Are you ready to experience new culinary adventures?
You might know the Similkameen Valley for its warm weather, calm waters, and laid-back atmosphere…but there are some amazing places to eat throughout the valley if you know where to look.
The valley is gaining a reputation for attracting chefs dedicated to the farm-to-table experience…and has nurtured some fantastic homegrown chefs inspired by the bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables available in the region.
After all, it’s home to the Fruit Stand and Organic Farming Capital of Canada. Great meals start with great ingredients.
You’ll want to take time to #TasteOurTerroir.
Tasting your way through the valley…
Coming from the Lower Mainland?
You’ll start your Similkameen experience in Princeton, where an eclectic assortment of restaurants are waiting for you.
Walk up Bridge Street bright and early and pop into Thomasina’s Bakery & Bistro (temporarily closed) or Frannie’s Coffee on 3rd Street…get a cappucino and a sweet (or savoury) treat. Or, head over to Tapton Avenue and get to know the locals at Cool Beanz Coffee.
If you’re looking for a heartier meal, slip into Billy’s Family Restaurant on Vermillion Avenue for their famous breakfast or Little Creek Grill for Mediterranean food. If you’re keen for takeout, drop by Pasha Pizza & Indian Restaurant or Sushi Mikado…they’re both on Bridge Street. Don’t forget to swing by Brown Bridge Pub for some classic pub fare and a game of pool.
Want to wander with your coffee, or walk off your burger? Take a wander around the town and check out the life-sized Bronze Sculptures of native wildlife and historical figures.
If you’re in town to golf, you’ll want to take advantage of the great service Divots Bar & Grill offers. Scan a QR code on the 7th hole, order lunch, and pick it up when you arrive at the 9th hole. Now that’s service!
Heading to Hedley…
If you want to learn about the history of the area, you’ll want to make a pitstop in Hedley and visit their museum. Mining built the town…then shrunk it…but there’s a burgeoning community of artisans moving into the area injecting new life and new opportunities.
While you’re there, walk up Scott Avenue and visit The Country Market. Victoria has homemade soup, and a bun for a song…and rumour has it a new restaurant is opening up soon…Grand Union Café.
Next stop, places to eat in Keremeos
Now you’re getting deep into the Similkameen Valley wine country. Get ready for farm-to-table food paired with local wines, all served in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
Spend an afternoon touring The Grist Mill & Gardens, grab a bite from their deli and find a cool spot in the shade on their sprawling gardens. Watch for special long-table dinners at the Mill soon…
Tree to Me lured acclaimed Chef Brock Windsor to the Valley, so if you’re looking for places to eat in Keremeos, you’ll want to visit their bistro. They’ll be focussing on using ingredients they grow on their sprawling organic farm and tapping into other local producers.
You’ll want to make room for a meal at Benja Thai while you’re in Keremeos. The owner and his team serve up fresh, authentic Thai food using family recipes and an abundance of hospitality…
Or maybe curry and pakoras are more your style? Try traditional Indian cuisine from Sanderson Farms Market, made by Mama.
And off to Cawston…
It’s a short drive down the highway to Cawston from Keremeos, and we suggest you take the scenic route. Pick up Upper Bench Road and stop in at the wineries along the way.
If you plan your drive around your taste buds and your stomach, you’ll find yourself at Crowsnest Vineyards on Surprise Drive just in time for a delicious lunch on the patio with a glass of wine or local cider. If you’re timing is really good, there will be live entertainment and a music festival atmosphere.
For dinner, you’ll want to make a reservation at Row 14 Restaurant at Klippers and be treated to an unforgettable dining experience. This will be an all-night affair…relax, sit back, and enjoy the seasonal menu and inviting surroundings.
Looking to grab a quick, healthy bite? Visit The Barn Door Bistro at Harker’s Organics or The Farm Store at Honest Food Farm.
Be prepared to be amazed
If it’s your first trip into the Similkameen Valley, you’re in for a treat. Beyond the beautiful surroundings, laid-back pace, and friendly people, there are unique culinary experiences in store for you.
Want to learn more about the valley, its places to eat, and all it has to offer? Discover more on our website or contact us. We can’t wait to see you here.