Calling all foodies: Free family fun in Vernon this weekend


Slow Food Thompson Okanagan invites you, your family and friends to explore the Market of Taste on Sunday, noon to 4 pm, May 24 at Davison Orchards Country Village in Vernon.

Building on the success of this event that showcases the amazing local flavours of the region with food samples, cooking demonstrations and farm tours, it’s the 3rd annual Market of Taste for Slow Food Thompson Okanagan.

“The Market of Taste is about celebrating that we have such amazing clean, fair, food in our region” says Jen Bitz, of Slow Food.  “It’s about appreciating our food, about not taking for granted that we have access to local healthy food.“

All that and it tastes good too! The Market of Taste will showcase the best of the best in Okanagan Flavours.  Food Artisans from across the valley will be giving free samples; taste everything from local Salmon to organic cheeses to wild mushrooms and local strawberries.

Jennifer Innis, finalist on MasterChef Canada, will be doing cooking demos throughout the event. Innis is an Okanagan girl who lives in Vernon and will be showing some of the creative ways she uses local ingredients.  Come visit with her while she cooks and hear stories from her time starring in Reality TV.

Davison Orchards, a local farm with their own bakery, café and line of homemade preserves is a natural place to hold the event.  The Davison Family will be inviting the public to see their brand new Cannery in action.  They have recently completed this new preserve kitchen and will be making fresh fudge, caramel, and offering samples all afternoon. Davison Orchards will also be offering farm tours, a chance to get into the orchard and have a look at how things are growing on the farm, a true slow food experience.

“When it comes to Okanagan food we have so much to be proud of” says Leah Campbell of Davison Orchards.  “This event will offer an opportunity to see the story behind the food we grow and the journey it takes from the field to your plate. “

Local foodies are invited to come eat their way through the booths and taste for themselves how delicious slow food is. There are activities for all ages and local musicians for entertainment.

‘We wait all year for that fresh taste of local produce – but real food is always worth the wait!” says Campbell.

The Market of Taste is May 24th from 12pm to 4pm at Davison Orchards. There is no admission fee for this event. For more information see or

Here’s a glimpse at past Slow Food Thompson Okanagan events:
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  • Roslyne Buchanan

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