Eat & Drink your way around Vernon’s Tasting Trail
Calling all foodies! Here are some of our favourite spots on Vernon’s Tasting Trail. Make a day of and visit as many as you can.
Honeymoon Meadery hand-crafts all their wines locally in their honey farm, Planet Bee. And you may be wondering, what is mead? Mead is honey wine! This alcoholic drink is made by fermenting honey with water, and then depending on the variety, it can be blended with other fruits, spices or hops. Try Honeymoon’s Traditional Meads (only honey, water and yeast), Cysers (Apples and honey) and even their Dessert Meads (which have a higher level of sugar). Taste them all at the Meadery and purchase some of your favourites to enjoy at home!
Looking for the perfect coffee and pastry spot? Well, we’ve found it! Ratio Coffee & Pastry is a gem of a café located in downtown Vernon serving a variety of baked goods. And with each day of the week comes a different special pastry! Try house made eclairs on Tuesdays, seasonal fruit strudels on Thursday and even freshly made pizzas on Friday and Saturday nights! There’s so many delicious treats to try here so you better start now.
It’s worth visiting Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery because it is ‘North America’s only designated World Distillery’ and is Western Canada’s oldest craft distillery. You can try three spirits for $5 in their tasting room and learn all about the process of distilling. Try everything from absinthe to gin to fruit liqueurs and brandy! What’s your favourite?
Anyone for some cheese? Head down to Triple Island Farm and taste some cheese, meet some cows and enjoy the picturesque atmosphere of the farm! Cheese here is made from raw milk, meaning it is healthier for you but also super yummy. Gouda is the signature cheese offered on the farm and its variations include aged gouda, chilli pepper gouda, peppercorn gouda, cumin and cloves gouda and everything in between. Perfect cheese to go with a box of crackers.
There you have it – 4 not-to-be-missed stops on the Vernon Tasting Trail! Of course, there are many more brilliant breweries, wineries and eateries throughout the region so take your time discovering all its flavours.
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Written by Hannah Poaros