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Schell: Few lakeside spots like Local

Grilled heritage Angus beef flank, whipped goat cheese, local beans, red wine-cherry reduction paired with McWatters Collection 2007 Meritage. - Contributed
Grilled heritage Angus beef flank, whipped goat cheese, local beans, red wine-cherry reduction paired with McWatters Collection 2007 Meritage.
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What do Okanagians do come summer time? Hang out at their local restaurant, drink local wines, soak in the local beach life, savour local cuisine and gaze upon our local lake view—yep, going Local is the thing to do here and that is the Bonded truth.

“Bonded by the owners Christa-Lee and Cameron Bond, Local Lounge • Grille is a place specifically created to allow you to enjoy all of the above from one lakeside haven.

Located in beautiful Summerland and on a rare lakeside venue, guests will enjoy the choice of three different rooms (if you include the patio) to experience your locovorian dream date.

Whichever room you choose, whether it is the restaurant side, funkier lounge side or the glorious outdoors—each offers a stellar view of our beloved Lake Okanagan. So close to the water, boating visitors may also choose to travel by water instead of highway and park their boat in one of the dock slips out front.

In a rush to get back out to the water? Chef Paul Cecconi has thought of that and done up a take out menu for picnicking. Local also has a liquor store with a great local wine selection. (of course).

Next Tuesday, June 21, don’t miss their Summer Solstice party on the patio. Local entertainer Ari Neufeld will be playing and chef Paul will be showcasing a number of new items off of his new summer menu. Always creative using locally sourced seasonal products—we love that Local’s menu lists the artisans, growers and producers that they work with to bring us the ultimate yum experience.

Speaking of chef Cecconi, he recently just re-captured his title of Stone Soup Chef for the Okanagan—a chef cook off and fundraiser for the Kelowna Gospel Mission. Local Lounge • Grille was also just awarded an honourable mention for that wine list I mentioned earlier, at the Vancouver International Playhouse Wine Festival. They were one of only two restaurants from the Okanagan to bring home an award.

More fun coming your way Saturday, Aug. 20 at Covert Farms in Oliver—the beloved Festival Of The Tomato is back.

Join the fun line up of activities including:

• Afternoon family games and tomato events

• Fabulous local wine and beer tasting and great food

• Chef competition

New this year:

• Afternoon music by Emily Spiller, Corey Douglas Mclean Project, Ernie Peterson, Billie Walker

• All day tunes by DJ Timothy Wisdom

• Late afternoon music by Lobo Blanco

• Evening show by headlining Five Alarm Funk.

• Free overnight camping included in the ticket price.

Get your tickets now—there are a limited number available and this event always sells out fast. www.covertfarms.ca for information on how to purchase tickets.

Jennifer Schell is editor of B.C. Wine Trails Magazine.

 

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