This year’s 22nd annual Taste of Kelowna on the weekend featured lots of new faces and a couple of new winners as well.
Judges selected Poppadoms, a McCurdy Road East Indian restaurant, as the booth serving the tastiest food, with the friendliest staff and best ambience. They even had an Indian street vendor walking around offering tea to participants.
The public, however, had different ideas, and selected Yamato Asian Restaurant, located next to the Oriental Supermarket on Highway 97, as their favourite.
Ironically, both offered good tastings of East Indian dishes.
Along with curries, sliders were the most popular offering at this year’s event, with everything from burger fillings to pulled pork, and stir-fries were next in order of popularity.
Whatever the offering, both participants and the public were encouraged to recycle and use compostable plates and cups for a green sustainable event, certified by the Green Table Network, with the help of Darrell Eason, of GreenStep in Kelowna.
More than 40 exhibitors featured a wide selection of local food, beverages and activities at Sunday’s event.
“The goal of this event is to not just build awareness of the tastes of Kelowna, but to raise funds for the three charities that we support, including the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club, KidsCare and the YMCA-YWCA of the Centre Okanagan,” said Dan Darragh, branch chair for the B.C. Restaurant and Foodservices Association, Okanagan.
Donation totals weren’t available by the Capital News deadline.
The BCRFA represents more than 3,000 restaurant and foodservice businesses in the province.