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Food Truck Rally April 21-22, 2016

KEEPING THE DREAM OF THIRD THURSDAYS ALIVE

April 21-22, 2016
4-10 PM
264 Leon Avenue

Awesome Okanagan is pretty excited to be part of another food truck rally…mostly because it’s just so exciting to see so many people in Kelowna come out of hibernation and enjoy each other’s company around a table with good food! Based on the vibe from the inaugural event last October and the first spring event in March, this secret recipe of good things coming together in the mixing pot of an open air parking-lot-patio makes strangers into fast friends; creating a much needed feeling of community in our downtown.

This is the second event of the monthly series called Third Thursdays. On the Third Thursday of every month, a wide variety of food trucks will serve great food from 4pm until 10pm.  After the March Launch Event the main request was to make it a larger event and include more food trucks. So the April event will be spread over 2 days with a different mix of trucks on each day. You asked for it – more food trucks!

The Leon Night Market and Awesome Okanagan have teamed up to present an even better event this month featuring Kelowna’s hottest food trucks serving up delectable delicacies which will pair nicely with the beer, wine, ciders, and spirits from the beverage garden. (19+)

The stellar line up of trucks continues to grow…a detailed announcement will be made the week of letting you know which night your favourite trucks will be there.

 

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

FOOD TRUCK CULTURE RALLY

KICK OFF TO 2016

March 24, 2016

4-9 PM

264 Leon Avenue

You wanted it; you’ve got it! Leon Night Market and Awesome Okanagan in association with Surf Side California present Kelowna’s first Food Truck Culture Rally of 2016! Kelowna’s hottest food and fashion trucks are back and better than ever, ready to serve the masses what they crave – amazing street food and one- of- a -kind shopping experiences!

The stellar line up of trucks attending the rally includes Surf Side California, Chick Chick Boom, Frostbite, Ogopogo Donuts, TNT Dynamite Foods, Canoe Coffee Roasters, Express Juice, Konz, and Perch Travelling Boutique.

This is a family friendly and dog friendly event! Admission is by $2 donation for adults or a clothing donation to the Kelowna Gospel Mission.

To quote organizer Quinn Best: “The Food Truck Culture Rally is a community event designed to bring Kelowna together and celebrate local businesses while also providing an opportunity for the whole community to take part in helping to revitalize Leon Avenue”. Awesome Okanagan and Leon Night Market have paired up with the Kelowna Gospel Mission to create a positive change to the neighborhood, and we’re asking for your help. Just by attending this great event you can make a substantial contribution to making this area of Kelowna better!

So bring your friends downtown on March 24th from 4-9pm for a fun evening of delicious food, music, and shopping. The more, the merrier!

For more event information visit: Leon Night Market Facebook page for the most up date information.

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Pre-Pop Up Shop Perch Travelling Boutique

Awesome Okanagan, Marketing Night & Perch Travelling Boutique

are proud to introduce

Pre-Pop Up Shop to Not Your Mother’s Holiday Market on November 19th, 5-9pm, featuring Perch Travelling Boutique.

Perch will open up a Pre-Pop Up Shop along with Canoe Coffee Roasters for some amazing vintage shopping that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Wondering what to expect? Well you should come on down and ‘hit the breaks’ for a quick visit because Perch is not your ordinary fashion boutique.

Perch is the Okanagan’s premiere mobile fashion shop! Inside the renovated 22 foot beautiful blue bus you can find an ecclectic mix of vintage and retro clothing, accessories, and items for your home.

You’ve heard or a Food Truck before, but have you heard of a FASHION BUS?!?! Trust us, Perch has excelled and ‘reinvented the wheel’ of fashion and shopping.

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Not Your Mother’s Holiday Market

The Leon Night Market & Perch Travelling Boutique Present

Not Your Mother’s Holiday Market

November 20th & November 21st

Leon Night Market – 264 Leon Avenue

All Ages, 3pm-8pm

The Leon Night Market is proud to announce the first ever Pop Up Shop with Perch Travelling Boutique. 264 Leon Avenue is opening it’s doors again to local vendors across the Okanagan to come together and sell their crafts in one central market location.

It’s that time of year again to start thinking about Christmas and what to get your family for the holidays. We have the perfect solution for you! Not Your Mother’s Holiday Market includes the following local vendors:

Perch Travelling Boutique
Sarah Parsons Art
Sarah MacKinnon
Green Vanity
Petunia’s Bazaar
KnitEweUp
Nicole Young

Warm up with delicious Canoe Coffee Roasters and come check us out November 20-21st, 3-8pm, and support local vendors and the Leon Night Market.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

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Food Truck Culture Rally

Awesome Okanagan and The Leon Night Market present, in association from Surf Side California

FOOD TRUCK CULTURE RALLY

The Food Truck Culture Rally is a new monthly event that will host Kelowna’s favorite food, beverage and fashion trucks in one central location. All the trucks will be parked at 264 Leon Avenue from 4-10pm on Thursday October 1st, with diverse fashions and delicious food available.

Imagine the farmer’s market but specifically with food and fashion trucks!

