The Bench Artisan Food Market in Penticton has become known as the must-stop spot for people who adore locally produced, organic and gourmet food. Here you’ll find made-from-scratch healthy and fresh breakfasts, gourmet lunches and unique products on the shelves to take home such as an extensive selection of locally produced dressings, sauces, preserves, bread, crackers and cheeses. The talented, friendly staff also provides customized catering whether it’s unique party appetizers, gourmet sandwiches for meetings or delish dinners you can take home.

The Bench Artisan Food Market is the inspiration of sisters Dawn Lennie and Debbie Halladay who, with their passion for good food and good drink, moved to Penticton in 2005. They opened their market because they knew people who loved excellent local wine would appreciate equally quality eats.

Breakfasts are light and healthy with bacon and eggers, house-made granola with yogurt and honey, freshly baked muffins, granola bars and donuts and the best java in town–organic Backyard Beans coffee. Eggs Benny is available Saturday, Sundays and holidays.

For lunch, you’ll find made-from-scratch soups, salads, hot paninis and gourmet cold sandwiches as well as daily specials like house-smoked pulled pork or vegetarian lasagna. 

If you don’t feel like cooking at home, consider one of the Bench’s delectable frozen soups, gourmet pizzas, artisan pastas and sauces.

Dawn and Debbie’s delightful market is conveniently located at the entrance of the much-travelled Naramata Bench wine route. Why not pick up a picnic to take with you?

~ Dona Sturmanis

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