July, 2013 Archives

Hungry for Excitement? Come to Kamloops for Ribfest, Hot Nite in the City, Kamloopa Powwow & more!

Posted on July 30th, 2013


The Long Weekend is Upon Us...

There's a ton of hot events happening in Kamloops, just around the corner. Don't miss the Kamloopa Powwow happening Aug 2nd - 4th at the Tk'emlups Indian Band Powwow grounds. Experience traditions and celebrate with a vibrant display of storytelling, song, and dance in traditional regalia.







Enjoy Some BBQ'd Ribs and Check Out Some Cars!

Who can't wait for this weekend in August?  Coming up August 9th - 11th, get ready to enjoy some mouth-watering ribs at Ribfest 2013 in Riverside Park.  Also, take in the sights of some street rods, customs, vintage, bikes and more at Hot Nite in the City in Kamloops' downtown core.







Enjoy a Weekend Outdoor Adventure On Us!

Enter to WIN an outdoor adventure contest including a guided mountain bike and stand up paddle tour for 2 with Paddle Surfit, $50 GC to The Noble Pig and one night's accommodation for 2 at Accent Inns Kamloops. Click here to enter.







Lunch Just Got Way More Interesting...

Posted on July 22nd, 2013

How can you not want to eat, drink and be merry in Kamloops? There’s a fantastic lineup of events that are sure to hit that foodie in you.

Try it all at the Taste of Downtown, a food lover’s event on July 25th where downtown eateries are serving up sample sized portions of their signature dishes for you to enjoy.   

Or hit up the Best Backyard BBQ Competition @ Rainbows Roost Acres of Wonder July 27th

Check out Farm 2 Chef where local wineries and breweries, farmers and chefs will be showcasing their goods at Sun River Organics Farm on July 28th

Ribs and Hot Rods?  This year Kamloops is holding the 2nd Annual Ribfest at Riverside Park August 9-11, where ribbers will be competing and the Hot Nite in the City Show n' Shine is the same weekend! 

Since you will be in the downtown core, don't miss the ever popular food trucks with everything from southern barbeque to fair trade coffee and crepes. 

If you’re coming later in the season, pop over to Harper’s Trail Hay Bale Barbecue on September 21st

This summer is going to be very tasty in Kamloops and we’re giving you a chance to win a Foodie Delight Package for 2 which includes 2 wine pairing dinners at Terra Restaurant and The Brownstone Restaurant complete with a four course dinner paired with wine!  

Free Bif Naked Concert, Harley-Davidson® Motorcycle 110th Anniversary Party and a Motorcycle Rental Giveaway!

Posted on July 11th, 2013

Kamloops Harley-Davidson® Motorcycle is Celebrating their 110th Anniversary!

There's no better way to spend this anniversary than with Bif Naked live with music plus other guests starting at noon, July 13th, 2013 at Harley-Davidson® Motorcycle Kamloops!  Complete with a Show-N-Shine, food, refreshments and a Tire Change Competition, this celebration is one for the calendar.

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Cruise in Style while in Kamloops - Enter to WIN >>

Ride around Kamloops with a friend for the day on a Harley-Davidson® Motorcycle courtesy of Eaglerider Kamloops! Fill up with a $50 Esso Gift Card and grab a bite to eat with a $50 gift certificate to On The Rocks Pub. Enter Here.

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Plan Your Route - Ride Around Kamloops!

Make Kamloops your home-base and explore on- and off-road circle tours. Interested in a full or half day ride? Looking for new scenery or touring friends or family around?  Whatever the reason, you're sure to create lasting memories with these picks.

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Motorcycle Friendly Hotel Program...

And it just keeps getting better! Accent Inns has launched a chain-wide Motorcycle friendly hotel program catering to motorcyclists, with improved overnight storage, bike wash stations, secure lock ups and easy to access laundry facilities. Read more here.


2013 Kamloops Cocktail

It's that time again... the sun is shining and what better way to kick off summer in Kamloops with a Cocktail Competition.  After our largely successful summer campaign, "Real People, Real Experiences", we are excited to be keeping with that theme for the cocktail competition.

