Eat like a king on the cheap

Dine Around the Thompson Okanagan launches today with 50 restaurants participating.

  • Jan. 17, 2017 6:00 a.m.

The yearly opportunity to get a great meal on the cheap has arrived.

The British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association will hold Dine Around the Thompson Okanagan from Jan. 18 to Feb. 5.

To kick-off the foodie event the BCRFA is hosting a launch party tonight at Okanagan College and is sold out with more than 300 people expected to be in attendance.

For the next two and a half weeks more than 50 restaurants throughout the Thompson Okanagan are featuring a three course menu for $15, $25, $35 or $45 with suggested BC VQA wine pairings, BC Craft Beer pairings or spirits and cocktail pairings.

Guests can visit the participating restaurants and ask for their Dine Around menu, reservations are encouraged as more than 5,000 people are expected to take in the festival Jan. 18 – Feb. 5. A list of participating restaurants and their menus can be viewed online at

“This festival is great for restaurants as we help promote their businesses during what has been traditionally a slow time of year,” said Ian Tostenson, President/CEO BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association.

“Consumers also appreciate it as they have the opportunity to sip, savour and save with these delicious three course menus for such incredible prices. Many residents take the opportunity to get out and try restaurants that they may not have ever been to or don’t visit often enough, it’s a win win for the consumer and our member restaurants.”

It’s also an ideal opportunity to promote the Wines of British Columbia and the BC Craft Brewers.

“This is an excellent opportunity for local restaurants, wineries and breweries to focus locally and showcase how well BC VQA wines and BC Craft Beer and Craft Spirits pair with our local foods,” comments Christina Ferreira, coordinator Dine Around Thompson Okanagan.

The BCRFA is also adding more incentive to the community to take in Dine Around by visiting participating restaurants Jan 18-Feb 5 you can enter to win $250 in restaurant gift cards by requesting a ballot entry form, completing and leaving at the restaurant.

There are also chances to win throughout the festival by winning $25 gift cards from participating restaurants by using social media; to enter, the community is encouraged to take a photo of your food and wine, spirit or beer pairing and then tag the restaurant you are visiting along with #dinearound2017 and post to twitter, facebook or instagram to be automatically entered, winners will be selected at random throughout the festival and there are more than twenty chances to win through social media.

To follow the festival you can like the page on follow @bcrfa on twitter and instagram and follow the hashtag #dinearound2017



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