Posted by Amber Harding on 18 July 2015 on HelloBC.com
I’ve lived in Kamloops for seven years now and I’m so impressed with the amazing local fare that has been popping up recently – from food trucks, to the Kamloops Wine Trail, to the amazing Farmer’s Market from April through October. I was super excited to hear of the new Kamloops Flavours Trails, three signature routes that showcase the unique flavours of the various farms, wineries and breweries in our amazing region. I couldn’t get out fast enough to check them all out, and I decided to start with the one that’s closest to home – The City Limits Flavours Trail.
After visiting all seven stops along the trail, I’ve devised a good itinerary to help you make the most out of your experience.
Strolling through the Kamloops Farmers Market
First, I highly recommend doing the City Limits trail on a Wednesday or Saturday, so you can start your day by hitting up the Kamloops Regional Farmer’s Market, which has the largest array of Kamloops flavours you will find anywhere in the city. Get there around 9:00-10:00 am to beat the crowds (and the heat!). Have some breakfast and a coffee from the Bellringer Bus and stop by the Thistle Farms and Tranquille Farm Fresh booths to pick up your snacks for the day. Both vendors are part of the Flavours Trail, and they sell an abundance of locally grown produce. You might want to pick up a few other items at the market for a picnic later on in the day. In July and August, the market is packed with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.
After you’re done at the market, take the opportunity to wander around Kamloops’ downtown core and explore the quaint shops and cafes. If it’s a nice day, you might even want to grab a coffee and head down to Riverside Park to stroll along the beach and admire the scenery.
Just before lunchtime, head up the hill to Sunmore Ginseng Factory, where you can purchase ginseng tea, honey and ginseng extract grown right in Kamloops. If you have extra time and feel like getting pampered, the Sunmore Gingseng Spa offers one of the most luxurious spa experiences in BC.
Fresh is Best Salsa Company
Your next two stops will supply you with some snacks for an afternoon picnic. Start at Fresh is Best Salsa Company, which is less than 2 km (1.2 mi) from Sunmore Ginseng Factory. Fresh is Best products are sold across Western Canada, but they got their tasty start in Kamloops over 15 years ago. I recommend their basic salsa, guacamole, and of course some of their handmade tortilla chips.
Fresh salsa and tortilla chips from Fresh is Best Salsa Company.
Next, drive across the ‘Red Bridge’ to RiverFresh Salmon. Smoked sockeye and candied chinook nuggets will be the perfect compliment to your afternoon picnic. I had the candied sockeye salmon strips alongside a salad and they did not disappoint!
A picnic lunch at Privato Winery and Vineyard.
Finally, head to Westsyde Road for a beautiful 10-minute drive to Privato Winery and Vineyard. If you’re with a large group, call ahead to book a private winery tour. If there are just a few of you, feel free to drop in for a wine tasting. After the tour, enjoy a glass of your favourite wine on their beautiful patio, along with the delicious picnic you’ve put together (yes, you can bring your own food to eat at Privato!).
Privato Winery and Vineyard Wine Tasting.
Written by Amber Harding with Hello BC