Because food people are the best people. Guiding you through those gift-giving decisions for the foodie in your life, so you can concentrate on the important things like drinking wine, eating cookies and being merry.

Planting a Seed

With over 1,000 or so varieties of certified organic seeds, Sunshine Farm is the place to go to truly share the taste of the Okanagan. As a seed saving farm and two generations strong, they grow the seed, collect the seed, clean and save the seed, sell or grow the seed in the seed circle of life.

Buy It: Sunshine Farm | available online and posted globally


The Gift That Keeps on Giving

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Do you know someone who loves wine? Yep, thought so. Leading the way with their Festive Feels campaign is Kitsch Wines. Until the end of December, $2 from every 2017 Chardonnay or 2018 Cabernet Franc bottle sold is being donated to Mamas For Mamas – now you can feel extra good about your pick.

Buy It: Kitsch Wines and participating liquor stores


For the Pantry

Rose Hydrosol - Okanagan Lavender Farm

Photo by: Abigail Eveline Photography

Taste of place is something I talk about a lot. When collaborating with Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm for a pop-up dinner, I discovered their Rose Hydrosol (otherwise known as rose water), made from 100% farm roses picked from their South East Kelowna property. Unlike the off-putting overly perfumed vibe of synthetic rose waters, this is delicately floral, like, well, a real rose, and it’s amazing to bake and cook with. You can literally wake up and smell the roses (I couldn’t help myself).

Buy It: Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm | 4380 Takla Road, Kelowna


The Kitchen Upgrade

Kitchen Peelers

In my opinion, the peelers of all peelers – hands down. I’ve been using my Kuhn Rikon Y Peeler for years and it’s still sharper than sharp. Ergonomically designed so lefties and righties can unite, and colourful, too – you may want to wrap it to avoid any cuts. You can find it, along with other goodies, at Chef’s Edge, which is dedicated to all things kitchen.

Buy It: Chef’s Edge | 2445 Highway 97 N, Kelowna


Jars of Goodness

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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There are too many local preserves to name, but QB Gelato has peanut butter made with just two ingredients, RauDZ Regional Table has their Blueberry Ketchup, and Karat Chocolate has a caramel spread. Arlo’s Honey has supplied me local raw and wildflower honey for years and years and bees are important if we would like to eat in the future.


For the Cook Who Loves Music

I don’t know about you, but music is a big part of how I function day-to-day – I listen in my car, in the shower, and definitely when I’m cooking. We have a hell of a lot of musical talent in the Okanagan, so whilst you’re cooking with local ingredients why not listen to local, too? Some of my favourites are Kansas LeeJoshua SmithChloe Davidson, and PMC Band, and they all have direct downloads (hint hint). Your food is guaranteed to taste better (ok, maybe I can’t 100% guarantee that, but you’ll be entertained whilst in the kitchen that’s for sure).


A Gift For Them (but really you)

Poppadoms Cooking Classes - Demo

My love language is being fed - a home-cooked meal is my favourite type of food. Buying a cooking class for someone else means they have to practice at some stage and hopefully you’re first in line - friends with foodie benefits and all. Kelowna is full of options at different price points – from demonstrations to hands-on classes with all the cuisines under the sun (nearly).

Buy it: Mission HillPoppadomsQB GelatoSandrine French Chocolate & Pastry, Start Fresh Kitchen, The Okanagan Table.


The Place for Cookbooks

Family-owned and operated since 1968, Mosaic is very much Kelowna’s independent bookstore. They have always done one thing extremely well – supporting Canadian authors. For years and years, they’ve been stocking the latest cookbooks and this year is no exception.

tawaw Cookbook

First up, tawâw: Progressive Indigenous Cuisine co-authored by Shane Chartrand and the Okanagan’s Jennifer Cockrall-King. In Cree, tawâw translates to ‘Come in, you’re welcome, there’s room’ and it’s that sentiment that sets the tone of the beautifully illustrated book. Shane intimately traces back his First Nations roots by exploring the culinary traditions from across Canada that have helped shape him as a person, cook, and role model.

Three more titles on my list are Duchess at Home by Edmonton’s master pastry chef, Giselle Courteau; Burdock & Co: Poetic Recipes Inspired by Land, Sea and Air by Vancouver’s Andrea Carlson; and Dirty Food: sticky, saucy, gooey, crumbly, messy, shareable food by Calgary’s Julie Van Rosendaal.

Buy It: Mosaic Books | 411 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna


For All Things Sweet

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This November, Sandrine French Chocolate & Pastry celebrated her 15th anniversary, which is really quite something. Sandrine’s macaron and/or chocolate tree are always a staple in my niece and nephew’s stockings. {Warning: do not leave anything chocolate by the fireplace, it will melt!}

Karat Chocolate also has its Christmassy things, plus staples like chocolate bars (including their collaboration bars), oh, and even espresso beans coated in 55% dark single-origin chocolate. Another fun fact is that their desserts are made without any additional refined white sugar – I could go into the specifics of this, but they’d love to tell you more instead.


For the Sustainable Thinker

Supporting local is all about the bigger picture and looking out for the planet in our own little way. Ditching plastic is easy when you replace the regular plastic bags (whether its for food or any type of shopping) with reusable produce bags by The Market Bag or The Paisley Notebook’s market tote, handmade in BC.

Okanagan Lifestyle teamed up with eco-friendly brand Miir for their ‘4 symbol’ water bottle. Each bottle has a ‘give code’ on the bottom, so you can see where you are making an impact by simply purchasing and staying hydrated.

Huskee Coffee Mug

Canoe Coffee has been instrumental in bringing the HuskeeCup swap movement to Kelowna – buy a cup repurposed from coffee husks, re-use the cup at a participating coffee shop, get your coffee in another HuskeeCup, then keep on doing what you’re doing for a caffeinated experience without the unnecessary waste.

Well, that quickly became quite the list. I wouldn’t be mad if you decided to keep them all for yourself, or maybe just buy two of everything? Happy shopping – I’m hoping it’s merry and bright for you and your people.