December 11, 2023


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Okanagan Chefs Association celebrates local food and chefs – Okanagan

The valley’s restaurant business has expanded in new yrs and the Okanagan Cooks Affiliation is celebrating just that, with hopes of earning the Okanagan regarded for its foods.

The OCA celebrated the nearby culinary scene for the first time ever, filling Kelowna‘s metro hub with both of those meals and persons on Monday night.

“This is the a person time exactly where we get the neighborhood to arrive in and enable us be element of one thing else. So they get to occur below, see us, meet up with us, meet and greet the chefs,” explained OCA president Brent Durec.

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The celebration also gave community foodies the option to connect after all over again after becoming aside previously in the pandemic.

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“This night time is particular for a great deal of folks in this globe of the cafe field as properly as the pandemic and all the things. This is the 1st time we all get to sort of hang out together as cooks in the cafe enterprise and just sort of hold out, see what each and every other are performing,” mentioned Provisions Kitchen area chef Brock Bowes.

The night time also showcased how the food items scene in the valley has grown in a short while ago, with far more and much more restaurants getting proven.

“The cafe field has exploded in the Okanagan. We’re fortunate with our brewery that we possess, that essentially the entire beer district down the street has just exploded,” reported Bowes.

“It retains it difficult, keeps it first, can make us problem ourselves, even far more, to be various than all the competitors all around us.”

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The Okanagan is famous for its wineries, but the OCA claims it’s functioning to change that and make the valley identified for its foods as nicely.

“We’ve viewed that grow around the many years and now you can go to so lots of distinctive wineries. They have superb food, they have superb wineries, it’s a fantastic enjoyment event and it is entertaining to check out them grow,” Durec explained.

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Also on the menu at Monday’s function was an award ceremony. Those people in the culinary sector had been celebrated with hardware, including the prime youthful chef and chef of the 12 months.

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