urge you not to miss the Okanagan Symphony’s Halloween Spooktacular at the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre on October 29th. Featuring music from popular magical movies such as Harry Potter, Dracula and Pyscho, as well as other classical favorites.  Set to be a fabulous evening!

 

  • Head to Davidson Orchards throughout October and embark on a Johnny Popper Farm Tour. The whole family will love discovering the farming processes and stories behind your local food.  Explore apple trees, peach trees, vegetable fields and more.  Head there between the 21st and 29th October and you can take part in their Pumpkin Festival! Delve into the pumpkin patch and pick out your pumpkin, ready for carving when you get home! During the festival, there will be a Saturday BBQ as well as harvest festival treats including apple cider donuts, apple pie and caramel apples.  For the little ones, there is a whole Pumpkin medieval land to enjoy.  Let them have fun sitting on the pumpkin throne whilst being entertaining by juggling jesters and a friendly Pumpkin Princess!

 

So what are you most looking forward to? We are confident that any of these events will guarantee you have a spell-binding Halloween. Let us know what you get up to…. watch out for those pesky werewolves!

Written by Hannah Poaros

 

 

Cheap Eats Kelowna
Sep18

The Best Cheap Eats in Kelowna

 

Ever wondered where you should grab lunch in Kelowna?  Perhaps you’re passing through town and need to satisfy your hunger.   Or maybe you need to pick up some takeaway items for a picnic. From turkey sandwiches to laksa soups,  Kelowna has some hidden gems when it comes to casual eateries.  Check out our recommendations below.

 

  1. Little Hobo Soup & Sandwich Shop

You only have to read the reviews on Tripadvisor to realise that this little soup and sandwich shop is a winner.  Known for its customer service as well as its freshly made meals, Little Hobo sits up there as the Number 1 recommended cheap eat in Kelowna.  Try their tasty perogies, homemade signature soup or holiday turkey sandwich –  you won’t be disappointed.

 

  1. Dosa Crepe Café

How does Indian Dosa paired with French crepes, sound to you?  This little South Indian eatery offers savoury Indian Dosa all day long and is the perfect place for a late lunch or afternoon snack.  If you fancy something sweet, try their French crepes.   There are so many delicious options on the menu, we wouldn’t even know where to start…

 

  1. Mad Mango Café

If you fancy some casual Asian treats then you should head down to Mad Mango Café.  With a menu full of Vietnamese Pho, Thai spring rolls and an All-day breakfast, there is definitely something here for everyone.  We’ve even heard that customers regularly go back for seconds of Mad Mango’s Laksa Soup!

 

  1. Woodfire Bakery

This little German bakery is no place to go for sweet pastries.  However if you’re looking for a hearty meal that will warm you up when it’s chilly outside, then by all means this should be your first pick.  Choose your meat –  Roast Beef, Smoked Beef or Veloute Chicken – and they’ll stick it on a beautiful Kaiser roll.  Some of the sandwiches sell out by lunch time, so be sure to get there early if you want first pick!

 

Yum – don’t they all sound scrumptious?  Let us know where you end up or if you have a different local favourite!  We would love to hear what your go-to lunch spot is.

 

Cheap Eats Kelowna

Written by Hannah Poaros

 

 

 

Sep11

While the Okanagan is known for it’s gorgeous summer weather, there is plenty to do on your Okanagan Vacation during the snowy winter months!

Big White Resort is a one stop destination for everything winter on your Okanagan vacation! With outdoor skating rinks, 118 runs, ski and snowboard rentals, and tubes. Want to try snow shoeing, or maybe you’ve always wanted to go cross country skiing? Or maybe you just want to spend the afternoon having lunch at the village, or enjoy some hot cocoa after an exciting day of winter fun!

With tours and classes that range from dog sledding, horse drawn carriage rides to ice climbing, snowmobiling, terrain biking, heliskiing and more! Big White Kelowna has something for everyone in the family.

Pamper yourself and spend the afternoon relaxing at their spa, or sign up for a complete tour of several of the 150 wineries located in the Okanagan!

Sep04

Even although no one is ever happy about trading in their favourite swimsuit for their business causal get up, and giving up long days of lounge in the sun for endless hours stuck in the office, somehow most of us still love fall. And fall in the Okanagan is nothing short of spectacular. Here’s how the fashion experts suggest you make the most of the crisp autumn weather.

  1. Suede: boots, jackets, cardigans, suede is coming back in a big way from booties to t-shirts, the soft, matte fabric has made it’s way from a utilitarian cloth used by the First Nations in the early 1900’2 to keep warm to a modern day trend for day to day wear.
  2. Leather: contrary to popular belief, leather jackets are not only for burly men on Harley Davidsons. The little leather jacket is perfect for that in between fall weather for men and women alike.
  3. Denim: it’s simple. Everyone loves jeans. We all have our favourite pair of denim jeans. With many cuts and styles from bootlegged to distressed to denim shorts and jackets, it goes with everything and its guaranteed to keep you arm in the crisp fall air.
  4. Plaid: when you think fall fashion almost everyone thinks plaid. From scarves to button downs to flannel jackets, plaid is a quick and easy way to tie together your fall look. And the colours scream ‘hay ride and pumpkin carving’.
  5. Sportswear: go ahead, rock your lulus and hoodie to the mall. It’s fall, comfort and warmth are the key components to staying in style while preparing for the incoming snow season.