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Distilleries in the Okanagan

  I stopped in at Okanagan Spirits last week looking for my favourite Haskap liqueur and was delighted to find a range of new products. Okanagan Spirits is a craft distillery that opened in Vernon BC in 2004 (www.okanaganspirits.com). They now operate in both Kelowna and Vernon. The range of products available shows considerable creativity […]

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Autumn Dinners 1895

Autumn Dinners, 1895 Imagine what an Autumn Dinner might encompass in 1895. The following seven menus were published in the Vernon News  which began publication in May 1891. The News was sub-titled “The Okanagan Farm and Live Stock Journal” and included articles on all aspects of agriculture and industry of the area. It included information and advice […]

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Okanagan Bitterroot

Okanagan Bitterroot This week as part of RespectFEST[i] in Vernon BC, I listened to Mollie Bono, an Okanagan elder, speak on the History of the First People: Pre-Contact. She spoke about the traditions of everyday life among the Okanagans, especially from a woman’s perspective and their relation to the land and their food sources. She […]

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Saskatoons – true Western Canada fruit

Saskatoons – true Western Canada fruit  Saskatoons are a true Western Canada fruit; they sustained First Nations over millennia and by extension newcomers. Saskatoons (Amelanchier alnifolia) are bushy shrubs native to Western Canada, growing on riverbanks, the slopes of coulees and as high as 3400 m. in the Rocky Mountains. The white blossoms appear in […]

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Bulmans Cannery – the dehydration industry in Vernon

In 1927 Thomas Bulman of Bulman’s Limited spoke to the Vernon Rotary Club about a “dry story” – the development of the dehydration industry in Vernon.[i]  The Bulman Cannery dominated the Vernon landscape for fifty years.[ii] Bulman had started the firm in 1916 on a 4,000-acre ranch 16 kilometers north of Kelowna.[iii] The company had […]

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White Spot – a BC legend

White Spot We were recently contacted by Laura Brehaut of the National Post who was doing an article on the allure of White Spot’s secret “triple O” sauce[i]. Occasionally here at the BC Food History Network, we get such requests.  Sometimes we can assist and sometimes not, but the requests always pique our interest and […]

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