As we approach Fall, basking in a gentler Okanagan warmth, a harvest celebration beckons. Summer has done her work, and providers around the Valley are reaping nature’s bounty. Join in the celebration of changing seasons by savouring all Vernon has to offer, be it by sipping on one of our locally made libations, feasting on fabulous local fare, or harvesting your own Fall finds.
From orchard to your glass, or plate, Vernon and our immediate surrounds boast of wineries, a brewery, a cidery, a distillery, and even an olive oil and vinegar tasting room. If it’s something to please your palate you’re after, Vernon has an incredible selection to choose from:
Gray Monk Estate Winery
50th Parallel Estate Winery
Ex Nihilo Vineyards
Okanagan Spring Brewery
BX Press Cidery & Orchard
Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery
Olive Us Oil & Vinegar Tasting Room
Whatever you choose to sip, take the time to savour: this is Mother Nature at her very best. Activate Your Senses and say a toast to Vernon’s many liquid attractions.
At last TripAdvisor count, Vernon is home to 174 restaurants! Our small town is BIG on flavourful feasting - not surprising given that we live in one of Canada’s most abundantly blessed valleys.
Choose from fine dining, family-friendly eateries, pubs, fast food restaurants, coffee shops or one of our many Vernon restaurants offering international fare. It’s a veritable year-round foodie festival on our streets!
But with all this to choose from, where does one start? Why, just use this handy list to Activate Your Tastebuds: Vernon’s Top 10 Restaurants.
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There’s nothing quite like hand-picked, homemade apple pie to make you feel like both you and Mother Nature are in top form. Yes, apple-picking season at Vernon's landmark Davison Orchards has started, with pumpkins not far behind. While you’re in the area, don’t forget to say thank you to the bees at Planet Bee for their hard work this summer - and if you take a jar of honey or mead home with you, all the better.
Then head to one of our many neighbourhood Farmers’ Markets to stock up on all that Nature has to offer. With 150 vendors at peak season, the Vernon Farmers’ Market is loaded with fresh, local and organic fruits, veggies and more.
Everything is better with cheese! Especially the Artisan Gouda cheeses found at Triple Island Cheese, Cherryville or The Village Cheese Company, Armstrong. Go for the tasting, come home with bags full of cheese. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
If you really want to feel like you’ve reaped the most reward from this season’s bounty, visit Fieldstone Organics in Armstrong, BC’s only certified organic grain handling facility. Stock up on delicious whole grains, legumes and seeds in their purest form - straight from the earth to your hands.