We had 5 lounges confirm their involvement this year and today at the kick off event, they all randomly selected a real person, real experience to fashion their version of the Kamloops Cocktail after.

Below are the participating restaurants and lounges and their theme.

First – the 2012 Kamloops Cocktail grand champion winner … Terra Restaurant. Terra is located in downtown Kamloops on Victoria Street and makes incredibly fresh tasty food for lunch or dinner and has a great patio to sip a Kamloops Cocktail. This year, their cocktail will be fashioned after Tim & Annette McLeod of Tranquille Farm Fresh (Real Foodie Experience). 

Next – Prestons. Prestons is located in the Coast Hotel Kamloops where guest’s savour unique and well prepared dishes overlooking a beautiful tropical courtyard or on the patio with great vistas of the city. Their cocktail will be fashioned after Bodie Shandro, owner of Paddle Surfit (Real Outdoors Experience).

Next up was Hoodoos at Sun Rivers.  The brathtaking views of the Kamloops cityscape offer the perfect contrast to the casual elegance of Hoodoos creating an unforgettable setting. Their cocktail will be fashioned after Ron Betts, an owner of Treetop Flyers Zipline (Real Adrenaline Experience).

Blue Dining + Lounge is Kamloops’ newest restaurant located in the Hotel 540. Known as fun, fresh and seasonally inspired, Blue is ideal for lunch or dinner in the heart of the downtown. Their cocktail will be fashioned after Donna Chang, owner of North America's only ginseng spa - Sumore Ginseng (Real Diva Experience).

Last but not least, The Fireside Steakhouse & Bar at The Plaza Hotel proudly offers a full range of locally raised black angus steaks and other selections in relaxed, heritage surroundings perfect for any occasion. Their cocktail will be fashioned after Hugh McLennan, talk show host of the Spirit of the West radio show (Real Cowboy Experience).

Judging of the cocktails will take place on August 15th at a location to be determined.  Check back to our website in a few weeks to learn more about the 5 Kamloops Cocktails and see how creative each lounge was in matching up their ingredients to their 'real person, real experience'.





Top 5 Places to Watch the Sunset in Kamloops

We asked our followers and fans what their favourite spots were to watch the sunset in Kamloops and have compiled a list of the Top 5!

1. Riverside Park

Watch Music in the Park, take a dip or just enjoy an after dinner stroll... Riverside Park is in the heart of the city and provides an easily accessible spot to watch the sun set to the west.

Photo sent in on twitter from @dawnthetech - "This is definitely my favourite sunset spot"


2. Kamloops Lake Lookout

Grab a blanket and a dessert picnic and watch the amazing colours set from this lookout point - photo by Kelly Funk Photography.

3. Hole 3 of the Rosehill Disk Golf Course

Even if you don't play disc golf, the course is open to the public. Walk onto hole 3 and take a seat on the provided bench to watch this spectacular sunset.  Photo by Flickr Member- pHilm.biz

4. Battle Bluffs

"Top of battle bluff.. If you can handle the incline! #hiking" - Twitter Follower, @EmilyInKamloops

The hike is worth the view though. On a calm evening, the lake looks like glass and the reflection of the sun setting is phenomenal.

Photo credit: http://kristiejean.blogspot.ca/2011/08/battle-bluffs.html

5. Kamloops Bike Ranch

Whether you are wrapping up a day of biking, hiking or just out on a leisurely stroll, the sunset from the Kamloops Bike Ranch (located in Juniper Ridge) is nothing short of stunning.  Catch it while taking your last ride down or check out the new viewing platform to take it all in.  Photo by instagrammer @geoffgulvich

Are we missing somewhere?  Tag your sunset photos on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with #kamsunset.

The Getaway Plan - X-Fest in Kamloops!

Two and a half weeks of pure passion, innovation and creation – Project X Theatre Productions, X-FEST is back in Kamloops, BC July 24th – August 10th, 2013!  The only outdoor Summer Theatre Festival in the Interior of British Columbia is not to be missed, so we’re giving you a chance to win a getaway to experience this event! >> http://www.tourismkamloops.com/xfest

Moto Meghan


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