Local Flavours

Local Flavours
Foodies and wine aficionados come from far and wide to sip and savour our local flavours. Come explore and taste the difference the terroir of Route 97 makes to food and drink created here. Enjoy a farm to table dinner in a vibrant city or up the mountain in a rustic cabin. Dine on a patio that overlooks orchards, vineyards and lakes, or deep in a cellar surrounded by wine. Combine this with live music and you have a foodie adventure you’ll not soon forget.

Wine, Ale and More

Experience the wealth of our fertile lands throughout Route 97. You’ll find vineyards and wineries from its southernmost tip in WA and up past Kamloops, BC in the north. Treat your taste buds to the distinct flavours of Route 97 at our distilleries, meaderies, and breweries. You will find taste treats on both sides of the border from Wenatchee to Kamloops and no two will be the same. There are several breweries, distilleries and cideries in the Thompson Okanagan. Buy a bottle or two. It’s a great way to take the taste of Route 97 home with you.

Taste our Creativity

Local Flavours - OystersThe culinary creations you’ll experience throughout Route 97 are as diverse as the flavours of this land. Choose from food trucks worthy of a return visit to four star restaurants where world class chefs create culinary masterpieces. Our local flavours include the unique traditional foods of the First Nations people in the Thompson Okanagan. You’ll find authentic Mexican culture throughout the WA area of this region. Take some time to stop and enjoy the variety of Mexican flavours in the many restaurants along the way.

We love our food here and we celebrate it at culinary events year-round. In the winter, there’s the Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna, BC and Red Wine and Chocolate in Lake Chelan, WA. In the summer prepare yourself for wine and food festivals, apple pie festivals, harvest festivals and Fiestas Mexicanas. Visit our events page for more culinary fun.

We Love Our Farmers

Agriculture is a big part of who we are, many of our farms are multigenerational and several are organic. Our farmers and orchardists take pride in what they produce. Stop by a Farmers Market  or fruit/produce stand and experience biting into a crisp, ripe apple, or wiping butter off your chin as it drips from the fresh picked corn. Farm to table dining is big here, and there are tours available where you can visit a local farm and savour the dishes prepared from their bounty a few hours later.

Local Flavours - British Columbia Apples

Photo Credit: Andrew Strain