With more than one home show to choose from each year in Kelowna, organizers are required to convince residents that their show is the best in town.
Last month the Kelowna Home Show did its best to attract locals. Along with a wide variety of exhibits, the show featured reality TV star and interior designer Jillian Harris as one of its guest speakers.
From March 30 to April 1, the 21st annual Real Home Show tried to steal some of the Kelowna Home Show’s thunder.
And according to Kevin Bounds, past president of the Central Okanagan Canadian Home Builders Association, he was happy with the result.
“We’re very happy with the turnout; it has been much better than last year,” said Bounds.
Bounds said that there is definitely a level of competition between home shows in Kelowna.
“There is always competition when you’ve got another show. . .a lot of people don’t necessarily attend two shows. They’ll pick one show and go to it.”
He said that the Real Home Show has several perks, including free parking and quality products and services.
“People are recognizing that our show doesn’t have the Sham Wow kind of products,” said Bounds.
“It’s real products for homes; that’s why we call it the Real Home Show.”
Bounds noted that several sponsors helped make the event—which featured over 85 exhibitors—a success.
Throughout the weekend Ricardo Scebba and Sue Miller put on several cooking demonstrations for the audience of the Real Home Show.
Scebba cooked various Mediterranean dishes while Miller used her humour to keep the crowd entertained.
“(Saturday) was fabulously busy; it was wonderful,” said Miller.
“The people were very receptive.”
The couple has owned and operated Ricardo’s Mediterranean Kitchen in Winfield for the last 11 years.
“We opened in August of 2001 in really the most obscure, unlikely location. Our friends wanted to do an intervention to make sure that we wouldn’t open because they were so worried that we would lose our shirts,” said Miller.
“We’ve worked this restaurant through thick and thin with our four children, our son-in-law and Ricardo’s parents.”
The food demonstrations featured recipes found in Scebba’s cookbook: That’s Amore.
“My mother is a two-time breast cancer survivor. We wanted to get her recipes down on paper and have a nice dedication for her,” said Scebba.
“It took about 40 weeks to make, which is the term of a baby, so it’s our baby. It’s been wonderfully received; we are a regional bestseller now.”
Scebba said that events like the Real Home Show go a long way towards helping businesses like his.
“Promotion, getting out there and talking to people is always a good thing. I’m feeding them and making their taste buds happy.
“People will remember us and hopefully come and see us when they want to go out for a nice dinner.”
This year’s Real Home Show also featured free entry for the first 100 guests each day and several grand prizes, including a four-night Las Vegas getaway.