This is a free entry event and all ages are welcome! All you have to do is decide which food truck to try…or maybe try them all!

Food & Fashion Trucks

Surf Side California
Crasian
TNT
Chick Chick Boom
Peter Ze German
Angelina’s
Mustard Tiger
Express Juice
Stoked Embers Pizza
Rolling Stove
Perch Traveling Boutique
Routes Fashion Truck

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2013: A Retrospective

One year has gone by since I was welcomed as a contributor to the A-OK team and granted with many fantastic opportunities. In this retrospective I’d like to look back at some of my favorite events and meetings from the past year. More-so than just retreading the events this post will be dedicated to a more personal odyssey of what I’ve learned and how I’ve grown over the last year as a self-proclaimed journalist striving to immerse myself in our rich and vibrant community.   (Click on any of the headlines to be directed to my coverage of that event)

Honorable Mentions:

Keloha, Ecotone, Lille Gard.

Great festivals featuring many great artists and musicians in one place.
Lots of good friends made these fun, memorable times.
A special thanks goes out to all of the people whose hard work made them possible.

Top 5:

#5 – Okanagan Arts Awards

No other time did I get to dress so fancy, act so professional, or feel so exclusive as I did this night. After watching a motivational awards ceremony I got to socialize with with other well dressed supporters and talented achievers while drinking complimentary wine and eating hors d’oeuvres. The party continued on into the night  at Hanna’s Lounge and Grill on the waterfront…

#4 – By Divine Right interview

One of the two interviews I conducted this year with out of town musicians. It was a great experience and honor interviewing indie rock legend Jose Contreras who’s fronted the band throughout its 20 years and 10 albums and has appeared in music videos on MTV in the 90’s. He was really friendly as well, giving me a personal look into the life and times of an established and professional musician.

#3 – Center of Gravity

What I enjoyed most about this event was spending time with my new found friend and acquaintance from Sublime Photography & Design backstage at the media tent and up front in the pit. Having an experienced and professional photographer around helped boost my confidence and passion for the art, and helped me have a lot of fun as well. I also got some rad pictures of big names for my portfolio, and got to shoot my first bikini contest as well. Center of Gravity hosted a smorgasbord of sports which let me step outside my realm of concert photography and realize how fun and challenging different subjects can be.

#2 –‘ Tiger Moon’ video shoot

I’ve always had a strong interest in film, but lack the resources and funds to seriously pursue it on my own. So when I was given the opportunity to film the debut video of local band Tiger Moon’s  song ‘North Highway’ I was thrilled to bits. Along with A-OK’s editor in chief we drove out to a fancy acreage, met the wonderful Kasey Graff and Dan Tait, and shot the video in the loft of their fabulous garage using professional camera equipment. It was a fun time, and seeing the finished product instilled me with the greatest sense of accomplishment yet.

#1 – Festival in a Box

This was probably the least sanctioned of events that I attended this year, but also the funnest. A bunch of great fiends and people gathered together to engage the community and express their talents and art. It poured rain that day, but it didn’t put a damper on the experience and even helped to cement the whole experience in my memory.

This concludes my retrospective of 2013.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

I hope it will be as full of friends, fond memories, and opportunities as the last.

Dylan

Sincerely, your friendly neighborhood contributor, Dylan Mazur.

Bottega Christmas Market Art Show + Concert

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Bottega Farm Inn is proud to be hosting their third annual Christmas Market & Art Show on Saturday, December 14th & Sunday the 15th from 11am – 4pm. Over the two days, the festive market will feature some of the Okanagan’s Finest artists & crafters . Festive live music, kids activities, specialty treats, food, drink + much more, all set in the heart of beautiful South East Kelowna at Bo.ttega Farm Inn.

Bottega set out to bring a unique European style market to our community here in Kelowna, that would not only give families an opportunity to discover quality local arts, crafts, foods and music, but would help them to experience the warmth and excitement of this festive time of the year. All proceeds go in support of the Karis Support Society;  a local charity that provides safe housing, support, life skills, and training for people caught in life altering addiction and mental health.

$2 minimum donation/ kids are free!

To conclude Christmas Market weekend, Bo.ttega Farm Inn is presenting a special Christmas concert featuring leading west coast jazz quartet B3 KINGS.  Funky Festive Jazz at its Finest! Take a trio of leading west coast jazzmen, throw in a Hammond B3 organ — that old familiar groove of jazz, gospel and blues — circle Christmas on the calendar and call them the B3 Kings.
Sunday, December 15th at 8:00pm – Tickets are $25+tax+fees and available at Streaming Cafe , Mosaic Books (411 Bernard Avenue) or online.

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Carmelis Goat Cheese Farm

Get a tour and a taste great local cheese!

So many healthy and happy goats, know where your cheese comes from.

Carmelis Goat Cheese Farm is located near Okanagan Lake, 12 Km south of downtown Kelowna next to high quality wineries such as Cedar Creek Estates Winery, St. Hubertus winery, Summer Hill Estate winery, and at the entrance to the Okanagan Mountain Park.