For the most part, what's made in the Okanagan Valley stays in the Okanagan Valley. To sample the best of British Columbian produce you'll have to make the 35-minute hop from Vancouver to Kelowna. Or take the four-hour scenic drive.
The imposing Mission Hill Winery, 1730 Mission Hill Road, Westbank (00 1 250 768 7611; missionhillwinery.com) could be a Bond villain's lair. The wine education centre's projection screen retracts to reveal not a sinister HQ but a state-of-the-art kitchen.
Chef Rod Butters makes the most of the local bounty at Fresco, 1560 Water Street, Kelowna (00 1 250 868 8805; frescorestaurant.net), the Valley's finest restaurant.
Phone in advance for an appointment at the Blue Mountain Vineyard, Okanagan Falls (00 1 250 497 8244; bluemountainwinery.com) to sample the best wines in the Valley. The lakeside setting alone is worth the trip.
Don't let the views from the open-air kitchens distract you while honing your knife skills in the five-day "Pratique" cookery course at Michael Dinn and Heidi Noble's Joie Farm Cooking School, 2825 Naramata Road, Naramata (00 1 86 642 25643; joie.ca).
Buy some delicious "goatgonzola" before meeting the beasts that helped create it at Carmelis Goats Cheese, 170 Timberline Road, Kelowna (00 1 250 470 034 1; carmelisgoatcheese.com).
At Illichmann's, 1937 Gordon Drive, Kelowna (00 1 250 860 6604; illichmanns.com) there's a huge array of pâtés, salamis and sausages prepared in-store.
Take a guided tour of the Dickinson Family Farm, 17208 Bentley Rd, Summerland (00 1 250 494 8732; dickinsonfamilyfarm.com) to pick your own fruitstraight from the tree.
Retreat to God's Mountain Estate, 4898 Lakeside/Eastside Rd, Penticton (00 1 250 490 4800; godsmountain.com) to prepare your dishes in the guest kitchen and sleep in the unique roofless room.Reuse content