Fall into Festivals, Foraging and Food

Cooler nights will soon restore crispness to the air and with that the seasonal changing of the guard to autumn’s glorious color!  Join us for six fall festival celebrations; forage in the forests for mushrooms, the fields for pumpkins or downtown for fabulous finds and delight your Inner Foodie…

Fall celebrations commence with three festivals on the Labour Day Weekend alone! Why not seize the moment and join us for:

SEPTEMBER FESTIVALS:stand up paddleboarding
Interior Provincial Exhibition – Aug 28 – Sept 1
Silver Star Freeride Festival – Aug 30 – Sept 1
Kalamalka Classic Paddle Festival – Aug 30 – Sept 1
Roots and Brews – Sept 21
Apples ‘n Spice Make Everything Nice – Sept 28

Okanagan Wine Festival – Oct 4 – 14
Festival of Crafts – Nov 15-16
Festival of Christmas Traditions – Nov 29

Discover more on our Vernon Events Calendar

The very word “forage” has a great energy about it.  To forage involves much more than casually looking, one must search intently, almost quest, for the ultimate in what they seek. Wildcrafters are experts at it, regularly harvesting plants from their “wild” habitat for food or medicinal purposes.

Fall is the perfect time to forage for mushrooms, from the spiny, white Coral Fungas to the huge bright orange Lobsters. Every year brings a different array depending on the weather and the year.

Forage Vernon is on the doorstep of the “wild mushroom capital of the world”, the Columbia Mountain Range.  Eco-tours to learn of the great diversity of mushrooms typical to our area, as well as how to identify edibles from non-edibles are available with Outdoor Discoveries.   Join Nature Tour Guide, Roseanne Van Ee for a day long guided Wild Mushroom Safari*, including hot apple cider and a cookie picnic, in the Mabel Lake area for those wanting to learn more of intriguing fungi. 2013 Tour Dates are October 12, 13, 16, 19, 20 and 23.

*Eco-tours are for discovery and learning.  No mushrooms are picked on these tours, however you will learn the inside scoop of where to go to pick.

Pumpkins are much easier to find literally peppering their fields, however, one must forage for the ultimate in size, shape and color to suit the planned carving and add sweetness to the specifications if making a pie. Here are our top picks for hunting Halloween pumpkins in Vernon:

Davison Orchards
St. Anne’s Road Pumpkin Patch

Historic Downtown Vernon awaits quests of a different kind…  boasting one of the largest outdoor public art galleries in Canada. Over 25 incredible murals depict the history, culture, scenery and folklore that made Vernon what it is today. Don’t stop exploring there! Over 150 fabulous antique and specialty stores, discount meccas, health food stores and much more await those who seek. Explore Historic Downtown Vernon…

Fall is definitely the best time to “taste” Vernon – whether you forage for it yourself or partake of other’s efforts.  The twice weekly Vernon  Farmers’  Market is brimming the Okanagan’s bounty from local orchards and fields.  Chefs now delight in bringing the farm to the table and Sommeliers echo with the ultimate pairing of local wines and micro-beers in many Vernon restaurants. If ethnic foods appeal more to your palate, Vernon is still ripe for the picking with some of the best Thai, Indian and Mediterranean culinary dishes in the Valley.  Read more about Foodie Adventures in Vernon.

Gather, prepare, partake, taste, but most all enjoy!

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