The Route 97 culinary trail is a delight waiting to be discovered. Imagine waking up to the smell of fresh baked bread at a bakery B&B and sinking your teeth into just made goodness over your morning cup of coffee. Enjoy meals in a vintage atmosphere set in an historic bottling plant, or treat your taste buds to a Mexican Feast. Dine on an outdoor patio overlooking a lake, or deep in a cave beneath a vineyard. There is no shortage of flavours and places to enjoy them throughout Route 97.
Celebration of Flavours
The people throughout the Route 97 culinary trail are grateful for their bounty. The best way to show it is to celebrate! Beat the winter blues at Chelan, WA’s Red Wine and Chocolate event two weekends in a row in February. In Pateros, WA, it’s as American as apple pie as they celebrate the 70th annual Apple Pie Jamboree in July. The Mexican influence in WA is celebrated at Fiestas Mexicanas each September in Wenatchee. WA.
Don’t miss out on the Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna, BC every year in February. Head to Osoyoos, BC, on the tip of a desert, where they celebrate Oyster Festival in April. In May, Kamloops, BC, celebrates with a Food Truck Festival. For August, there’s the annual Feast of Fields in Kelowna. It’s a day long wander through a farmer’s field sampling all the bite sized delicacies local chefs can dream up. Also in August is Ribfest in Kamloops: three days of award winning ribs, and fun for the whole family.
Farm to Table
The farm to table movement has grown quickly in this bountiful land. Spend your mornings walking through lush gardens and orchards picking the ingredients for your dinner that night. In the warmer months, dine beneath a 100-year-old apple tree on delicacies created with ingredients picked a stone’s throw away. Our farmers and chefs take pride in the food they grow, the dishes the create, and the strong bond they have formed to create tasty treats for you with the freshest ingredients available. Many forage in the hills, mountains and valleys for wild edibles to make your meal all the more unique. Ask your local Visitor Centre to find the closets farm to table experience.
Unique Dining experiences
Taste the bounty of Route 97 at side street cafes, lake and riverside restaurants and mountain get-aways. Eat family style at a chic downtown restaurant, or have a private dinner in a vineyard, wine cave or cellar. Gather your family and friends and enjoy a medieval all you can eat feast at a waterfront pub. Settle in for some First Nations home cooking as you bite into Saskatoon berry, maple walnut bannock. Wrap your mouth around an Indian taco or a buffalo bannock burger. Pick some fresh fruit up from a local fruit stand (link to fruit stand trail) and enjoy and East Indian Buffet at the same location.
There are plenty of brag worthy experiences to take home with from the Route 97 Culinary Trail.
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