Yesterday was the event we wait all year round for, the one that heralds in Spring. It's not the robins return, or the golf courses being open or even the blossoms of the cherry tree...but the Taste of Kelowna that signals Spring and awakens all our senses. True to form it was a gorgeous sunny day; not that it really mattered because we were indoors. I did have to go for a walk afterwards though to ward off all the food away from my hips!
For the past 3 years the girls and I have headed to the Taste of Kelowna event. It is put on by the BC Restaurant & Foodservices Association (BCRFA) and is in it's 19th year. The event moved from the Grand Okanagan Hotel to the curling club in 2007 to accommodate the ever increasing size of the crowds. Over 4,000 visitors attended last year.
Some of my favourite dishes this year were ; Grilled Lamb Pops with Asian Cashew Salad, Organic Celeriac Puree with Cheddar Crisp and S'more Mousse (pictured below).
Taste of Kelowna Participants for 2008 were:
BONFIRE RESTAURANT & BAR CAFÉ
CANNERY BREWING Co.
FREDDYS BREW PUB
MILL CREEK BREWERY
HANNA'S LOUNGE & GRILL
INFUSIONS @ OC
KETTLE VALLEY TAPAS BAR & GRILL
MOXIES CLASSIC GRILL
OKANAGAN CHEF'S ASSOCIATION
OUGHTRED COFFEE & TEA
SAL'S PRIME SHINE LOUNGE
SUMMERHILL SUNSET BISTRO
WILD APPLE GRILL@ MANTEO
16 Spice Chicken from my choice The Bonfire Restaurant.