As featured on BCAA.com, March 2022
—-Attention, BC food lovers! We’ve got another delicious adventure for you: a local BC foodie-focused road trip. We previously shared a drool-worthy list of 10+ great restaurants and food experiences on Vancouver Island, and now we’re focusing our attention on the interior of the province. The Okanagan offers a feast of culinary experiences, and we’ve curated some favourites based on recommendations from our Members and team members.
Are you ready to feast? Grab your BCAA Membership, hit the road and prepare to eat your way around the interior. With 24/7 Roadside Assistance, we’ll help keep you going in case of the unexpected, so that you won’t miss a single café, market or bistro on your list. Pro tip: download the BCAA Mobile App to help you get faster access to Roadside Assistance, plus find real-time travel conditions and savings from BCAA Rewards Partners along the way.
Starting in the south, your Okanagan food odyssey begins in the vibrant resort town of Osoyoos and the heart of BC Wine Country.
Town motto: ‘Canada’s warmest welcome’
As you arrive in Osoyoos, savour the stunning Similkameen Valley scenery. You can picnic by lush orchards, organic vineyards and award-winning wineries and cideries. For lunch or dinner, of the many excellent restaurants in town, there’s one to ensure is on your list:
The Bear, The Fish, The Root & The Berry
Spirit Ridge Resort in Osoyoos, BC
Boasting incredible views of mountains, the lake and vineyards, this newly renovated gem serves modern vineyard cuisine inspired by Indigenous roots.
The name is inspired by the Four Food Chiefs of the Syilx People of the Okanagan Nation: Skimxist Black Bear, Ntytikxw Chinook Salmon, Speetlum Bitterroot and Seeya Saskatoon Berry. Representing the key elements of Indigenous cuisine, references to these four elements can be found throughout Chef Murray McDonald’s dishes. Try the Bannock with roasted corn & hot pepper succotash, Salish sea clams in seaweed beer broth, and, for dessert, hazelnut praline choux with peach & sage compote and pistachio sponge.
Heading north from Osoyoos en route to your next meal, you’ll want to stop at fruit stands or U-pick orchards to buy fresh cherries, apricots, peaches, juices and vegetables. Okanagan fruit stands and farms tend to start reopening in April for the season. Here’s a great list of local fruit stands, farms, and gardens.