The 3rd Annual BC Bacon & Cider Festival
The Laurel Packinghouse
Friday, may 3, 2019
The 3rd Annual BC Bacon & Cider Festival is a showcase of some of the Okanagan Valley’s greatest gifts: great-tasting apples and pears, creative cider crafting, and inspired food pairings.
Join us for a fabulous evening featuring BC's very-best craft cideries pouring samples of their newest, tastiest ciders. Pair that with incredible bacon-inspired dishes prepared and served by Okanagan College Culinary Arts students. And take it all in at Kelowna’s beautiful and historic Laurel Packinghouse, in the downtown core at the centre of the Okanagan Valley.
We’ve teamed up with Chef Vincent Stufano and his culinary students at Okanagan College to design a variety of appetizer-size portions of starters, salads, mains, even desserts – all inspired by bacon! The students will be planning, preparing, and presenting their creations at the festival.
The Okanagan College Culinary Arts Student Learners Award Fund is our charitable partner for this festival.
Event is 19+
Tickets for the 3rd Annual BC Bacon & Cider Festival will go on sale early 2019
THE Laurel packinghouse: The best spot in town
The Laurel Packinghouse was built in 1917, using bricks made locally from Knox Mountain clay. At that time, what is now Kelowna’s Cultural District was packed with fruit warehouses, packinghouses, canneries, and a sawmill. Horses, boxcars, and trucks jostled for position on tracks and dirt roads.
A fire in the 1960’s destroyed much of the industrial district, but the Laurel was a working packinghouse until the 1970s. When it was slated for demolition in 1982, members of the community rallied to save it, making it Kelowna’s first designated heritage building. The building was revitalized in 2010.