The annual Dine Around Thompson Okanagan is about to take place and it is one of the best times to get out and enjoy our local restaurants. This delicious food festival takes place each year with participating restaurants offering three-course menus for $15, $25, $35, or $45 from January 16 – February 3.

To add to the food festival and price fixe menus this year, you can also enjoy a launch party, multi-course wine paired dinners, and a family style brunch.

With more than 50 restaurants throughout the region participating, and 35 of those being in the Kelowna area, the variety of choices during this popular festival ensures that there is something for everyone.

Here are my suggestions for Dine Around events and a few restaurants to put on your must-visit list. For a complete list of participating restaurants and their menus visit

1. Dine Around Launch Party – January 15

This event is a stand-up reception where guests will visit food, BC VQA wine, and beer booths to sample some of the tasty bites, wines, and beers that you can enjoy during Dine Around. You will enjoy delicious tastes and small bites from participating Dine Around restaurants, BC VQA Wines, BC Beer and Spirits while you mingle with fellow foodies and enjoy live music. Come hungry as you will leave full. Launch Party Tickets: $40 plus tax and fees each, or two tickets for $70 plus tax and fees.

2. Winemaker’s Dinner Series at the Hotel Eldorado – January 17

Okanagan's best food + Okanagan's best wine = Foodie Heaven, Eldorado style. Enjoy a five-course wine dinner event, held at Hotel Eldorado's Lakeside dining room featuring the wines of Clos Du Soleil Winery.

3. Brunch: Dine Around Thompson Okanagan – January 20

Chef Michael, Start Fresh Kitchen, and Impact Events are excited to announce a first-time event taking place during the Dine Around Thompson Okanagan Festival - BRUNCH. Start your morning with a glass of sparkling wine from Niche Wine Co and then enjoy this family-style brunch prepared by Chef Michael Buffett and his culinary team. Space is limited to 20 people and there are two seatings: 9 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

4. Cactus Club Café (Downtown or Banks Road) – 3 course dinner for $35

Choose from fresh greens, butternut squash ravioli and prawn duo, or celeriac soup as your starter then steak, chicken or prawns as your main, then end your meal with chocolate peanut butter crunch for dessert.

5. The Curious Artistry & Alchemy Café – 3 course dinner for $25

Choose from Caesar salad or butternut squash soup to start then pizza with season vegetables as your main, and finish with chocolate brownie and ice cream.

6. Earls Kitchen + Bar – 3 course dinner options for $25, $35 or $45

Three menus to choose from and every menu offers something delicious with options including soups, salads, crispy ribs, pizza, tacos, fettuccine alfredo, chicken, salmon, teriyaki rice bowls, ribs, sirloin, and then banana cake, toffee chocolate pudding or the gold digger for dessert.

7. Smack DAB – 3 course dinner for $35

Enjoy lamb meatballs in saffron tomato sauce to start then Norwegian Halibut with celery root nage, beluga lentils, pistou, grilled artichoke, roasted radish for your main, and finish with butterscotch pot de crème.

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