Okanagan College pastry arts students (left to right) Tyffanee Marsh

Annual Dine Around the Thompson-Okanagan event kicks off

A record 55 restaurants from Kamloops to Osoyoos are participating in this year's event.

Are you ready to dine around the Thompson-Okanagan region?

That’s the question area restaurants will be asking over the next 2 1/2 weeks as the annual Dine Around event takes place here, featuring 55 restaurants from Kamloops to Osoyoos—including Kelowna—that will offer diners three-course meals for $15, $25, $35 and,new this year, $45 per plate.

Event co-ordinator Christina Ferreira said in addition increasing the number of participating restaurants this year to 55 from last year’s 35, the B.C. Craft Brewers Guild has jumped on board, joining area wineries to participate in food pairings.

Ferreira said the event not only helps restaurant during a traditionally slow time of the year,it also allow diners to check out restaurants they may not have heard of or have found too expensive to eat at in the past.

The event includes all levels of restaurants serving specially created menus for the event.

The kick-off event saw 325 people sample what 17 of the local participating restaurants will have on their Dine Around menus between now and Feb. 7.

Also on hand at the Okanagan College venue were wineries and breweries from around the region whose products will be paired with the food served by the restaurants.

During last year’s event, more than 5,000 meals were ordered off the Dine Around menus across the Thompson-Okanagan during the 18-day event.