Wondering how to thrill your food and wine (& music) loving peeps this holiday season? Here are some delicious local ideas on how to nibble and sip your way through the holidays.

Food and Wine

1. Sanctuary Garden's With Love Preserves

Tucked away in the scenic Gellatly Bay area of West Kelowna, Sanctuary Gardens offers a tranquil spot overlooking Okanagan Lake. Created by Gardener Kirstin Wakal's vision, this hidden gem thrives with an abundance of fresh ingredients and flowers that bloom throughout the seasons.

From these fertile grounds is With Love Preserves—a celebration of local flavours and ingredients. Think Cherry Chutney and Peach Relish, but also unique blends inspired by their nearby vineyards like the Spiced Plum and Malbec. Yet, the real standout is their irresistible Tomato Jam—a delightful mix of sweet and savoury that pairs perfectly with any charcuterie spread.

2. Perseval & Young Cheesemongers

Perseval & Young Cheesebox

Say Santa loves you with cheese. Perseval & Young Cheesemongers were a welcome addition to Kelowna’s food scene. Owned and operated by the sweetest couple down in Kelowna’s Brewery District, Desiree Young & Phillip Perseval curate amazing cheese boards and gifts for the holiday season.

Check out the special Gift Boxes, which contain 4 fine cheeses hand-selected from their extensive range of local and imported cheeses. The box also includes 1 accompaniment to match the cheese.

3. Intrigue Winery

Intrigue 12 Wines of Christmas Box

Intrigue Winery in Lake Country always has amazing gifts on offer in their wine shop as well as fun wine labels to share. Get this gift out early in December to your wine-loving friends and fam! Just like the classic style of advent calendar, but with wine. 

Intrigue Winery’s 12 Wines of Christmas Advent Calendar will surprise you with a new bottle of wine (and chocolates too!) over the 12 days of Christmas. So fun! P.S. Intrigue Winery also offers their two bubblies in adorable 200 ml stocking stuffer size bottles.

4. Sandrine French Pastry

Sandrine Yule Log

Make your yuletide fun by devouring one of Sandrine’s gorgeous yule logs this Christmas. Kelowna’s beloved French baker Sandrine has many unique seasonal items for you to choose from at her shop near Orchard Park. Sandrine French Pastry and Chocolates has a wide variety of artisan chocolates, macarons, bûche de Noel (Yule Logs), traditional Tourtieres, gift boxes, and more.

5. Frind Estate Winery

Frind Estate Winery - Bubble Domes

Photo by: Snap Commercial Photography

Dinner in a Dome? What could be more exciting? Frind Winery is North America’s only beachfront winery and home to Annie’s Beachfront Café. During the cooler months when patio dining is months away, they have set up amazing domes to dine in. Purchase a gift certificate or book your own dome.

The reservation includes a 4-course, family-style meal with wine pairings. Upon arrival at the winery, all guests will be welcomed with a glass of Frind Mulled Wine while being escorted to their individual dome.

6. Local Books

Jennifer Schell_Cookbook

Books are always a welcome gift under the tree-  especially cookbooks!  Food and wine friends can enjoy reading about our local winery families and cooking their favourite recipes in my latest cookbook (shameless plug) The B.C. Wine Lover’s Cookbook. Mosaic Books on Bernard has a book for every person in your life. It is really a one-stop shop!

7. Mix & Match

Mission Hill Wines - Callum Snape

Photo by: Callum Snape

Put together a mixed case of bevvies for your drink enthusiast! If they have a favourite ie. Bubbles or Merlot make a mixed case for them to sample, featuring our local wineries. Same idea for the beer or cider lover in your life.

& Music

8.  Kelowna Liedertafel Choir Christmas Concert

The Kelowna Liedertagel Choir is presenting their Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 16th, at 2:00 pm at the Kelowna German Canadian Harmonie Club. Enjoy festive carols in both German and English, perfect to get you into the holiday spirit. 

9. Christmas Presence

Perfect timing to really get into Christmas mode. On December 23rd jazz fans will thrill at the chance to hear local jazz stars Anna Jacyszyn, Loni Moger, and Stefan Bienz, perform original seasonal and festive favourites for this annual concert Christmas Presence at the beautiful Benvoulin Heritage Church. Two shows 2:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. All to help raise funds for Central Okanagan Heritage Society (COHS).